Tuesday, February 16, 2010

California Campaign Up-Date

TBogg on the case, w/ an amusing Baghdad By The Bay reference.

About iCarly:
She and her husband Frank live in Los Altos Hills, CA, with their two Yorkshire Terriers, Max and Snickers. They have a daughter and two granddaughters. Another daughter is recently deceased.
Couldn't find any cause of death info* on Ms. Fiorina's step-daughter, who was 35 when she died last October. A simple "died in a car accident" or something would certainly deflect all the gossip & questions that a phrase such as "is recently deceased" will bring up. Speculation, therefore, is not irresponsible. Perhaps the Yorkies, who, unlike the step-daughters, have names, are more important to the Fiorinas.

If anyone is wondering, we'll take on any of the male Republican candidates in this Senatorial/Gubernatorial ugliness the minute any attention is paid to any of them. As the best-known men in both races are long-time California office-holders & political hacks, not zillionaires who want to continue failing upwards w/ their Golden Parachute money, that's probably not going to happen anytime soon.

We can only advise potential voters to look into iCarly's & Nut-Meg's exemplary voting records. But hey, who has to do something as bothersome as vote when you &/or your corporate entity can buy, sell or trade all the politicians you need, right?

And remember, both of these spoiled brats (Extra-sad for people over 50 to be spoiled, innit?) were involved in the McCain/Palin 2008 debacle. And not as precinct captains or 'phone-bank workers.

Extra-worrisome: Has anyone seen Céline Dion & Ms. F. in the same room?
*Admittedly, we did about as much research as Jonah Goldberg & Megan McArdle combined would have. But we admit it!

Another Example Of The American National I.Q.

Ron Beasley pulls some quotes about what a fucking dullard Evan Bayh is.

Quotes from Jonathan Chait & Ezra Klein, for gawd's sake, calling someone platitudinous. Pot to kettle: "Dude, you're hot!"

Olympic Limp-Dick Up-Date

We weren't much on watching hoops on the tube when our largest tube was a mere 14 diagonal inches. The acquisition of a much more manly 27" tube made the roundball visible, & telebision viewing thereof tolerable. (Though really, is there much point to watching any b-ball before the possibly decisive game in the first-round play-off series?)

Now, w/ 40 fooking inches of ++manly (& "High-Definition") screen, we've passed by a hockey game or two, as the Nasty Broadcasting Company has the winter games all over their various outlets, including MSNBC, the default background noise setting for us as we get up & scour the web for awful shit that must be pointed at.

But that little chunk of black whatever the hockers push around remains barely visible. No converts here.

National I.Q. About To Drop Further

This article launches The Hive, a series of projects designed to harvest the collective intelligence of Slate readers to solve practical problems.
We have a few ideas, beginning w/ mass suicide & working down from there.

On a slightly more practical note, maybe one of the intellectual giants reading this Slate drivel (kausfiles, anyone?) can develop a way to harness the hysterics & "lulz" generated by phrases such as "the collective intelligence of Slate readers" & convert it into energy so you consumer sheep can power your fucking electric razors, curling irons, smart 'phones & dildoes while you're driving three blocks to get more shit at the 7-Eleven. Or while you're driving some ridiculous distance to get bread & milk, since there are no stores w/in a sensible distance of your suburban enclave tenements-of-the-future.

Shoot Us Now!

Uh, hang on a sec. Not right now, but if this awful, awful, person
In the corporate world, she is known for her competence and cunning. Instead of talking about her political experience, she talks about her business expertise—years of working on branding at Procter & Gamble, Bain, Hasbro, and Disney, all of which led her to create the "Country First" slogan for John McCain's presidential campaign, of which she was national co-chair. Her campaign revolves around the GOP standbys of tax cuts, deregulation, and gutting welfare as the keys to recovery.
is elected governor, we may beat you to it.

"Cunning." A euphemism for vicious evil & manipulative abilities. As confirmed by her experience as a "brander," corporate-speak for "lying sack of shit." And the invention of "Country First." Tell us again about how much you cared for your country, John Sidney McCain III.
Her recent stab at literary outreach, The Power of Many: Values for Success in Business and in Life reads more like Everything I Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten for the corporate set. The book is full of platitudes like "you can't buy integrity," "courage is contagious," "the power of validation," and "enfranchise your partners" but is very short on humanizing revelations. The few moments of personal trauma included are described in PowerPoint-ready sound bites: her sister overcoming a bout with mental illness is her "power of many moment"; the family's reaction to the disease's onset is when their "bias-for-action gene kicked into gear." When she refers to her marriage to neurosurgeon Griffith Harsh IV as the "Whitman-Harsh merger," it's not entirely clear whether she's joking.
We'll state for the record that she is a joke. How will Nut-Meg run the most populous state in these United Snakes w/ its huge, somewhere-in-the-ten-largest-economies-in-the-world economy, when
 Her two college-age sons, Griff and Will Harsh, have reportedly been tossed from more than one prep school, and a private dining club, and are said to have been banned from the dorms at Princeton. (If true, that means they would be forbidden from living even in the $30 million Whitman College dorm created by a donation from their mother.) Her camp has not responded to the Internet rumors about her sons' behavior—which also includes accusations that they casually toss around the N-word. This makes Whitman the latest in a chain of female candidates who have had to answer for errant family members, a list that includes Palin, Hillary Clinton, Claire McCaskill, Dianne Feinstein, and Geraldine Ferraro.
That sounds like a load of sexist twaddle. Unless they're trying to smear Chelsea Clinton, we'll figure that the Hillary C. reference is to her brother (Or was it brothers? Who remembers or cares?) whose errancy can hardly be laid at Secretary Clinton's feet. The list of male pols whose relatives & offspring are less than ideal runs from here to Billy "Beer" Carter's gas station.

And "branding?" The real, original Whitman College. (One of our many alma maters, if a school from which one didn't bother to graduate can be called one's alma mater.) And the bogus Whitman College, at Princeton. That's some clever "branding." (We are assuming that Nut-Meg is not related to Marcus Whitman, the namesake of the real Whitman College, as Marcus & some other honkies were righteously massacred at his missionary outpost near present-day Walla Walla in 1847 by the people who lived there already.)
Despite a personal fortune topping $1 billion, her campaign has centered on slashing state spending. She's written op-eds declaring she'd hack away at welfare by imposing "stricter sanctions on adults who fail to meet work requirements." She's also said she would suspend the state's pioneering greenhouse-gas emissions restrictions. Her book is peppered with words like "value," "lean," "streamline," "frugal," "minimizing," and "budgeting."
That right, welfare layabouts, the unemployment rate is in the negatives, so put that walker down & get a job! Can't you hear the buzz-words?

Collective National Guilt, Democracy Justify Death To America!

