Saturday, January 23, 2010

We're Contemplating A Name Change (To "Journal Of Cynicism & Despair" Or "Schadenfreude Symposium," "Nihilist's Corner" Being Taken)

(Is there anything more cynical & despairing than linking/quoting someone who's already linking/quoting?)

The point not being who's a better typist, or who's getting paid for it, but the statistics that prompted the paid column.
 Herbert cites some frightening statistics -- the addition of five million people to the ranks of the impoverished from 2000 to 2008, an increase of 15.4%, bringing the total number of Americans living in poverty to 40 million.  Even more frighteningly to me, there are now 91.6 million Americans living at or below 200% of the poverty line, which is a mere $21,834 rate for a family of four. In other words, thirty percent of our countrymen are living in highly marginal circumstances.


Construction and manufacturing, two areas in which high school educated men have traditionally been able to earn middle class wages, have been crushed in the current recession. They alone account for the loss of a staggering 2.2 million jobs. Overall employment has declined by 7 million jobs since this debacle began.
This Great Nation of Ours™ has sure gone to hell in a hand-basket in the course of a wk. We've been told we have an evil laugh (w/o trying, mind you) so imagine it here: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Further Shit From The Palmetto Bug State

Noted here. Detail here.
In South Carolina, 58 percent of students participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program.
Maybe that explains why Lt. Gov. Bauer can get elected to anything beyond dog-catcher. (Really, a better gig for him, w/ his knowledge of strays & all.)

A startling fact we did not know (probably because it isn't true):
In his speech, Bauer said people have to become more engaged with government.

"You see, for the first time in the history of this country, we've got more people voting for a living than we do working for a living."
That certainly sounds "engaged w/ gov't." What is he bitching about?

Unintended Consequences

The death of the "market," following the SCOTUS decision: Some guy here is agreed w/ by this guy, who has a more negative take on it.

Thing is, foreign companies don’t have this “advantage” so have to compete the old fashioned way.  And they will continue to eat American companies lunch. As the US gets weaker, and becomes less able to force foreign companies to obey American laws, this strategy will become less and less viable, especially as American citizens will also be losing buying power.

This sort of thing is why I now see the odds of the US turning itself around in the next generation as being miniscule.

The corporations took their toy & broke it. Too damned bad the bosses won't be punished, & that not one Rand-o-tarian will learn anything from this. (Who are we kidding? They'll all have boiled in their own wastes by then anyway. What a world this was.)

Stupid, Ignorant People: Stop Typing Or Die!

A quick note to the ignorant out there (Stupidity is legion!):
carefully crafted sound bytes
The phrase is "sound bIte," not "Sound bYte." Get a fucking dictionary & use it! Oh, hey, there are dictionaries right on-line when you're typing along, you don't even have to get off your ignorant ass to get a big heavy book. Try it some time!

It seems we're not the first to notice, & we can add this fucking "Lou Marinoff" moron to the list of those who must go elsewhere. Seriously, he has a "pet homonymic peeve—again symptomatic of a culture rendered senseless by fuzzy speech—[...] named 'sound bite'" that is 180 fuck-tuck-tucking degrees wrong.

Imagine what a fucking cretin you have to be to get hot & bothered about something you're completely wrong about. (Is Lou a right-winger?)

We can add to the discussion that "sound bite" is a television news term which probably pre-dates the 1980 WaPo reference given at eggcream. Ha ha, we're right again!

Push, Push

Fascist Reseach Council: ON THE MOVE!!

Balloon Juice & Newshoggers on the receiving ends. Also a BJ commentor.
  1. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama?
  2. Do you approve or disapprove of Congress making changes to your health insurance?
  3. Do you approve or disapprove of the Pelosi-Reid-Obama (PRO) bill funding abortions with your tax dollars?
  4. Do you approve or disapprove of the PRO cutting Medicare by 50% and killing seniors?
  5. Do you approve or disapprove of representatives cutting back-room deals to pass the PRO-Bill?
  6. Are you male?
  7. Are you 50 or over?
  8. Have you contributed money to a church, religious group or political entity in the past year?
  9. Is this your primary phone number?

Oh Yeah?

A fucking lawyer types:
I've been saving a number of items to write about that I want to present for your information without further comment. In one way or another, they are interesting and informative.

The people of Israel display adherence to the commandment to repair the world. Out of their own trials with terrorism they have become world leaders in rescue missions and emergency medicine. They rightly take pride in the IDF's mission of aid to Haiti. Jay Newton-Small reports that most of Haiti's hospitals were destroyed in the earthquake.

One of the seven field hospitals set up following the earthquake was established by the IDF. Newton-Small writes: "The Israeli hospital can treat only about 100 people a day, but it is the paramount medical center operating in Haiti in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake. It receives the cases that other hospitals find difficult and cannot manage."

Ella Perlis spoke with an American/Israeli iDF officer about the facility. "Located on a Port-au-Prince soccer field," she writes, "the facility has operating rooms, an intensive care unit, a pediatric ward, and even a pharmacy. The technology is as sophisticated as most Western hospitals: it has x-ray equipment, respirators, monitors, and incubators that have sustained at least two premature babies born since the earthquake."

Commenting on the Israeli mission, Frida Ghitis adds: "Israeli rescuers, experienced at recovering the remains of terrorism and war victims, risked their lives crawling into unstable buildings to dig out desperate survivors....While the harshest critics of Israel's morality, the countries that have done their best to smear Israel, did not lift a finger to help Haiti[,] Israel, a land smaller than New Hampshire, sent hundreds of emergency workers, one of the largest contingents." The New York Times has posted the video report from Reuters that includes footage of a Haitian man being rescued from a collapsed building on Friday by a team from Israel. He was one of two survivors pulled from the rubble ten days after the earthquake.

A human being makes the "further comment" that Scott Johnson can't bring himself to make:
In this mirror, Israel now sees an image of itself as a big-hearted nation admired around the world for its humanitarian efforts in Haiti. But the self-satisfaction will be short-lived. Before long this glimmer of goodwill will once again be overshadowed by the enduring reality that in the minds of most Israelis the suffering of others seems just as likely to provoke callous indifference as it does an open heart.

The big Israeli heart shrivels at the sight of a Palestinian.
We wonder what part of Scott Johnson's anatomy shrivels when he sees a Palestinian, or an Ay-rab or Mooslim of any kind.

And, as seen immediately below, shouldn't we just be letting these people fend for themselves? It'll teach them a lesson in self-reliance.

Correlation: It AIn't Necessarily Causation

"Wild" animals, apparently, only breed if you feed them.

SC Lt. Gov. compares people getting gov’t help to ‘stray animals’ who ‘breed’ because they don’t know better.

