Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Stimulus Jobs To Be Available For
Basement-Dwelling Trolls

Via DOC40, whose short take on it doesn't note that we are doubtless all under surveillance already, & some of us would be in big trouble if there were enough people to read the Internet for the Feds (Or Lizards/Bilderberger/Illuminati/ZOG.)
[S]uggesting that it would be a good idea to deploy federal agents to "cognitively infiltrate" political groups that believe in conspiracy theories. "Cognitive infiltration" may just be a fancy way to describe what chat room trolls do every day, but it's downright Orwellian in its implications, summoning visions of disinformation campaigns, agents provocateurs, and J. Edgar Hoover's COINTELPRO. The official [suggesting] is Cass Sunstein, the long-time University of Chicago law professor (he has since moved on to Harvard), who is currently serving as director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

You May Keep Your Snow,
Thank You All The Same

"I just saw two gigantic rainbows right next to each other. Now waiting for the four My Little Ponies of the Apocalypse to reign death and destruction upon us all."
~ Seen on Facebook in reaction to this afternoon's set of rainbows.

Pictures from laist.

Time To Start A Death Pool

For Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller.
We can only suppose that the high-school intern who typed this has no idea what "all over the map" really means. We are damn certain that neither "all over the map," "all over the place," nor even "everywhere" are the equivalent of spending the day in FOX News' Washington Studios.
"Hault!! Come back here w/ that Uranium!"

We'll be generous & figure they have six more mos. Maximum.

MOMENTS LATER: From the comments:
And on top of all that, there’s a rumor that a camera-phone docudrama of Tucker standing at a urinal in Reagan National yesterday, next to Henry Kissenger, and politely waiting the whole half-hour it took Old Hank to take a leak, is about to be released on YouTube. Supposedly, the small-talk they engaged in was Henry regretting the double-dealing he did with the Viet Nam peace talks, while he was acting as a triple-agent with France and China, and Tucker awe-struck when he asked Hank what ‘Jill St. John was really like’, and Hank gave him the blow-by-blow details. A busy Tuesday indeed, Mr. Carlson.

Blah Blah Blah, & So Forth

Tried to get the aspect ratio correct, but it doesn't seem possible.

Beat The Meatles

From the AP archive:
Feb. 9, 1964

Beatles debut on American TV

NEW YORK (AP)- The Beatles - four British Lads who sing when they are not busy running away from barbers - made their American Television debut tonight - and some things may never be the same.

The seats in the Columbia Broadcasting System studio where they appeared live on the Ed Sullivan variety show were given more of a workout by jumping and squirming teenaged girls than were the singers in their fast-moving routine.

The four mop-topped entertainers, who came here Friday from London, provided their own musical background with string and percussion instruments.

Throughout their two appearances during the show, the 721 members of the audience - mostly young girls - kept up a steady stream of squeals, sighs and yells.

The four British imports, appearing for a total of about 20 minutes on the hour-long show, may well have ended up with second billing.

Camera crews were lavish in their shots of the audience, showing young girls leaping from their seats, throwing their arms into the air and staring bug-eyed. Some appeared as if on the verge of coma, staring open-mouthed.

At one point before the program, there was some doubt that the four singers would be able to make their way into the studio through the masses of teenage fans trying for a glimpse of their idols.

But hundreds of Manhattan Police, including mounted officers, shoved back the eager fans and cleared a path for the four entertainers.

Fans also gathered outside the Plaza Hotel in sunny, freezing weather as the performers went back and forth earlier in the day to rehearse at the studio.

Following the afternoon rehearsal, the Beatles recorded three numbers for an Ed Sullivan show to be aired Feb. 23. They will be on the show next Sunday, live from Miami Beach, Fla. The Beatles will also give concerts in Washington, D.C., and in New York.

On Saturday, George Harrison, lead guitarist of the Beatles, was confined to the hotel with a sore throat while drummer Ringo Starr and guitarists John Lennon and Paul McCartney rehearsed and toured New York by car.

The Beatles wear mushroomed shape hairdos down to their eyebrows and tight black suits. In America they currently have the top selling album and the number one and three top selling single records, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You."

9 February: Coors Killed In Kidnapping; "Tail-Gunner Joe" McCarthy Starts His Lying Shit: 60 Years Later It's Still Going Strong; U.S. Sub Sinks Jap Fishing Boat Off Hawai'i: IN FUCKING 2001!! A-Rod 'Fesses Up