We've previously expressed similar thoughts about certain Northern European nations (You know who you are!) as well as these United Snakes, but we can't put it any better than this.
Awlaki has denied all involvement in terrorist activities, but defended the targeting of American civilians by terrorists last week, telling al-Jazeera, “The American populace is living within a democratic regime and they hold the responsibility of its policies; the American populace elected the criminal Bush for two presidential runs, and they elected Obama who’s not different from Bush.”
Granted, SCOTUS bears responsibility for the first Bush selection, but Americans didn't riot in the streets or otherwise resist; they are guilty, guilty guilty.

We'd go on & on w/ our America hate, but we must speak to (American) bureaucrats now. Nuke a Yankee pig-dog for world peace!!

Also, be ready for another "Crazed Old Honky Goes On Murder Spree At Gov't. Office Or Bldg." headline! As we like to type: "You've been warned, mother-fuckers!"

NB: Much like the towel-head religious moron we quote above, we deny all involvement in terrorist activities. No, really.

Star Trek '74

A geeky weirdo posts scans of his Gold Key comic books. Weird, man. (Bugger™, a Google service, won't upload the swell Star Trek page we selected. First time that's happened. Cover worked though.) So look for yourself.
And, Magnus, Robot Fighter. W/ (sort of) underpeople!
Too damn bad scanners are better than the humanoid eye.

Less Music, Not Very Often At All

16 January: Elks Organize; Tut's Tomb Trashed By Limey; Nylon®©™ Patented; "Camel Newsreel Theatre" Airs; Castro In Charge; Sunnyvale Spree Killings; Beatles To India

Today is Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2010. There are 318 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 16, 1960, the nuclear-powered radar picket submarine USS Triton departed New London, Conn. on the first-ever totally submerged circumnavigation by a vessel, a voyage which took nearly three months. [Well, except for the part where the crewman who had appendicitis was taken off the boat, for which they didn't surface all the way. — Ed.]
On this date:
In 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates.
In 1862, some 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered at Fort Donelson, Tenn. (Union General Ulysses S. Grant's victory earned him the nickname "Unconditional Surrender Grant.")
In 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City.
In 1918, Lithuania proclaimed its independence, which lasted until World War II (it again declared independence in 1990).
In 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter.
AP sez: In 1937, Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon.
UPI sez: In 1933, a patent for the synthetic fiber nylon was awarded to the DuPont Co.
In 1945, American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines.
In 1948, NBC-TV aired its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre," which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.
In 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
In 1968, the nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated, in Haleyville, Ala.
In 1977, Janani Luwum, the Anglican archbishop of Uganda, and two other men were killed in what Ugandan authorities said was an automobile accident.
In 1986, Mario Soares was elected Portugal's first civilian head of state in 60 years.
In 1988, seven people were shot to death during an office rampage in Sunnyvale, Calif., by a man who was obsessed with a co-worker. (The gunman, Richard Farley, is under sentence of death.)
In 1989, investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, said a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player was what brought down Pan Am Flight 103 the previous December, killing all 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground.
In 1990, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan provided videotaped testimony for the Iran-Contra trial of former national security adviser John Poindexter.
In 1992, the chief of the Iranian-financed Hezbollah and two family members were killed in a bombing raid by Israel in an apparent retaliation for attacks against its soldiers. Also in 1992, the Los Angeles Lakers retired the jersey number of Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who stepped down after contracting the virus that causes AIDS.
In 1998, a China Airlines Airbus A300-600R trying to land in fog near Taipei, Taiwan, crashed, killing all 196 people on board.
In 1999, enraged Kurds seized embassies and held hostages across Europe following Turkey's arrest of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. Testimony began in the Jasper, Texas, trial of John William King, charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Junior. (King was later convicted and sentenced to death.) Germany announced that $1.7 billion would be set aside to compensate victims of the Holocaust. Also in 1999, Northern Ireland's legislature approved the structure for a new executive government in the strife-torn province -- a major step toward implementing the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement.
In 2000, Lucy Edwards, a former Bank of New York executive, and her husband, Peter Berlin, pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan to conspiring to launder billions of dollars from Russian bankers in one of the biggest such schemes in U.S. history. (The couple was fined, put under house arrest for six months and given suspended sentences.)
In 2002, the operator of a crematory in Noble, Ga., was arrested after dozens of decomposing corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered around the building and surrounding woods.
In 2003, a massive storm hit the Northeastern United States resulting in record snowfall in several locations, including Boston, which caught 27.5 inches. Also in 2003, North Korea celebrated the 61st birthday of President Kim Jong Il with nationwide celebrations and a threat to "annihilate" the United States if attacked. [Bring it in, bee-yotch!! — Ed.]
In 2004, a confident John Kerry launched a full-throttle attack on President George W. Bush's economic policies, mostly ignoring his Democratic rivals on the eve of the Wisconsin primary. The Walt Disney Co. rejected a takeover bid by Comcast Corporation. A draft survey showed U.S. children accused more than 4,000 Roman Catholic priests of sexual abuse from 1950-2002.
In 2005, the NHL canceled what was left of its decimated schedule after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap — the flash-point issue that had led to a lockout. Israel's parliament gave the final approval to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements. The Kyoto global warming pact, which the U.S. never ratified, went into effect. Also in 2005, a new survey said China had become the world's biggest consumer of agricultural and industrial goods, except for oil, in which the United States still had the lead.
In 2006, former Haitian President Rene Preval was declared winner of the Feb. 7 presidential election in Haiti. Also in 2006, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights called on the U.S. government to "close immediately the detention center in Guantanamo Bay."
In 2008, President George W. Bush, on a six-day tour of Africa, made his first stop in Benin before flying on to Tanzania. John McCain, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, picked up a total of 50 GOP national convention delegates from Michigan and Louisiana. A car plowed into a group of street-racing fans obscured by a cloud of tire smoke on an isolated Maryland highway, killing eight people. Also in 2008, China reported more than 100 people died in harsh winter weather that spawned the worst blizzards in half a century. Many migrant workers were stranded and millions lost electricity.
In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Tokyo to begin her first trip abroad as President Barack Obama's chief diplomat. The government of Pakistan agreed to implement Islamic law in the northwestern region of Malakand in an attempt to pacify a spreading Taliban insurgency. In Stamford, Conn., a 200-pound chimpanzee named Travis went berserk, severely mauling its owner's friend, Charla Nash; Travis was shot dead by police. Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, South Korea's first Roman Catholic cardinal and an advocate for democracy, died at age 86. Japan reported its domestic product fell at a 12.7 percent annual rate in the last quarter of 2008, plunging the country into what experts say was its worst financial crisis since World War II.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Patty Andrews is 92. [Holy crap! One of the Andrews Sisters still walks among us? Or shuffles in her walker among us? — Ed.] Kim Jong Il, the president of North Korea, is 68. Actor Jeremy Bulloch is 64. Actor Pete Postlethwaite is 64. Actor William Katt is 59. Actor LeVar Burton is 53. Actor-rapper Ice-T is 52. Actress Lisa Loring is 52. Tennis Hall of Fame player John McEnroe is 51. Rock musician Andy Taylor is 49. Rock musician Dave Lombardo (Slayer) is 45. Rock musician Taylor Hawkins (Foofighters) is 38. Former NFL player Jerome Bettis is 38. Olympic gold medal runner Cathy Freeman is 37. Singer Sam Salter is 35. Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green is 33. Rapper Lupe Fiasco is 28.
Those Born On This Date Include: Historian Henry Brooks Adams (1838); orchestra leader Wayne King and actor Chester Morris (both 1901); ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (1903); actor Hugh Beaumont (1909); U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Calif. & half of the comedy/song team Sonny and Cher (1935); actress Margaux Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway (1954).
Today In Entertainment February 16
In 1962, Bobby Vinton recorded the song "Roses Are Red." He was in danger of being dropped by Epic Records but still owed them two single sides.
In 1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives traveled to India to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Later, they were joined by Ringo Starr and his wife and Paul McCartney and his fiancee.
In 1969, country singers George Jones and Tammy Wynette were married in Ringgold, Georgia. They had said they were secretly married six months earlier.
In 1974, Elton John released "Bennie and the Jets."
In 1975, Cher's musical variety series debuted on CBS. It ran until 1976.
In 1982, actress Farrah Fawcett and actor Lee Majors were divorced, after nine years of marriage.
In 1990, musician Ike Turner was sentenced to four years in prison on cocaine charges. He began serving his sentence the next day. Four years earlier, Turner had said he had been addicted to cocaine for 15 years.
In 2007, Britney Spears shaved her head after a salon owner refused to do it for her.
Thought for Today: "There are two ways to slice easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking." — Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American linguist (1879-1950). [We doubt that. — Ed.]

