Saturday, February 13, 2010


The new McCarthyism sweeping Israel

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

The Assassination List

Quote of the Day

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

Facebook Users Respond

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

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

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

Fifty (Or So) Yrs. Ago In Telebision History

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

Creating Your Own Reality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 12, 2010

Going Through The Motions

Our fifteenth item of the day, not counting This Date In History. Damn! Again, quantity is quality.
The deal here is that when we've finished w/ our cone coffee maker, we slap it on top of the Progresso® can so whatever's left of the brew can drip into the can. Today, being on auto-pilot even more than usual, we put in a new filter, & some coffee, while the cone was on the can. Then (Partial excuse: We weren't at the level from which the photo was taken, but were above the scene. Like gawd.) we poured the hot water into the cone, which remained on the can. And didn't realize it until none of the coffee could be saved. Because the can has plenty of sweet beef & pork juice in it. And while we don't mind a bit of yummy cholesterol, we don't think it would have gone well w/ the coffee.

And now, about four hrs. after making another cup (This time in the cup.) we are dulled out & yawning again. Quelle surprise!

Tee Vee Wrap-Up & Take Out

Having learned that some of the suckers who visit here are telebison deprived, we can now call this a public service.This is interesting to fans of the graphic novelfucking comic book, & was pre-empted by Clinton's shortness of breath episode yesterday.And this is sheer Hatin' On America!!

What Are The Odds?

We saved these shots from the Facebook widgets on Wired & FDL. If Wired has 50,186 fans on FB, how is is that
Michael, upper left w/ the Santa hat, whom we have actually met in meatspace (once) through a mutual acquaintance, who occupies a spot on our local bog-roll & w/ whom we've exchanged email ('though not using the email we use for FB) & who is not one of our FB "friends," is the first face seen? That was creepy enough, but we peeped at FDL today & noticed this:
Better odds, but Johnny, (lower right) is another actual meatspace acquaintance, & is an FB "friend." This can't possibly be random.

Obviously, we need to put the bunker about 100 ft. below ground, & get some serious stuff going w/ proxies & any other way we can find to defend ourself from this onslaught. Perhaps a shitmoat coated in flaming oil will do the trick.

NB: None of our damn friends have stupid GEN X names like Jason, Joshua, Jedidiah or the like. Biblical fuckwads.

Aggregating An Aggregator: The Religious Wrong

The Manhattan Declaration: ‘Christian’ Manifesto Comparing Liberals to Nazis Gathers Signatures of Religious Right Leaders — and Catholic Bishops

Also in the theofascist vein, The NYT has a Sunday Magazine piece on the Judeo-Xian basis (NOT!!) of the United Snakes.
Not having read any of it, we (as usual) have no idea if "NOT!" is indeed the theme of the article. We don't think The NYT has completely lost its connection to truth & reality yet, though it's only a matter of time.

Anarchy In Alabaman Academia: Biologist Goes Ballistic

Uh-oh, it's no longer exclusively for students!

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- A biology professor is in custody in connection with three fatal shootings on the University of Alabama in Huntsville campus Friday afternoon, according to a UAH official.

LAT:  WHNT 19 News, a local TV station, reported that all victims were on the school's faculty. 

The Huntsville Times reports three people were killed and one injured. It occurred at a facility named the Shelby Center, after Sen. Richard Shelby, the Alabama Republican.

W/ ++extra locational irony.

We can't imagine any academics or the like would visit this Internet backwater, but if there were any, we'd hope they pat down their fellow eggheads before the next meeting. Is this what they mean about faculty disagreements being so vicious because the stakes are essentially zip?

Rubbing It In

Not to be extra mean (much) but Mr. McGraviton, attempting to get his "FUCK THE OLYMPICS" design into Google Image Search, hadn't had much luck, & then some jerk really showed him up.

We were sincerely wondering how his righteous quest was going, & therefore Googled, but, alas for Substance, we found only more one-up manship from the same jerk.* We can't even figure why these should show up under "FTO." Perhaps it's just Jerk-o's comfort w/ salting his garbage w/ "fuck" & its many variations.
"Fuck Christmas," by the way, still ensconced on p. 4 of the Google results.

*Who, though very trying, is not attempting anything.