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2010. There are 325 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 9, 1960, Adolph Coors Co. chairman Adolph Coors III, 44, was shot to death during a botched kidnapping attempt while on his way to the family brewery in Golden, Colo. (Coors' body wasn't found for seven months; the man who killed him, Joseph Corbett Jr., served 19 years in prison. Corbett committed suicide in Aug. 2009.)
On this date:
In 1773, the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison, was born in Charles City County, Va.
In 1775, the American colony of Massachusetts is declared in rebellion by the British Parliament.
In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
In 1861, the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.
In 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau was established.
In 1900, the solid silver trophy known as the Davis Cup was first put up for competition when American collegian Dwight Filley Davis challenged British tennis players to compete against his Harvard team.
In 1933, the Oxford Union Society approved, 275-153, a motion "that this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country," a stand that was widely denounced. (In 1983, the Oxford Union Society rejected, 416-187, a motion "that this House would not fight for Queen and Country.")
In 1942, daylight-saving "War Time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.
In 1943, the battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 9, 1950, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, during a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. (The Wisconsin Republican never provided any evidence to substantiate his claims.)
Audio LinkSen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis.
In 1971, the crew of Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon. An earthquake shook Los Angeles and killed 64 people. Also in 1971, Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player voted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1984, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died at age 69, less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he was succeeded by Konstantin U. Chernenko (chehr-NYEN'-koh).
In 1987, Robert McFarlane, former Reagan administration national security adviser, was hospitalized for an overdose of Valium just hours before he was to testify to a presidential commission about the Iran-Contra scandal.
In 1990, the U.S. stock of Perrier water was recalled because of levels of benzene in violation of EPA standards. The recall was later extended worldwide.
In 1991, Lithuanians overwhelmingly voted to secede from the Soviet Union in an independence plebiscite ruled illegal by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
In 1992, 30 people were reported killed in Senegal in the crash of a plane chartered by Air Senegal for Club Mediterranean.
In 1993, NBC News announced it had settled a defamation lawsuit brought by General Motors over the network's demonstration of a fiery pickup truck crash on "Dateline NBC."
In 1994, in Cairo, PLO chief Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres initialed an agreement that resolved some contentious issues in the Middle East peace talks.
In 1996, a bomb exploded in a London rail station, killing two and wounding 100. The IRA announced that the Northern Ireland cease-fire was over.
In 1999, the Senate began closed-door deliberations in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, even though members from both parties acknowledged that the two-thirds margin for conviction could not be attained.
In 2000, hackers stepped up their "denial of service" attacks on popular Internet sites, zeroing in on such targets as ETrade and ZDNet, inconveniencing millions of Web users and unnerving Wall Street. Boeing Co. engineers and technical workers began a 40-day strike.
In 2001, nine people were killed when the U.S. submarine USS Greenville collided with a Japanese fishing boat off the coast of Hawaii. The accident took place during a surfacing drill.
In 2002, Britain's Princess Margaret, the high-spirited and unconventional sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died in London at age 71. [High-spirited? Well, she was raw-thur horsey. — Ed.]
In 2003, Egypt said the upcoming Arab League summit wouldn't ask Iraq's Saddam Hussein to step down as some Arab nations had urged. The Egyptian foreign minister said he didn't think any Arab country would "interfere in Iraq's internal affairs."
In 2004, President George W. Bush and Democratic front-runner John Kerry sparred over the president's economic leadership, while Kerry's rivals sought to slow his brisk pace. Anti-government rebels took control of nearly a dozen towns in western Haiti as the death toll in the violent uprising rose to at least 40.
In 2005, Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina was forced out by board members, ending her nearly six-year reign. A new postage stamp honoring President Ronald Reagan was issued in ceremonies across the country. Hospitalized Pope John Paul II, recovering from flu-related respiratory problems, missed celebrating mass to begin Lent for the first time in 26 years.
In 2006, U.S. President George Bush said international cooperation had derailed a terrorist plot to fly an airplane into the 73-story Library Tower in Los Angeles.
In 2007, the Pentagon's inspector general told a U.S. Senate committee the Defense Department had tailored intelligence findings on Iraq to suit its audience.
In 2008, the three-month Writers' Guild of America strike that cost the entertainment industry more than $2 billion ended with a three-year deal. Also in 2008, the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis delivered a $2 billion science lab to the International Space Station, doubling the station's zero-gravity research capacity. Democrat Barack Obama swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state; Republican Mike Huckabee outpolled John McCain in the Kansas caucuses and Louisiana primary, while McCain won the Washington caucuses. A suicide bomber blasted a political gathering in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 27 people.
In 2009, President Barack Obama used his first news conference since taking office to urgently pressure lawmakers to approve a massive economic recovery bill. New York Yankees All-Star third baseman Alex Rodriguez admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs, telling ESPN he had used steroids for three years while with the Texas Rangers, from 2001 to 2003. Lindsey Vonn won the downhill for her second gold at the World Championships in Val D'isere, France, becoming the second American woman (after Andrea Mead Lawrence) to win two golds at a worlds. With the death toll expected to reach 200, Australian officials blamed arsonists for at least a portion of their country's worst brushfire rampage.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Kathryn Grayson is 88. Television journalist Roger Mudd is 82. Actress Janet Suzman is 71. Actress-politician Sheila James Kuehl (kyool) ("The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis") is 69. Singer-songwriter Carole King is 68. Actor Joe Pesci is 67. Singer Barbara Lewis is 67. Author Alice Walker is 66. Actress Mia Farrow is 65. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) is 64. Singer Joe Ely is 63. Actress Judith Light is 61. Rhythm-and-blues musician Dennis "DT" Thomas (Kool & the Gang) is 59. Actor Charles Shaughnessy is 55. Former Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe is 53. Jazz musician Steve Wilson is 49. Country singer Travis Tritt is 47. Actress Julie Warner is 45. Country singer Danni Leigh is 40. Actor Jason George is 38. Actor-producer Charlie Day is 34. Rock singer Chad Wolf (Carolina Liar) is 34. Actor A.J. Buckley (TV: "CSI: NY") is 33. Rock musician Richard On (O.A.R.) is 31. Actress Ziyi Zhang is 31.
Those Born On This Date Include: actor Ronald Colman (1891); former Secretary of State Dean Rusk (1909); exotic dancer Gypsy Rose Lee, country singer Ernest Tubb & baseball entrepreneur Bill Veeck (1914); Irish playwright Brendan Behan (1923); evangelist Garner Ted Armstrong (1930).
Today In Entertainment February 9
In 1960, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is instituted with Joanne Woodward honored with the first star.
In 1964, The Beatles made their first live US television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." An estimated 73 million people tuned in to watch the band perform five songs, including "I Want To Hold Your Gland."
Audio LinkEd Sullivan introduces the Beatles
Read the original AP story
In 1972, Wings played its first show -- unannounced and uninvited -- for students during lunchtime at Nottingham University in England. The price of admission was 33 cents.
In 1979, Kmart pulled Steve Martin's comedy album "Let's Get Small" for being in bad taste.
In 1981, singer Bill Haley died in Harlingen, Texas, of natural causes. He was 56.
In 1993, both Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney released solo albums. Jagger's was called "Wandering Spirit" and McCartney's was titled "Off The Ground."
In 1997, "The Simpsons" became the longest-running prime-time animated series, beating the record previously held by "The Flintstones."
In 2009, playwright Robert Anderson ("Tea and Sympathy") died in New York at age 91.
Thought for Today: "What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance." — Havelock Ellis, English psychologist (1859-1939).

Monday, February 8, 2010

But, But, Sarah Palin (Not Actually About Her)

GOP Lacks Female Candidates

The NRCC added 14 new candidates to its "Young Guns" program and promoted 15 of its Young Guns to "Contender" status.

However, the Boston Phoenix notes that of the 14 added, one is a woman; of the 15 promoted, one is a woman.

"There are now four women in the program, out of 64 candidates. That's an even lower percentage than the current female makeup of Republican House members -- which is below 10%."

ClevelandN.C. SteamerFumer

Residents Fumed Over Weekend Alcohol, Firearm Ban

By WXII12.com 02/08/10 at 6:00 pm
Residents in King were fumed over the weekend after a state of emergency declaration restricted the sale of alcohol and the carrying of firearms in vehicles.

King Police Chief Paula May said she’s received hundreds of threats related to the restrictions, which banned driving from 12 a.m. Sunday to 5 a.m.

The state of emergency for King was declared by members of the City Council after Stokes County authorities also declared a state of emergency. Under North Carolina law, May said, when a state of emergency is put into place that includes a ban on driving, the sale of alcohol and carrying of firearms in vehicles is also banned.

Full story:Residents Fumed Over Weekend Alcohol, Firearm Ban – Winston-Salem News Story – WXII The Triad

From T.C.'s Daily Cruller. What the hell was up in NC over the wknd.? Test run for the New World Order?

LATER: Turns out it was the weather. Or was it?

Link Dump Linked By Just Another Blog™

We sincerely hope there will be no further horse-shit from Mrs. Ex-AKGov. Palin so morbidly fascinating we must toss it up here. We'll try to put it all behind us w/ this wrap-up:
Let's be clear on why those words should terrify anyone with a thinking brain. Palin is someone who has clearly never seriously thought through any issue of national importance on her own. She's excellent at reciting a raucous speech, but she can't improvise a coherent sentence, which usually reflects an inability to form a coherent idea. (At Memphis, she even had to scribble her five-word legislative agenda on her palm, and glanced down at it during the Q&A.) She is deluded enough to believe (or at least to say Sunday morning on Fox News) that her brief, aborted stint as Alaska's governor gave her more executive experience than President Obama has even now. She believes that the country should elect leaders, including presumably herself, who seek solutions in "divine intervention."
Typist Kaplan asked why no responsible Republicans had said anything. We quote ourself: "No responsible Republicans."

No Lib-rul Ejumicashun For Me!

Story & more images.

Couldn't pass up this one: Look, it's Stevie Nicks in her crushed velvet dress & Sexy Boots!!

Thelma & Louise

"It’s a kind of theater. Sometimes, a car will fly by in the air."
JUMA GUL, who works beside a mountainous stretch of the Afghan national highway that is famous for accidents.

The Young Neo-Moderns

Isolation had become their survival strategy.
(Photo: Roger Davies, Dwell, October/November 2004)

Tip o' the chapeau to Prog Gold (Not a music site, 'though one might think otherwise.)