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sideshow [sic]

Best thing yet to appear on The Day-Old Cruller involves playing w/ dead flies. Seriously. (Or obviously.)
Still can't type, spell, or think too well, but we (obviously) take what we can get.

Out Loud

The Hunting of the Snark has a fine, fine, super-fine bit o' snark that all should peruse.

Indeed, if anyone has the time, energy, desire, patience & so on (We have a smidge of the desire, but not enough of the rest, esp. the patience.) they should use this thing & animate Susan of Texas's script. We'd advise anyone w/ all those qualities to ask her before getting on therewith, of course, but damn, that would be ++good!

No! Really? Imagine.

Presidents' Day, a patriotic holiday for most, is just an excuse for some Wingnuts to ask God to kill Barack Obama.

From the former Rudy Guiliani staffer who types at Tina B's Daily Beast & thinks that Keith Olbermann is a member of the "lunatic fringe." (Read it anyway.)
“George Tiller was far greater in his atrocities than Adolf Hitler,” Drake said at the time, “so I am happy. I am glad that he is dead.” This emboldened him to add “the usurper that is in the White House … B. Hussein Obama” to the list said in his church on Sundays.

Oooops!! Homicidal Maniac Index: Up Considerably (This Is A Threat!)

For some time we've been putting off dealing w/ various of the gov't. agencies that assist us both to stay housed, & not to become the raging homicidal maniac that our interactions w/ contemporary Western Industrial Society inevitably cause. Today we finally opened all the damn letters that have been piling up, fully intending to deal w/ the bureaucracy, & made a 'phone call. After listening to recorded messages & pushing buttons until we could get a bureaucratic humanoid instead of a bureaucratic robot, we were reminded that the offices were closed.

Fuck you, Martin Van Buren, & every other American President, ever.

Why Can't We Have Nice Things (Like Health Care For All Americans)?

Voilà pourquoi:

Trillions to Burn: A Quick Guide to US Defense Spending

Speaking Of Health Care Insurance Reform

Earlier today on Fox Business, WellPoint VP Brad Fluegel appeared to discuss the hikes. Fox hosts Charles Payne and and Stu Varney lashed out at WellPoint for increasing rates just when “it was safe to get out of the healthcare debate.” The hosts were uninterested with how the increasing rates would affect customers and struggling families in California. Instead, the pair attacked Fluegel for re-energizing advocates for health reform. Payne groaned, asking Fluegel why he didn’t “take Wall Street’s lead” and “wait for this to blow over and maybe a year from now try to hike rates”:
The ugly details, w/ video proof.

An Adult Posts (‽) At Just Another Blog (From L.A.)™. (It Can Happen.)

The proprietress of The Mahablog asked us if she could use our teeny tiny sliver of blog-o-spheric cyberspace. It's still a free country, so why not?

Would Health Care Reform Help You?

Many obstacles and stumbling blocks remain in the way of health care reform. The House and Senate bills will have to be merged, and then the House and Senate both will vote on the final bill. We don’t yet know what will be in the final bill, or if the final bill will be passed into law. Passage will be especially difficult in the Senate, where it will need 60 votes to pass. It is still possible that after all this angst, just one grandstanding senator could kill the whole thing.

But just for fun, let’s look at what conventional wisdom says will be in the final bill and see if there is anything in it that will be an immediate benefit to people with mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related disease.

It is likely that the final bill will provide additional funding for state high-risk insurance pools. Currently more than 30 states run such pools, which are nonprofit, state-sponsored health insurance plans for people who can’t buy insurance because of pre-existing conditions. The biggest problem with such pools is that, often, the insurance they offer is too expensive for many who might need it. Both the Senate and House bills provide $5 billion in subsidies for state high-risk pools to make the insurance more affordable.

Under the Senate bill, beginning in 2014, private companies would no longer be able to deny coverage to adults with pre-existing conditions, nor could they charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions. Until then, the state high-risk pools could provide some help.

Closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap — also called the “doughnut hole” — is another potential provision that could help some patients with asbestos-related disease. The “doughnut hole” is the gap between the coverage for yearly out-of-pocket expenses provided by Medicare Part D and Medicare’s  “catastrophic coverage” threshold.

For example, in 2009 Medicare Part D paid at least 75 percent of what patients paid for prescription drugs up to $2,700. After that, patients must pay for all of their prescription medications until what they have paid exceeds $6,154. At that point, the catastrophic coverage takes over, and Medicare pays for all but 5 percent of the patient’s drug bills. The final health care reform bill probably will provide for paying at least 50 percent of out-of-pocket costs in the doughnut hole.

You may have heard the bills include budget cuts to the Medicare program, and this has been a big concern to many people. Proponents of the bill insist that savings can be found to pay for the cuts, and that people who depend on Medicare won’t face reduced services. But this is a complex issue that I want to address in a later post.

The long-term provisions probably will include many other provisions that would benefit patients with asbestos-related disease, including increased funding for medical research. Although there are many complaints about the bill coming from all parts of the political spectrum, on the whole it would be a huge benefit to many people.