Anal eroticism, Anal sex, Biology, Digestive system, Entertainment_Culture, HB, Human behavior, Nancy Elliot, New Hampshire State, Physiology, Rectum, Representative, Sexology, Sexual acts* NOW CENSORED & UPDATED!

Found at Tucker's Daily Caller. Quite possibly NSFW.We'd love to see this alleged fifth-grade lesson plan.

*Tucker's Tags. ("Entertainment_Culture?")

UPDATED (13 February 2010 @1325): Censorship has raised its ugly head. What's the deal? Was this thought to be a positive for squashing butt-seks, until it was noticed that the butt-seks advocates were mocking it? Or what? The hateful & disturbed witch flapping her ugly gums has no right to censor statements she made in her capacity as an elected official at a public meeting. Anyway, here's the juicy part, pulled from the Daily Skin-Crawler:
“We’re talking about taking the penis of a man and putting it in the rectum of another man and wriggling it around* in excrement. And you have to think, would I want that to be done to me?” asked New Hampshire State Representative Nancy Elliot (R-Merrimack) about anal sex at an executive session on HB 1590, which concerns repealing gay marriage.

Despite someone’s attempt to interrupt Elliot, she continued:

“They are now teaching it in the public school. They are showing our fifth graders how they can actually perform this kind of sex… They are saying this is something that you, as a 5th grader, may want to try.”
Thanks to Rumproast for the update, & a shorter version.We certainly wouldn't have clicked the vid again, & would never have known otherwise. Check the Sen. "Bitch" McConnell vid at the Roast as well. We suspect Sen. Bitch already misses having his excrement wriggled around in by his manly, departing, "More time w/ his family" chief of staff.

*Points for extra disgusting vulgarity: Republican State Rep. Elliot, if it can be "wriggled around in excrement," you're "doing it" w/ the goatse guy, & are "doing it" entirely incorrectly.

Good Screed

W/ quotes & stuff.

English Language Pedantry

Olympic "Movement?" What the fuck makes this bullshit a "movement?" Not exactly like the civil rights movement.

Did the people have to rise as one & march in the streets to demand their televised bread & circuses from the power structure? No, they didn't. Said "movement" was a bunch of literal aristocrats, whose concept of amateurism was wealthy weasels who could spend all their spare time running around naked or whatever it is that goes on at these events, as opposed to working people who might have run around or what-have-you for a shilling or two.

Tiger Beat On The Brat W/ A Baseball Bat, Oh Yeah!!

As someone filled w/ hate, rage, fear & pain, who has been forcibly institutionalized for acting on these entirely legitimate & common-sensical emotions, we are right behind Tiger Woods in his alleged raging & ranting:
The newspaper reports that "the disgraced golfer treated group therapy with such contempt that he caused one female patient to break down in tears, the source says."

The article also claims that Woods denied having a sex addiction problem and "ridiculed fellow patients and refused to cooperate with therapists."
Not unlike the mental "health" approach of the former Soviet Union, the American psychiatric-imprisonment industry is a heavy-handed attempt at social control, group therapy being about the biggest mental health crock short of padded cells & doping people up until they can barely move.

Misery loves company? No, misery hates being put in a room w/ other losers who are undergoing brain-washing to convince them that this is the best of all possible worlds, & if they don't fit into "our" produce/consume society & function as cogs in the machine, there's something wrong w/ them! The misery is only reinforced when one sees people buying into this shit.

We only wish we had the money & resultant power of Mr. Woods. We wouldn't have taken five seconds of shit from the psychiatric establishment or anyone else. Of course, were we as well off as The Tiger, there wouldn't have been a large collection of assholes & fascists making non-stop demands on us, sending us over the edge to begin w/. Funny how that works out.

The uncredited PuffHo typist claims "the item may sound improbable." Anyone who's been forced to attend group "therapy" sessions would have much the same reaction as Mr. Woods. Any group therapy would be bad enough, but imagine the kind of spoiled, privileged asswipes who populate a "sex addiction rehab." Get caught cheating & "sex rehab" is the first refuge, keeping the cheater from the public eye as he & his divorce attorneys try to come up w/ a story that may keep some of his money in his (& his attorneys') wallets. Good for him for making people cry.