8 February: Off W/ Her Head! Russo-Japanese War Gets Going; Radio Comes To White House; Work Starts On "Walk Of Fame"

Today is Monday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2010. There are 326 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 8, 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.
On this date:
In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
In 1692, a doctor in Massachusetts Bay Colony claims two village girls may be bewitched, a charge that set off the Salem witch trials.
In 1693, a charter was granted for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg in the Virginia Colony.
In 1725, Peter the Great, emperor of Russia, died and was succeeded by his wife, Catherine.
In 1837, the Senate selected the vice president of the United States, choosing Richard Mentor Johnson after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
In 1904, the Russo-Japanese War, a conflict over control of Manchuria and Korea, began as Japanese forces attacked Port Arthur.
In 1922, President Warren G. Harding had a radio installed in the White House.
In 1924, the first execution by gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City as Gee Jon, a Chinese immigrant convicted of murder, was put to death.
In 1940, Nazis shot every 10th person in two Polish villages near Warsaw in reprisal for the deaths of two German soldiers.
In 1968, three college students were killed in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, S.C. during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley.
In 1974, the last three-man crew of the Skylab space station returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space.
In 1978, the deliberations of the Senate were broadcast on radio for the first time as members opened debate on the Panama Canal treaties.
In 1989, 144 people were killed when an American-chartered Boeing 707 filled with Italian tourists slammed into a fog-covered mountain in the Azores.
In 1993, General Motors sued NBC, alleging that the program "Dateline NBC" had rigged two crashes to show that GM pickups were prone to fires. (NBC settled the lawsuit the following day.)
In 1999, the Senate heard closing arguments at President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, with House prosecutors challenging senators to "cleanse the office" and the president's attorney dismissing the case as one of partisan retribution. Jordan's King Hussein was laid to rest during a five-hour funeral in Amman attended by dignitaries from all over the world, including President Clinton and former U. S. presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald R. Ford.
In 2000, Internet vandals continued an unprecedented campaign of electronic assaults against the biggest names in cyberspace, disrupting access for consumers to popular Web sites including eBay, Amazon.com and CNN.com. Republican George W. Bush won the Delaware presidential primary.
In 2004, President George W. Bush denied marching America into war under false pretenses and said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" the US-led invasion was necessary because Saddam Hussein could have developed a nuclear weapon. The National Football Conference won the Pro Bowl, defeating the American Conference 55-52. In the National Hockey League All-Star Game, the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference, 6-4.
In 2005, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (ah-ree-EL' shah-ROHN') and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') announced a cease-fire at a summit in Egypt. An earlier-than-usual Mardi Gras festival opened in New Orleans with sparse crowds. Longtime CBS newsman George Herman died in Washington D.C. at age 85.
In 2006, U.S. agents joined an investigation into a rash of arson incidents that damaged nine rural Alabama churches in five days. Also in 2006, police opened fire on an Afghanistan mob protesting a series of published cartoons that depict the Prophet Mohammed, killing four protesters and raising the death toll there to 11. And, an eight-year federal study said a low-fat diet doesn't decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer or stroke.
In 2008, Scotland Yard investigators concluded that Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto died on Dec. 27, 2007, as the result of a bomb blast, not a gunshot. A man at odds with city officials went on a shooting rampage at a Kirkwood, Mo., City Council meeting, killing five people, police said. Officers shot and killed the suspect, identified as Charles Lee "Cookie" Thornton, an independent contractor. Also in 2008, an explosion rocked the Imperial Sugar Co. facility at Fort Wentworth, Ga., near Savannah. Four people were killed and about 30 others were injured. Latina Williams, a 23-year-old nursing student at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, shot and killed two other students and then herself. Novelist Phyllis A. Whitney died in Charlottesville, Va., at age 104.
In 2009, U.S. spy chiefs are reported to have warned President Barack Obama that British-born Islamic extremists, with usually easier access through a visa waiver program, are the biggest terror threat to the United States. The NFC rallied to a 30-21 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl.
Today's Birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 78. Former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel is 70. Actor Nick Nolte is 69. Comedian Robert Klein is 68. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 67. Singer Ron Tyson is 62. Actress Brooke Adams is 61. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 57. Author John Grisham is 55. Actor Henry Czerny is 51. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 49. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (YAH'-nus) (The BoDeans) is 49. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson is 48. Actor Gary Coleman is 42. Actress Mary McCormack is 41. Rock musician Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) is 41. Retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning is 40. Actor Seth Green is 36. Actor Josh Morrow is 36. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 33. Rock musician Jeremy Davis (Paramore) is 25. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 22. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 22. Actress Karle Warren ("Judging Amy") is 18.
Those Born On This Date Include: Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman (1820); pioneer science fiction writer Jules Verne (1828); Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, who devised the periodic table, (1834); actress Edith Evans (1888); film director King Vidor (1894); Chester Carlson, inventor of the Xerox copying process, (1906); actors Lana Turner (1920), Audrey Meadows (1922), Jack Lemmon (1925) and James Dean (1931).
Show Biz Lice For 8 February:
In 1915, the motion picture "The Birth of a Nation," directed by D.W. Griffith, premiered in Los Angeles.
In 1960, work began on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles.
In 1969, the "supergroup" Blind Faith was formed, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood.
In 1971, the Bob Dylan film "Eat The Document" was shown at the New York Academy of Music. Dylan had wanted the documentary to appear on TV, but it didn't until ten years later.
In 1973, Carly Simon received a gold record for the single "You're So Vain."
In 1990, singer Del Shannon was found shot to death at his home in Santa Clarita, Calif. Police found a rifle near his body, suggesting he'd committed suicide. His biggest hits were "Runaway" and "Hats Off To Larry." Also in 1990, CBS News suspended "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney for racial remarks he'd allegedly made about blacks in the gay magazine The Advocate. Rooney denied the quotes.
In 2004, at the Grammy Awards, rap funksters OutKast won album of the year for "Speakerboxxx-The Love Below"; Beyonce' took home five trophies, tying the record for female performers held by Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keyes and Norah Jones. (Beyonce broke the record by winning six Grammys in 2010.)
In 2005, Doobie Brothers drummer Keith Knudsen died in Kentfield, Calif. at age 56.
In 2006, Sly and the Family Stone reunited for a performance at the Grammys. Stone had not performed live in 19 years.
In 2007, model, actress and tabloid sensation Anna Nicole Smith died in Florida at age 39 of an accidental drug overdose.
In 2009, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss won five Grammys, including album of the year, for "Raising Sand." R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested on suspicion of making a criminal threat (he was later sentenced to five years of probation for beating his longtime girlfriend, singer Rihanna).
Thought for Today: "Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year." — Franklin P. Adams, American journalist (1881-1960).

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Meat Beetles At It Again

Right here, right now.

Note to self: See if that MP3 widget works here, for purposes of further irritation.

Another Editorial Cartoon Cheap Shot

That's right, you fucking rubes, the elite are all laughing at you. And w/ good reason.


It's not "The Who" if the rhythm section is dead.

And more, from someone whose memory still works. (Also, at this point we don't really consider anything any of these clowns do to be really "selling out." Still, it's a good reminder.)

America At Its Most Revealing (Other Than When It Chains People To Its Pick-Up & Drags Them Behind It, For Example)

Yes, we turned on — Hey, I thought we just heard it? Was that a different "patriotic" assault on our ears that we muted? The point being that we did indeed mute the National Anthem.

When's the fucking kick-off, already? Used to be at 20 after. Now another bleeding advert. For an M. Night Shamalamayanovsky (sp.?) movie which won't be released until July 2nd or something. There's an advertising budget well spent.

Toss the fucking coin already!!

Countdown To The Super Bowl

A mere 10 or so minutes until we're a few minutes closer to the "Big Game."

