Saturday, February 6, 2010

Editorial Cartoons From Around The World

Live Blogging The Morans

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

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

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

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

1809: What an awful witch.

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

1818: Oh, it gets worse.

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

Will No One Stop These People?

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

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

Further Poop From The T. P. Party

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

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

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

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

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

Gawd's Punishment

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

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

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

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

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

“Criticize your friend to this socialist newspaper.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Princess Di's Big Score

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

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

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

6 February: Man U Plane Crash

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 5, 2010

No Such Luck

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

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

CSI*: Nashville

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

*Committed Socialist Ideologue

Mohammed Loves Me, This I Know

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

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

Pantload Lite, taken completely out of context:

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

[...]

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

[...]

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


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

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

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

A Pound For A Brown On The Bus

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

Inside My Brain

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

[...]

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

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


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

And, because everything is political:

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

I feel safe in diagnosing that comment as slug nutty.


Heh.

Don't Make 'Em Like ...

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mother Pantload

Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Jonah Golberg's "mom," courtesy of The Alex Constantine Archives.
At $1,000 a week, a gigantic salary for a reporter in 1972, Goldberg recalled in a brief interview this week, “I was practically stealing because all I had were dirty jokes and gossip.” She said Nixon “loved the dirty jokes and who was sleeping with who” even though it was “mainly techies sleeping with stewardesses.”
Should have been shot as a spy, before she could pass her ability to steal money to Jonah.
Watergate prosecutors considered charging Finance Committee officials with election law violations for making the payments without proper documentation but decided they could never prove criminal intent, especially in light of Chotiner’s death Jan. 30, 1974, from injuries sustained in a Jan. 23 traffic accident.

“He was killed in a head-on collision with a truck on Shirley Highway and the name of the truck driver was George McGovern,” Goldberg recalled this week.

That isn’t quite right, however. The accident took place on Chain Bridge Road in McLean in front of the home of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). The only McGovern involved in the accident was Dr. Joseph D. McGovern, no relation to the presidential candidate, who was driving a car against which Chotiner’s Lincoln Continental came to rest after being hit by the truck.
No, the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

Andy's In The Basement Again

Uh-oh! Breitbart's day job must be over, & he's back in the basement, mixin' up the medicine & drinking while twitting. Go man go!

Kalifornia Über Alles

Chuck DeVore, one of the Republican candidates for the Senate nomination on the very fucking edge of the continent. And Dan Riehl, the reactionary web log typist who's scared of darkies on the D.C. subway.As usual, the undiscussed but huge animal in the studio is "Just where were the TPers when George 'White guy' Bush was running up a deficit on behalf of defense contractors while killing hundreds of thousands of innocents yada yada, using tax cuts to transfer the contents of the Treasury to the already wealthy & their banks, allowing the world financial system to dance on the brink through deregulation & non-enforcement, & clearly disregarding the Constitution as far as civil rights & liberties?" Perhaps that Bill of "Rights" part of the Constitution doesn't matter, while health care reform is unconstitutional because penicillin hadn't yet been discovered in the 1780s & therefore is not in the Constitution, & we won't be having any of it?

Besides the choice of the low-info voter, Mr. DeVore, the other principal R candidates are Tom Campbell (He just left the race for Governator to try his luck in the Senate race. What the hell kind of move is that?) & the so-tone-deaf-as-to-be-brain-dead Carly Fiorina.In the governor's event that Campbell just left, we have Meg Whitman & we don't know (Certainly we don't care.) who the hell else.
Why can't the computer/Internet geniuses hire competent/literate flunkies? Whitman's first telebision advert:Good luck w/ that. Undiscussed here: Running a business has nothing to do w/ governing a state. We're sure that "creating jobs" & "fixing education" while cutting spending is going to work just fine. Especially when we find it easy to imagine that "creating jobs" can best be understood as "MORE TAX CUTS!!!"