No stats, but one must wonder if most of the women in these rehab prisons may have been forced there because they are "sluts," that is, women who are in control of their own bodies & do w/ their own & other bodies what they will. Can't have that. This is a Christian country, & Jesus says women are for breeding only!! Check w/ Andrew Sullivan on that. (OK, in Andy's case it's more like one or another self-flagellating Pope who said that, but, you know.)

First Non-Budgetary Olympic Death

UPDATE: Nodar Kumaritashvili has died, according to the AP.

Nodar Kumaritashvili, a Georgian luge competitor at the Vancouver Olympics, crashed during a training run today and hit a metal pole. Tribune News Service reports that he has suffered life-threatening injuries.
The especially morbid & juvenile may want to look at video. WARNING TO SISSIFIED GIRLIE-MEN: "Disturbing" Images.

Oh, don't even fucking bother. The aristos of the self-appointed IOC have pulled the video. Copyright (Theft!!) trumps truth every time, dunnit?

Still Under Warranty?

Malaysia says first submarine unable to dive

Another Edition Of "Guess The Typist"

This is surrender. And it isn’t limited just to the Fort Hood report. Did you know in the FBI’s Counter-Terrorism Manual, the word jihad is not to be found? Not once.

This is no accident. This is happening because for decades the Muslim Brotherhood (i.e., the Muslim American Society, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, etc.), has infiltrated every agency and institution at the highest levels, and they control what is said and how it can be said.

Islam has achieved absolute intellectual dominance. The Muslim Brotherhood groups in the United States control the narrative. They control information and how it is processed at senior levels of the CIA, the FBI, the Pentagon, and the various branches of the military.

And so they knew about the jihadis in the ranks, and did nothing. Will the thirteen dead at Fort Hood move the American people to rise up and demand an end to the Muslim Brotherhood influence in our government? If that happens, they will not have died in vain.
Did you guess? The answer is here.

Just Over-Heard

C. Ferguson: Sarah Palin blew out half the candles on her birthday cake, & then she quit.

Judy Jetson Beaver Shot

When she was just starting in Hollywood. Sometimes young women make these mistakes.
Turns out we also have a shot from later in her career in the voluminous files.

12 February: Enough Clinton Already, It's Lincoln's Damn Birthday!! And Darwin's Too; Lady Jane Gets Hers; "Rhapsody in Blue" Premiers