We'd like to see a player get killed during a play (SNAP! CRACK!) as an indication of what savage brutes Americans are. Go Team!!

This Woman Is Blood-Thirsty, Murderous & An Idiot

Palin calls for The President to declare war on Iran, apparently just for the hell of it. Note that Chris Wallace implies that would be cynical. And that Palin doesn't seem to understand who won the election. And the shit about Reagan at the end is truly idiotic. Proven to succeed? What?

Red Tory, to be commended for searching for & finding such horrors.

Where's The TelePrompTer?

7 February: Dickens Born; Flaubert Acquitted; "Shoes For Industry" Begins

Today is Sunday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2010. There are 327 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 7, 1984, space shuttle Challenger astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered space walk, which lasted nearly six hours.
On this date:
In 1812, author Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England.
In 1857, a French court acquitted author Gustave Flaubert of obscenity for his serialized novel "Madame Bovary."
In 1904, a fire began in Baltimore that raged for about 30 hours and destroyed more than 1,500 buildings.
In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the vice president.
In 1943, the government announced the start of shoe rationing, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person for the remainder of the year.
In 1948, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Army chief of staff; he was succeeded by Gen. Omar Bradley.
In 1971, women in Switzerland gained the right to vote through a national referendum, 12 years after a previous attempt failed.
In 1974, the island nation of Grenada (greh-NAY'-duh) won independence from Britain.
In 1983, Elizabeth H. Dole was sworn in as the first female secretary of transportation by the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
In 1986, Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his country, ending 28 years of family rule.
In 1990, the Soviet Union's Communist Party gave up its monopoly on power by agreeing to let other political parties compete for control of the country.
In 1991, the Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti's first democratically elected president.
In 1995, Ramzi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan.
In 1999, Jordan's King Hussein died of cancer at age 63; he was succeeded by his eldest son, Abdullah.
NASA launched the Stardust spacecraft on a mission to chase a comet in hopes of collecting a sample of comet dust.
In 2000, With an astonishing comeback to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Tiger Woods gained his sixth straight PGA Tour victory, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1948 to win six in a row. The Web site Yahoo! came under a "denial of service" attack by Internet vandals. Yugoslav Defense Minister Pavle Bulatovic (byoo-LAH'-toh-vihch) was gunned down in a Belgrade restaurant and died later in a hospital.
In 2004, John Kerry won the Washington state and Michigan Democratic presidential primaries.
In 2005, President George W. Bush proposed a $2.57 trillion budget that would erase scores of programs but still worsen federal deficits by $42 billion over the next five years. Defrocked priest Paul Shanley, the most notorious figure in the sex scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese, was convicted of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at his church during the 1980s. (Shanley was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.) Ellen MacArthur, a 28-year-old Englishwoman, broke the then-record for solo around-the-world sailing, completing the 26,000-mile circumnavigation after 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds at sea.
In 2008, John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his campaign. Fourteen refinery workers were killed in a sugar dust explosion near Savannah, Ga. A gunman opened fire at a Kirkwood, Mo., council meeting, killing two police officers and three city officials before being fatally shot by law enforcers. In Los Angeles, a man who claimed responsibility for the deaths of three relatives opened fire on a SWAT unit, killing one officer; the gunman was killed by a police sniper. After two months of delay, shuttle Atlantis blasted into orbit with Europe's gift to the international space station, a $2 billion science lab named Columbus.
In 2009, a miles-wide section of ice in Lake Erie broke away from the Ohio shoreline, trapping about 135 fishermen, some for as long as four hours before they could be rescued. Walls of flame roared across southeastern Australia, leveling scores of homes, forests and farmland in the country's worst wildfire disaster in a quarter century. Bolivia's new constitution took effect. Death claimed jazz singer Blossom Dearie at age 84, country singer Molly Bee at age 69, and Jack Cover, inventor of the Taser stun gun, at age 88.
Today's Birthdays: Country singer Wilma Lee Cooper is 89. Author Gay Talese is 78. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) is 75. Actor Miguel Ferrer is 55. Reggae musician Brian Travers (UB40) is 51. Comedy writer Robert Smigel (SMY'-guhl) is 50. Actor James Spader is 50. Country singer Garth Brooks is 48. Rock musician David Bryan (Bon Jovi) is 48. Actor-comedian Eddie Izzard is 48. Actor-comedian Chris Rock is 45. Actor Jason Gedrick is 43. Actress Essence Atkins is 38. Rock singer-musician Wes Borland is 35. Actor Ashton Kutcher is 32. Actress Tina Majorino is 25.
Those Born On This Date Include: English statesman and writer Sir Thomas More (1478); farm equipment manufacturer John Deere (1804); "Little House" books author Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867); novelist Sinclair Lewis (1885); ragtime composer and pianist Eubie Blake (1887); actor and Olympic swimming gold medalist Buster Crabbe ("Flash Gordon") (1908).
Today In Entertainment History February 7
In 1944, Bing Crosby and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded "Swinging on a Star" in Los Angeles for Decca Records.
In 1964, thousands of screaming fans greeted The Beatles as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport for their first US tour.
In 1965, George Harrison had his tonsils removed at a London hospital.
In 1979, Stephen Stills became the first artist to record on digital equipment, at a recording studio in Los Angeles. However, Ry Cooder is credited with releasing the first digitally recorded record because Stills never released the material.
In 1980, Pink Floyd performed "The Wall" for the first time in the U.S. The band only did the show in Los Angeles and New York.
In 1981, country singer John Conlee joined the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1989, Michael Jackson visited the Stockton, California, elementary school where five students were killed by a gunman the month before. He brought T-shirts and cassettes for the kids.
In 2000, magician Doug Henning died in Los Angeles after battling liver cancer. He was 52. That same day, Foghat singer "Lonesome" Dave Peverett died of pneumonia in Orlando, Florida. He was 56.
In 2005, Paul McCartney performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in Jacksonville, Florida. He was the first act to play that gig since Janet Jackson exposed her breast at the previous year's Super Bowl halftime show.
Thought for Today: "Priests are no more necessary to religion than politicians to patriotism." — John Haynes Holmes, American clergyman and reformer (1879-1964).

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Editorial Cartoons From Around The World

Live Blogging The Morans

1801: Geraldo babbling on FOX as Breitbart babbles w/ lowered sound, introducing Mrs. P.
Other morons babbling on the other channels.

1803: Oh barf, BB audible on C-SPAN. Repeating himself. Does he own a tie?

1805: She's sporting a wig, or her hair will never be the same.

1806: I can't watch this treacle. She's thanked soldiers for giving us our freedoms & wished Reagan a happy birthday.

1809: What an awful witch.

1816: Talking points, & old ones. Let's rehash the Xmess underpants bomber. Crowd goes wild ... Oh look, her loser son who had to join the Army to avoid jail is invoked.

1818: Oh, it gets worse.

1819: Just wondered if "Alaska" was still a "beacon of hope." She may have meant "America," or she still wants to be Queen of the North.

Will No One Stop These People?

As Bill Clinton works to spring U.S. missionaries charged with kidnapping in Haiti, the case highlights a new evangelical strategy: Adopt Third World babies and convert them.

American evangelical churches are embracing a new orphan theology that urges Christians to see adoption and “orphan-care” as an integral part of their faith.