— Barbara O’Brien

As far as Just Another Blog™ is concerned, sucky as it may be, there's no reason not to pass the current, apparently less-than-ideal bill. It's a start, right?

Pet Names

We think this uncannily demonstrates what a sorry, unimaginative, conformist lot Americans are.* (Especially the "Boomers," who were imposing names on children/pets in the period mentioned.)

Weird Fact

This little oddity has come up a few times recently when we've had to create email addresses for new staffers. But I just did a tally. And even though TPM is still a pretty small organization and has only had paid staffers for a few years, we've managed to have two employees named Kate, Laura, Ben, Eric, Justin, Andrew and Rachel. With 14 double-name staffers, that's got to be more than half the people who've ever worked for TPM. Presumably these were very popular names in the 1980s and very late 1970s. But it still strikes me as uncanny.

Whatever you say. We've actually known two entirely separate "Larry Goldbergs" in our abusive, mocking life.

And it doesn't even get into Jared, Jason, Jedidiah, Jonas, Jonah, Jerkwater & Jagoff. Or the three million spelling variations on "K/C" names for female 'Murkins.

(Remembered that it was typed by "Josh" Marshall about half-way through the "J" list.) Figures.

*As opposed to ourself, who have never had an original idea in our life, & have done nothing but mock people for their ugly, strange &/or revolting appearances & clothing & twist their hateful, hypocritical, stupid &/or ignorant words into mean-spirited parodies.

Preznit's Monday A.M. Music To Go Out & Buy A Mattress & Linens To

The first four lines of this number have been resonating w/ us for a while. Is one certifiable when the Voice In One's Head is one's own?And a Presidential number, w/ a Chambers Bro. as BHO destroying America!

15 February: A Holiday For Some In These United Snakes. We Like To Remember Pres. Fillmore & That Buchanan Guy, Neither Of Whom Get The Ink Some Of The Show-Offier Chief Magistrates Do.

Today is Monday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2010. There are 319 days left in the year. This is Presidents' Day. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 15, 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.
On this date:
In 1710, King Louis XV of France was born.
In 1764, the city of St. Louis was established by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau.
In 1809, American inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick, creator of the first successful horse-drawn mechanical reaper, was born in Rockbridge County, Va.
In 1820, American suffragist Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Mass.
In 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court.
In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later.
In 1942, the British colony of Singapore surrendered to the Japanese.
In 1944, Allied bombers destroyed the monastery atop Monte Cassino in Italy.
In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figure skating team en route to Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium.
In 1965, Canada's new maple-leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa.
In 1982, the oil-drilling rig Ocean Ranger capsized and sank in a storm off Newfoundland. All 84 people aboard were lost.
In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.
In 1990, U.S. President George H.W. Bush attended a drug summit in Colombia with the presidents of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Also in 1990, Washington Mayor Marion Barry was indicted on eight counts of perjury and drug possession.
In 1991, 100 people were killed when a tractor-trailer hauling dynamite overturned and exploded in Thailand.
In 1997, Tara Lipinski, 14, defeated defending women's champion Michelle Kwan to become the youngest U.S. figure skating champion.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton continued his whirlwind visit to Mexico, where he conferred with President Ernesto Zedillo. The body of Amadou Diallo, the unarmed West African gunned down by New York City police, was returned to his native Guinea.
In 2000, Republican presidential rivals George W. Bush and John McCain fought over campaign financing and the tenor of their nomination contest in a testy debate in Columbia, S.C. that included Alan Keyes.
In 2002, President George W. Bush approved Nevada's Yucca Mountain as the site for long-term disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste. Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier were awarded a gold medal to resolve a judging controversy at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Discovery of a human skull in a wooded area near a crematory in Georgia led investigators to remains of more than 300 bodies that were to have been cremated but instead were stacked in sheds and in the woods.
In 2003, millions of people demonstrated against war in cities around the world, including New York, San Francisco, London, Paris and Berlin.
In 2004, A pair of blazes in China killed at least 93 people. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Daytona 500 on the same track where his father was killed three years earlier. The West defeated the East 136-132 in the NBA All-Star game.
In 2005, defrocked priest Paul Shanley was sentenced in Boston to 12 to 15 years in prison on child rape charges. Christopher Pittman, a teen who claimed the antidepressant Zoloft had driven him to kill his grandparents at age 12, was found guilty in Charleston, S.C. of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. A U.S. appeals court in Washington ruled that journalists have no First Amendment privilege to protect confidential sources.
In 2006, a U.S. House of Representatives report sharply criticized government response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster for what it called "mistakes, misjudgments, lapses and absurdities."
In 2008, business tycoon Steve Fossett, 63, was declared dead five months after his small plane vanished after taking off from an airstrip near Yerington, Nev. (Fossett's remains were discovered in October 2008 in California's Sierra Nevada mountains.)
In 2009, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela won a referendum to eliminate term limits, paving the way for him to run again in 2012. The Western Conference beat the East 146-119 in the NBA All-Star game. Matt Kenseth won the rain-shortened Daytona 500.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Kevin McCarthy is 96. Actor Allan Arbus is 92. Former Illinois Congressman John Anderson is 88. Former Defense and Energy Secretary James Schlesinger is 81. Actress Claire Bloom is 79. Author Susan Brownmiller is 75. Songwriter Brian Holland is 69. Rock musician Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 66. Jazz musician Henry Threadgill is 66. Actress Marisa Berenson is 63.
Actress Jane Seymour is 59. Singer Melissa Manchester is 59. Actress Lynn Whitfield is 57. "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is 56. Model Janice Dickinson is 55. Actor Christopher McDonald is 55. Reggae singer Ali Campbell is 51. Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli is 51. Musician Mikey Craig (Culture Club) is 50. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green is 50. Country singer Michael Reynolds (Pinmonkey) is 46. Actor Michael Easton is 43. Rock musician Stevie Benton (Drowning Pool) is 39. Actress Renee O'Connor is 39. Hockey player Jaromir Jagr is 38. Actress Sarah Wynter is 37. Rock singer Brandon Boyd (Incubus) is 34. Rock musician Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers) is 34.
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin is 27. Actress Ashley Lyn Cafagna is 27.
Those Born On This Date Include: Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei (1564); jeweler Charles Tiffany (1812); political leader and diplomat Elihu Root (1845); philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead (1861); explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874); automaker Louis Renault (1877); songwriter Harold Arlen (1905); actors John Barrymore (1882), Cesar Romero (1907), & Harvey Korman (1927); astronaut Roger Chaffee, killed in a fire on the ground during the 1967 Apollo I test (1935); comedian Chris Farley (1964).
Today In Entertainment February 15
In 1941, Duke Ellington recorded "Take The A Train" with his big band. It became the orchestra's theme song.
In 1950, Disney released the movie "Cinderella."
In 1961, Jackie Wilson was shot twice by Juanita Jones as he answered the door of his apartment in New York. Jones had told police she had intended to kill herself if Wilson rejected her. Wilson spent 21 days in a coma.
In 1964, for the first time one act, The Beatles, had five songs on Billboard's Hot 100 list: "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "I Saw Her Standing There," "She Loves You," "Please, Please Me" and "My Bonnie."
In 1965, singer Nat "King" Cole died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California. He was 46.
In 1971, Pink Floyd released their "Dark Side of the Moon" album.
In 1981, blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield died in San Francisco of an accidental drug overdose. Bloomfield was a veteran of the white blues revival in the 1960s.In 1984, Broadway singer and actress Ethel Merman died at the age of 76.
In 2000, Darva Conger married Rick Rockwell on the Fox TV show "Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire." Fox later learned an ex-girlfriend accused Rockwell of hitting her, and Conger asked for an annulment less than a week later.
In 2004, actress Jan Miner, best known as "Madge the Manicurist" in Palmolive TV commercials, died in Bethel, Conn., at age 86.
Thought for Today: "We live by encouragement and die without it - slowly, sadly and angrily." - Celeste Holm, American actress.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I'm Fixing A Hole