Today is Friday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2010. There are 322 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlights in History:
On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky. Naturalist Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England.
On this date:
In 1541, Santiago, Chile, was founded.
In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, who'd claimed the throne of England for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded after being condemned for high treason.
In 1733, the American colony of Georgia is founded by James Oglethorpe.
In 1795, the University of North Carolina became the first U.S. state university to admit students with the arrival of Hinton James, who was the only student on campus for two weeks.
In 1818, Chile officially proclaimed its independence, more than seven years after initially renouncing Spanish rule.
In 1855, Michigan State University was established at East Lansing, Mich.
In 1870, women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote (however, that right was taken away in 1887 before being restored in 1895).
In 1877, Alexander Graham Bell's new invention, the telephone, was publicly demonstrated with a hookup between Boston and Salem, Mass.
In 1908, the first round-the-world automobile race began in New York. (It ended in Paris the following July with the drivers of the American car, a Thomas Flyer, declared the winners over teams from Germany and Italy.)
In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.
In 1912, Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.
In 1915, the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C., a year to the day after groundbreaking.
In 1953, the Soviet Union broke off relations with Israel after terrorists bombed the Soviet legation in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In 1959, the redesigned Lincoln penny - with an image of the Lincoln Memorial replacing two ears of wheat on the reverse side - went into circulation.
In 1973, Operation Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place.
In 1980, the International Olympic Committee rejected a U.S. proposal to postpone or cancel the 1980 Summer Games or move the site from Moscow as a protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
In 1993, about 5,000 demonstrators marched on Atlanta's State Capitol to protest the Confederate symbol on the Georgia state flag.
In 1997, The Washington Post reported the Chinese government might have channeled money to the Democratic National Committee in order to influence the Clinton administration.
In 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice; Clinton told Americans he was "profoundly sorry" for what he'd said and done in the Monica Lewinsky affair that triggered it all. Swarms of anxious travelers were left stranded when American Airlines again scrubbed more than 1,000 flights after its pilots defied a court order and continued their mass sickout.
In 2000, Hall-of-Fame football coach Tom Landry, who'd led the Dallas Cowboys to five Super Bowls, died in Irving, Texas, at age 75. Michelle Kwan won her third straight U.S. Figure Skating Championships crown, while Michael Weiss successfully defended the men's title during the competition in Cleveland.
In 2001, a NASA spacecraft landed on the asteroid EROS.
In 2002, the war crimes trial of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic began at The Hague in the Netherlands.
In 2004, South Korean scientists announced they had created the world's first mature cloned human embryos. Also in 2004, despite a state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, San Francisco began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Thousands of couples applied. Four men were charged in a 42-count indictment alleging they'd run a steroid-distribution ring that provided performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of athletes in the NFL, the major leagues and track and field. (All four later pleaded guilty to steroids-related charges, and two of them, personal trainer Greg Anderson and Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative founder Victor Conte, served several months in prison.)
In 2005, former presidential candidate Howard Dean was elected national Democratic chairman during the party's winter meeting. "The Gates," a 16-day art exhibit created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, debuted in New York's Central Park with the unfurling of saffron-colored fabric banners suspended from 16-foot-high frames.
In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain won their respective parties' primaries in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. General Motors reported losing $38.7 billion in 2007, the largest annual loss in automotive history, and offered buyouts to 74,000 hourly workers. Imad Mughniyeh, one of world's most wanted terrorists, was killed in a car bombing in Damascus, Syria. Uno became the first beagle named Westminster's best in show.
In 2009, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Barack Obama's Commerce Secretary. A Colgan Air commuter plane crashed into a suburban Buffalo, N.Y., home, killing all 49 aboard and a person in the house. (The victims included Alison Des Forges, 66, a noted expert on 1994 Rwanda genocide, and Gerry Niewood, 64, and Coleman Mellett, 34, members of Chuck Mangione's band.)
Today's Birthdays: Movie director Franco Zeffirelli is 87. Actor Louis Zorich is 86. Baseball Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Joe Garagiola is 84. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., is 80. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell is 76. Actor Joe Don Baker is 74. Author Judy Blume is 72. Rock musician Ray Manzarek (The Doors) is 71. Country singer Moe Bandy is 66. Actress Maud Adams is 65. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 64. Actor Michael Ironside is 60. Rock musician Steve Hackett is 60. Rock singer Michael McDonald is 58. Actress Joanna Kerns is 57. Actor-former talk show host Arsenio Hall is 55. Actor John Michael Higgins is 47. Actress Christine Elise is 45. Actor Josh Brolin is 42. Singer Chynna Phillips is 42. Rock musician Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) is 40. Rhythm-and-blues musician Keri Lewis is 39. Actor Jesse Spencer ("House, M.D.") is 31. Actress Sarah Lancaster is 30. Actress Christina Ricci is 30.
Those Born On This Date Include: Etienne-Louis Boullee, French architect (1728); philanthropist Peter Cooper (1791); U.S. Army Gen. Omar Bradley (1893); actors Lorne Greene (1915) and Forrest Tucker (1919); Charles Van Doren, subject of U.S. quiz program scandals (1926).
Today In Entertainment February 12
In 1924, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in New York.
In 1940, the radio play "The Adventures of Superman" began airing on the Mutual Network, with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.
In 1956, Screamin' Jay Hawkins recorded "I Put A Spell On You" in New York City.
In 1957, The Coasters recorded "Young Blood," which became the group's first big hit.
In 1961, "Shop Around" by The Miracles became the first million-seller for Motown Records.
In 1967, police raided the English country home of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in a search for drugs. Singer Mick Jagger was there at the time. They were charged three months later.
In 1968, Jimi Hendrix returned home to Seattle to perform a free show for local high school students. [At his alma mater, Garfield. Which we would have attended if we hadn't been shipped off to the Lakeside School for Boys. Thanks again, parental units. And, Hendrix was on tour w/ The Monkees. He didn't "return home" just for the Garfield gig. — Ed.]
In 1977, The Police recorded their first single, "Fall Out."
In 1981, Blondie vocalist Deborah Harry announced plans to record a solo album. The group had two number one singles that year "The Tide Is High" and "Rapture."
In 1983, Eubie Blake, who wrote such songs as "I'm Just Wild About Harry" and "Memories of You," died in Brooklyn, New York, five days after turning 100.
In 1990, M.C. Hammer released "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em," featuring the hit single, "U Can't Touch This."
In 1993, talk show host Joan Rivers swapped jobs with one of her viewers and worked as a flight attendant on a flight from New York to Pittsburgh. She spilled a drink on a passenger.
In 2008, Character actor David Groh died in Los Angeles at age 68.
In 2000, "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz died at his home in Santa Rosa, after battling colon cancer. He was 77. He died the day before his last "Peanuts" strip was published.
In 2009, Irish playwright Hugh Leonard ("Da") died in Dublin at age 82.
Thought for Today: "Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason." - Ashley Montagu, English anthropologist (1905-1999).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