Lt. Gov. Andre BauerSouth Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, held a town hall meeting yesterday where he argued government should be tougher on families whose children receive free and reduced-price lunches. Bauer said that parents should be required to “pass drug tests or attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings.” To make this argument, however, he compared people receiving government assistance to stray animals:
My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better,” Bauer said. [...]
Later in his speech, Bauer said, “I can show you a bar graph where free and reduced lunch has the worst test scores in the state of South Carolina,” adding, “You show me the school that has the highest free and reduced lunch, and I’ll show you the worst test scores, folks. It’s there, period.
Bauer later insisted that he “wasn’t saying people on government assistance ‘were animals or anything else.’” (HT: Jamie Sanderson)

Taking The Loved Ones W/ You

NY dairy farmer kills 51 cows, commits suicide

Fri Jan 22, 10:54 ET
COPAKE, N.Y. – State police in New York say an upstate dairy farmer shot and killed 51 of his milk cows in his barn before turning the rifle on himself.

State police found the body of 59-year-old Dean Pierson in his Copake barn on Thursday. A visitor found a note Pierson had left on the barn door that said not to come in and to call police.

State police would only say that Pierson was having personal issues.

The Columbia County hamlet of Copake is about 115 miles north of New York City.
Local farmers buried the cows outside the barn Friday. They would not discuss Pierson or what had happened, but one of the men said these are hard times to be a farmer.
Information from: Register-Star:

23 January: Great Purge; 24th Amendment Ratified; Pueblo Seized; Sal Dali, Richard Berry, Cap't. Kangaroo, Johnny Carson Die; Alexander Woollcott Goes 'Em One Better, Dies On Live Radio

Today is Saturday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2010. There are 342 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 23, 1960, the Swiss-Italian-made bathyscaphe (BATH'-ih-skahf) Trieste, owned and operated by the U.S. Navy, carried two men to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean, reaching a depth of more than 35,000 feet inside the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.
On this date:
In 1542, King Henry VIII took the title of King of Ireland.
In 1579, The Union of Utrecht is signed by the provinces of the Netherlands committed to carrying on resistance to Spain. It becomes in fact the foundation of the state of the Netherlands.
In 1789, Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington, D.C.
In 1799, French troops capture Italian city of Naples.
In 1845, Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
In 1849, English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a Doctor of Medicine degree, from the Medical Institution of Geneva, N.Y. Prussia suggested a German union without Austria.
In 1918, the Soviet government officially severed relations with the church.
In 1920, Holland refused to surrender Germany's former Kaiser Wilhelm II to Allies for punishment as a World War I criminal.
In 1922, at Toronto General Hospital, 14-year-old Canadian Leonard Thompson became the first person to receive an insulin injection as treatment for diabetes.
In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In 1937, seventeen people went on trial in Moscow during Soviet leader Josef Stalin's Great Purge.
In 1948, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower said he couldn't accept a presidential nomination from either party. Four years later, he ran as a Republican and was elected 34th president of the United States.
In 1950, the Israeli Knesset approved a resolution affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In 1964, the 24th amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.
In 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.)
In 1971, the temperature at Prospect Creek, Alaska, dropped to 80 degrees below zero, the lowest temperature recorded in the United States.
In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.Audio LinkNixon: "peace with honor"
In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter reinstated the Selective Service System.
In 1985, debate in Britain's House of Lords was carried live on TV for the first time.
In 1988, Sandinista missiles downed a cargo plane that was dropping U.S.-financed supplies to Contra rebels in southeastern Nicaragua. Four crewmen were killed.
In 1989, surrealist painter Salvador Dali died in his native Spain at age 84.
AP sez: In 1991, allied forces in the Persian Gulf War announced that they had achieved air superiority after some 12,000 sorties.
UPI sez: In 1991, U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said heavy bombing had destroyed Iraq's two operating nuclear reactors and damaged chemical facilities. The Angolan government accepted a peace plan that ended a 15-year-old civil war with UNITA rebels. Also in 1991, U.S. Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady asked Congress for another $80 billion toward the bailout of the nation's savings and loan industry.
In 1992, the Salvadoran legislature issued an amnesty for guerrilla fighters of a 12-year civil war, allowing them to return to society.
In 1996, Yigal Amir confessed in court to killing Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
In 1997, a judge in Fairfax, Va., sentenced a Pakistani man to death for an assault rifle attack outside CIA headquarters in 1993 that killed two people and wounded three. France's highest court rejected a final appeal and ordered Maurice Papon, a former Vichy official, to stand trial for deporting Jews to death camps during World War II.
In 1999, a federal judge ordered Monica Lewinsky to submit to an interview sought by House prosecutors in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. During his visit to Mexico, Pope John Paul II urged his flock in the Americas to make the region a "continent of life."
In 2000, the Tennessee Titans advanced to the Super Bowl by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-14 in the AFC Championship game. The St. Louis Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-6 to win the NFC Championship. NFL star Derrick Thomas was injured when the sport utility vehicle he was driving overturned on an icy road in Missouri; Thomas died more than two weeks later. (The crash also claimed the life of Thomas' friend, Michael Tellis.) Over a million people marched through downtown Madrid to call for peace after a car-bomb attack was seen as a resurgence of Basque separatists' 32-year-old campaign of violence which had killed nearly 800 people.
In 2001, a new administration in the Philippines moves to freeze the bank accounts of ousted President Joseph Estrada and begins a criminal investigation against him.
In 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted in Karachi, Pakistan, by a group demanding the return of prisoners from the Afghan campaign; he was later slain.
In 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld former Gov. George Ryan's powers to commute sentences, keeping 32 spared inmates off death row.
In 2005, Viktor Yushchenko was sworn in as president of Ukraine. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27-10 to win the NFC championship game; the New England Patriots won the AFC championship by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 41-27.
In 2006, Ford Motor Co., reflecting the downsizing of the U.S. auto industry, said it would close 14 factories and eliminate 30,000 jobs over six years. Also in 2006, Canadian voters chose Stephen Harper's Conservation Party over outgoing Prime Minister Paul Martin's Labor Party in a close parliamentary election. Ugandan rebels ambush UN peacekeepers in Congo, killing eight of them in a gunbattle that also leaves 15 attackers dead near the Sudanese border.
In 2007, more than 100,000 mourners choke the streets of Istanbul for the funeral of Hrant Dink, the Armenian journalist who was gunned down in broad daylight on January 19 because of public statements made about the mass killings of Armenians by Turks in the early 20th century.
In 2008, tens of thousands of Palestinians poured into Egypt from Gaza after Palestinian militants used land mines to breach a barrier dividing the border town of Rafah. Also in 2008, Thailand returned to civilian rule after a military council that had ruled the country for 16 months disbanded. French Open winner Michael Chang was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and IMG creator Mark McCormack and Tennis Week magazine founder Eugene Scott were selected posthumously.
In 2009, President Barack Obama quietly ended the Bush administration's ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option. New York Gov. David Paterson chose Democratic Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEHR'-sten JIL'-uh-brand) to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Today's Birthdays: Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is 86. Actress Jeanne Moreau is 82. Actress Chita Rivera is 77. Actor-director Lou Antonio is 76. Actor Gil Gerard is 67. Actor Rutger Hauer is 66. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) is 66. Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) is 63. Singer Anita Pointer is 62. Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 60. Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 60. Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 57. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ry-GOH'-sah) is 57. Princess Caroline of Monaco is 53. Singer Anita Baker is 52. Reggae musician Earl Falconer (UB40) is 51. Actress Gail O'Grady is 47. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Nelson is 39. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 36. Rock musician Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) is 35.
Those Born On This Date But Now Dead Include: American patriot John Hancock (1737); French author Stendhal, a pseudonym for Marie-Henri Beyle (1783-1842); French Impressionist painter Edouard Manet (1832-1883); Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein (1898); actors Randolph Scott (1898) & Dan Duryea (1907) & comedian Ernie Kovacs (1919).
This Date In Entertainment History
In 1943, critic Alexander Woollcott suffered a fatal heart attack during a live broadcast of the CBS radio program "People's Platform."
In 1958, Brunswick Records released "Maybe Baby" backed with "Tell Me How" by The Crickets.
In 1970, singer Judy Collins was denied permission to sing her testimony at the Chicago Seven trial.
In 1976, "Donny and Marie" premiered on ABC. It was the first variety show hosted by a brother and sister team, Donny and Marie Osmond.
In 1977, the TV mini-series "Roots," based on the Alex Haley novel, began on ABC.
In 1978, Terry Kath, a vocalist and guitarist with the band Chicago, accidentally shot himself to death. He was 32.
In 1982, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley recorded their first demos as Wham! in Ridgeley's parents' house. They used a portable studio that cost them $32.
In 1986, the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were honored. They included Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Elvis Presley.
In 1989, James Brown was sentenced in Georgia to another six years in jail in connection with a police chase through two states. At the time, Brown was serving a sentence in South Carolina.
In 1990, former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins died in Florida of complications from pneumonia. He was 37.
In 1996, the city council in Johnson City, Tenn., withdrew permission for White Zombie to hold a show there. Several town residents had complained that the band advocated devil worship.
In 1997, "Louie, Louie" composer Richard Berry died in his sleep at his home in South Central Los Angeles.
In 2000, the dark satire "American Beauty" won the Golden Globe for best film drama, while "The Sopranos" won best television drama.
In 2002, Virgin Records and Mariah Carey terminated their record deal after barely nine months. Virgin paid Carey $28 million to break the contract, on top of the $21 million Carey got for signing with Virgin.
In 2004, the enduring situation comedy "Friends" filmed its final episode in front of an invitation-only audience. Bob Keeshan, TV's "Captain Kangaroo," died in Windsor, Vt., at age 76.
In 2005, former "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson died from complications from emphysema in Malibu, Calif. at age 79.
Thought for Today: "Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined." — Johnny Carson, American talk show host (1925-2005).

