Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From The Fear Files

Tea Party Movement has the hot poop on the Muslin terrist trial run thwarted by some guy who missed the flight but heard about it on the Internet, & since, after all, he could have made his connection, & might have stood up like a man to the rag-head porno photographer, figured he might as well get his almost-adventure story to the public.
Once the gentleman got and proceeded to get off other [passengers] not with the group stood up and started to move forward yelling that they didn't want to fly with the rest of the group because all of them were making them feel uncomfortable.
What's wrong w/ these people? Don't they know that Muslins, like animals, can smell fear? Sweet Jesus, if their reaction to every beard-wearing bozo sporting a table cloth is to lift their skirts & run around like post-decapitation chickens, perhaps This Once Great Nation of Ours™ can be forced into submissionIslam by the barbarian hordes.

Blinders? ✔
Ear Protection? ✔
Nose Plugs? ✔
OK, Bring It On.

Poizner Ready to "Spend it All"

Steve Poizner (R) told the AP he is "set to launch an aggressive television advertising campaign to counter months of advertising" by rival Meg Whitman (R) in California's Republican gubernatorial race.

"Whitman has given her campaign $39 million so far and has been spending at an unprecedented pace. Poizner, a multimillionaire who developed GPS chips for cell phones, said Tuesday that he will add to the $19 million he already has given his campaign."

Said Poizner: "We're going to spend it all. I mean, it's not like I'm trying to keep my resources for the general (election) or something. We're going to spend what it takes."

Not Nailed Down, So It's Ours.
Stop Us If You Can.

We're too lazy to steal it all.
Dr. Paul’s failed 2008 third-party White House run used the Internet to unite citizens who would shoot each other on sight if they met face to face — and had lots of guns to do it with, too. The 2008 Paulistas came from a key demographic, the Disgruntled, people who have been audited by the IRS, developed property without zoning permits, been busted for drug and gun offences, been caught speeding. They also included folks who believe in black helicopters and little green men. Nice blimp, though.

CPAC Fun

More video crap of Breitbart & O'Keefe, if anyone cares at this stage.

New Tactic From Dangerous Right-Wing Extremists

In Jab At the IRS, Ohio Man Bulldozes House
Terry Hoskins was in foreclosure because of a tax lien on his business, so he tore down his house. Now his $350,000 home is a pile of rubble, but at least the bank can't get it.
Read original story in The Associated Press | Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010
Setting one's house on fire before crashing a plane into the local IRS being the other indication of this growing trend. Galt w/ a vengeance, baby! Just keep it to yourselves & on your "property," if you please.

Still Number One!

Expect More Haiti-Scale Earthquakes in the Near Future
With so many people living in big cities today and an ever-growing world population, a recent study shows we can expect a major earthquake to devastate a major city once every decade.
Read original story in The Washington Post | Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010
And now, some more of the story:
Last month's earthquake in Haiti devastated the capital of Port-au-Prince and killed more than 200,000. A story in today's Washington Post notes that, with more than 25 cities of one million-plus occupants built directly on fault lines that shake every 250 years on average, we can expect disasters on a similar scale every decade or so. Some of those cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico City, Tehran, Istanbul, Tokyo, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Cairo, Manila, Lima, Osaka, Bogota, Dhaka, Jakarta, Karachi. "In 1800, there was just one city with more than a million people -- Beijing. Now there are 381 urban areas with at least 1 million inhabitants. Urbanization crossed a threshold last year when, for the first time, more people lived in city settings than rural ones," the Washington Post reported. "About 403 million people live in cities that face significant seismic hazard, according to a recent study by seismologist Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado."
Their emphasis.

23 February: Pepys, Handel Born; Boston Chartered; Alamo Besieged, Santa Anna Gets His 11 Yrs. Later; Mainland Attacked; Mt. Suribachi Conquered, Flag Raised; Sheep Cloned