RT: Autonomous Nonprofit Organization

©Autonomous Nonprofit Organization "TV-Novosti" 2005-2010. All rights reserved.

This crap is available in the bunker 24/7, through Time-Warner Cable.

We Fucking Knew It All Along!

Spirituality Is Caused By Brain Damage
Well, some types at least. Researchers have discovered that patients who suffered trauma to a certain region of the brain were more likely to expereince a spike in "self-transcendence" after surgery.
Read original story in Science Daily | Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

Currently Not Giving A Flying Fuck About (Among Other Things):

Fat Boy Clinton. (Fucking centrist mugwump can up & die, for all we care. And we're sure he feels the same about us, so fuck him twice.)

That woman who skis. What-fucking-ever. Do we look like a fucking snow-bunny?
We hope she gets better soon & all, but enough!

More Cat Laffs


Non-Political Humor

Tip o' the chapeau to Mr. M. (He's Devoon!)


Yeah, Just Try It, Big Shot Captain Marxist!

The Washington Times commentariat discusses liberal propaganda. Or it's a hotbed of parodists. We can't tell any more.
Try to imagine all the artistic liberal dope-heads working at Marvel who wouldn't be working there had it not been for a pro-Christian, mostly white male influenced, capitalistic society with a Biblically based constitution. Try starting a Marvel comic book company in a Socialist Pol-Pot regime?

this is the same outfit that destroyed the Superman franchise, too, isn't it?

Marvel has never kept it a secret that they are very heavily into the leftist agenda. Gun control, vigilanteeism as long it is for a radical leftist cause, they tripped all over themselves when obama scammed the election with the help of a.c.o.r.n. and the unions. So, of course they are going to twist the juvenile mush brains to their way of thinking anyway possible, with subtle mind tricks, but using Captain AMERICA, that is downright sinking into the cesspool, paint his costume red and call him captain marxist. These leftist cartoonist should look to the Bible if they want a REAL hero. Disgusting and pathetic, the whole bunch. The TEA Partiers are helping to save this nation, leave them out of your leftist propaganda.

The fact of the matter our comics are created on a island called Manhattan and that island might as well be france. Years ago a big shot liberal supporter in Manhattan was completely shocked that the country had elected an Republican for president 49 states to 1. She said she just could'nt understand how this could happen because she did'nt know any republicans. This was 1968 and that island and the people on it are just as detached from the rest of the country today as they were back then. You want proof? The group running the show today made the Rawhide Kid a homosexual. 42 years later and Manhattan remains the same.
"The fact of the matter?" Hmmm ...
See also.


Palinism II.