Friday, January 22, 2010

On A Stealing Roll: Why Think & Type When One Can Click & Lift?

I was watching CNN today, and I saw someone make the following point [...] Many of our largest and richest corporations are foreign-owned, and this ruling would seem to give non-Americans the legal right to influence our political campaigns.
We heard the same point made on MSNBC today.

Our source continues:
I would like to know what prevents the Saudi rulers, or the Chinese government, or for that matter, Al Qaida from going online to Legal Zoom and spending a couple hundred dollars to form a corporation, through which they could spend billions to support candidates of their choice?
Always close big:
It only remains for me to point out that these five Supreme Court Justices are not conservative, they are corrupt. Since Nixon got Rehnquist onto the Supreme Court, every Republican judicial nominee has been nothing but a willing tool of corporate interests. Their 5-4 majority gave us the Bush presidency, in the greatest act of judicial corruption in the history of this country, and now they have struck again. So, when you turn on the TV and see commercials telling you who to elect, kindly provided in your own best interest by the Iranian Mullahs, you will know who to thank.

Must We Type Something As Well?

Corporations Speak Out Against SCOTUS Ruling,
Call On Congress To Approve Public Financing
Of Campaigns

Your Tax Dollars At Work (UPDATED)

Widespread Problems On LPDs, Other Ships: U.S. Navy

Inspectors are rechecking every pipe weld aboard every ship built in the last several years at Avondale, La., or Pascagoula, Miss., including destroyers and small- and big-deck amphibs, after discovering so many problems that all pipe welders and Navy inspectors at both yards had to be decertified and then recertified to work on ships.
Not to mention:
Inspectors are looking at the entire San Antonio class of amphibious transport docks to determine what has caused systemic lube oil problems in multiple ships, as well as damage to engine bearings that recently sidelined the newest ship, New York.
All hail the free market!

(EXTRA FUN 22 January @ 1925): We had no idea. We pay little attention to the trivial & mundane (like money) but if pressed we would have estimated around $500 billion, plus the off-the-books trillion or so that Bush managed to get. From this apocalyptic fantasy.

Theocratic Up-Date & Wrap-Up

A long, linky & video'd one on First Amendment violators who work world-wide. The usual thing: Infiltrating police forces, supporting death squads & the like.

Wonder what Palin has to say about death squads (Which are real & exist, also.) as opposed to "death panels."

Her "anointer" is part of the movement,
[T]he first Transformations movie [...] also featured Kenyan pastor Thomas Muthee who anointed Palin at her Wasilla Assembly of God church prior to her becoming governor of Alaska.
which seems to approve of those death squads:
Caballeros explains in his book Victorious Warfare that while spiritual warfare involves battling demons, it also refers to any “strongman; literally, a human being who has made a covenant with the devil or with certain demons, and who has been given spiritual dominion over a determined territory.” Caballeros has also stated in Guatemalan TV broadcasts that he supports extra judicial killings of criminals in Guatemala by evangelicals in the police force.

“The death squads that still function within the PNC and the Ministry of Government, are a holy enterprise that is organized by agents and personnel from Evangelical churches that know our obligations to society…I must recognize that the story published in the New York Times on March 5 of this year is true; the “social cleansing” that, together with Carlos Vielman as Minister of Government we carried out in the institution, had to be done and must continue, as I understand has been ordered to the new authorities…”

We are again reduced to typing: JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, GODDAMNIT!!

Beck, Bush & Being Brain-Dead

A relatively pointless exercise in Beck Bashing at The Daily Beast. While it is pointed to bash his sorry ass, there wasn't too much meat on the bones of this work-out. The Slate one of a few mos. back is better. Nonetheless, we were struck by this tidbit, sure to further conspiracy theorists & others who'd like to know just who the fuck pulls the strings of America's puppets.
Beck’s newfound firebrand politics and effectiveness in driving the news cycle had some old friends scratching their heads. “I never got the impression that Glenn is as naturally curious as he appears to be to be bringing the information forward that he is,” said Jim Sumpter. “I don’t know if Glenn’s being fed or if Glenn’s really the driving force. I have no idea. If he’s the driving force, that’s a Glenn Beck I never saw. If he’s being fed, then the showmanship that goes into all of this is classic Beck. Now if Glenn is the showman and the driving force behind bringing the information to the forefront, then, then I think we’re probably looking at near genius in terms of what he’s doing … [but] I don’t think this is Glenn. The catalyst in this thing is not Glenn. Glenn’s the vehicle, not the catalyst.”
So Glenn Back's about as curious as ol' George Bush, is he? Figures. We just wish Jim Sumpter (Beck's former radio station manager in Corpus Chrsti) had an idea who's putting this stuff on Beck's desk, or in that People Magazine rack next to the toilet that so many lower middle-class pigs have in their "rest rooms."