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2010. There are 311 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 23, 1945, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi, where they raised the American flag twice. (The second flag-raising was captured in the iconic photograph below, taken by Joe Rosenthal of The Associated Press.)
On this date:
In 1633, English diarist Samuel Pepys was born in London.
In 1685, composer George Frideric Handel was born in Germany.
In 1822, Boston was granted a charter to incorporate as a city.
In 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.
In 1847, U.S. troops under Gen. Zachary Taylor defeated Mexican general Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico.
In 1848, the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, died in Washington, D.C. at age 80, two days after suffering a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives.
In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office, following word of a possible assassination plot in Baltimore.
In 1870, Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.
In 1903, the United States was granted a lease "in perpetuity" on Guantanamo Bay by Cuban officials.
In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission.
In 1942, the first shelling of the U.S. mainland occurred as a Japanese submarine fired on an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, Calif., causing little damage.
In 1954, the first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh.
In 1970, Guyana became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.
In 1981, an attempted coup began in Spain as 200 members of the Civil Guard invaded the Parliament, taking lawmakers hostage. (However, the attempt collapsed 18 hours later.)
In 1982, Canada, Japan and the Common Market nations of Europe joined the United States in economic and diplomatic sanctions against Poland and the Soviet Union to protest imposition of martial law in Poland.
In 1990, former Salvadoran President Jose Napoleon Duarte died at age 64.
In 1991, President George H.W. Bush announced that the allied ground offensive against Iraqi forces had begun. Military forces in Thailand overthrew the elected government and imposed martial law.
In 1994, Bosnia's warring Croats and Muslims signed a cease-fire agreement. The Croats agreed to pull back from the Muslim city of Mostar, which had been under siege.
In 1995, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at more than 4,000 for the first time -- at 4,003.33.
In 1996, two sons-in-law of Saddam Hussein, who had fled Iraq to exile in Jordan, returned after being pardoned and told they'd be safe back home. The next day, they were killed -- within hours of an Iraqi government announcement that their wives, Saddam's daughters, were granted divorces.
In 1997, scientists in Scotland announced they had cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly. Also in 1997, a gunman identified as a Palestinian teacher killed a tourist from Denmark and wounded six other people on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York City before turning the gun on himself.
In 1998, 42 people were killed, and some 2,600 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed by tornadoes in central Florida.
In 1999, a jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted white supremacist John William King of murder in the dragging death of an African-American man, James Byrd Jr.; King was sentenced to death two days later. Serbs agreed in principle to give limited self-rule to majority ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, thereby avoiding for the time being threatened NATO air strikes, but the two sides failed to conclude a deal for ending their yearlong conflict during talks in Rambouillet, France. The first of two avalanches that claimed 38 lives over two days struck in Austria.
In 2003, Israeli attacks on Hamas-related facilities in Gaza and the West Bank over the past week left at least 40 Palestinians dead.
In 2004, the Army canceled its Comanche helicopter program after sinking $6.9 billion into it over 21 years. Education Secretary Rod Paige likened the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, to a "terrorist organization" during a private White House meeting with governors. (Paige later called it a poor choice of words, but stood by his claim the NEA was using "obstructionist scare tactics.")
In 2005, a jury was selected in Santa Maria, Calif. to decide Michael Jackson's fate on charges that he'd molested a teenage boy at his Neverland Ranch. (Jackson was later acquitted.) President George W. Bush and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder agreed to turn down the volume on their disagreements about Iraq and Iran. Official efforts to identify victims from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York ended, leaving more than 1,000 bodies unidentified. Also in 2005, the death toll from the heavy snowfall and avalanches in Kashmir reached 300.
In 2006, the snow-covered roof of a Moscow market collapsed, killing at least 60 people and injuring more than two dozen others.
In 2008, a Sri Lanka military attack on a Tamil Tiger rebel camp left 51 dead as violence in the Asian country intensified. Also in 2008, Japanese officials called for a crackdown on reported increases in crime and disorderly conduct by U.S. military personnel living off base in Okinawa. Alleged offenses included rape, drunken driving, trespassing and counterfeiting. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other US officials held daylong meetings with Australian leaders in Canberra. Former United Auto Workers president Douglas A. Fraser died in Southfield, Mich., at age 91.
In 2009, President Barack Obama pledged to dramatically slash the skyrocketing annual budget deficit as he started to dole out the record $787 billion economic stimulus package he'd signed the previous week. U.S. stocks dived for the fifth consecutive day with major indexes falling to their lowest level since 1997. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 3.4 percent and the Standard and Poor's 500 lost 3.5 percent.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Peter Fonda is 70. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff is 67. Author John Sandford is 66. Singer-musician Johnny Winter is 66. Country-rock musician Rusty Young is 64. Actress Patricia Richardson is 59. Rock musician Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) is 58. Singer Howard Jones is 55. Rock musician Michael Wilton (Queensryche) is 48. Country singer Dusty Drake is 46. Actress Kristin Davis is 45. Tennis player Helena Sukova is 45. Actor Marc Price is 42. Actress Niecy Nash is 40. Rock musician Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) is 39. Country singer Steve Holy is 38. Rock musician Lasse Johansson (The Cardigans) is 37. Actress Emily Blunt is 27. Actor Aziz Ansari is 27. Actress Dakota Fanning is 16.
Others Born On This Date Include: Mayer Amschel Rothschild, European banker and founder of the Rothschild financial dynasty (17440; writer and philosopher W.E.B. DuBois (1868); film director Victor Fleming, "Gone With The Wind," "Wizard of Oz," (1883); journalist-author William Shirer ( 1904); & Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay on the flight that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (1915).
Today In Entertainment February 23
In 1957, Porter Wagoner joined the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1965, Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy, died in Santa Monica, California. He was 74.
In 1970, Canada's music awards, known as the Junos, were presented for the first time. The Guess Who won "Best Group."
In 1978, at the 20th annual Grammy Awards, The Eagles won Record of the Year for "Hotel California." "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac won the Album of the Year award.
In 1979, Dire Straits began its first tour of North America.
In 1983, the band Toto won six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for "Toto IV."
In 1988, Michael Jackson kicked off his first solo US tour in Kansas City.
In 1993, actor Anthony Hopkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.
In 1994, a judge in Los Angeles dismissed a suit brought by Martha Raye against Bette Midler. Raye had said Midler stole her life story for the movie "For the Boys."
In 1995, singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of complications following a brain seizure in Los Angeles. He was 53.
In 1996, actress Halle Berry and Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice announced they were ending their three-year marriage.
In 2000, Carlos Santana won eight Grammy awards, including album of the year for "Supernatural," tying the record for most trophies in one night, set by Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in 1983.
In 2003, Norah Jones won five Grammys, one for every category in which she was nominated, including album of the year for "Come Away With Me," tying the record for a female artist that has since been broken by Beyonce. The Grammys show opened with Simon and Garfunkel, the first time they had performed together in a decade.
In 2004, the finale of "Sex and the City" aired.
In 2005, French film star Simone Simon, in her 90s, died in Paris.
Thought for Today: "If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your mirror." — Francois Rabelais, French satirist (1494-1553).

Monday, February 22, 2010

In Defense Of Marco Rubio

Starring literal tool Spin-Meister Cross-Eyed Ron & His Talking Points. "Portability! Tort Reform! That'll do it!"

A $Million Here, A $Million There, Pretty Soon It Starts To Add Up

(AP) A rare copy of the first comic book featuring Superman sold for $1 million on Monday morning, smashing a record set just last year.

The book is Action Comics No. 1, published in 1938 & widely considered the Holy Grail of comic books.

It features Superman lifting a car on its cover and originally cost 10 cents.

The comic was sold by a private seller to a private buyer, neither of whom released their names, in a sale conducted by the auction site ComicConnect.com.

The previous comic book record was set last year when $317,000 was paid for another Action Comics No. 1 issue.

This copy fetched a much higher price because it's in better condition.

A Conventional Centrist War-Monger Looks At The Biggest Dummies Among The Rising Republican Stars & Sees "Decline"

These are not the twenty-nothing gay-bashers & "Hey, did you notice? The President's not one of us?" speech-givers. No, these are the serious people: Romney, Pawlenty & Rubio, white male current or former (& hoping-to-hold-higher-office) office-holders in the Republican Party.
If you missed the big Conservative Political Action Committee powwow over the weekend in Washington, you missed some pretty dumb speeches. In denouncing President Obama’s health care reform effort, Mitt Romney declared that “Americans will not endure government-run health care, a new and expensive entitlement, an inexplicable and surely vanishing cut in Medicare, and an even greater burden of taxes.” Then he went on to praise President Bush.