Ex-AKGov. Palin goes to Daytona. Go here for the links; we've stolen the best stuff already, like this image, titled by the "Bree Palin" website "Do they have a wax museum in Daytona Beach?"
& these words, from the Orlando Sentinel:
Q: How do you feel about being here?

A: This is awesome. It’s an All-Americana event. A good, patriotic, wonderful event that’s bringing a whole lot of people together. I think it’s good for our country.

Q: This is a good base for you, being in Florida, a swing state, right?

A: Haven’t thought a darn thing about the politics of this. I’m thinking about this good, active, speed-loving event that a lot of Alaskans, too, are really into. We’ve got our snow-machine races up there, and this is of course on a much greater scale same type of sport though same type of breath taking speed loving All-American event that we like to see up north.
In the slightly more real world:
Perfectly normal for crashes to slow down the competition at the Daytona 500, but the race has been halted and drivers taken off the track for a second time today for an entirely different problem.

A pothole in the pavement has stopped NASCAR's signature event again with 39 laps remaining.

NASCAR's season opener was initially stopped with 78 laps remaining so crew members could patch up the pothole. After a 1 hour 40 minute delay for the initial repair, racing continued until there were 39 laps remaining before the red flag came out again.
Such a "patriotic" event.

"Silent Majority"

Surber is as Surber does. Simple, declarative sentences & all:

Cheney is right

President Bush did not leave Barack Obama with two wars.

He left him with one.

The one that Candidate Obama said was “the real war.”

In Iraq, American troops liberated 25 million people and decimated al-Qaeda. George Walker Bush spent all his political capital on that war — and now, the mission truly is accomplished.

And now Joe Biden — the weasel who wanted to divide Iraq in three — and Obama want credit for that?

Vice President Dick Cheney will have none of that.

Cheney told ABC News: “If [the administration is] going to take credit for [Iraq's success], fair enough… but it ought to come with a healthy dose of ‘Thank you, George Bush’ up front and a recognition that some of their early recommendations with respect to prosecuting that war were just dead wrong.”

And Cheney nailed our current president and our current vice president: “Obama and Biden campaigned from one end of the country to the other for two years criticizing our Iraq policy. If they had had their way, if we’d followed the policies they’d pursued from the outset or advocated from the outset, Saddam Hussein would still be in power in Baghdad today.”

The elites can laugh, but the Silent Majority that had regrets about the war two years ago slowly is beginning to realize that the war did protect America and American interests.
Not worth the effort to debunk this. We suppose the last sentence has a grain of truth in it, if you limit "American interests" to the funeral industry & the military-industrial-retracted penis complex.

From "Liberated" Iraq:
TIKRIT, Iraq — The Iraqi Army’s Fourth Division cordoned off the provincial council building here overnight on Tuesday and showed no sign on Wednesday of leaving. It was the latest in a series of actions by the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki that have infuriated his political opponents, while raising doubts about the strength of the country’s laws and democratic institutions.


Via our esteemed colleague NutellaonToast & for the amusement of people who find [sniff] this sort of thing [sniff] amusing, we present moving pictures.

We are slightly amused, though we might have made a different choice for the alternate head.

Intellectual Bullying From The Day-Old Cruller

The Daily Crawler may have paid someone to type this, though most bloviators will give it up for free, especailly after an explanation that The D.C. just can't blow through all that venture capital right away. After all, Tucker had to suck up plenty for it. We can only wonder in which men's room the up-sucking occurred.
That may be true, but it misses Wieseltier’s real point, which is not that Sullivan is an anti-Semite. No, Wieseltier’s real point is that Sullivan is a nasty crank and intellectual bully—and Wieseltier is absolutely right about this.

Indeed, Sullivan commits myriad calumnies against logic and reason while indulging his most angry, bitter, and bile-fueled feelings toward a select group of people and organizations, including (and perhaps limited to): Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the pope, the Catholic church, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, John Yoo, Marc Thiessen, and the U.S. military.

Wieseltier, in fact, makes this point about Sullivan while defending the esteemed Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer. Krauthammer, Wieseltier notes, is Sullivan’s intellectual polar opposite—a man of calm and careful reason and thoughtful analysis:*
“Whatever the merits of his [Krauthammer’s] views, I do not see that his motives are despicable.

“Moreover, Krauthammer argues for his views; the premises of his analysis are coldly clear, and may be engaged analytically, and when necessary refuted. Unlike Sullivan, he does not present feelings as ideas… Sullivan is hunting for motives, not reasons; for conspiracies, which is the surest sign of a mind’s bankruptcy.”
Wieseltier hones in on Sullivan’s odd obsession with Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu, and suggests that “something much darker”—perhaps anti-Semitism—may be at work in Andrew’s strange mind.
We're amused at the very concept of "intellectual bullying." (Especially in this case, as Weaseldick spends the whole thing going on about how Sullivan is anti-semitic, w/o having the guts to come right out & type it. Who's the bully again?) How are words & arguments "bullying?" If one's arguments, words & so on are weak & pathetic, one might interpret having them demolished as "bullying," but claiming "bullying" only reinforces the pathetic weakness. Stop playing the victim card, intellectual weaklings.