Leisure Time Activities In The Bunker (First & Last In A Series)

  • Pulling hair from nose & ears.
  • Trimming eyebrows.
  • Sleeping.

Ben Ehrenreich Condemns Racist American Military, We Agree

This leaves the more disturbing question of why the Obama administration chose to respond as if they were there to confront an insurgency, rather than to clear rubble and distribute antibiotics and MREs. The beginning of an answer can be found in what Rebecca Solnit, author of A Paradise Built in Hell, calls "elite panic"—the conviction of the powerful that their own Hobbesian corporate ethic is innate in all of us, that in the absence of centralized authority, only cannibalism can reign.

But the danger of hunger-crazed mobs never came up after the 2004 Pacific tsunami, and no one mentions security when tornados and floods wipe out swaths of the American Midwest. This suggests two possibilities, neither of them flattering. The first is that the administration had strategic reasons for sending 10,000 troops that had little to do with disaster relief. This is the explanation favored by the Latin American left and, given the United States' history of invasion and occupation in Haiti (and in the Dominican Republic and Cuba and Nicaragua and Grenada and Panama), it is difficult to dismiss. Only time will tell what "reconstruction" means.

Another answer lies closer to home. New Orleans and Port-au-Prince have one obvious thing in common: The majority of both cities' residents are black and poor. White people who are not poor have been known, when confronted with black people who are, to start locking their car doors and muttering about their security. It doesn't matter what color our president is. Even when it is ostensibly doing good, the U.S. government can be racist, and, in an entirely civil and bureaucratic fashion, savagely cruel.


Re-Writing The Headlines

China Says U.S. Criticism of Its Internet Policy Harms Ties

Bouffant Sez: China's Says U.S. Criticism of Its Internet Policy Harms Ties

Fuck you, Yellow Peril!

Bullshit Called On Winter Olympics. We Call The Same On The Summer Games!

It's Thoughtless Enthusiasm En Masse*, argues Chuck Klosterman at Esquire: "The Olympics are designed for people who want to care about something without considering why...In order to enjoy the Olympics, you can't think critically about anything. You just have to root for America (or whatever country you're from) and assume that your feelings are inherently correct. It's the same kind of antilogic you need to employ whenever you attend a political convention or a church service or movies directed by Steven Spielberg."

*Or, as we define it at Just Another Blog™: Nationalism tending towards fascism.


Where We Stop Reading

There is not a week that goes by in my capacity as a Search Engine Optimization and Marketing  ...

What He Said: "Political Science-Fiction Nightmare"

Our viewing of this was interrupted by EAS Flash Flood Warnings, so we're going to look at it here, even though MSNBC probably ran it three times last night.
"Good night, & you're fucked!"

22 January: Bacon Born; Queen Vickie, Benedict XV, LBJ, Rose Kennedy, Telly Savalas, Rose Mary Woods Die; "Bloody Sunday" In St. Petersburg; Unabomber Cops Plea