That’s a lot of incoherence to pack into one sentence. First, Americans already do endure government-run health care: from Medicare to Medicaid to the veterans’ health system. They endure Medicare so happily, in fact, that mere seconds after denouncing Obama for supporting government-run health care, Romney attacked him for cutting government-run health care. As for “new and expensive entitlements,” Romney’s hero, George W. Bush, created a $550 billion one in 2003—though to be fair, he didn’t pay for it with new taxes. He added it to the national debt.

Rubio and his fellow conservatives declare that as long as Americans really, really believe that we’re No. 1, the 21st century will be ours.
Not be outdone, Romney’s potential competitor for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, Tim Pawlenty, mocked Obama for speaking from a teleprompter and then contrasted him—I kid you not—with the famously teleprompter-averse Ronald Reagan. Pawlenty also declared that America’s first “basic constitutional principle” is “God’s in charge.” And there I was, all this time, thinking that in a democracy the “basic constitutional principle” is that the demos—the people—are in charge. I had naively assumed that “God’s in charge” is the “basic constitutional principle” of theocracy. For Pawlenty, evidently, Thomas Jefferson and the Ayatollah Khomeini saw government pretty much the same way.

But the most disturbing lines came from Florida senatorial hopeful and CPAC heartthrob Marco Rubio. During his speech, Rubio called America “the only place in the world where it doesn’t matter who your parents were or where you came from…the only economy in the world where poor people with a better idea and a strong work ethic can compete and succeed…the only place in the world where you can open up a business in the spare bedroom of your home…the only country in the world where today’s employee is tomorrow’s employer” and the “one place in the world where the individual was more important than the state.”

And you wonder why Republicans have trouble getting along with America’s allies. Once upon a time, leaders of both parties took pride in America’s membership in a community of democracies whose members shared the same basic commitment to due process and individual liberty. That was the whole point of the phrase “free world.” For Rubio, however, there’s only one free nation in the world; the rest of the planet has succumbed to the kind of totalitarianism that Barack Obama hopes to bring to our shores.

If you think about it, it’s bizarre. Capitalism, and to a lesser extent democracy, now dominate the world to an extent that was almost unimaginable a few decades ago. As a result, the United States is experiencing fierce competition from a host of countries—from Western Europe to China to India to Brazil—that use government regulation and investment to stabilize and humanize the free market. The United States is handicapped in this competition by an economic collapse prompted by insufficient regulation of our financial markets, by our staggeringly inefficient health care system, and by our increasingly second-rate public infrastructure. And here comes Marco Rubio, the charismatic face of the newly multicultural GOP, to say that America need not worry about these competitors because, after all, we’re the only free nation on earth. We’re the only place where people can start businesses in their bedrooms and overcome the circumstances of their birth.

It’s feel-good nonsense. A 2007 study by Daniel Aaronson of the Federal Reserve and Bhaskar Mazumder of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago suggests that “intergenerational economic mobility”—a person’s chances of rising above (or falling below) the station of his parents—“has declined sharply since 1980.” A 2006 study by American University’s Tom Hartz notes that the U.S. now boasts less class mobility than Germany, Sweden, Canada, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and yes, France.

It would seem, therefore, like a good moment to think about what the United States might learn from those nations that are making our national dream their national reality. Perhaps it’s easier to rise from rags to riches if government helps provide some decent preschool and easier start a business in your spare room if you don’t have do without health care in the process.

But that would require a curious, generous, outward-looking spirit, an understanding that national chauvinism imperils—rather than fosters—national success. Instead, Rubio and his fellow conservatives declare that as long as Americans really, really believe that we’re No. 1, and vanquish all those hard-wringing, apology-prone, self-doubters in the Democrat Party, the 21st century will be ours. For the folks at CPAC, Marco Rubio is the face of the Republican future. When I look at him, I see something different: the face of American decline.
Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast, is associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. His new book, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, will be published by HarperCollins in June.
Get your kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames. Even if you have to light up the shithouse yourself because everyone else is whimpering instead of exploding.

22 February: Does Anyone Get Washington's Birthday Off Any More? Woolworth's Opens; "Silent" Cal Yaps On Radio; USA Beats USSR In Hockey (Yawn); "Bubble Boy" & Warhol Die; Explosions & Earthquakes