11 February: Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Palin Born; Winter Olympics Crap; Cheney On The Loose!

Believe it or shove it, today is Thursday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2010. There are 323 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 11, 1990, South African activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison.
On this date:
In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a re-districting law favoring his party — giving rise to the term "gerrymandering."
In 1814, Norway proclaims independence from the Kalmar Union.
In 1858, a French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, reported the first of 18 visions of a lady dressed in white in a grotto near Lourdes. (The Catholic Church later accepted that the visions were of the Virgin Mary.)
In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln departed Springfield, Ill. for Washington.
In 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
In 1937, a six-week-old sit-down strike against General Motors ended, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.
In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement during World War II.
In 1965, U.S. and South Vietnamese planes made the first bombing raids on North Vietnam.
In 1970, Japan put a satellite in space, following in the footsteps of the Soviet Union, the United States and France.
In 1972, McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. and Life magazine canceled plans to publish what turned out to be a fake autobiography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes.
In 1975, Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of Britain's opposition Conservative Party.
In 1979, followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (hoh-MAY'-nee) seized power in Iran, nine days after the religious leader returned to his home country following 15 years of exile.
Audio LinkAP correspondent Tom Kent reports from Tehran
In 1987, Corazon Aquino was sworn in for a six-year presidential term under the new Philippine constitution.
In 1989, Reverend Barbara C. Harris became the first woman consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church, in a ceremony held in Boston.
In 1992, one police officer was killed and four people injured in a terrorist attack on the U.S. ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru.
In 1993, British Prime Minister John Major said Queen Elizabeth II will pay income tax on her personal income as well as being subject to capital and inheritance levies. President Bill Clinton announced his choice of Miami prosecutor Janet Reno to be the nation's first female attorney general.
In 1998, Olympic officials took away the gold medal of Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati after he tested positive for a minute amount of marijuana. He blamed second-hand smoke. An arbitration panel restored his medal two days later. Also in 1998, a U.S. judge ruled that pro golfer Casey Martin, who had trouble walking because of a circulatory disorder, was covered by the Disabilities Act and should be allowed to compete in PGA events with a golf cart.
In 1999, a federal jury in New York found several gun makers responsible in three area shootings for letting guns fall into the hands of criminals and assessed damages; gun makers were found liable in six other instances, but no monetary damages were awarded in those cases. (However, the plaintiffs suffered a setback in 2001 when the New York Court of Appeals invalidated such claims.)
In 2000, the space shuttle Endeavour thundered away from Cape Canaveral on a mission to map the world as never before. Britain stripped Northern Ireland's Protestant-Catholic government of power in a bid to prevent its collapse over the IRA's refusal to disarm.
In 2002, the Russian figure skating pair won the gold medal in the Winter Olympics over the overwhelming crowd favorite Canadian team but a judging controversy that grew into an international scandal prompted the International Skating Union to award a gold medal to the Canadians also. Israel attacked Palestinian security headquarters in Gaza City in response to unprecedented Palestinian rocket fire and a shooting attack on Israeli civilians.
In 2004, the U.S. State Department warned U.S. citizens not to travel to Haiti and urged those already there and who could leave safely to do so. Also in 2004, two suicide bombings in and near Baghdad killed a reported 100 Iraqis. Wesley Clark dropped out of the race for the White House. A car bomb at an army recruiting center in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 47 people. Cable TV giant Comcast Corporation launched a hostile bid to buy The Walt Disney Company for more than $54 billion (Comcast later dropped its bid).
In 2005, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld made an unannounced visit to Iraq, where he observed Iraqi security forces and declared "there's no question progress has been made" in preparing the nation for building a new government. CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan quit amid a furor over remarks he'd made about journalists being targeted by the U.S. military in Iraq. Samuel W. Alderson, inventor of crash test dummies, died in Marina Del Rey, Calif. at age 90.