Today is Friday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2010. There are 343 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac. Critical Analysis of the date in history.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 22, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson pleaded for an end to war in Europe, calling for "peace without victory." (By April, however, America also was at war.)
On this date:
In 1498, during his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, explorer Christopher Columbus arrived at the present-day Caribbean island of St. Vincent.
In 1561, English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon was born in London.
In 1517, Ottoman troops take Cairo, Egypt.
In 1655, Oliver Cromwell dissolves Britain's Parliament.
In 1771, Spain ceded the Falkland Islands to Britain.
In 1808, King Joao VI and the Portuguese royal family flee from Napoleon's troops and move the court from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 1811, France's Napoleon Bonaparte annexes Oldenburg and alienates Russia's Czar Alexander.
In 1879, King Cetewayo and 20,000 heavily armed Zulu warriors assault British troops and win the battle of Isandlwana in South Africa, where 139 soldiers repel attacks for almost 12 hours.
AP sez: In 1901, Britain's Queen Victoria died at age 81.
UPI sez: In 1901, Queen Victoria of Britain died at age 82 after a reign of 64 years. She was succeeded by her son, Edward VII.
Other AP sez: In 1901, Queen Victoria died at age 81 after 63 years on the British throne.
In 1905 (New Style calendar), thousands of demonstrating Russian workers were fired on by Imperial army troops in St. Petersburg on what became known as "Bloody Sunday."
In 1917, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson pleads for an end to war in Europe, calling for "peace without victory".
In 1922, Pope Benedict XV died; he was succeeded by Pius XI.
In 1943, U.S. and Australian troops took New Guinea in the first land victory over the Japanese in World War II.
In 1944, U.S. troops invaded Italy, landing at Anzio beach in a move to outflank German defensive positions, but fail to exploit the surprise gained to take Rome, just 53 kilometres (33 miles) away.
In 1957, Israeli forces complete withdrawal from Sinai Peninsula, but remain in the Gaza Strip.
In 1959, 12 workers were killed in the Knox Mine Disaster in Pennsylvania when the mine became flooded with water from the Susquehanna River.
In 1968, U. S. B-52 bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs plunges into Greenland Bay. Washington says there is no danger of explosion because bombs were unarmed.
In 1970, the first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the Boeing 747 begins in New York City and ends in London some 6 1/2 hours later.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, legalized abortions using a trimester approach. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson died at age 64.
In 1984, the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9 to win Super Bowl XVIII, played at Tampa Stadium in Florida. (The game broadcast on CBS-TV featured Apple Computer's famous "1984" ad introducing the Macintosh PC.)
In 1986, three Sikhs convicted of the 1984 assassination of India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi are sentenced to death.
In 1990, the Azerbaijani parliament threatened to secede from the Soviet Union.
In 1992, the acting leader of the Islamic Salvation Front, Abdelkadar Hachani, is arrested in Algeria and detained without trial until 1997.
In 1994, twenty-one firefighters die after they are trapped in a brush fire in southern Argentina.
In 1995, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy died at the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 104.
In 1996, the Galileo probe plunges into Jupiter's atmosphere and finds it windier and drier than expected, with less helium and less lightning.
In 1997, the Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation's first female secretary of state.
The Russian parliament voted, without legal force, to remove Boris Yeltsin as president because of his ill health.
In 1998, Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
In 1999, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., abruptly called for dismissal of charges against President Bill Clinton to "end this sad and sorry time for our country." Clinton called for spending $2.8 billion to protect the nation from cyber terrorism and chemical and germ warfare. [Yeah, that Clinton, he just let the terrorists run wild, didn't he? — Ed.] Pope John Paul II arrived in Mexico on his first visit in 20 years.
In 2000, Elian Gonzalez's grandmothers met privately with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno as they appealed for help in removing the boy from his Florida relatives and reuniting him with his father in Cuba. Meanwhile, in Cuba, an estimated 150,000 people echoed the demand for the boy's return. Food writer Craig Claiborne died at a New York hospital at age 79.
In 2001, President George W. Bush signed a memorandum reinstating full abortion restrictions on U.S. overseas aid.
In 2002, China moves 17,000 settlers -- mostly Chinese and Muslim -- to a traditionally Tibetan region in its remote west, reviving a plan abandoned after protests by critics of China's Tibetan policies.
In 2003, the French and German governments issue a joint statement expressing their opposition to immediate military action against Iraq.
In 2004, South Dakota politician Bill Janklow was sentenced to 100 days in jail for an auto accident that killed a motorcyclist. Enron Corp.'s former top accountant, Richard Causey, surrendered to federal authorities; he pleaded innocent to conspiracy and fraud charges. (Causey later pleaded guilty to securities fraud and was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.) Ranchers block a main road in western Brazil to protest what they said were thousands of squatters on their land. Some 3,000 Guarani and Kaiowa Indians have been defying a judge's order to abandon 14 ranches they had occupied in recent weeks to press their claims for ancestral lands.
In 2005, The Iraqi government pledged to do everything in its power to protect voters from insurgent attacks during upcoming elections, as militants announced they'd killed 15 captive Iraqi National Guardsmen for cooperating with the Americans. Iran's hard-line leadership rules out allowing women to run for president in June elections, denying reports in the state-run media that it had decided to allow female candidates for the first time. Friends and family bade farewell to ten people killed when a mudslide damaged more than two dozen homes in La Conchita, Calif. President Richard Nixon's former secretary, Rose Mary Woods, died in Alliance, Ohio, at age 87.
In 2006, Evo Morales, Bolivia's first Indian president, took office. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 81 points, the second-highest total in a single game in NBA history, in a 122-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
In 2007, a suicide bomber crashes his car into a central Baghdad market crowded with Shiites just seconds after another car bomb tears through the stalls where vendors were hawking DVDs and used clothing, leaving 88 dead in one of the bloodiest attacks of the Iraq war.
In 2008, Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive "dirty bomb," was sentenced by a U.S. federal judge in Miami to more than 17 years in prison on terrorism conspiracy charges. Republican Fred Thompson quit the race for the White House after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states. Iraq's parliament passes a law to change the Saddam Hussein-era flag.
In 2009, President Barack Obama ordered the Guantanamo Bay prison camp closed within a year and banned harsh interrogation of terror suspects. The Senate Finance Committee cleared the nomination of Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary, 18-5, despite unhappiness over his mistakes in paying his taxes. A Chinese court sentenced two men to death and a dairy boss to life in prison for their roles in producing and selling infant formula tainted with melamine.
Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Ind.) is 82. Actress Piper Laurie is 78. Actor Seymour Cassel is 75. Author Joseph Wambaugh is 73. Actor John Hurt is 70. Singer Steve Perry is 61. Country singer-musician Teddy Gentry (Alabama) is 58. Movie director Jim Jarmusch is 57. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Mike Bossy is 53. Actress Linda Blair is 51. Actress Diane Lane is 45. Actor-rap DJ Jazzy Jeff is 45. Country singer Regina Nicks (Regina Regina) is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Gay (Shai) is 41. Actor Gabriel Macht is 38. Actor Balthazar Getty is 35. Actor Christopher Kennedy Masterson is 30. Pop singer Willa Ford is 29. Actress Beverley (cq) Mitchell is 29. Rock singer-musician Ben Moody is 29.
Those Born On This Date Include: Russian Czar Ivan III, known as Ivan the Great (1440); French physicist Andre-Marie Ampere (1775-1836); British poet George Lord Byron (1788-1824); August Strindberg, Swedish author (1849-1912): D.W. Griffith, legendary film director ("Birth of a Nation") (1875); U.N. Secretary-General U Thant (1909); actress Ann Sothern (1909); actor Bill Bixby (1934); soul singer Sam Cooke (1935).
Today In Entertainment History January 22
In 1938, Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" was performed publicly for the first time, in Princeton, N.J.
In 1953, "The Crucible," Arthur Miller's drama about the Salem witch trials of the 17th century, opened on Broadway.
In 1959, Buddy Holly made his last recordings in New York. He died in a plane crash the next month.
In 1960, singer Sam Cooke signed with RCA Records.
In 1963, Gerry and the Pacemakers held their first recording sessions.
In 1967, the Rolling Stones refused to go on the revolving stage during the finale of the British TV show "Sunday Night At The London Palladium." The press saw it as a snub against tradition.
In 1968, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, premiered on NBC.
In 1971, the Joe Cocker film "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" premiered in London. The movie was a documentary of Cocker's tour of the same name and featured performances by Cocker, Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge.
In 1990, Slash, the guitarist for Guns N' Roses, used a profanity while accepting American Music Awards for his band. Viewers complained to ABC, which had broadcast the show live. The network apologized.
In 1994, actor Telly Savalas died, a day after his 70th birthday.
In 1998, singer Toni Braxton filed for bankruptcy, listing liabilities of more than one million dollars.
In 2004, Jennifer Lopez called off her engagement to Ben Affleck. Actress-dancer Ann Miller died in Los Angeles at age 81.
In 2005, "Besame Mucho" songwriter Consuelo Velazquez died at age 84.
In 2008, actor Heath Ledger was found dead of an accidental prescription overdose in New York City; he was 28.
Thought for Today: "Would to God that we might spend a single day really well." — Thomas a Kempis, German monk and author (c. 1380-1471). [It's pretty much His fault if you don't, isn't it? — Ed.]
(Above Advance for Use Friday, Jan. 22) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press. All rights reversed.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Adjustable Skullcap

Found a skullcap in the recycling today.
It's adjustable.

Family Of Grand Old Pervs

We ain't showin' you human rug Sen.-elect Scott Brown's Cosmo picture again, but how 'bout Mrs. Scott Brown, in a music video? (Oh fuck, that A.-H. A. H. won't let us embed. See for yourselves.) No listenin': We only looked.
And we can't imagine the tune could be any good, so consider yourselves forewarned.
Acorns Near The Tree Dep't.

Fractured Fairy Tales

Watch it hereread it there.

It's The Left-Wing Bias Of The MSM, Silly

Why aren't we talking about the new accusations of murder at Gitmo?

[I]t has been mostly ignored this week in the mainstream American media and paid little attention by the usual crew of torture apologists on the right.
And also from Slate:

Room With a View: I get a thrill seeing my neighbors in the buff. Am I cheating on my wife?

Just shoot us. Now.

Ich Bin Ein Spartakus

Doc40 has an opinion as to Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which we mentioned in the context of USA Today's coverage.
If this is indeed the case, I suggest we boycott the shit out of this pernicious program, and demonstrate to corporate media that it can’t mess with the icons of the left and get away with it totally unscathed.
Maybe it's just as well; we don't need the tea-partiers appropriating Spartacus for their own nefarious pseudo-revolutionary purposes.

Mental Illness Psychotic Break

Trusting Moron Shocked By Corporate Lies

The New York Times reveals how it works: It's a fucking steno pool.
At some point, you have to assume that the companies are providing us with accurate specs.