Today is Monday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2010. There are 312 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
In 1732 (New Style date), the first president of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmoreland County in the Virginia Colony.
On this date:
In 1784, a U.S. merchant ship, the Empress of China, left New York for the Far East to trade goods with China.
In 1810, according to some sources, Polish composer Frederic Chopin was born. (Chopin, however, claimed March 1 as his birthday.)
In 1819, Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
In 1855, Pennsylvania State University was founded in State College, Pa. It was originally called the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania.
In 1862, Jefferson Davis, already the provisional president of the Confederacy, was inaugurated for a six-year term following his election in Nov. 1861.
In 1865, Tennessee adopted a new constitution abolishing slavery.
In 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a five-cent store in Utica, N.Y.
In 1889, President Grover Cleveland signed an enabling act paving the way for the Dakotas, Montana and Washington to become states.
In 1909, the Great White Fleet, a naval task force sent on a round-the-world voyage by President Theodore Roosevelt, returned after more than a year at sea.
In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first radio broadcast from the White House as he addressed the country over 42 stations.
In 1932, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., was born in Boston, the youngest child of Joseph P. and Rose Kennedy.
In 1935, it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.
In 1940, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) was enthroned at age four in Lhasa, Tibet.
In 1959, the inaugural Daytona 500 race was held in Daytona Beach, Fla.; although Johnny Beauchamp was initially declared the winner, the victory was later awarded to Lee Petty.
In 1973, the United States and China agreed to establish liaison offices.
In 1980, the "Miracle on Ice" occurred in Lake Placid, N.Y. as the United States Olympic hockey team upset the Soviets, 4-3. (The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.)
Audio LinkABC announcer Al Michaels calls the final seconds of the game.
In 1984, 12-year-old David Vetter, who'd spent most of his life in a plastic bubble because he had no immunity to disease, died 15 days after being removed from the bubble for a bone-marrow transplant.
In 1987, pop artist Andy Warhol died at age 58.
In 1993, the U.N. Security Council approved creation of an international war crimes tribunal to punish those responsible for atrocities in the former Yugoslavia.
In 1994, the Justice Department charged 31-year CIA veteran Aldrich Ames and his wife, Rosario, with selling national security secrets to the Soviet Union.
In 1999, Levi Strauss, falling victim to a fashion generation gap, announced it was closing 11 plants.
In 2000, John McCain won Republican primaries in Michigan and his home state of Arizona. [Good luck w/ the primary in your "home state" this yr., you filthy moderate RINO! — Ed.]
In 2001, a U.N. war crimes tribunal convicted three Bosnian Serbs on charges of rape and torture in the first case of wartime sexual enslavement to go before an international court.
In 2002, San Diego police arrested David Westerfield in the disappearance of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. (Westerfield was later convicted of kidnapping and murder and sentenced to death.)
In 2004, consumer advocate Ralph Nader entered the presidential race as an independent. A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up on a crowded Jerusalem bus, killing eight passengers. Rebels captured Haiti's second-largest city, claiming Cap-Haitien as their biggest prize in a two-week-old uprising.
In 2005, a powerful earthquake struck central Iran, killing more than 600 people. A Virginia man was charged with plotting with al-Qaida to kill President George W. Bush. (Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was convicted on all counts in November 2005; he was sentenced to life in prison after a 30-year sentence was overturned.) Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II would not attend the civil marriage ceremony of her son Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles — but that her absence should not be interpreted as a snub.
In 2006, insurgents destroyed the golden dome of one of Iraq's holiest Shiite shrines, the Askariya mosque in Samarra, setting off a spasm of sectarian violence.
In 2008, Turkish troops crossed into northern Iraq in their first major ground incursion against Kurdish rebel bases in nearly a decade. Civil rights activist Johnnie Carr died in Montgomery, Ala., at age 97.
In 2009, a gas explosion in a coal mine in northern China killed more than 70 miners.
Today's Birthdays: Announcer Don Pardo is 92. Actor Paul Dooley is 82. Hollywood "ghost singer" Marni Nixon is 80. Baseball Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson is 76. Movie director Jonathan Demme is 66. Actor John Ashton is 62. Actress Miou-Miou is 60. Actress Julie Walters is 60. Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving is 60. Actress Ellen Greene is 59. Former Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) is 58. White House adviser David Axelrod is 55. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 51. World Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh is 47. Actress-comedian Rachel Dratch is 44. Actress Jeri Ryan is 42. Actor Thomas Jane is 41. Actress Tamara Mello is 40. Actress-singer Lea Salonga is 39. Actor Jose Solano is 39. International Tennis Hall-of-Famer Michael Chang is 38. Rock musician Scott Phillips is 37. Actress Drew Barrymore is 35. Actress Liza Huber is 35. Singer James Blunt is 33. Rock singer Tom Higgenson (Plain White T's) is 31.
Those Born On This Date Include: German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (17880; poet, diplomat and editor James Lowell (1819); Englishman Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, and German physicist Heinrich Hertz, discoverer of radio waves (both 1857); Hall of Fame baseball umpire Bill Klem (1874); poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892); actor and TV producer Sheldon Leonard (1907); Robert Pershing Wadlow, at 8 ft. 11.1 inches tall, the tallest person in recorded history (1918); actors Robert Young (1907) & John Mills (1908).
Today In Entertainment February 22
In 1934, the comedy "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, opened in New York.
In 1964, The Beatles arrived in London following their first visit to the US.
In 1976, original Supremes member Florence Ballard died in Detroit of coronary thrombosis at age 32. Ballard and her children were living on welfare at the time of her death.
In 1978, The Police starred in a TV commercial for Wrigley's chewing gum. The ad was made a few months before the band's single "Roxanne" was released in the UK.
In 1989, the first heavy metal Grammy was given out. Jethro Tull won.
In 1990, a jury in Los Angeles rejected a claim that Stevie Wonder's hit "I Just Called To Say I Love You" was stolen from another songwriter.
In 1993, CBS announced that the network had purchased the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York for David Letterman's new TV show. At that point, Letterman was rumored to be moving his program to Los Angeles.
In 1997, Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal announced they were ending their 15-year relationship.
In 2001, Steely Dan won their first Grammys ever, including album of the year for "Two Against Nature." They beat out Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP," which had generated controversy over its lyrics.
In 2004, Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin was arrested in Toledo, Ohio, for allegedly throwing a bottle into an audience and spitting on them while publicly drunk.
In 2005, Blink-182 announced they were going on hiatus. It turned out to be their breakup. They have since reunited. [The point being? — Ed.]
In 2007, Britney Spears checked into rehab for the third time in a week.
In 2008, singer-actress Jennifer Lopez gave birth to twins, a girl and a boy.
In 2009, the late Heath Ledger won the best supporting actor Oscar for "The Dark Knight"; "Slumdog Millionaire" won best picture and seven other Academy Awards.
Thoughts for Today: "The crude commercialism of America, its materializing spirit are entirely due to the country having adopted for its natural hero a man who could not tell a lie." — Oscar Wilde, Irish-born dramatist (1854-1900). "The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease." — Marianne Moore, American poet (1887-1972).

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saudi Sex Cop Busted For Sex Crime

Man gets 120 lashes for having six wives

Published: Feb. 19, 2010 at 8:31 PM
JIZAN, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A Saudi Arabian court handed down a 120-lash sentence to a man who was simultaneously married to six women -- two more than the legal limit.

The man, whose name was not released, told the Jizan province court he did not know he was violating Shariah, Islamic law, by having more than four wives at the same time, the BBC reported Friday.

The defendant, a member of the Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, a religious police force, was also ordered to read two chapters of the Koran and was banned from leading prayers.
Obviously our first impression on seeing he was from Jizan was correct.

Olympic Boredom Up-Date

Hosers on Parade:

“A dictator in all but name who destroyed the Founders’ vision of our Republic.”

Now we've read it. The truth comes out again:
“Republicans have an ideal (limited government, individual freedom, individual responsibility) that genuinely resonates with the public,” said Jon Henke, a Republican consultant and founder of the Next Right, which has been critical of the party on these grounds. “But Republicans don't have viable, sustainable ideas that can actually solve the underlying problems. So, instead of making transformative changes and real progress on the size and scope of government, Republicans turn to tactical small-ball.”
Out of context? Probably; we're sure Henke's "underlying problems" are the usual reactionary bug-a-boos of excessive regulation & too many handouts to lazy layabouts instead of defense contractors, but there's little doubt that there are problems, structural & otherwise, that a drowned-baby gov't. will only exacerbate.
Indeed, the ideas in circulation on the floor of the crowded conference were not exactly fresh.