Not mentioned? Fixing the budget process (Why does she think "The professional politicians have been fighting in Sacramento for years"?) & maybe even the initiative mess. That might be a confidence booster, knowing that the "Cavemen" of the perpetually minority Republican caucus couldn't screw things up as much as they have been for so many years.

Pop Culture Wars, 1954 Style

ME links to Commentary, which (surprise, surprise) didn't like 1954's popular culture any more than it likes today's pop crap.
I myself would not like to live surrounded by the kind of culture Dr. Wertham could thoroughly approve of, and what I would not like for myself I would hardly desire for Paul. The children must take their chances like the rest of us. But when Dr. Wertham is dealing with the worst of the comic books he is on strong ground; some kind of regulation seems necessary—indeed, the more respectable publishers of comic books might reasonably welcome it—and I think one must accept Dr. Wertham's contention that no real problem of “freedom of expression” is involved, except that it may be difficult to frame a law that would not open the way to a wider censorship.

[...]

I think my position is that I would be happy if Senator Kefauver and Dr. Wertham could find some way to make it impossible for Paul to get any comic books. But I'd rather Paul didn't get the idea that I had anything to do with it.
We can only hope that the typist of this shameful pro-fascist censorship screed was murdered (preferably w/ a switchblade) by the son (Paul) he hoped to deprive of entertainment.