*As clearly indicated by his habit of diving into empty swimming pools.

eMeg Wrapped-Up For Quick Disposal

She also opposes marriage equality, on the basis that’s it a “matter of personal conscience and my faith.” Both of which, of course, should certainly drive public policy. Is it also a matter of her conscience and faith that polluters get a new free pass, and women and minorities are afforded fewer job opportunities?

eMeg’s first television ad had to be corrected to omit her lie that she has ‘lived in California for thirty years;’ — note she now says ‘the many years I have lived in California.’ She moved here in 1981 but lived in Massachusetts for seven years in the 1990s. California voters should start to worry about just how badly her governorship would retard our state when she says she wants California to “be what it once was.” Blacks, Latinos, women, our breathable air, and gays have suffered or will suffer under her leadership.
We are most amused by her proposals to: 2. Cut government spending & 3. Fix education. More magical thinking from the world of business & theocracy. We're a bit surprised to see that the witch claims a conscience. Is "her faith" Catholicism? She's certainly ugly enough to have been a nun.

While the "eMeg" appellation seems to be catching on state-wide, we quite like "Nut-Meg." Cut that spending (Well, the spending for poor people & clean air.) & fix that education system, Nut-Meg!!

The New York Times Asks, "Shame: Is There None?"

The Shameful Olympic Response to Luger's Death
Rather than carry out a full investigation that could help prevent another tragedy, officials seemed only to be concerned about going on with the show.
Read original story in The New York Times | Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010

How's That iPhone Working Out For You?

From the Legal Dep't.:
There "is no constitutional bar" to acquiring "routine business records held by a communications service provider," said Mark Eckenwiler, a senior attorney in the criminal division of the Justice Department. He added, "The government is not required to use a warrant when it uses a tracking device."

This is the first federal appeals court to address warrantless location tracking, which raises novel issues of government surveillance and whether Americans have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their--or at least their cell phones' --whereabouts.
In other news, we see that some are missing the forest to admire the trees.
"My understanding -- I'm not a theologian -- but there's a prophecy in the Bible that says you'll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times," Del. Mark L. Cole, the bill's sponsor, told the Post. "Some people think these computer chips might be that mark."

Cole reportedly said that he primarily sponsored the bill because of the privacy issues.

"I just think you should have the right to control your own body," he said. [This "right" applicable to White Xian Males only. — Ed.]

Yet some fundamentalist Christians see more serious concerns in the Book of Revelation in the Bible, which reads, "He causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

Those opposed to the legislation mocked the connection to the Bible story. Del. Robert Brink reportedly said he never heard voters on the campaign trail mention any concerns about microchips.

"I didn't hear anything about the danger of asteroids striking the Earth, about the threat posed by giant alligators in our cities' sewer systems or about the menace of forced implantation of microchips in human beings," he said.
We have seen the Mark of The Beast, & it is AT&T.

Mental Health Break

A crazy person on an upper floor decided to clean house around midnight last night.
Or to determine if gravity was still in effect.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised:
It Will Be A Crank Call

Palestinians torment Judea and Samaria police with abusive phone calls.

With 50-60 percent of all calls coming into headquarters being abusive, and operatorsfielding an average of 1,500 bogus calls a month, Carmeli said the problem has “really harmed our ability to respond to calls. New operators are insulted when they’re told to screw their sisters. Years ago, we would answer the calls by introducing ourselves, but this has stopped because harassers would call back pretending to be friends and asking for operators by name, and it became uncomfortable.”
Not to forget YOUR mother. Or "mom."