Further Poop From The T. P. Party

This guy has gotten a gig at The Daily Beast mostly to pimp his book, & is no Dave Weigel (See his approval of the completely balanced "Generation Zero" movie that is sure to provide amusement for those who understand history.) but
I was looking forward to this morning’s scheduled seminar on “Correlations Between the Current Administration and Marxist Dictators of Latin America,” but sadly it was canceled. An unexpected consolation prize was the appearance of Birther Queen Orly Taitz at the Tea Party convention, who scurried over to ask me when "Wingnuts" is coming out—she seemed anxious to read her profile but wasn’t in the mood for a follow-up interview.
Then, Big-Time Fool & Fired Alabammy Chief Justice "Judge" Roy Moore announces:
“He has ignored our history and our heritage, arrogantly declaring to the world that we are no longer a Christian nation. He's elevated immorality to a new level, setting aside the entire month of last June to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender pride…He has apologized to the Arab world for our past, subjugated our national sovereignty by bowing down to the king of Saudi Arabia. He has pursued a socialist agenda by taking control of private companies and pushing a national health-care plan with a public option. Backed by a willing Congress, he has bought off our senators and our representatives with our own money in an effort to mandate this agenda. And when opposed by members of the Senate, he smugly smiled and said, ‘I won.’” Moore then quoted the Declaration of Independence, comparing Obama to King George III: "A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."

With the crowd applauding he concluded by shouting repeatedly, “If we wish to be free, we must fight!”—for if not now, when: “Would it be when we are told to disarm and a UN guard is stationed outside every house?”
Keep it up, Your Dishonor, & you'll be begging for a "UN guard" outside your house, to protect you from the homo atheist Arabs, & us.

Apparently Breitbart is on the loose all over the place, w/ his completely post-ideological load of bitter resentment & anger at the media. Goes over well w/ the T.P.ers.
But the highlight of day 2 was Internet impresario Andrew Breitbart’s improvised speech in place of the sadly canceled Latin American Dictators seminar. It was a barn-burner, which had the crowd laughing and cheering at his challenges to mainstream media. It was populist without disrespecting his audience’s intelligence. He recounted the impulse of some liberals to place everything in the competing narratives of race or Watergate—and brought the crowd to its feet with a closing threat designed to get the media’s attention: “If you don’t start reporting the truth I will organize a protest in New York City on Sixth Avenue and you won’t be able to escape to the Hamptons for the weekend.”
Not quite following this though: "It was populist without disrespecting his audience’s intelligence." Who's more deranged, Andrew or the T.P. leadership?
[Y]esterday’s announcement by convention organizers Judson Phillips and Mark Skoda that they would be forming Ensuring Liberty corporation, which will include a political action committee that will support Republican candidates across the country. Herr said the movement should not pledge to only support Republicans.

Asked about the critics, convention organizer Judson Phillips “go ask the people here if it is grassroots.”

Phillips said the convention was meant for leaders — and not grassroots activists — and that’s why the ticket prices and extravagances at a luxurious Nashville resort were appropriate.
No goddam elitists here, no sirree Billy Jim Bob.

Gawd's Punishment

This is what happens when you leave your flag up in the rain.
Look at the fucking house & car. You'd think people w/ all that would be grateful to America & all the poor people they ran over to get so much stuff. Why do you lucky or evil assholes hate America so much that you would desecrate her flag? Why?

Nice Guys Discuss Journalism At
For-Profit T. P. Convention

In the trenches:
I spotted Farah and asked him if his speech had been approved by Tea Party Nation.

“They asked me to speak,” said Farah. “They didn’t ask me, ‘What do you want to speak about?’ No, this operates like a free and open society, not like the kind of Marxist society you would apparently like to be a journalist for.”
Yeah, David Weigel, formerly of "Reason." All hot for a Marxist society. How socially inept & psychologically disturbed are these patriots? About this much:
“Andrew is my friend,” said Farah. “He has the right to disagree, and he has the right to say anything to a socialist newspaper that he wants. And if he wants to criticize his friend to you, and he’s dumb enough to do that…”

Breitbart raised his eyebrows. “I’m dumb to do what?”

“Criticize your friend to this socialist newspaper.”

“I was talking to her,” said Breitbart, pointing to Schilling. “I was talking to you. And I was saying that I disagreed on the birther stuff.”

“OK, well, did you know that Dave Weigel from The Washington Independent was”–
It gets better (Statements on the nature of journalism from these loads, each of whom thinks he's Lois Lane, & the other isn't.) but fisticuffs did not ensue. If either of these sad-ass chumps had any of the "honor" they & their ilk prattle so freely about, one of them surely would have challenged the other to a duel, wouldn't they?

We're So Fucking Sorry (You're A Rich Person Who Had A Nice House In The HIlls W/ The Other Nasty People)

Just saw someone's living room on the telebision. Their living room furniture, to be exact, spread over what used to be their lawn, where it had been pushed by all the mud now covering their lawn & the furniture.

We're also so very, very sorry about all the expensive cars that flowed down the hill & smashed into stuff. Cleaner air for working people!!

For A Change, The Truth From Somewhere: Nation Of Autistic Sheep

Most journalistic suckwads & perpetuators of the conventional wisdom, upon publishing a headline such as this,

Down With the PeopleBlame the childish, ignorant American public—not politicians—for our political and economic crisis.

would follow it w/ "Ha ha, no, no, just grabbbing your attention, actually, the American people are wonderful, but elitist Democrat pols are insulting them by noting what cretns they are."

Which we wouldn't bother noting, so you can figure that this time the headline accurately reflects the body of the piece.
The more compelling explanation is that the American public lives in Candyland, where government can tackle the big problems and get out of the way at the same time. In this respect, the whole country is becoming more and more like California, where ignorance is bliss and the state's bonds have dropped to an A- rating (the same level as Libya's), thanks to a referendum system that allows the people to be even more irresponsible than their elected representatives. Middle-class Americans really don't want to hear about sacrifices or trade-offs—except as flattering descriptions about how ready we, as a people, are, or used to be, to accept them. We like the idea of hard choices in theory. When was the last time we made one in reality?
Yeah, you horrid fucking assholes? When?
Our inability to address long-term challenges makes a strong case that the United States now faces an era of historical decline. Our reluctance to recognize economic choices also portends negative effects for the rest of the world. To change this story line, we need to stop blaming the rascals we elect to office and start looking to ourselves.
As someone who's been an American citizen for over 50 yrs., we can tell you this: "Nagunna happen."

Princess Di's Big Score

One must admit there's some animal cunning in Ms. Palin. (And in her husband, who apparently puts Hillary Clinton to shame in the interfering political spouse competition.) Let's face it, parlaying Wasilla elected office, half a term as governor of Alaska (Is that even part of America? It's very, um, exotic, isn't it?) & a failed V-P campaign into
... a status that has become an end in itself: access to an electronic bully pulpit, a staff to guide her, an enormous income and none of the bother or accountability of having to govern or campaign for office.

“Few public figures not in office have leveraged the nexus between media and political positioning as Sarah Palin has,” said the Washington lawyer Robert Barnett (who negotiated, among other things, Ms. Palin’s lucrative deal with Fox News, an arrangement with the Washington Speaker’s Bureau that pays her a reported $100,000 a pop, and a deal with Harper Collins to write her memoir, “Going Rogue,” which has already earned her upward of eight figures).
really is nothing to scoff at. Unlike the stupid this person displays:
“I think if Sarah has a passion, it’s that she really believes that there is a silent majority out there that she wants the folks in Washington to know about,” said Kristan Cole, a friend in Wasilla.
What a noble cause. Because none of the D.C. fuckwads can hear this noisy non-majority they call silent. And all Palin asks for are a book deal & a tee vee gig.
Ms. Palin, who declined to comment for this article, is scarcely seen around her hometown these days, said residents of the so-called Duct Tape Capital of the World. And since leaving office last year, she is silent on state political matters.