In 2006, Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates, struck a $6.8 billion deal to take over operations at six U.S. ports. (The deal was later blocked.) U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally sprayed Texas lawyer Harry Whittington with about 200 shotgun pellets while hunting for quail, hitting his friend in the face, neck and torso. Also in 2006, U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett broke the solo flight record when he landed near Bournemouth, England, covering 24,997 miles after taking off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida four days earlier.
In 2008, the Defense Department charged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks. Yahoo Inc. rejected Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited takeover bid. Tom Lantos, a 14-term California congressman who was a forceful voice for human rights, died in Bethesda, Md., at age 80.
In 2009, the nation's top bankers went before the House Financial Services Committee, pledging to build public trust with greater lending and fewer perks. Stewart Parnell, owner of Peanut Corp. of America, repeatedly invoked his right not to incriminate himself at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on a salmonella outbreak that had sickened hundreds. All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about steroids in baseball. (He was sentenced to a year's probation.) Congressman John Dingell of Michigan became the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives. President Robert Mugabe swore in longtime rival Morgan Tsvangirai as Zimbabwe's prime minister.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Leslie Nielsen is 84. Actor Conrad Janis is 82. Actress Tina Louise is 76.
Actor Burt Reynolds is 74. Songwriter Gerry Goffin is 71. Actor Sonny Landham is 69. Bandleader Sergio Mendes is 69. Rhythm-and-blues singer Otis Clay is 68. Actor Philip Anglim is 58. Actress Catherine Hickland is 54. Rock musician David Uosikkinen (aw-SIK'-ken-ihn) (The Hooters) is 54. Actress Carey Lowell is 49. Singer Sheryl Crow is 48. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is 46. Actress Jennifer Aniston is 41. Actor Damian Lewis is 39. Actress Marisa Petroro is 38. Singer D'Angelo is 36. Actor Brice Beckham is 34. Rock M-C/vocalist Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) is 33. Singer-actress Brandy is 31. Actor Matthew Lawrence is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelly Rowland is 29. Actress Q'orianka (kohr-ee-AHN'-kuh) Kilcher is 20. Actor Taylor Lautner is 18.
Those Born On This Date Include: Englishman William Talbot, a developer of photography, (1800); inventor Thomas Edison (1847); boxer Max Baer and film director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (both 1909); author Sidney Sheldon (1917); actor Eva Gabor (1919); King Farouk, Egypt's last monarch (1920); actress Kim Stanley (1925).
Today In Entertainment February 11
Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 11, 1960, "Tonight Show" host Jack Paar stunned his audience by walking off the program in a dispute with NBC over its decision to censor an anecdote he'd quoted the night before having to do with a misunderstanding over the British term "W.C." (short for "water closet," or bathroom). Despite his very public resignation, Paar returned to the Tonight Show less than a month later. ADDED, 13 February 2010: See ME here for more.
In 1963, The Beatles recorded all of the tracks for their first album to be released in the U.K., "Please Please Me." John Lennon had a bad cold and belted out "Twist and Shout" in one take.
In 1964, The Beatles performed their first US concert, at the Coliseum in Washington. In the following days, the band performed in New York and in Florida, but the concerts were not considered part of an official tour.
In 1965, Ringo Starr married Maureen Cox in London. They divorced in 1975.
In 1970, the Ringo Starr-Peter Sellers film "The Magic Christian" premiered in New York. The film's soundtrack album included the Badfinger song "Come and Get It," which was written by Paul McCartney.
In 1972, David Bowie first performed as "Ziggy Stardust," at a show in Tollworth, England.
In 1983, The Rolling Stones tour documentary "Let's Spend The Night Together" opened in the US and Canada.
In 1986, Boy George guest-starred on an episode of "The A-Team" as a singer mistakenly booked into a country dance hall.
In 1987, in the wake of Liberace's death from AIDS, the London Daily Mirror asked if it could have back the $53,000 US libel award the entertainer won from the paper more than 30 years earlier. The tabloid had called Liberace a "fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love" in 1956.
In 2000, French movie director Roger Vadim died in Paris at age 72.
In 2009, Estelle Bennett, 67, one of the singing trio The Ronettes, was found dead in her home in Englewood, N.J.
Thought for Today: "What we respect we always do, but what we do not respect we ignore." — Plato, Greek philsopher ( ? -c. 347 B.C.E.).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