14 February: VD; Colonialist Cook Gets His; Elton John Marries (A Woman!); Rushdie Fatwa'd; Northern Ill. Shooting

Today is Sunday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2010. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 14, 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago; its first president was Maud Wood Park.
Other Notable Events
In 1778, the American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted Star and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France.
In 1779, Cap't. James Cook was killed in Hawaii.
In 1849, James Polk became the first U.S. president to be photographed while in office. The photographer was Mathew Brady, who is famous for his Civil War pictures.
In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state.
In 1886, the California citrus industry was born, as the first trainload of oranges left Los Angeles for eastern markets.
In 1899, Congress approved and President William McKinley signed legislation authorizing states to use voting machines for federal elections.
In 1903, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed a law creating the Department of Commerce and Labor.
In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state.
In 1929, in what became known as the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre," gunmen believed to be working for Prohibition-era crime lord Al Capone killed seven members of the rival George "Bugs" Moran gang in a Chicago garage.
In 1933, an eight-day bank holiday was declared in Michigan in a Depression-era move to avert a financial panic. A total of $50 million was rushed to Detroit to bolster bank assets.
In 1945, Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations.
In 1949, Israel's legislature, the Knesset, was convened for the first time.
In 1962, First lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducted a tour of the White House in a videotaped special that was broadcast on CBS and NBC (and several nights later on ABC).
In 1979, Iranian guerrillas stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, trapping Ambassador William Sullivan and 100 staff members. Forces of the Ayatollah Khomeini later freed them but the incident foreshadowed the embassy takeover in November. Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police.
In 1984, 6-year-old Stormie Jones became the world's first heart-liver transplant recipient at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. (She lived until November 1990.)
In 1989, Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, offended by "The Satanic Verses," called on Muslims to kill its British author, Salman Rushdie. He offered a $1 million reward for Rushdie's death, sending the writer into hiding. Tehran rescinded the death sentence in 1998. Union Carbide agreed to pay $470 million to the government of India in a court-ordered settlement of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster.
In 1990, 90 people were killed and 56 injured in the crash of an Indian Airlines Airbus 320, about 50 yards short of the runway in Bangalore, India.
In 1992, the Bush administration denied lying about the fate of repatriated Haitians and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject efforts to stop the return of thousands of boat people.
In 1993, six people were killed in a modern Valentine's Day massacre in a Bronx, New York, neighborhood where area residents ignored the gunfire.
In 1994, a convicted serial killer who admitted killing 55 people was executed by firing squad in a Russian prison.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton, accompanied by his wife, Hillary, began a quick visit to Mexico to encourage its struggle against narcotics and government corruption, and grow its markets for U.S. products. John D. Ehrlichman, President Nixon's domestic affairs adviser who was disgraced and imprisoned for his role in the Watergate cover-up, died in Atlanta at age 73.
In 2000, three tornadoes tore across rural southwestern Georgia, killing 20 people and destroying homes, businesses and farms. Two sophomores at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. were found shot to death in a fast-food restaurant just two blocks from the school, which was still reeling from the April 1999 massacre. (The restaurant killings remain unsolved.)
In 2003, Dolly the sheep - the first mammal cloned from an adult - was put to death at age 6, due to premature aging and disease, by the Scottish scientists who brought her to controversial life six years earlier.
In 2004, at least 25 people died and 100 others were injured when a giant glass roof collapsed at the largest city water park in Moscow. Authorities suspected faulty construction. Also in 2004, Iraqi insurgents overwhelmed a police station west of Baghdad, killing 23 people and freeing dozens of prisoners.
In 2005, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated. Eleven others died with him. Also in 2005, a gas explosion inside a Chinese mine killed 214 people, the worst reported Chinese mining disaster since the 1949 communist revolution. An estimated 59 people were killed and some 210 people were injured during a fire at a mosque in Iran. President George W. Bush said he would nominate Lester M. Crawford as head of the Food and Drug Administration, a position Crawford had held as acting commissioner for nearly a year.
In 2006, a senior Iranian nuclear official confirmed the country had resumed enriching uranium, considered a first step in nuclear production. This prompted Russia and France to call on Tehran to halt its work.
In 2007, U.S. Department of Defense records showed the number of U.S. Army recruits with criminal backgrounds had risen 65 percent in the past three years.
In 2008, a former student at Northern Illinois University opened fire in a lecture hall at the school, killing six students and wounding 15 others before killing himself. A former student dressed in black walked onto the stage of a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University and opened fire on a packed science class; Steven Kazmierczak killed five students and wounded 15 others before committing suicide. [Differing body counts both from The AP. — Ed.] Republican campaign dropout Mitt Romney endorsed John McCain for the party's presidential nomination.
In 2009, in a reversal to previous testimony in the Ron Blagojevich impeachment proceedings, Roland Burris, chosen by Blagojevich to succeed President Barack Obama in the Senate, admitted the former Illinois governor's brother asked him for campaign funds. Savoring his first big victory in Congress, President Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to celebrate the just-passed $787 billion economic stimulus bill as a "major milestone on our road to recovery." Publisher Alfred A. Knopf Jr., 90, died in New York.
Today's Birthdays February 14: TV personality Hugh Downs is 89. Actress-singer Florence Henderson is 76. Country singer Razzy Bailey is 71. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 68. Jazz musician Maceo Parker is 67. Movie director Alan Parker is 66. Journalist Carl Bernstein is 66. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) is 63. TV personality Pat O'Brien is 62. Magician Teller (Penn and Teller) is 62. Cajun singer-musician Michael Doucet (Beausoleil) is 59. Actor Ken Wahl is 53. Opera singer Renee Fleming is 51.
Actress Meg Tilly is 50. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is 50. Singer-producer Dwayne Wiggins is 49. Actor Enrico Colantoni is 47. Actor Zach Galligan is 46. Actor Valente Rodriguez is 46. Rock musician Ricky Wolking (The Nixons) is 44. Tennis player Manuela Maleeva is 43. Actor Simon Pegg is 40. Rock musician Kevin Baldes (Lit) is 38. Rock singer Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) is 38.
Those Born On This Date Include: Statesman and abolitionist Fredrick Douglas (1818); suffrage leader Anna Howard Shaw (1847); sports announcer Mel Allen, football coach Woody Hayes and labor leader Jimmy Hoffa (all 1913).
Today In Entertainment February 14
In 1894, Comedy legend Jack Benny was born Benjamin Kubelsky in Waukegan, Ill.In 1895, Oscar Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opened at the St. James' Theatre in London.
In 1972, "Grease" opened off-Broadway. Original cast members included Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau. The show moved to Broadway later in the year, and closed in 1980. Also in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a week as co-hosts of the Mike Douglas television talk show.
In 1973, David Bowie collapsed from exhaustion at the end of an elaborate Valentine's Day show at Radio City Music Hall.
In 1977, singer-songwriter Janis Ian received nearly 500 Valentine's Day cards from fans. She sang about never getting Valentine's Day cards as a teenager in her ballad, "At Seventeen." Also in 1977, The B-52's played their first concert at a party in Athens, Georgia.
In 1980, CBS announced that Dan Rather would succeed Walter Cronkite as anchorman and managing editor on "The CBS Evening News" the following year.
In 1984, Elton John married studio engineer Renate Blauel. The marriage lasted four years.
In 1992, Weezer had their first practice, in Los Angeles. They played their first show a few weeks later.
In 1996, the Artist Formerly Known As Prince married dancer Mayte in Minneapolis.
In 1999, singer Buddy Knox died after a brief battle with cancer in Bremerton, Washington. He was 65. He's probably best known for the 1957 hit "Party Doll."
In 2009, drummer Louie Bellson, who'd performed with Duke Ellington and his late wife, Pearl Bailey, died in Los Angeles at age 84.
Thought for Today: “Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” — Jack Benny (born this date in 1894, died in 1974).

Saturday, February 13, 2010


The new McCarthyism sweeping Israel

To disagree with the state is to 'delegitimise' the state: that is the increasingly strident response of the country's political and military establishment to those who dare to criticise its conduct
From The Independent, via War in Context.

The Assassination List

Quote of the Day

"I'm trying to have a more governmental/legislative, less political year."
-- Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), quoted by The Hill.

Facebook Users Respond

By, apparently, upping their privacy settings.
As spotted at Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear, which is not the sort of web log that people would be ashamed, nervous or embarrassed to be associated w/. (Unlike Just Another Pile (From L. A.)™, for example.

Most Of Your Species Makes Us Sick To Our Stomach: Now Your Fucking Cousins Do Too!

It's just what it says (except that a primate isn't a monkey): Don't watch if you don't like.

Fifty (Or So) Yrs. Ago In Telebision History

As seen here, it was 50 yrs. (& two days) ago today that Jack Paar walked off the "Tonight Show." Our Hollywood correspondent ME has more, w/ audio & video.

Creating Your Own Reality

A gawd-awful upper-middle-class witch w/ much too much time on her hands prattles on about "creating your own reality," affirmations & equivalent drivel. Yes, it's at the Huffington Post, where upper-middle-class ninny Arianna Huffington, who married a gay person for his money (How's that for "creating one's own reality?") lets her "Ladies Who Lunch" friends go mad w/ New Age bullshit. Who could have imagined that such spoiled airheads were firmly in the Karl Rove, "create your own reality" camp?

After all, it's the best of all possible worlds, & if you don't enjoy it, there's something wrong w/ you!!

That's the attitude that allows modern society to continue. We'd love to see one of these hoors work an eight-hr. day w/ an hour bus commute each way (bound to be longer getting home, actually) for five or six yrs., & then see how "positive" their atitude is.

Not to be a sexist pig or anything (We'll admit to being a pig.) but what in the name of all that's unholy & good is wrong w/ women, especially, that fall into this crap?

Stupidity might be one cause. It took the typist we're abusing here quite some time to pull her head out of her ass:
It would be nearly 20 years before I finally realized that while affirmations are a powerful tool for clarifying and focusing on what you want, positive action is also required to achieve it.
And no one's denying that society lets women continue to be infantile long beyond its expectations for men. Doesn't mean they have to play along, though. Even if it does make their empty lives easier.

What really gets us is that people are so irredeemably stupid & foolish that they ask us why we're consumed w/ hate, pain & rage. Figure it out, morons. It's because we're surrounded by cretins like you.