Making his way to his well-received address Wednesday, the event’s biggest star, Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio, 38, brushed past one young man handing out fliers for a speech refighting not the last war, but a conflict several wars and 145 years back, titled “Lincoln on Liberty: Friend or Foe?” (The speaker’s conclusion about Abe: “A dictator in all but name who destroyed the Founders’ vision of our Republic.”)
This was Smith's introductory scene:
The quietest moment of this week’s Conservative Political Action Convention in Washington came Friday afternoon, when Jim Martin voiced his tribute to Pat Boone.

Boone, the “legendary entertainer” and “son of a gun” is spokesman for Martin’s conservative 60-Plus Association, and Martin’s first invocation of the singer and conservative activist drew applause from about a dozen of the thousands assembled in ballroom at the Marriott Wardman Park. At his second attempt to raise a cheer for “the original American idol,” one person clapped.

The silence wasn’t reverent, or scornful – just uncomprehending.
Was the Civil War revisionist aware of Pat Boone? Why do they never ask what the people want to know?

Tucker Are You Kidding?

Here's something original (i. e., not from The AP) that we found at Tucker's Daily Caller. The hard-hitting investigative journalism the D.C. has come to be known for:
“It’s great to come here and see that we are not alone,” said Jerad McHenry, a University of Wisconsin student, who paid out of pocket for his hotel room for three nights. “When we all get together like this, there is strength in numbers.”
Registration at CPAC increased 20 percent over last year and nearly half of the 10,000 attendees were students ages 17 to 22, according to event officials.
Jozef Nagy and his wife, originally from Czechoslovakia, paid their way to make the nine-hour drive from the University of Massachusetts-Boston to attend the event.
“It was a nice drive down some stinky New Jersey turnpikes,” said Nagy, a graduate student studying computer science. “Coming from a communist country, it’s a big deal for us to be here every year, because we don’t want to see that happen in this country.
Guess he & the missus just want to see those stinky free-market freeways happen. Czechoslovakia, by the effing way, hasn't existed since 31 December 1992, & stopped the "communist" stuff about 1990.
Katie Duckworth, a student at Temple University in Philadelphia, skipped classes and carpooled two and a half hours from her campus.
“We did this all on our own,” Duckworth said. “All the university did was give us a permission slip saying that we could go.”
Groups such as College Republicans often play a role in sponsoring students’ trips to the conference. McHenry’s flight from Madison, Wisc., was provided by the campus College Republican group.
Nick Hankoff’s flight from California was sponsored by Year of Youth and Campaign for Liberty, two libertarian campus groups. Year of Youth brought 650 students and 50 volunteers to CPAC.
“As a libertarian, it’s fun to be here, because I’m more conservative than the right-wing guy and more liberal than the left-wing guy,” Hankoff said.
Event organizers added XPAC, “Xtremely Political Action Committee,” to the annual conference in an effort to reach out to the younger crowd. XPAC provided a social and entertainment lounge for attendees to relax, enjoy food and watch comedians and musicians.
That didn't turn out well, per TIME
On the other hand, the party wasn't always hopping. The schedule read: "11 p.m. XPAC Rap/Jam Session, live music and special performances by Rappers: Hi-Caliber, Young Cons and many more!" Alas, the reality — as a group of young Harvard conservatives found — was an empty room with a bunch of Wii video games (XPAC was strictly non-alcoholic)
& TPMDC:
I was on a mission: At 11 p.m. I was going to be front-and-center to witness a "Music Jam" (you know, for the kids) featuring not one, but two conservative rappers.

After listening to hours of speeches, and grabbing handfuls of conservaswag, the conservative youth at CPAC were going to let their crew-cut hair down and boogie. There was no way I was going to miss that. There's only thing I didn't plan for -- conservatives, it seems, don't care about rap.

Here's what it looked like inside the site of the rap show:
A few CPACers eventually walked in, looking for rap. They seemed bewildered. No one canceled the show officially, and no one knew what was going on. (For those unfamiliar with CPAC, let me tell you how rare that is. This conference usually goes off with military precision; people are where they are supposed to be according to the schedule.)

We hung around for a while, hoping for some hear some phat rhymes from headliner Hi Caliber, the tea partier rapper we profiled last year. He never showed.
He didn't? Huh. Back to The Cruller's "Perk up, you're not alone" piece:
“It doesn’t surprise me to see so many students here, because grassroots movements are almost always driven by students,” said Jacob Nieuwsma, a trustee with the College Republicans of Hillsdale College in Michigan.
Not all attendees were students, though. Bill McGuire, a retired contractor with the State Department who lives in the Washington, DC, area, attended the event on his own time.
“It’s great to see young people involved,” McGuire said, standing in line waiting to hear Glenn Beck deliver the final speech of the conference. “Living in this city, you begin to think that everyone in the country is a left-wing voter, but that’s really not an indication of the country.”
Retired State Dep't. contractor. And a drooler from Hillsdale College. Stand back, fake Americans, the wave of converts is coming!

Let's also remark that the TPMDC story appeared on Friday the 19th, & the TIME item on Saturday the 20th, while The DC's puff piece appeared on Sunday, the 21st, at 1918 EST. Plenty of time to look at the Google & note that the big "Rap/Jam Session" didn't exactly come off as planned. We know, but even the lame-stream media did a significantly better job on CPAC Youth than the Cruller managed. Gone by 30 June?