But you can't assume that. Not anymore.
Anymore? When could they be trusted?
But this week, I discovered something that's sort of shocking, when you think about it: Barnes & Noble has been claiming that the Nook weighs less than it really does.

OK, not by much. The company says the thing weighs 11.2 ounces. In fact, it weighs 12.1 ounces. (I discovered this when my daughter set it on a home postal scale. Later, I confirmed it with a fancier scale at the actual post office.)

That's right: Barnes & Noble conveniently shaved 7.4 percent off of the Nook's weight, and hoped nobody would notice.
Indeed, nobody did until "reporter" Pogue's daughter accidentally make it obvious. Next time the U.S. Gov't. decides it wants to start a war somewhere, run it by this young woman to see if the Gov't's lies hold up.

"Reproduce The Essential Unity Of Physiological Oneness Of Children And Procreation"

neo-Stalinist gay rights lobby (including the International ANSWER cadres and Code Pink traitors who've long supported the killing of American troops overseas)
is closing in on the proprietor of American Power, who claims
No one has ever made compelling arguments on the facts to rebut what's been written here over time. Indeed, it almost always ends up, the responses I get, as leftist namecalling and the politics of radical hatred and demonization.
And here are the facts as D. D. lays them out:
So, I'll be clear: I believe marriage exists for the fundamental purpose of child-rearing and the biological regeneration of society. In no way can a same-sex couple do what a man and woman can to reproduce the essential unity of physiological oneness of children and procreation.
Facts, or his coded Catholic/Natural Law/whatever-the-heck beliefs?

He's mad at Cindy & Meghan McCain as well.
 But I'm afraid it's getting to the point that even people of strong values have capitulated to the demonization of what's good. If it's gotten to the point where the Cindy McCains and the Meghan McCains of this world are the arbiters of what's an acceptable Repubican, I doubt that party will ever regain any credibility on the right, no matter how many Scott Browns we elect. I know, I know: Lots of top Republicans favor so-called "marriage equality." Dick Cheney comes to mind, one of the most forceful critics of the Obama administration, but one who has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. For all of Dick Cheney's wisdom, I don't think he gets it on this issue. Once conservatives concede marriage to the radical left, it's all downhill -- there's not going to be much to uphold regarding fundamental values of goodness and social preservation.
Hey, dude, relax. We don't hate you. You amuse us even as we're feeling sorry for you.

21 January: Louis XVI Gets His; Vlad Lenin, Eric Blair, Jack Lord Die; Charlie Starkweather Makes His Move; First Commercial 747, SST Flights;

Today is Thursday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2010. There are 344 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 21, 1910, shortly before 11 a.m., the Great Paris Flood began as the rain-swollen Seine River burst its banks, sending water into the French capital for more than a week.
On this date:
In 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine.

In 1858, Felix Maria Zuloaga became president of Mexico upon the ouster of Ignacio Comonfort.
In 1861, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners resigned from the U.S. Senate.
In 1915, the first Kiwanis Club was founded, in Detroit.
In 1924, Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died at age 53.
In 1950, former State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being part of a Communist spy ring, was found guilty in New York of lying to a grand jury. (Hiss, who always proclaimed his innocence, served less than four years in prison.) George Orwell (Eric Blair), author of "Nineteen Eighty-Four," died in London at age 46.
In 1954, the first atomic submarine, USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton (GRAH'-tuhn), Conn. (However, the Nautilus did not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later.)
In 1958, Charles Starkweather, 19, killed three relatives of his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, at her family's home in Lincoln, Neb. (Starkweather and Fugate went on a road trip which resulted in seven more slayings.)
In 1959, Ohio saw widespread flooding caused by heavy rain and melted snow.
In 1968, the Battle of Khe Sanh began during the Vietnam War as North Vietnamese forces attacked a U.S. Marine base; the Americans were able to hold their position until the siege was lifted 2 1/2 months later. In Greenland, an American B-52 bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs crashed, killing one crew member and scattering radioactive material.
In 1970, the Boeing 747 went on its first commercial flight as Pan Am passengers traveled from New York to London.
In 1976, the supersonic Concorde jet was put into service by Britain and France.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
In 1991, Iraq announced that it would use hostages as human shields against allied warplanes.
In 1994, a jury in Manassas, Va., acquitted Lorena Bobbitt by reason of temporary insanity of maliciously wounding her husband, John, whom she'd accused of sexually assaulting her.
In 1997, Speaker Newt Gingrich was fined as the House voted for first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct.
In 1998, Pope John Paul II began his first visit to Cuba. Allegations of U.S. President Bill Clinton's affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky became public when newspapers reported the story.
In 1999, former Sen. Dale Bumpers told the Senate impeachment trial of Bill Clinton that the president was guilty of a "terrible moral lapse" but not of conduct warranting or even permitting his removal from office. Raul Salinas de Gortari, the brother of a former Mexican president, was convicted of masterminding the murder of rival Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu. (The conviction was later overturned.)
In 2000, the grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez traveled to the United States to plead for the boy's return to Cuba. A military junta seized power in Ecuador. The next day, following expressions of international concern, the junta leaders turned the government over to the country's vice president.
In 2003, the Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed blacks as America's largest minority group.
In 2004, the recording industry sued 532 computer users it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet. President George W. Bush visited community colleges in Ohio and Arizona, where he highlighted the economy and several new job-training initiatives he'd proposed a day earlier in his State of the Union speech.
In 2005, a car bomb outside a Shiite mosque in Baghdad killed at least 14 people; a suicide bombing at a Shiite wedding south of the capital killed at least seven people. The body of Megan Leann Holden, a college student whose abduction was captured on a surveillance videotape as she was leaving her clerk's job at a Wal-Mart, was found in western Texas. (Johnny Lee Williams Jr. later pleaded guilty to capital murder and received consecutive life sentences.)
In 2008, Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama accused each other of repeatedly and deliberately distorting the truth for political gain in a highly personal debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
In 2009, in a whirlwind first full day in office, President Barack Obama showcased efforts to revive the economy, summoned top military officials to chart a new course in Iraq and eased into the daunting thicket of Middle East diplomacy. The Senate confirmed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Ann Wedgeworth is 76. World Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus is 70. Opera singer Placido Domingo is 69. Singer Richie Havens is 69. Singer Mac Davis is 68. Actress Jill Eikenberry is 63. Country musician Jim Ibbotson (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 63. Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 60. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is 60. Attorney General Eric Holder is 59. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is 57. Actor-director Robby Benson is 54. Actress Geena Davis is 54. Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon is 47. Actress Charlotte Ross is 42. Actor John Ducey is 41. Actress Karina Lombard is 41. Rapper Levirt (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 40. Rock musician Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) is 40. Rock singer-songwriter Cat Power is 38. Rock DJ Chris Kilmore (Incubus) is 37. Actor Vincent Laresca is 36. Singer Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) is 34. Country singer Phil Stacey is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nokio (Dru Hill) is 31. Actress Izabella Miko (MEE'-koh) is 29.
Those Born On This Date Include: Soldier and Vermont folk hero Ethan Allen (1738); explorer and historian John Fremont (1813); Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (1824); firearms designer John Browning (1855); Roger Nash Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (1884); fashion designer Christian Dior and German high-wire walker Karl Wallenda (both 1905); actors Telly Savalas and Paul Scofield (1922); comedian Benny Hill (1924); famed DJ Robert "Wolfman Jack" Smith (1938).
This Date In Entertainment History January 21
In 1942, Count Basie and His Orchestra recorded "One O'Clock Jump" in New York.
In 1965, The Animals canceled a show in New York after US immigration officials forced the band to leave the theater.
In 1966, George Harrison married model Patti Boyd. They had met during the filming of The Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night."
In 1982, bluesman B.B. King donated his entire record collection -- 7,000 records -- to the University of Mississippi. The collection included rare records he played as a DJ in the 1940s.
In 1984, singer Jackie Wilson died at the age of 49. He had been in a coma since his 1975 heart attack during a concert in New Jersey. His funeral was held in Detroit.
In 1990, the first MTV "Unplugged" special was aired, with Squeeze as the first performers.
In 1996, singer Francisco Garcia of Cannibal and the Headhunters died at 49, after a long illness. The group was best known for the song "Land of 1,000 Dances."
In 1997, Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, died of complications from a stroke in Las Vegas. He was 87.
In 1998, actor Jack Lord died of congestive heart failure at his home in Honolulu. He was 77. He's probably best known for starring on "Hawaii Five-O."
In 1999, actress Susan Strasberg died in New York at age 61.
Thought for Today: "Know yourself, and your neighbor will not mistake you." — Scottish proverb.
A UPI thought for the day: Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Surrender Now To The Forces Of Intergalactic Pumice