13 February One Day Late For Friday The Thirteenth: Hauptmann "Guilty;" Dresden Bombed; Frogs Go Nuclear; Peter Tork 68; Henry Rollins 49; Brother Ray Gets Posthumous Grammies

Today is Saturday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2010. There are 321 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 13th, 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J. found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-slaying of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was later executed.)
On this date:
In 1542, the fifth wife of England's King Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, was executed for adultery.
In 1635 The Boston Public Latin School was founded. (It is now the oldest public school in the United States.)
In 1668, Portugal was recognized as an independent nation by Spain.
In 1741, Andrew Bradford of Pennsylvania published the first American magazine. Titled "The American Magazine, or A Monthly View of the Political State of the British Colonies," it lasted three issues.
In 1861, the first Medal of Honor went to Col. Bernard Irwin, an assistant Army surgeon serving in the first major U.S.-Apache conflict.
In 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP, was founded in New York.
In 1920, the League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland.
In 1939, Justice Louis D. Brandeis retired from the U.S. Supreme Court. (He was succeeded by William O. Douglas.)
In 1945, Allied planes began bombing the German city of Dresden, causing a firestorm that destroyed the city and killed as many as 135,000 people. The Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the Germans. The 49-day battle killed more than 50,000 German troops.
In 1960, France exploded its first atomic bomb, in the Sahara Desert.
In 1974, the Soviet Union expelled dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
In 1980, the 13th Winter Olympics opened in Lake Placid, N.Y.
In 1984, Konstantin Chernenko was chosen to be general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee, succeeding the late Yuri Andropov.
In 1988, the 15th winter Olympics opened in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
In 1990, the two Germanys and the Big Four powers agreed to pursue German unity.
In 1991, hundreds of Iraqi civilians were killed when a pair of laser-guided U.S. bombs destroyed an underground facility in Baghdad identified by U.S. officials as a military installation, but which Iraqi officials said was a bomb shelter. Also in 1991, 36 people were killed when an Ash Wednesday mass at a Mexican church turned violent. [Alright, we understand "I went to the fights & a hockey game broke out." Or if drunken get-togethers, sporting events & the like somehow go wrong. And we're no fan of religiosity. But a mass "turned violent?" What he hell, UPI? — Ed.]
In 1993, three men were killed and another wounded in a shooting at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla.
In 1997, the Dow Jones industrial average broke through the 7,000 barrier for the first time, closing at 7,022.44.
In 1998, Cuba began releasing 299 political prisoners following an appeal by Pope John Paul II. Also in 1998, Nigerian troops overthrew the military junta that had ruled Sierra Leone since ousting the democratically elected government in May 1997.
In 1999, in his weekly radio address, President Bill Clinton said as many as 4,000 American troops would go to Kosovo as part of a NATO peacekeeping force if warring Serbs and ethnic Albanians were to reach a political settlement. A federal judge held American Airlines' pilots union and two top board members in contempt and promised sizable fines against them, saying the union did not do enough to encourage pilots to return to work after a court order.
In 2000, Tiger Woods saw his streak of six consecutive victories come to an end as he fell short to Phil Mickelson in the Buick Invitational.
In 2003, the Bolivian capital of La Paz was plunged into chaos by protests that got out of hand. Fourteen people were killed.
In 2004, President George W. Bush, trying to calm a political storm, ordered the release of his Vietnam-era military records to counter Democrats' suggestions that he'd shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard.
In 2005, final results showed clergy-backed Shiites and independence-minded Kurds had swept to victory in Iraq's landmark elections. The AFC won the Pro Bowl, defeating the NFC 38-27. Also in 2005, flooding claimed more than 70 lives in Venezuela and Colombia.
In 2006, a U.N. report accused the United States of violating prisoners' rights at its military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
In 2008, Barack Obama won votes in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia by large margins, strengthening his lead over Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. On the Republican side, John McCain won all three primaries as well, solidifying his lead over Mike Huckabee. Also in 2008, the U.S. government confirmed reports that trailers supplied to survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita posed a possibly serious health risk because of formaldehyde. Under oath and sometimes blistering questioning, seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens told Congress: "I have never taken steroids or HGH."
In 2009, a $787 billion stimulus bill aimed at easing the worst economic crisis in decades cleared both houses of Congress. Peanut Corp. of America, the peanut processing company at the heart of a national salmonella outbreak, filed for bankruptcy. A Continental airlines turbo prop commuter plane crashed into a house near Buffalo, N.Y., killing a reported 50 people, including one person in the house. Also in 2009, more than 30 people died and 84 were injured when a female suicide bomber detonated a device on a major Shiite pilgrimage route in Musayyib, Iraq. [The AP sez at least 40 died.— Ed.]
Today's Birthdays: Former test pilot Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager is 87. Actress Kim Novak is 77. Actor George Segal is 76. Actress Carol Lynley is 68. Singer-musician Peter Tork (The Monkees) is 68. Actress Stockard Channing is 66.
Talk show host Jerry Springer is 66. Actor Bo Svenson is 66. Singer Peter Gabriel is 60. Actor David Naughton is 59. Rock musician Peter Hook is 54. Actor Matt Salinger is 50. Singer Henry Rollins is 49.
Actor Neal McDonough is 44. Singer Freedom Williams is 44. Actress Kelly Hu is 42. Rock musician Todd Harrell (3 Doors Down) is 38. Singer Robbie Williams is 36. Football player Randy Moss is 33. Rhythm-and-blues performer Natalie Stewart (Floetry) is 31. Actress Mena Suvari is 31.
Those Born On This Date Include: Former first lady Bess Truman, wife of U.S. President Harry Truman (1885); artist Grant Wood (1891); writer Georges Simenon (1903); entertainer "Tennessee" Ernie Ford and football coach Eddie Robinson (both 1919) actor Oliver Reed (1938).
Today In Entertainment February 13
In 1961, Frank Sinatra unveiled his own record label, Reprise. Sinatra did not have a very high opinion of rock music, but the label would [eventually] release recordings by The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix and The Kinks.
In 1972, Led Zeppelin had to cancel a concert in Singapore after authorities would not let the group off the plane because of their long hair.
In 1982, a 300-pound marker on the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was stolen from an Orange Park, Fla., cemetery. Police found it two weeks later in a dry river bed.
In 1991, a helicopter carrying actor Kirk Douglas collided with a stunt plane over an airport in California. Douglas suffered cuts and bruises. Two people on the plane were killed.
In 1997, Michael Jackson and then-wife Debbie Rowe became parents of a son named Prince.
In 2000, Charles Schulz's final "Peanuts" strip ran in Sunday newspapers, the day after the cartoonist died in his sleep at his California home at age 77.
In 2005, Ray Charles won eight posthumous Grammy awards for his final album, "Genius Loves Company."
In 2008, Hollywood writers ended their 100-day strike that had disrupted the TV season and canceled awards shows. Japanese movie director Kon Ichikawa died in Tokyo at age 92.
Thought for Today: "To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can have." — Theodore H. White, American political writer (1915-1986).