Neon Sidewalk & Bus (Line 4)

21 February: Malcolm X Assassinated; Nixon/China; Swaggart Admits He's A Sickening Perv; Now-Dead Guy Crosses Pacific Solo In Balloon

Today is Sunday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2010. There are 313 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 21, 1885, the Washington Monument was dedicated.
On this date:
In 1828, a printing press later used to print the first newspaper for American Indians arrived at the Cherokee Council in Echota, Ga.
In 1846, Sarah G. Bagley became the first female telegrapher as she took charge at the newly opened telegraph office in Lowell, Mass.
In 1848, former President John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. He died two days later.
In 1866, Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati.
In 1878, the New Haven, Conn., Telephone Company published the first phone directory. It listed 50 subscribers.
In 1907, poet W.H. Auden was born in York, England.
In 1916, the World War I Battle of Verdun began in France as German forces attacked; the French were able to prevail after 10 months of fighting.
In 1925, The New Yorker magazine made its debut.
In 1934, Nicaraguan guerrilla leader Cesar Augusto Sandino was killed by members of the Nicaraguan national guard.
In 1947, Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.
In 1953, Francis Crick and James D. Watson discovered the double helix structure of the DNA molecule.
In 1965, black Muslim leader and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside the Audubon Ballroom in New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam.
In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China as he and his wife, Pat, arrived in Beijing.
In 1973, Israeli fighter planes shot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 over the Sinai Desert, killing all but five of the 113 people on board.
In 1975, former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.
In 1988, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart tearfully confessed to his congregation in Baton Rouge, La., that he was guilty of an unspecified sin, and said he was leaving the pulpit temporarily. Reports linked Swaggart to a prostitute.
Audio LinkJimmy Swaggert
In 1989, President George H.W. Bush called Ayatollah Khomeini's death warrant against "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie "deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior."
In 1992, Kristi Yamaguchi of the United States won the gold medal in ladies' figure skating at the Albertville Olympics; Midori Ito (of Japan won the silver, Nancy Kerrigan of the U.S. the bronze.
In 1994, longtime CIA counterintelligence officer Aldrich Ames and his wife were arrested and charged with selling information to the Soviet Union and Russia.
In 1995, a Russian commission estimated as many as 24,400 civilians had died in the two-month uprising in the separatist republic of Chechnya. Chicago adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, landing in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada.
In 1999, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright reported little progress toward a Kosovo peace settlement during talks in Rambouillet, France.
In 2000, consumer advocate Ralph Nader announced his entry into the presidential race, bidding for the nomination of the Green Party.
In 2002, the State Department declared Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl dead a month after he'd been abducted by Islamic extremists in Pakistan.
In 2004, the International Red Cross visited former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was in US custody.
In 2005, President George W. Bush, in Belgium for a NATO summit, scolded Russia for backsliding on democracy and urged Mideast allies to take difficult steps for peace. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton wrapped up their tour of tsunami-ravaged nations with a visit to the Maldives. Israel freed 500 Palestinian prisoners in a goodwill gesture. Heavy snowfall in Indian-controlled Kashmir claimed more than 100 lives with dozens missing. Also in 2005, leaders of the world's 78 million Anglicans, including U.S. Episcopalians, met in Northern Ireland to consider the growing division over homosexuality.
In 2006, President George W. Bush endorsed the takeover of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports by a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates, and pledged to veto any bill Congress might approve to block the agreement.
In 2007, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he wanted to start returning some of the country's 7,200 soldiers home from Iraq by the end of the year. Also in 2007, nuclear neighbors India and Pakistan signed a treaty in New Delhi aimed at preventing the accidental use of atomic weapons.
In 2008, Serb rioters broke into the US Embassy in Belgrade and set fire during protests against Western support for an independent Kosovo. President George W. Bush concluded his six-day African tour in Liberia, where he offered help to lift the country from years of ruinous fighting. A Venezuelan plane crashed in the Andes, killing all 46 on board. Author Robin Moore, who wrote "The French Connection" and "The Green Berets," died in Hopkinsville, Ky., at age 82. Former Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, who was removed in a 1988 impeachment trial, died in Phoenix at age 83.
In 2009, in a last full day of talks in Asia, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stressed American and Chinese cooperation on the economy and climate change. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul to discuss the ongoing American strategic review of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. A reported 96 miners were trapped by an early morning explosion in an underground coal mine in northern China. The miners were among a crew of 436 working in a mine at Gujiao City. Also in 2009, federal investigators interviewed U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., latest step in the controversy over Burris' appointment to the Senate by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Today's Birthdays: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is 86. Movie director Bob Rafelson is 77. Actress Rue McClanahan is 76. Actor Gary Lockwood is 73. Actor-director Richard Beymer is 71. Actor Peter McEnery is 70. U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is 70. Film/music company executive David Geffen is 67. Actor Alan Rickman is 64. Actress Tyne Daly is 64. Actor Anthony Daniels is 64. Tricia Nixon Cox is 64. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) is 63. Rock musician Jerry Harrison (The Heads) is 61. Actress Christine Ebersole is 57. Actor William Petersen is 57. Actor Kelsey Grammer is 55. Country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 52. Actor Jack Coleman is 52. Actor Christopher Atkins is 49. Rock singer Ranking Roger is 49. Actor William Baldwin is 47. Rock musician Michael Ward is 43. Actress Aunjanue Ellis is 41. Blues musician Corey Harris is 41. Country singer Eric Heatherly is 40. Rock musician Eric Wilson is 40. Rock musician Tad Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 37. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 31. Singer Charlotte Church is 24. Actress Ellen Page (Film: "Juno") is 23. Actor Corbin Bleu is 21.
Those Born On This Date Include: Mexican revolutionary and military commander Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (1794); Roman Catholic Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801); German bacteriologist August von Wassermann, who developed the blood test for syphilis (1866); classical guitarist Andres Segovia (1893); writer Anais Nin (1903); filmmaker Sam Peckinpah (1925); humorist Erma Bombeck (1927).
Today In Entertainment February 21
In 1985, Whitney Houston released her self-titled debut album.
In 1990, pop duo Milli Vanilli won Best New Artist at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (However, Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan were stripped of the award in Dec. 1990 after it was revealed that neither of them actually sang on the "Girl You Know It's True" album.)
In 1992, the Run-DMC rape trial came to an abrupt end in Cleveland when the judge threw out the case. The woman who accused Run of raping her admitted she had no evidence to support her claim.
In 1995, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band for the first time in seven years.
Thought for Today: "In scandal, as in robbery, the receiver is always as bad as the thief." — Lord Chesterfield, English author and statesman (1694-1773).

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Big-Assed Bunnies From Britain

East Sussex, UK -- Massive rabbit Ralph tips the scales at three stone, or 42 pounds and is hoping to get his paws on a Guinness World Record.

The Continental Giant is only 12 months old but already weighs as much as a three year old child, and is four feet long.

His owner Pauline Grant, 73, from Uckfield, East Sussex says he can munch his way through $15 of food a day and is so popular neighbors even offer to buy food for him.

His favorites are Weetabix, water biscuits, apples, carrots, cabbages, toast, sweet corn and huge bowls of rabbit food.