4 February: Rebels Secede; Patty Hearst Kidnapped; Liberace, Lux Interior Die

Today is Thursday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2010. There are 330 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 4, 1783, Britain's King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
On this date:
In 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
In 1792, George Washington is unanimously elected to a second term as president of the United States in a vote of the Electoral College.
In 1801, John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.
In 1861, delegates from six Southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America. Also in 1861, the 25-year period of conflict known as the Apache War began at Apache Pass, Ariz., with the arrest of Apache Chief Cochise for raiding a ranch. Cochise escaped his U.S. Army captors and declared war.
In 1913, Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Ala.
In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.
In 1938, Adolf Hitler seized control of the German army and put Nazi officers in key posts as part of a plan that led to World War II.
In 1941, the United Service Organizations (USO) came into existence.
In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
In 1948, the island nation of Ceylon — now Sri Lanka — became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
In 1976, more than 23,000 people died when a severe earthquake struck Guatemala with a magnitude of 7.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
In 1997, a civil jury found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
In 1999, Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot and killed in front of his Bronx home by four plainclothes New York City police officers who said they mistook his wallet for a gun. The police fired 41 shots at Diallo. (The officers were acquitted at trial.)
In 2000, Austrian President Thomas Klestil swore in a coalition government that included Joerg Haider's (yohrg HY'-durz) far-right Freedom Party, a development which triggered European Union sanctions. Former House Speaker Carl Albert died in McAlester, Okla. at age 91.
In 2003, Yugoslavia was dissolved and replaced with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.
In 2004, the Massachusetts high court declared that gays were entitled to marry. Facebook was launched as a social networking Web site limited to Harvard University students.
In 2005, gunmen kidnapped Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena in Baghdad. (Sgrena was freed a month later; however, an Italian agent who'd secured her release was killed by U.S. gunfire at a checkpoint.)
In 2006, widespread Muslim protests of published caricatures depicting Muhammad in a negative light turned violent. Angry demonstrators smashed windows, set fires and burned flags and Syrian mobs burned Danish and Norwegian embassies. Also in 2006, nearly 100 people were killed and more than 250 injured in a stampede at a Philippine stadium where thousands were on hand for a popular game show.
In 2007, severe flooding in Jakarta killed at least 20 people and drove 340,000 Indonesians from their homes.
In 2008, U.S. President George W. Bush introduced a $3.1 trillion budget for fiscal 2009, including proposed increases in military spending but cutbacks in most domestic programs.
In 2009, President Barack Obama imposed a $500,000 cap on executive pay for companies receiving federal bailout money; the president also signed a bill extending health coverage to 4 million uninsured children.
Today's Birthdays: Actor William Phipps is 88. Actor Conrad Bain is 87. Former Argentinian President Isabel Peron is 79. Actor Gary Conway is 74. Movie director George A. Romero is 70. Rock musician John Steel (The Animals) is 69. Singer Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension) is 66. Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 63. Rock singer Alice Cooper is 62. Actor Michael Beck is 61. Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 58. Football Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor is 51. Rock singer Tim Booth is 50. Rock musician Henry Bogdan is 49. Country singer Clint Black is 48. Rock musician Noodles (The Offspring) is 47. Country musician Dave Buchanan (Yankee Grey) is 44. Actress Gabrielle Anwar is 40. Actor Rob Corddry is 39. Singer David (dah-VEED') Garza is 39. Actor Michael Goorjian is 39. Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 37. Rock musician Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) is 35. Singer Natalie Imbruglia (em-BROO'-lee-ah) is 35. Rapper Cam'ron is 34. Rock singer Gavin DeGraw is 33. Olympic gold medal gymnast-turned-singer Carly Patterson is 22.
Those Born On This Date Include: Polish-born American patriot Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746); French cubist painter Fernand Leger (1881); aviator Charles Lindbergh (1902); legendary golfer Byron Nelson (1912); actress Ida Lupino (1918); & author Betty Friedan (1921).
Today In Entertainment History
In 1938, "Our Town," Thornton Wilder's play about small-town life in America, opened on Broadway.
In 1961, singer Johnny Burnette underwent an emergency appendectomy in Los Angeles and was forced to cancel a British tour. He's known for the hit "You're Sixteen," which was on the Top 40 charts at the time.
In 1969, Columbia Records signed Johnny Winter to a five-year, $300,000 contract, which was unprecedented for a new artist.
In 1971, The Osmonds received their first gold record, for "One Bad Apple."
In 1977, The album "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac was released.
In 1983, singer Karen Carpenter died of cardiac arrest in Downey, Calif., at age 32. She had suffered from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.
In 1987, Liberace died at his home in Palm Springs, Calif., of AIDS-related complications. He was 67.
Audio LinkLiberace's publicist Denise Collier
In 1993, entertainer Ben Vereen was discharged from a rehabiliation center in New Jersey. He had been getting therapy for seven months after he was hit by a truck near his home in Malibu, California.
In 2000, singer Doris Kenner-Jackson of the Shirelles died in Goldsboro, N.C. at age 58.
In 2005, actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis died in Miami Beach, Fla. at age 87.
In 2009, Lux Interior, co-founder and lead singer of the horror-punk band the Cramps, died in Glendale, Calif. at age 62.
Thought for Today: "Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries." — James Michener, American author (1907-1997).

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Niche Marketing For The OTHER

They come from all over, though we don't where, exactly. So, foreign stuff that may be of interest to, like, OTHER. Well, members of the international community who might give a shit about how their nations, cultures & cuisines may be perceived by the Hegemon. For example:
Poised geographically and psychologically between Asia and Europe, Vancouver is a multicultural town, one with access to great ingredients from both land and sea. And it shows in the city's excellent food. Here are Sam Sifton's suggestions for where to eat.
Excuse the goddam fuck out of us, but is there NOTHING between Yurp & The Yellow Peril? Not even an island or two? Do we have to pull out the Steinberg, East Coast weenies?

Hermaphrodites? Hermaphrodites. Hermaphrodites!
And Susan Collins.

More "fucking retards:" Duncan Hunter, & another fear-monger, Frank Gaffney have dedided that hermaphrodites will be infecting the military if DADT is repealed.

Someone, somewhere, must have authored this talking point. Someone so effing "slow" that they haven't yet recovered from learning about hermaphrodites in junior high biology. That old fool Gaffney must be over 50. Is he still in shock from the discovery that there are gray areas even in nature? Does he check his junk daily for lady-part?