From a piece concerning Mark Levin's take on Glenn Beck's reference to Scott Brown's whoring of his daughters:
[O]ut of nowhere, a man with a pick-up truck in Wrentham, Massachusetts has become a national political superstar by taking a wrecking ball to the Democratic Party's political machine.
Oh? We're surprised the guy didn't go for "single-handedly taking a wrecking ball ..."

If all of the Southland weren't anticipating the Great Flood tomorrow & Friday, we'd our ass to the big library downtown & get some books & other amusement & give up on this futile mockery.

But let's see what Levin had to say.
You know, the really ignorant thing about criticizing Brown is that in kidding around with his girls, it actually shows he is a good family man. Ask any guy who is a father of girls: doing something deliberately to provoke the "oh daddy!" squirm of embarrassment from the teenage daughters is something only a father with a good, comfortable relationship does (and he never misses a chance to do so).

If smearing Brown was a joke, I don't think it was very funny. It's very weird.
"Never misses a chance to do so." That's weird, you fucking munchkin.

Good Question Dep't.

Fox News has almost every Republican presidential candidate for 2012 on its payroll. Are they the Kingmakers?

It's good because it didn't occur to us.

Now We Are Worried

When we tune to the Weather Channel & weather weasel supreme Al Roker, in order to report to the self-important parts of the nation, is on live at 0300 local & mere miles away from us in the rich folks' city of hillside houses now threatened by muck, we start to worry.

Worry that no rich creeps will lose their houses & poor Al will have come out here & gotten up so early for nothing.

Currently In Effect: Coastal Flood Warning, Coastal Flood Advisory, Coastal Flood Watch, High Surf Advisory, High Wind Warning. Does the Federal Gov't. confuse us w/ sheep, to be herded about by their Terror Threat Levels & Flood Warnings?

Heavy On The Fornication, Please

Let's see if we can figure this out before slipping into the arms of Morpheus. It's bound to be dull, but will it hasten oblivion?

A premium cable channel is about to offer the sheep
fornication-heavy, 13-episode Spartacus: Blood and Sand (premieres Friday, 10 ET/PT), a 300-meets-Caligula epic about the Roman Empire's notorious slave/gladiator.
(Good move w/ the title. Two well known movies: Re-make one & tack the other's name on. It's official: Not an original thought remains in Hollywood.)

USA Today, rather than straight up pimping the project, opts for a remake as well, the "Sex on Telebision: It Sells & It's Naughty" article that's been published at least every other yr. by every dead-tree &/or electronic publisher since the rise of literacy allowed people to read smut at their leisure, the outrage only increasing as radio & the movies arrived. Now it's pictures on the radio, in the living room! And here's a picture of what we can expect.

Why They Think College Perfessers Want To Destroy America

Juxtapositions like this, between a screeching ninny on a slippery slope & an egghead who nonetheless has a connection w/ reality & the Bill of Rights:
Critics such as the Parents Television Council decry the mushrooming sexual content. "It's become downright ubiquitous," says council president Tim Winter. "Families are under siege, teenage girls are under siege. You don't know what the cultural impact will be down the road."

Others, such as Fordham University media observer Paul Levinson, say TV merely mirrors life. "It sounds radical, but this is healthy for popular culture," Levinson says. "Mainstream TV has been frozen in a very puritanical position by Congress, the FCC and the Supreme Court — all who don't seem to understand the First Amendment. Sex is part of life. If people are offended, there's a simple remedy: Don't watch."


Oblivion, here we are.

Everyone Has To Get In A Dig At "Avatar," Even While Demonizing The Jews

The inside scoop:
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today claimed the 9/11 attacks in the United States, that killed nearly 3,000, was staged as an excuse to “mount attacks on the Muslim world”, saying killing as an excuse for war is not new to the US.

The former prime minister also argued that Israel was created to solve the “Jewish problem” in Europe, saying the Holocaust had failed as a final solution against the community.

“In September 2001, the World Trade Centre was attacked allegedly by terrorists. I am not sure now that Muslim terrorists carried out these attacks. There is strong evidence that the attacks were staged. If they can make Avatar, they can make anything,” said Dr Mahathir during his speech at the General Conference for the Support of Al-Quds here. Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem.


Dr Mahathir also expressed his disappointment in Barack Obama and said that the US president has failed. Obama celebrated his first year in office today.

“Well, I am a bit disappointed because so far none of his promises have been kept. He promised to get out from Afghanistan but he ended up sending more troops there instead. He promised to close down Guantanamo but he has not closed down Guantanamo. Even other things he has not been able to do.

“It is quite easy to promise during election time but you know there are forces in the United States which prevents the president from doing some things. One of the forces is the Jewish lobby, IPAC,” he said.

Dr Mahathir had previously blamed the Jews for causing the Asian financial crisis.
We skipped the parts where the good "Dr" describes how it was necessary to ghetto-ize & occasionally massacre those Jews, & the part where he decries war, & claims the world is only partially civilized, because mass killing is approved of, yet individual murder is considered heinous. (Cetainly it is if an aristocrat is killed.) That's crazy talk, & no one needs to hear it. Now we're wondering if Dr. M knows where Obama was born.