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Dissecting This Great Nation Of Ours™

The real America:
As for his presidential run, Santorum may not be concerned about the CPAC straw poll, but he's certainly worried about saying anything bad about Iowa and New Hampshire. He'll be visiting both states soon, and seemed extremely eager to talk them up with reporters today.

"They're America's HR department," he said. "They're a cross-section of the nation."

Rick's "already made two trips to South Carolina, one in December and another in January." That completes the slice of apple pie that is the Nation of Santorum.

From CPAC

Bring. It. On.

Righteous Patriot Strikes Blow For Freedom, Drives Car Into Traffic Light, Fire Hydrant!

All it takes is a car, brave tax-resisters, and you, too, can stop fascist traffic regulation.
Man up, & show those collectivist fire-fighters/tax leeches what they'll be getting too!

Like, Water? For Chocolotl?

Chocolate Made With Water First in New Generation of Low-Fat Foods
Researchers insist it tastes the same as the real thing and could be the start of a new set of low-fat foods.
Read original story in The Telegraph | Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010

Eagle, Globe & Anchor On The Sunset Strip

We don't hate the troops. Just jarheads.
More images of images from a former neighborhood of ours. And text from the photog, wherein he stands up for sloth, letting the mind wander, and glancing at the telebision.

20 February: Up In The Air Junior Birdmen; Marx's "Manifesto" Published; "Big Week" For Kraut Aircraft Industry; "Instant Karma" Released

Today is Saturday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2010. There are 314 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard the Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7.
Audio LinkJohn Glenn and mission control
On this date:
In 1790, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II died.
In 1792, President George Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office.
In 1809, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Peters, 9 US 115, ruled that no state legislature could annul the judgments or determine the jurisdictions of federal courts.
In 1839, Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
In 1848, Karl Marx's influential "Communist Manifesto" was published in London by a group called the Communist League. [They always omit poor Engels. Wasn't he just as evil? — Ed.]
In 1895, abolitionist Frederick Douglass died.
In 1934, a blizzard inundated the northeastern United States.
In 1938, Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secretary following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
In 1944, U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers in a series of attacks that became known as "Big Week."
[Photo courtesy of The Divine Mr. M., whose peculiar interests occasionally synchronize w/ our peculiar interests. — Ed.]
In 1950, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Rabinowitz, ruled 5-3 that authorities making a lawful arrest did not need a warrant to search and seize evidence in an area that was in the "immediate and complete control" of the suspect.
In 1959, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 600 for the first time, at 602.21.
In 1965, The Ranger 8 spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.
In 1971, the National Emergency Warning Center in Colorado erroneously ordered U.S. radio and TV stations off the air; some stations heeded the alert, which was not lifted for about 40 minutes.
In 1991, U.S. troops penetrated Iraq, capturing as many as 500 Iraqi soldiers. Also in 1991, the United States approved a $400 million loan guarantee to Israel for housing Soviet Jewish immigrants but banned use of the money in the occupied territories.
In 1992, Israeli armored ground forces withdrew from Lebanese villages following a one-day strike. Israel defended the incursion as necessary but the U.N. secretary-general protested the assault. Also in 1992, an FDA panel urged limiting access to silicone gel-filled breast implants.
In 1998, American Tara Lipinski became at age 15 the youngest gold medalist in Winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.
In 1999, the United States and five other nations agreed to extend by three days a deadline for a Kosovo peace agreement. (NATO had threatened air strikes against the Serbs if they did not reach an agreement with Albanian insurgents.)
In 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush said in Seoul that the United States had no intention of attacking North Korea and would work toward reunification efforts.
In 2003, the Pentagon announced that 1,700 U.S. troops would be sent to the Philippines to take on an extremist Muslim group.
In 2004, conservatives won the majority of seats in the Iraq parliamentary election. Also in 2004, an estimated 4,500 people were left homeless after fire swept through an area of Nairobi, Kenya. And, a San Francisco judge refused to issue a temporary restraining order that would have halted the city's same-sex marriages, while California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the state attorney general to take immediate legal steps to stop same-sex weddings in San Francisco. (On March 11, 2004, the California Supreme Court ordered an immediate halt to same-sex weddings in San Francisco.) Bypassing angry Senate Democrats, President George W. Bush installed Alabama Attorney General William Pryor as a US appeals court judge in his second "recess appointment" of a controversial nominee in five weeks.
In 2005, Israel's Cabinet gave final approval to the government's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton traveled to Lampuuk, Indonesia, ground zero of tsunami devastation where they promised survivors that more help would come. Jeff Gordon won his third Daytona 500. Allen Iverson was selected MVP of the NBA All-Star game, helping the Eastern Conference to a 125-115 victory. Journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson shot himself to death at age 67.
In 2006, the Danish newspaper that published controversial cartoons of Muslim Prophet Mohammed and triggered widespread, angry and often deadly protests ran a full-page apology in Saudi papers.
In 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have no challenge rights in U.S. courts.
In 2008, a U.S. missile interceptor, launched from a U.S. Navy ship, knocked down a dying satellite 130 miles over the Pacific Ocean. Officials said the satellite contained 1,000 pounds of frozen toxic fuel. Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew returned to Earth, after delivering a new European lab to the international space station.
In 2009, an explosion killed more than 30 people at a Shiite funeral procession in Pakistan, touching off a wave of violence. Another 50 to 75 others were injured in what officials believed was a suicide bombing attack. President Barack Obama warned a gathering of mayors at the White House that he would "call them out" if they wasted the money from his massive economic stimulus plan. The Dow Jones industrial average ended the week at 7,365.67, the lowest level in more than six years. Israeli President Shimon Peres chose Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new government. The WTA fined Dubai Tennis Championships organizers a record $300,000 after Israeli player Shahar Peer was denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates.
Today's Birthdays: Fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt is 86. Author-screenwriter Richard Matheson is 84. Actor Sidney Poitier is 83. Racing Hall of Famer Bobby Unser is 76. Actress Marj Dusay is 74. Jazz-soul singer Nancy Wilson is 73. Racing Hall of Famer Roger Penske is 73. Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 69. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Phil Esposito is 68. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is 68. Movie director Mike Leigh is 67. Actress Brenda Blethyn is 64. Actress Sandy Duncan is 64. Rock musician J. Geils is 64. Actor Peter Strauss is 63. Rock singer-musician-producer Walter Becker (Steely Dan) is 60. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is 59. Country singer Kathie Baillie is 59. Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is 56. Actor Anthony Stewart Head is 56. Country singer Leland Martin is 53. Actor James Wilby is 52. Rock musician Sebastian Steinberg is 51. Comedian Joel Hodgson is 50. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley is 47. Rock musician Ian Brown (Stone Roses) is 47. Actor Willie Garson is 46. Actor French Stewart is 46. Actor Ron Eldard is 45. Model Cindy Crawford is 44. Actor Andrew Shue is 43. Actress Lili Taylor is 43. Singer Brian Littrell is 35. Actress Lauren Ambrose is 32. Actor Jay Hernandez is 32. Country musician Coy Bowles is 31. Actress Majandra Delfino is 29. Singer-musician Chris Thile (THEE'-lee) is 29. Actor Jake Richardson is 25. Singer Rihanna is 22.
Those Born On This Date Include: American Revolutionary War hero William Prescott (1726); photographer Ansel Adams (1902); Soviet leader Alexei Kosygin (1904); TV emcee John Daly (1914); & film director Robert Altman (1925).
Today In Entertainment February 20
In 1967, singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was born.
In 1969, "Goodbye Cream," a documentary of Cream's farewell concert, opened in Baltimore. Fans and critics alike panned the movie for its poor sound quality and strange editing.
In 1970, the John Lennon single "Instant Karma" was released.["Surely not to live in pain & fear?" — Ed.]
In 1974, Cher filed for separation from Sonny Bono after ten years of marriage.
In 1982, singer Pat Benatar and her guitarist, Neil Geraldo, got married in Hawaii.
In 1993, Jackyl lead singer Jesse James Dupree was arrested for allegedly exposing himself on stage during a concert a few days earlier in Long Beach, California.
In 1997, Ben and Jerry's introduced a new ice cream flavor, Phish Food, named after the rock group Phish. It contained chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.
In 1999, film critic Gene Siskel died at a hospital outside Chicago, at age 53.
In 2000, the Fox TV network canceled the scheduled rebroadcast of its highly rated special "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?" after learning that the groom, Rick Rockwell, once was accused of hitting and threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend, accusations Rockwell denied.
In 2003, pyrotechnics from Great White's stage show at The Station in West Warwick, R.I., ignited soundproofing foam and burned the dump down. One hundred people died, including band guitarist Ty Longley. About 200 other club-goers were injured.
In 2005, actress Sandra Dee died aged 62; musical actor John Raitt did the same, he was 88.
In 2007, Britney Spears checked into rehab. She checked out the next day.
Thought for Today "I've always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth is arrested development." — Alice Roosevelt Longworth, former first daughter (born 1884, died this date in 1980).