Hunter, a Congressional douchebag & the son of a Congressional douchebag (There really oughta be a law!!) is considerably younger than his fellow victim of sexual insecurity, so it's not as surprising that he hasn't gotten over hermaphro-phobia. Still.

Two For The Price Of One

Speaking of the slow, what is up w/ this Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who's been lying her way across the telebision these last few days? It's not often one encounters a slow-talker who also has that Valley Girl up-inflection at the end of her sentences. Things may be slower in Maine, but we just don't have the time to listen to this woman drone on. (Even if anything she said was true & her voice didn't have that little girl quality to it, beyond the slow, lying Valleyism.)A. Mitchell states the facts to Sen. Susie. Interminable.

Fuck This Shit

Taking our wkly. shower & leaving. (Hope we don't melt.) C U L8er!

Kristol, The King Of Wrong & Stupid, Factually Unsupported

The Economist abuses William Kristol, at length.
Mr Kristol offers no answers, only the projection of disruptive homophobia.
Because he knows that America's baby-killers get all nervous if there's a "homo" near them.

Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

Via The Velvet Blog, we are apprised that Colorado Springs (You may have heard of it: Gawd's City.) is in financial trouble. Where's the Holy Checkbook now, Gawd-botherers?
Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won't pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

"I guess we're going to find out what the tolerance level is for people," said businessman Chuck Fowler, who is helping lead a private task force brainstorming for city budget fixes. "It's a new day."

Some residents are less sanguine, arguing that cuts to bus services, drug enforcement and treatment and job development are attacks on basic needs for the working class.

"How are people supposed to live? We're not a 'Mayberry R.F.D.' anymore," said Addy Hansen, a criminal justice student who has spoken out about safety cuts. "We're the second-largest city, and growing, in Colorado. We're in trouble. We're in big trouble."
There are few places more deserving of this than Jeeziz Central. Let that be a lesson.