20 January: Incompetent Idiots Inaugurated Incessantly; House Of Commons Has Inaugural Meeting; Brits Steal Hong Kong; Royal Croaker Kills George V; Wannsee Off-Site Held; Hostages Released; Death Not On Holiday

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2009. There are 345 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation's 44th, as well as first African-American, president. In an 18-minute inaugural address, he urged the more than 1 million people who braved the sub-freezing weather to hear him in person, to join him to "begin again the work of remaking America."On this date:
In 1265, Britain's House of Commons, which became a model for parliamentary bodies, met for the first time.
In 1783, U.S. and British representatives signed a preliminary "Cessation of Hostilities," which ended the fighting in the Revolutionary War.
In 1801, Secretary of State John Marshall was nominated by President John Adams to be chief justice of the United States. (He was sworn in on Feb. 4, 1801.)
In 1841, the island of Hong Kong was ceded by China to Great Britain. (It returned to Chinese control in July 1997.)
In 1887, the U.S. Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
In 1892, the first officially recognized basketball game was played at the YMCA gym in Springfield, Mass.
In 1936, Britain's King George V died (his demise having been hastened by his physician) [What? — Ed.]; he was succeeded by Edward VIII.
In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first chief executive to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 instead of March 4.In 1942, Nazi officials held the notorious Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Jews.
In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn into office for an unprecedented fourth term.
In 1949, President Harry S. Truman was sworn in for a second term of office. In his inaugural address, Truman branded communism a "false philosophy" as he outlined his program for U.S. world leadership.
In 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States.Audio LinkKennedy: "Ask not what your country can do for you ...."
In 1969, Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as the 37th president of the United States; Spiro Agnew took the oath of vice president.
In 1981, Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States. Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
In 1986, the United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., & Britain and France announced plans to build the Channel Tunnel.
In 1987, Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite disappeared in Beirut, Lebanon, while attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages.
In 1989, George H.W. Bush was sworn in as the 41st president of the United States; Dan Quayle took the oath of vice president.
In 1993, Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States.
In 1995, a strike-shortened National Hockey League season opened with teams playing a 48-game schedule instead of the usual 84.
In 1997, U.S. President Bill Clinton was inaugurated for his second term in office. Also in 1997, millionaire Steve Fossett landed in northern India after a record-setting bid to become the first person to circle the globe in a hot air balloon.
In 1999, for a second day, President Bill Clinton's legal team argued its case before the Senate, saying that House-passed articles of impeachment were "flawed and unfair."
In 2000, Census 2000 officially got under way as Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt knocked on the door of a small wood-frame house in Unalakleet, Alaska, to begin the nationwide head count. The Clinton administration issued visas to the grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez, enabling them to visit the United States to make their case for the six-year-old's return to Cuba.
In 2001, George W. Bush took the oath of office as the 43rd president of the United States. Hundreds of thousands of protesting Filipinos forced President Joseph Estrada to step down; Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was sworn in as the new president. Also in 2001, just hours before leaving office, U.S. President Bill Clinton issued 176 pardons -- a number of them controversial.
In 2003, Britain said it was sending 26,000 troops to the Persian Gulf for possible deployment to Iraq but France said it wouldn't support a U.N. resolution for military action.
In 2004, President George W. Bush, in his State of the Union address, asserted that America was strengthening its economy and successfully combatting terrorism. Dick Gephardt quit the Democratic presidential race. Martha Stewart's stock-trading trial formally began in New York. (Stewart ended up serving a five-month prison sentence for lying about a stock sale.) The Salvation Army announced a donation likely to exceed $1.5 billion from the estate of Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald's founder.
In 2005, President George W. Bush was inaugurated for a second term; Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, ill with thyroid cancer, delivered the oath of office. Anti-Bush demonstrators jeered the president's motorcade during the inaugural parade.
In 2006, Lawrence Franklin, a former U.S. State Department analyst and Iran expert, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for passing classified information to Israel and two pro-Israeli lobbyists.
In 2007, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., became the first former first lady to seek the U.S. presidency when she entered the race for the 2008 Democratic nomination.
In 2008, Israeli Cabinet ministers called for the death of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, who claimed to have the remains of Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon. The Los Angeles Times announced its top editor, James O'Shea, had been fired after he rejected a management order to cut $4 million from the newsroom budget, 14 months after his predecessor was also ousted in a budget dispute. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili was sworn in for a second term. The New England Patriots defeated the San Diego Chargers in the AFC championship game, pulling out a 21-12 victory that sent them back to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in seven seasons. The New York Giants won a 23-20 overtime victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship.
In 2009, Russian natural gas began flowing into Ukraine after a nearly two-week cutoff that had left large parts of Europe cold and dark.
Today's Birthdays January 20: Country singer Slim Whitman is 86. Actress Patricia Neal is 84. Comedian Arte Johnson is 81. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 80. Actress Dorothy Provine is 73.
Olympic gold medal figure skater Carol Heiss is 70. Singer Eric Stewart is 65. Movie director David Lynch is 64. Country-rock musician George Grantham (Poco) is 63. Actor Daniel Benzali is 60. Rock musician Paul Stanley (KISS) is 58. Rock musician Ian Hill (Judas Priest) is 58. Comedian Bill Maher is 54. Actor Lorenzo Lamas is 52. Actor James Denton is 47. Rock musician Greg K. (The Offspring) is 45. Country singer John Michael Montgomery is 45. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is 45. Actor Rainn Wilson ("The Office) is 44. Actress Stacey Dash is 43. TV personality Melissa Rivers is 42. Singer Xavier is 42. Singer Edwin McCain is 40. Actor Skeet Ulrich is 40. Rock musician Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) is 31.
Those Born On This Date Include: Harold Gray, creator of the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" ( 1894); Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis (1906); actor DeForest Kelley (1920).
On This Date In The Entertainment Business:
In 1896, comedian George Burns was born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City.
In 1920, movie director Federico Fellini was born in Rimini, Italy.
In 1965, disc jockey Alan Freed died in Palm Spings, California, of kidney and liver disease. He was 42. He's credited with coining the phrase "rock and roll." [Or stealing it from colored people. — Ed.]
In 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Opry officials allowed him to perform as long as he didn't use profanities and played only country music. By the end of the set, Lewis broke both agreements.
In 1982, singer Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a live bat during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. He claimed he thought it was a toy thrown to him by an audience member.
In 1984, Johnny Weissmuller, an Olympic champion who went on to movie stardom as "Tarzan," died in Acapulco, Mexico, at age 79. Celebrity Death Haikus.
In 1988, Beach Boy Mike Love hurled insults at Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger while the Beach Boys were being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Best thing a Beach Boy has ever done? Just might be. — Ed.]
In 1990, actress Barbara Stanwyck, known for her role on "The Big Valley," died of heart failure. She was 82. Also, comedians Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold got married. They have since split up.
In 1993, actress Audrey Hepburn died of cancer in Switzerland at the age of 63.
In 1998, singer Alice Nutter of Chumbawamba said on "Politically Incorrect" that the band advocated fans stealing copies of their album. Virgin Megastores reacted by pulling their albums from the shelves and putting them behind the counters.
Last Yr.'s Thought for Today: "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." — Alexis de Tocqueville, French author (1805-1859).