Friday, February 19, 2010

Baseball Wrap-Up: Pitchforks & Torches To Report Any Day Now

On the field:
Off the field:
Jamie McCourt wants nearly $1 million per month in temporary support from her estranged husband, an amount disclosed in a court filing in which her lawyers allege Frank McCourt has engaged in a "carefully calculated subterfuge designed to mislead the court" about his financial resources.

The filing, unsealed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, includes details of how Frank McCourt hopes to transform the Dodgers from a baseball team into the anchor of a sports business empire that could include cable television channels broadcast in English and Spanish; homes, shops and a football stadium within the Dodger Stadium parking lots; and the purchase of a soccer club in China and another in the English Premier League.

In filing for divorce in October, Jamie McCourt asked for $488,000 per month in temporary support. The revised request -- for $988,845 per month -- reflects property-tax bills as well as additional records that her lawyers claim can show the couple averaged $2.3 million per month in salaries, distributions and perks starting in 2004, when the McCourts bought the Dodgers.

Frank McCourt still would have $1.3 million per month to maintain his lifestyle, her lawyers wrote.

"Jamie fully recognizes that the . . . award which she will be seeking will be viewed by many people as being astronomical," according to the filing. "That may very well be the case. But Jamie's request also has been thoroughly documented . . . as being wholly consistent with the parties' marital lifestyle."
We suppose there's a clever remark to the effect that the money the McCourts spent (On what, exactly?*) could have gone toward a skilled pitcher, or someone to replace Manny "Post-Suspension Suck" Ramirez, possibly propelling the former Brooklyn Bums to a World Series appearance. But that's the least of the issues here.

*"In addition, according to the filing, Frank McCourt currently resides in a 'luxury hotel in Beverly Hills,' has spent $52,000 on clothes since November and keeps two of his sons on the Dodgers' payroll -- at a combined annual salary of $600,000 -- 'despite the fact that one is a graduate student at Stanford and the other works full-time for Goldman Sachs.' (One of those sons accompanied Frank McCourt to last month's meeting of baseball owners in Phoenix.)" Yes, Goldman Sachs.

Vandalism & Violence: The "Conservative" Reaction To Whatever Displeases Them

The liberal media again manages to make blood-thirsty assholes look like blood-thirsty assholes. How long will real Americans allow this "recording" & "quoting" to be used to embarrass their real American leaders?
Conservatives could learn a lot from Tiger Woods' wife Elin, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said at the Conservative Political Action Conference today.

"She said, I've had enough," Pawlenty said. "We should take a page out of her playbook and take a 9-iron and smash the window out of big government."
So, Gov. P., should conservatives grab a tire iron & smash the face of big government? Take a small plane & fly it into the office building of big government! Or, y'all could get a hold of an Air Force bunker-buster & blow up the basement of big government. A stack of napalm bombs, so you can burn the crops off the fields of big government? Or maybe you should just round up everyone who voted "Democrat" & keep them in camps somewhere until they start thinking straight. We have a few more ideas, none of which involve democracy, voting or any of that messy stuff. Call us, Timmy!

Further Indication of The Violence Inherent in The Conservative Psyche (You Can't Call That Ugliness A Mind)
From Think Progress.
Barr condemned the right’s call to try terror suspects exclusively in military tribunals and defended plans to try suspects in civilian courts. He then insisted that waterboarding is torture, which prompted the crowd to start booing. As they continued to boo, he pointed to the audience and asked, “How would you like to be waterboarded? Try that!”
Keep it up, reactionaries. There'll be enough evidence to have every one of you committed as dangers to yourselves & others before you're through.