3 February: Planes Crash; Boats Sink; Patriots Go Down In Flames; Boredom & Dissipation Mount

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2010. There are 331 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 3, 1943, the U.S. transport ship Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a German torpedo; of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survived. Four Army chaplains gave their life belts to four other men, and went down with the ship.
On this date:
In 1377, 2,000 people in Cesena, Italy, were killed by Papal Troops in what became known as the Cesena Bloodbath.
In 1690, the first paper money in America was issued by the colony of Massachusetts.
In 1783, Spain recognizes the independence of the United States from Great Britain.
In 1809, German composer Felix Mendelssohn was born in Hamburg. Congress passed an act establishing the Illinois Territory effective March 1.
In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the Virginia coast; the talks deadlocked over the issue of Southern autonomy.
In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, decreeing that the right to vote shall not be denied on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.
In 1916, Canada's original Parliament Buildings, in Ottawa, burned down.
In 1917, The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
In 1924, the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington, D.C. at age 67.
In 1930, the chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigned for health reasons. (He died just over a month later.)
In 1959, an American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York's East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board.
In 1966, the Soviet probe Luna 9 became the first manmade object to make a soft landing on the moon.
In 1969, Yasser Arafat was elected chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee during a council meeting in Cairo, Egypt.
In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Edgar D. Mitchell landed on the lunar sufrace during the third successful manned mission to the moon.
In 1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act.
In 1988, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected President Ronald Reagan's request for more than $36 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
In 1989, Alfredo Stroessner, president of Paraguay for more than three decades, was overthrown in a military coup.
In 1992, angry rhetoric escalated between the United States and Japan when Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa accused U.S. workers of lacking a "work ethic."
AP sez: In 1994, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off with a woman, Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time.
UPI sez: In 1994, the shuttle Discovery blasted off into space with the first Russian astronaut aboard a U.S. spacecraft. Also in 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton announced the United States was lifting its trade embargo against Vietnam.
In 1998, Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker for the pickax killings of two people in 1983.
Audio LinkKarla Faye Tucker
A U.S. Marine jet sliced through a ski gondola cable in Italy, sending the car's 20 occupants plunging 370 feet to their deaths.
In 1999, The Clinton administration told Congress a NATO-led peacekeeping force could be needed in Kosovo for three to five years and might include up to 4,000 American troops.
In 2000, the flight data recorder from Alaska Airlines Flight 261 was recovered from the Pacific Ocean off California. The Senate voted 89-4 to confirm Alan Greenspan for a fourth term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. Richard Kleindienst, who had served as U.S. attorney general during the Nixon administration and resigned during the Watergate scandal, died in Prescott, Ariz. at age 76.
In 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush sent lawmakers a $2.23 trillion budget for 2004, including major new tax cuts and a big increase in defense spending, projecting a deficit of $307.4 billion.
In 2004, John Kerry won Democratic presidential contests in five out of seven states. Work in the U.S. Senate slowed to a crawl, a day after ricin powder was found in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
In 2005, Alberto Gonzales won Senate confirmation as attorney general. An interim report detailed conflicts of interest and flawed management in the U.N. oil-for-food program. An Afghan passenger jet carrying 104 people crashed east of Kabul, killing all on board. Also in 2005, more than 50 people died when a train rammed a trailer carrying a wedding party at a railroad crossing in India.
In 2006, an Egyptian passenger ferry sank in the Red Sea during bad weather, killing more than 1,000 passengers.
In 2007, a truck bomb exploded in a Baghdad market killing at least 135 and injuring more than 300.
In 2008, the New York Giants scored a late touchdown for a spectacular Super Bowl win, 17-14, that ended the New England Patriots' run at perfection. Strong earthquakes in the Great Lakes region of Africa, centering on Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, killed at least 30 people and injured more than 300 others. Also in 2008, Serbian President Boris Tadic, a pro-Western leader who favors closer ties with the United States, won re-election over a hard-line Radical Party candidate.
In 2009, Eric Holder became the first black U.S. attorney general as he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden. The White House announced that Tom Daschle had asked to be removed from consideration as health and human services secretary after acknowledging he'd failed to pay all his taxes. Iran sent its first domestically made satellite, Omid ("hope"), into orbit.
Today's Birthdays: Comedian Shelley Berman is 84. Former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) is 77. Football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton is 70. Actress Bridget Hanley is 69. Actress Blythe Danner is 67.
Singer Dennis Edwards is 67. Football Hall-of-Famer Bob Griese is 65. Singer-guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) is 63. Singer Melanie is 63. Actress Morgan Fairchild is 60. Actor Nathan Lane is 54. Rock musician Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) is 54. Actor Thomas Calabro is 51. Actor-director Keith Gordon is 49. Actress Michele Greene is 48. Country singer Matraca (muh-TRAY'-suh) Berg is 46. Actress Maura Tierney is 45. Actor Warwick Davis is 40. Reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee is 34. Musician Grant Barry is 33. Singer-songwriter Jessica Harp is 28. Rapper Sean Kingston is 20.
Those Born On This Date Include: U.S. journalist Horace Greeley (1811); Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor of medicine (1821); poet and novelist Gertrude Stein (1874); artist Norman Rockwell (1894); gangster Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd (1904); author James Michener (1907); comedian Joey Bishop (1918).
Today In Entertainment History
In 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash in Iowa. Holly was 22, Valens was 17 and the Big Bopper was 28.
In 1967, Jimi Hendrix recorded "Purple Haze" in London. It was released in March in the U.K. as a follow-up to his first British single "Hey Joe."
In 1968, Paul McCartney recorded "Lady Madonna" at the Abbey Road studios. The record is credited to The Beatles, but McCartney played with unknown session musicians.
In 1969, The Beatles, over objections from Paul McCartney, hired manager Allen Klein to straighten out the band's financial affairs. The band's mismanagement and money problems eventually led to its breakup.
In 1978, Harry Chapin met with President Carter at the White House as Carter announced the establishment of a commission on hunger. Chapin spent months lobbying Congress for the creation of the commission.
In 1993, singer Gloria Estefan got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with about 400 fans and family members on hand.
In 1996, actress Audrey Meadows died of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 71.
In 2003, authorities arrested producer Phil Spector at his mansion in suburban Los Angeles. The body of actress Lana Clarkson had been found in the foyer.
In 2007, The Dixie Chicks won five Grammys, including album of the year for "Taking the Long Way." The album had been largely ignored by country music stations.
Thought for Today: "Your friend will argue with you." — Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer (1918-2008). [How long did it take him to come up w/ that? — Ed.]