“She has expanded her house and turned it into a compound,” said Rebecca Braun, who edits the nonpartisan Alaska Budget Report. “She is basically invisible in Alaska but as big a celebrity as Princess Di everywhere else.”
Can we hope? Will a snow-machine turn her into another Princess Di? Mauled by a bear, maybe?

6 February: Man U Plane Crash

Today is Saturday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2010. There are 328 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Highlights in History
• On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain's King George VI died; he was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II.
• In 1756, America's third vice president, Aaron Burr, was born in Newark, N.J.
• In 1778, the United States won official recognition from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris.
• In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
• In 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill.
• In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the so-called lame-duck amendment, was proclaimed in effect by Secretary of State Henry Stimson.
• In 1959, the United States successfully test-fired a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.
• In 1978, Muriel Humphrey took the oath of office as a U.S. senator from Minnesota, filling the seat of her late husband, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
• In 1992, 16 people were killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville, Ind.
Ten years ago: Hillary Clinton launched her U.S. Senate bid. An Ariana Airlines Boeing 727 was hijacked after leaving Kabul, Afghanistan, making stops in Central Asia and Russia before arriving at Stansted airport outside London the next day. Nine people were killed when a train derailed south of Cologne, Germany. Social Democrat Tarja Halonen edged out her rival in a run-off to become Finland's first female president. The NFC defeated the AFC 51-31 in the Pro Bowl.
Five years ago: The New England Patriots won their third NFL championship in four years, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in the Super Bowl. Fans of the late reggae singer Bob Marley celebrated his 60th birthday in his birthplace of Jamaica as well as the Rastafarian holy land of Ethiopia. Eighteen people were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in a mountain hostel in eastern Spain. Acclaimed Russian pianist Lazar Berman died in Florence, Italy, at age 74.
One year ago: Key senators and the White House reached a tentative agreement on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama's recovery plan. One year ago: Key senators and the White House reached tentative agreement on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama's recovery plan. Federal health officials said Peanut Corp. of America, a Georgia peanut processor, knowingly shipped salmonella-laced products as far back as 2007. Death claimed actors James Whitmore at age 87 and Philip Carey at age 83.
Thought for Today: "The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without 'playing up' to anyone -- even to himself." -- Andre Malraux, French author (1901-76)

1756 Aaron Burr, America's third vice president, was born in Newark, N.J.
1895 Baseball Hall of Famer George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born in Baltimore.
1899 A peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the U.S. Senate.
1911 Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill.
1933 The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect. It moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.
1943 U.S. Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named commander of Allied expeditionary forces in North Africa. He later became World War II Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.
1945 Reggae musician Bob Marley was born in St. Ann parish in Jamaica.
1993 Tennis Hall of Famer Arthur Ashe died at age 49.
1998 President Bill Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
1999 Excerpts of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky's videotaped testimony were shown at President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.
2000 First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her successful candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
2001 Ariel Sharon was elected Israeli prime minister in a landslide over Ehud Barak.
2003 ABC's "20/20" aired a British documentary on Michael Jackson in which the singer revealed he sometimes let children sleep in his bed.
2003 Rapper 50 Cent's debut CD, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," was released.
2004 An explosion ripped through a Moscow subway car during rush hour, killing 41 people in a terrorist attack blamed on Chechen separatists.

Today In Entertainment History February 6
In 1943, a Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.
In 1970, "Instant Karma" by John Lennon was released as a single.
In 1989, actor Todd Bridges was ordered held without bond on an attempted murder charge. He pleaded not guilty in connection with a shooting.
In 1990, singer Billy Idol shattered a leg and broke an arm when his motorcyle hit a car in Los Angeles. Police said Idol ran a stop sign and wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
In 1991, actor Danny Thomas died after suffering a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 79. He was buried in Memphis a few days later.
In 1995, rapper Tupac Shakur was sentenced to one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison on a sexual assault charge.
In 1998, singer-guitarist Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys died of complications from lung cancer in Los Angeles. He was 51. Also in 1998, singer Falco was killed in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic. He was 40. Falco was probably best known for his song "Rock Me Amadeus."
In 2003, ABC aired the British documentary "Living With Michael Jackson." Jackson's comments about allowing kids to spend the night in his bedroom prompted authorities to look into his relationships with children. Jackson was arrested the following November on child molestation charges.

Today's Birthdays February 6 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 93. Actor Patrick Macnee is 88. Actor Rip Torn is 79. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 79. Actor Mike Farrell is 71. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 70. Singer Fabian is 67. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 67. Actor Michael Tucker is 66. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 61. Singer Natalie Cole is 60. Actor Jon Walmsley is 54. Actress Kathy Najimy is 53. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 53. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 53. Actor Barry Miller is 52. Actress Megan Gallagher is 50. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) is 48. Country singer Richie McDonald is 48. Singer Rick Astley is 44. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 41.
Those Born On This Date Include: England's Queen Anne (1665); Eva Braun, mistress and wife of Adolf Hitler (1912) & French film director Francois Truffaut (1932).

In 337, Saint Julius I began his reign as the new Catholic Pope.
In 1685, James II was crowned the next King of England, on this day, after the death of his brother Charles II.
The year 1716 saw the renewed friendship of England and the Netherlands. On this day, in 1716, both the countries had signed a treaty whereby trade in order to boost up the trade and commerce between the two countries.
England declared war on France on this day in 1778. And on the very same day and very same year, France gave recognition to the United States and also signed the first treaty in the history of the United States. The treaty was called the Treaty of Aid and was signed in Paris.
Cholera first appeared in Edinburgh, Scotland on this day, in 1832. Till then this disease was unknown to Great Britain. But with the increase in immigration, many foreign diseases also entered Great Britain, cholera being one of them.
Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle reached Diemen's Island in Tasmania on February 6, 1836.
February 6 is also remembered for the first great train robbery that took place in the year 1891. The robbery was carried out by the infamous Dalton Gang in the Southern Pacific region. In 1899, the Spanish- American war came to an end by the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty was ratified by the United State Senate by one vote, on this day.
In 1911, on February 6, the first Old Age Home was opened in Prescott, Arizona.
1958 was a very unfortunate year, especially for the football fraternity. On this day, in 1958 a plane carrying the Manchester United football team crashed at the Munich Airport. In that accident 7 members of the football team were killed and many more sustained severe injuries.
In 1959, Indira Gandhi was elected as the leader of the Indian National Congress on February 6. She went on to become the first woman Prime Minister of India.
In 1991, the Soviet Space Station named Salyut 7 was destroyed in an accident. The debris of the space station started falling into the Atlantic Ocean on February 6, as the space station disintegrated.
February 6 is also the birthday of Christopher Marlowe, a famous English poet and playwright. He was born in the year 1461. Famous Indian cricketer S Sreenath was also born on this day in 1983.