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Get Over Yourselves, Already

Self-absorbed D.C. twits, be warned: The eighth(or whatever)-largest economy in the world can buy you, your media company/aggregation outlet & the rest of your crummy little Media Village, bulldoze the entire ugly mess, & put up any number of California-style abominations, from half-leased strip malls to McMansions. Or we could blow up the damn place for a serious, D.C. reduced to dust blockbuster. (Why bother, though? It'll look more "real" as a CGI spectacle.) We probably won't, but be ready to pay through your snooty East Coast elitist noses for vegetables & fruits. And movies. Think how expensive movies will be.

Why are we so angry & threatening? (Find us a resaon not to be so. You can't, because there is always something even more awful happening.)
For outside observers, it was the first sign that the first California gubernatorial race in a while without Arnold Schwarzenegger in it might still be worth paying attention to.
We suppose the title

Week Of Shenanigans Makes The CA-Gov Race Interesting Again

of this piece of crap reveals the innate shallowness of the Village, & those attracted to it. If there's no has-been movie star* in this yr.'s race, it'll take some "shenanigans" for them to give a shit about the horse race?

Maybe the the most irksome part of this (Most of it's the usual Media Village Idiocy suspects. Why even bother w/ a fit about that?) is that there is a real & very serious issue here, which has been dismissed as "shenanigans."
Poizner alleges that Whitman is trying to force him out of the race. The email, posted on Poizner's website, is a request from Mike Murphy to a redacted official in the Poizner campaign floating a deal where Poizner would drop out in exchange for Whitman's support in a Poizner run against against Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) in 2012.

"I hate the idea of us each spending $20 million beating on the other in the primary, only to have a damaged nominee," the email reads. "And we can spend $40M+ tearing up Steve if we must; bad for him, bad for us and a crazy waste to tear up a guy with statewide potential -- really the only guy on the CA GOP bench for the future."
The billionaires have decided to divide California among themselves. Add (Republican, need we add that?) Senatorial candidate Carly (HP SuperFail Golden Parachute) Fiorina & Dianne Feinstein (multi-millionaire developer husband) & before you know it, it's their state, & we're just paying rent in it.

Our modest proposal to counter this neo-feudalist menace is a real Death Tax. We kill them & take all their money. Simple, & not too messy (unless the rich resist).

*We completely understand & grant that the Golden State has set an awfully high standard for elected officials; that's still no excuse for this non-reporting.

"The Crown Jewel Of Socialism"

You just gotta love Chris Matthews.Not because he points out how nutty Republican Representative Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota is. Not at all.

Face it, if her call for an investigation of Congressional Democrats for being "un-American" hadn't occurred on "Hardball," Tweety M. wouldn't keep going on about it as if was the single worst thing she'd ever said. So you gotta love him for being — no, you don't have to love him. Gotta think these things through before we type them. Sheesh.

"There Are People Who Have Experienced Homosexual Attractions Who Have ..."

Shorter (But isn't it fun to watch these buffoons?): If it weren't for draconian laws & religious bigotry & hate speech, the ho-mo-sex-u-als would have frightened all the horses off the streets by now! Maybe after they've impeached this President too they can get laws w/ some teeth in them passed.