This Day in History
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Today's Highlight: 1997 -- Marking his first year as president of Haiti, René Préval distributes land to peasants.
Other Notable Events:
1643 -- Dutch mariner Abel Tasman discovers Fiji Islands in the Pacific.
1701 -- War of Spanish Succession begins.
1715 -- Peace of Utrecht ends war between Spain and Portugal.
1778 -- Britain declares war on France.
1819 -- British East India Company, represented by Stamford Raffles, establishes settlement at Singapore.
1840 -- Treaty of Waitangi is signed, guaranteeing Maori tribal chiefs their lands and certain other rights in return for British sovereignty over New Zealand.
1869 -- Greece agrees to leave Crete following Turkish ultimatum.
1897 -- Crete proclaims union with Greece.
1899 -- Treaty of Paris is ratified, whereby Spain cedes Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines to the United States for $20 million.
1902 - French agreement with Ethiopia to finance railway construction provokes protests from Britain and Italy.
1952 -- Britain's King George VI dies and is succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II.
1959 -- The United States successfully test-fires a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile.
1964 -- England and France agree on constructing English Channel rail tunnel.
1971 -- US Apollo 14 astronauts prepare to head back to earth after spending 33 hours on the moon.
1975 -- Three paintings -- one by Raphael and two by Piero della Francesca -- are stolen from National Gallery in Urbino, Italy.
1983 -- US Chief Justice Warren Burger asks Congress to ease the Supreme Court's load by creating a court of federal judges.
1990 -- West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl says he favours immediate talks with East Germany on introducing the Deutsche mark there.
1991 -- Colombian President Cesar Gaviria pleads for peace after a two-day rebel offensive that leaves at least 47 people dead.
1992 -- Three days of clashes between Islamist protesters and security forces kill 12 and injure dozens in Batna, Algeria.
1993 -- Armenian forces capture 12 settlements in a major offensive in the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave in Azerbaijan.
1994 -- Martti Ahtisaari wins Finland's first direct presidential election.
1995 -- Two 100-ton spaceships -- the biggest ever to converge in space -- fly in formation in the first US-Russian rendezvous in 20 years.
1996 -- More than 1,000 Palestinians challenge Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem by filing claims for property they once owned in the Jewish part of the disputed city.
1998 -- A Tamil separatist rebel suicide bombing kills nine people at a military checkpoint in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
1999 -- The first peace talks between Kosovo Albanians and Yugoslavia open in Rambouillet, France.
2000 -- Hillary Rodham Clinton announces her candidacy for US Senate in New York. She later defeats the Republican candidate in November, becoming the only US first lady ever elected to public office.
2001 -- Ariel Sharon is elected Israeli prime minister in a landslide win over Ehud Barak.
2002 -- Athanase Seromba, a Roman Catholic priest accused of participating in the 1994 slaughter of Tutsis by ethnic Hutus in Rwanda, surrenders to the UN tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania.
2005 --- The African Union says the military in Togo has conducted a virtual coup by ignoring the constitution and appointing the son of Africa's longest ruling leader, Gnassingbe Eyadema, to take over as the country's new leader just hours after his father died of a heart attack.

Friday, February 5, 2010

No Such Luck

Some fucking goddam party-pooping asshole mother-fucker pours water over our hopes that Jellystone Park is about to heave itself over the western half of the continent.

Thanks to Simply Left Behind for helping to ruin our day.

CSI*: Nashville

Get the fuller context:That last Presidential election, where they lost? Not an election at all, but a "revolution," that they lost, quoth Tancredo. He follows that w/ a half-hearted call for more than "political" action. If these people weren't wretched old cowards just like we are, we might be worried. And while admitting to cowardice, we're not pants-wetting fools under constant threat & potential attack from all sides.

*Committed Socialist Ideologue

Mohammed Loves Me, This I Know

Militants Kill 70, Wound Hundreds in Attacks on Shiites In Pakistan and Iraq
Attacks in two countries killed scores of Shiites at the end of a Shiite holy week that has been marred by brutal violence.
Read original story in The Associated Press | Friday, Feb. 5, 2010

PuffHo Goes Firebagger (Or Centrist, Hard To Tell) In Bullshit Column From "Heartland" Moron

Pantload Lite, taken completely out of context:

That happened because the old Liberal paradigm's main enemies were Stalinist and Fascist central planning.


America finds itself in a position now where we need a massive transformation of our economy. But we find ourselves without access to any worldview that can imagine it. Reconstructing such a worldview is the great task of our age. We have to be careful to do it with full awareness of the very real threats from Socialism and Fascism. Especially if America's economic crisis deepens into a depression, both of those paradigms will become tempting to many once again.


That tradition was suppressed through the rise of big capital after the Civil War, and then it was forgotten forever when the left was flooded by European Technocrats, Communists, Socialists and Fascists in the 20th century. But that is long story for another time.

We're on the edge of fucking seat in anticipation of that.

NB: "Stalinist," "Socialist." Six of one, half a dozen of the other. They both start w/ A CAPITAL "S," don't they? SEE?

And, we hope the typist is no relation to Fred Exley. Anyone heard any spinning sounds?

A Pound For A Brown On The Bus

This is funny to us, as we were formerly indentured to FedEx. No idea what it's about. We do remember Fred (No relation to "Sonic.") Smith, the founder & chief corporate asshole, sending some fairly Rand-o-tarian crap around to his serfs for their edification.
Extra funny. The fascist bastards appear quite desperate. They may have tobuy themselvessupport (or attack) through uncontrolled advertising a politician or two to get this mess straightened out.

Inside My Brain

THE warning in The Journal of the American Medical Association is not ambiguous: “There is a very definite brain injury due to single or repeated blows on the head or jaw which cause multiple concussion hemorrhages. ... The condition can no longer be ignored by the medical profession or the public.”
But what really makes the research and its conclusions so interesting is its timing: it appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association on Oct. 13, 1928. This raises the question — at least for me — as to why we are announcing the athlete concussion-dementia link as a new, and still somewhat debatable, issue some 80 years later.


The paper is also a terrific reminder of early 20th-century medicine’s down-to-earth approach to research. Martland, the chief medical examiner in Essex County, N.J., began his research by hanging out at boxing matches. He titled the paper “Punch Drunk,” drawing on boxing cant. As he pointed out, boxing fans didn’t hesitate to malign injured boxers, derisively shouting “cuckoo” when obviously brain-damaged fighters shambled into a ring, and referring to those with dementia problems as “slug nutty.”

Martland did autopsies on more than 300 people who had died of head injuries, looking for patterns of brain damage. For his study of boxers, he talked a fight promoter into giving him a list of 23 former fighters he thought could be labeled as definitely punch drunk. Martland was able to track down only 10 of the former athletes, but in those cases, he found the promoter’s diagnosis was on target. Four were in asylums, suffering from dementia. Two had difficulty forming sentences or responding to questions. One was almost blind, two had trouble walking and one had developed symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s disease.

Pretty much the best parts are above, but if you must.

And, because everything is political:

if our response has been slow, that’s mostly because the N.F.L., the National Collegiate Athletic Association and their allies have done an outstanding job, up until now, of ignoring and dismissing the medical record. Not everyone is happy about this, of course. Representative Ted Poe, a Texas Republican, complained that “football as we know it” could be destroyed if we move toward greater protectiveness

I feel safe in diagnosing that comment as slug nutty.


Don't Make 'Em Like ...

A commenter at some other website, one
Mr. Wonderful, said,
February 4, 2010 at 17:54

“What army wouldn’t be terrified at the sight of an army of senior citizens shambling over the hill with nothing to look forward to except a return to a nursing home?”

Way back before you kids were born, when Chrysler was in trouble and NATO’s readiness was being questioned, Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes said one of the only funny things he ever actually said, by suggesting that NATO equip its troops with Chrysler cars. The sight of 5,000 Chrysler Imperials driving across the plains of Poland would freak the Warsaw Pact countries out in a second, thus assuring the end of hostilities.
Which reminded us of these pix we clicked just over a wk. ago.

5 February: FDR Tries Court Packin'; Conviction In Evers Murder 30 Yrs. Later; Hank Aaron, Bill Burroughs Born

Today is Friday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2010. There are 329 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 5, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the U.N. Security Council to move against Iraq, saying that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was harboring terrorists - claims that later turned out to be false.
Other Notable Events
1631 British clergyman Roger Williams arrived in Salem, Mass., seeking religious freedom. He founded the colony of Rhode Island.
1783 Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
1811 George, Prince of Wales, was named the Prince Regent due to the insanity of his father, Britain's King George III.
1881 Phoenix, Ariz., was incorporated.
1887 Verdi's opera "Otello" premiered at La Scala in Milan, Italy.
1897 The Indiana House of Representatives passed, 67-0, a measure redefining the method for determining the area of a circle, which would have effectively altered the value of pi. (The bill died in the Indiana Senate.)
1917 Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, a law severely curtailing the immigration of Asians. Mexico's constitution was adopted.
1924 The Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips"
1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed a Judiciary Reorganization Bill that would have increased the number of Supreme Court justices; critics charged that he was attempting to "pack" the high court with justices who would side with his New Deal policies. (The measure failed in Congress.)
Read the original AP story
1958 Gamel Abdel Nasser was nominated to become the first president of the new United Arab Republic.
A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered.
1972 Bob Douglas becomes the first African American elected to the BasketballHall of Fame.
1971 Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edward Mitchell walked on the moon for four hours.
1973 services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for Army Lt. Col. William B. Nolde, the last official American combat casualty before the Vietnam cease-fire.
1981 U.S. President Ronald Reagan, in a nationwide address, said the United States was in "the worst economic mess since the Great Depression" and called for sweeping spending and tax cuts. [The beginning of the end. — Ed.]
1986 world oil prices plunged toward $15 per barrel from $30 three months earlier after OPEC failed to curb production. Prices dropped to $9 by the summer of 1986.
1988 The Arizona House of Representatives impeached Gov. Evan Mecham, who was later convicted in the state Senate and removed from office. Panamanian military leader Gen. Manuel Noriega was indicted on bribery and drug trafficking charges in Florida.
1989 Radio Moscow announced the last Soviet soldier had left Kabul, Afghanistan.
1990 Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev proposed the Communist Party give up its monopoly on power in the Soviet Union. Two days later, the party's Central Committee agreed.
1992 euthanasia advocate Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian was freed on bond following his arrest in the assisted suicides of two women.
1994 White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Miss., of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963. He was sentenced to life in prison. Also in 1994, a mortar shell fell onto a crowded market in Sarajevo, Bosnia, killing 69 people and injuring 200.
1996 A judge ordered U.S. President Bill Clinton to testify in the Whitewater land dispute trial. He later did so via videotape.
1997 Investment bank Morgan Stanley announced a $10 billion merger with Dean Witter.
1999 Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced in Rockville, Md., to a year in jail for assaulting two motorists following a traffic accident (he ended up serving 3 1/2 months).
2000 Right-wing leader Joerg Haider (yohrg HY'-dur) told a deeply divided Austria not to worry about international sanctions, saying the new governing coalition that included his Freedom Party would soon prove its democratic credentials to the world.
2001 Four disciples of Osama bin Laden went on trial in New York in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
2002 A federal grand jury indicted John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," alleging that he was trained by Osama bin Laden's network and that he conspired with the Taliban to kill Americans.
UPI Version: In 2003, making a case for U.N.-endorsed military action in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell accused the Saddam Hussein regime of deceiving U.N. weapons inspectors and having ties with the al-Qaida terrorist network. [Proud of yourself, Rev. Moon? — Ed.]
2004 Speaking out strongly against his war critics, U.S. President George W. Bush said Iraq's nightmare was over and the United States was safer because he made the decision to go to war. CIA Director George Tenet offered a forceful defense of prewar intelligence in a speech at Georgetown University. Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf pardoned the country's top nuclear scientist for leaking weapons technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea.
2005 A Moroccan family of four was charged in Spain in the March 11 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people. Togo President Gnassingbe Eyadema (nyah-SING'-bay ee-yah-DEE'-mah) died after a fatal heart attack; he was 69. Steve Young and Dan Marino were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
2006 The Pittsburgh Steelers won a record-tying fifth Super Bowl with a 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Also in 2006, the violent Muslim protest against Danish-published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed spread to Turkey, Indonesia, India, Thailand and New Zealand, & Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran was halting all voluntary cooperation in regards to Tehran's nuclear program.
2007 Astronaut Lisa Nowak was arrested after driving 1,000 miles from Houston to Orlando, Fla., to mount a bizarre attack on a romantic rival.
2008 On "Super Tuesday," Barack Obama took a slim lead in delegates over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic contest while John McCain outscored all of his opponents combined in the delegate battle for the Republican nomination. Also in 2008, Mike McConnell, the U.S. director of national intelligence, warned Congress that al-Qaida had progressed to the point that it could carry out an attack in the United States. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, died at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop; he was thought to be 91.
2009 The United States Navy guided missile cruiser Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer. USA Swimming suspended Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps for three months after a photo showing him inhaling from marijuana pipe became public.
Today's Birthdays: Country singer Claude King is 87. The Reverend Andrew M. Greeley is 82. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron is 76.
Hockey commentator Don Cherry is 76. Actor Stuart Damon is 73. Playwright John Guare is 72. Financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn is 71. Television producer-writer Stephen J. Cannell is 69. Actor David Selby is 69. Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 69. Football Hall-of-Famer Roger Staubach is 68. Singer Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) is 68. Movie director Michael Mann is 67. Rock singer Al Kooper is 66. Actress Charlotte Rampling is 64. Race car driver Darrell Waltrip is 63. Actress Barbara Hershey is 62. Actor Christopher Guest is 62. Actor Tom Wilkinson is 62. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is 51. Actor-comedian Tim Meadows is 49. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 48. Actress Laura Linney is 46. Rock musician Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver) is 46. Golfer Jose Maria Olazabal is 44. Rock singer Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) is 42. Baseball player Roberto Alomar is 42. Singer Bobby Brown is 41. Actor Michael Sheen is 41. Country singer Sara Evans is 39.
Those Born On This Date Include: Former British Prime Minister Robert Peel, founder of the London Police Force, (1788); evangelist Dwight Moody (1837); Scotsman John Dunlop, inventor of the pneumatic tire, (1840); outlaw Belle Starr (1848); aviation pioneer Gabriel Voisin (1880); U.S. statesman Adlai E. Stevenson (1900); actor John Carradine (1906); novelist William Burroughs (1914);
& comedian/actor Red Buttons (1919).
Today In Entertainment History
In 1919, screen legends Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith form United Artists.
In 1940, Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded "Tuxedo Junction" for RCA Victor's Bluebird label.
In 1957, Bill Haley and His Comets arrived in London for a tour and were mobbed by fans.
In 1972, Paul Simon released his first solo single following his breakup with Art Garfunkel. The song, "Mother and Child Reunion," became a top five hit.
In 1992, a blues band accompanied Willie Dixon's funeral procession in Chicago. More than 100 mourners followed the horse-drawn hearse that was carrying his body. Dixon died of heart failure about a week earlier.
In 1996, actress Elizabeth Taylor filed for divorce from her seventh husband, Larry Fortensky, citing irreconcilable differences.
In 1998, guitarist Tim Kelly of Slaughter was killed in a traffic accident in northwestern Arizona. He was 34.
In 2001, actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman announced their separation after 11 years of marriage.
Thought for Today: "The greater the philosopher, the harder it is for him to answer the questions of common people." — Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author (1846-1916).