World's Worst Witch (Bronze Medal)

Best part of this is Olbermann stating he has no idea who Mme. Geller is, or what she does. That's what's really going to piss her off, because she's so obviously beyond concern that anything she says is true, rational or ... REACTIONTwice, the genius says he doesn't know who I am, but I made his pantheon previously. Wait, it gets better. He makes fun of my jacket. The philistine calls my vintage Chanel quilted jacket upholstery. Buffoon.

Which certainly proves Ron Reagan never met his father. And that Ex-AKGov. Palin did not quit, no she didn't, uh-uh!

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A very interesting companion to David Broder's endorsement of Sarah Palin as a politician with the right stuff who's a real contender for the presidency in tomorrow's Post.

The Post itself has a new poll out with interesting Palin numbers.

55% of Americans have an unfavorable view of Palin while 37% have a favorable impression of her. That's actually a bit worse than other recent polls of this question have shown. But the really revealing number is how many people consider her qualified to be president.

Over 70% say no, she's not. And that's up from 60% just last November. Even a majority of Republicans say she's not qualified to serve as president.

The key tell in these numbers is that even more and more the people who like her and continue to like her are coming to the realization that she's simply not equipped to serve as president.


Sure To Lead To More Calls For Broder's Resignation, & Perhaps A Reduction In His Viagra Dosage

We don't think we've read any of this old coot's shit since he occasionally appeared on the L.A.Times op-ed page in the '70s. We've a suspicion that this will be the last of it we'll ever read, & not just because we have the sense not to get nearer to Broder than we would to anything else that smells that bad. Just for the hell of it, & to fuck those inane drones at The Wahington Post out of any visits, we liberate the entire monstrosity:

Sarah Palin displays her pitch-perfect populism

By David S. Broder
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The snows that obliterated Washington in the past week interfered with many scheduled meetings, but they did not prevent the delivery of one important political message: Take Sarah Palin seriously.

Her lengthy Saturday night keynote address to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville and her debut on the Sunday morning talk show circuit with Fox News' Chris Wallace showed off a public figure at the top of her game -- a politician who knows who she is and how to sell herself, even with notes on her palm.

This was not the first time that Palin has impressed me. I gave her high marks for her vice presidential acceptance speech in St. Paul. But then, and always throughout that campaign, she was laboring to do more than establish her own place. She was selling a ticket headed by John McCain against formidable Democratic opposition and burdened by the legacy of the Bush administration.

Blessed with an enthusiastic audience of conservative activists, Palin used the Tea Party gathering and coverage on the cable networks to display the full repertoire she possesses, touching on national security, economics, fiscal and social policy, and every other area where she could draw a contrast with Barack Obama and point up what Republicans see as vulnerabilities in Washington.

Her invocation of "conservative principles and common-sense solutions" was perfectly conventional. What stood out in the eyes of TV-watching pols of both parties was the skill with which she drew a self-portrait that fit not just the wishes of the immediate audience but the mood of a significant slice of the broader electorate.

Freed of the responsibilities she carried as governor of Alaska, devoid of any official title but armed with regular gigs on Fox News Channel and more speaking invitations than she can fulfill, Palin is perhaps the most visible Republican in the land.

More important, she has locked herself firmly in the populist embrace that every skillful outsider candidate from George Wallace to Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton has utilized when running against "the political establishment."

It doesn't always win. There are more John Edwardses and Mike Huckabees than I can count. But it wins more often than you'd guess and for a greater variety of people, especially when things are not going well for the country.

Palin's final answer to Wallace showed how perfectly she has come to inhabit that part. When he asked her what role she wants to play in the country's future, she said:

"First and foremost, I want to be a good mom, and I want to raise happy, healthy, independent children. And I want them to be good citizens of this great country.

"And then I do want to be a voice for some common-sense solutions. I'm never going to pretend like I know more than the next person. I'm not going to pretend to be an elitist. In fact, I'm going to fight the elitist, because for too often and for too long now, I think the elitists have tried to make people like me and people in the heartland of America feel like we just don't get it, and big government's just going to have to take care of us.

"I want to speak up for the American people and say: No, we really do have some good common-sense solutions. I can be a messenger for that. Don't have to have a title to do it."

This is a pitch-perfect recital of the populist message that has worked in campaigns past. There are times when the American people are looking for something more: for an Eisenhower, who liberated Europe; an FDR or a Kennedy or a Bush, all unashamed aristocrats; or an Obama, with eloquence and brains,

But in the present mood of the country, Palin is by all odds a threat to the more uptight Republican aspirants such as Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty -- and potentially, to Obama as well.

Palin did not wear well in the last campaign, especially in the suburbs where populism has a limited appeal. But when Wallace asked her about resigning the governorship with 17 months left in her term and whether she let her opponents drive her from office, she said, "Hell, no."
Those who want to stop her will need more ammunition than deriding her habit of writing on her hand. The lady is good.

NB: In the fourth paragraph above, she again confuses elected office w/, we suppose, a beauty queen "title," or maybe she's such a fucking Tory that she thinks titles of nobility should be brought back. We can also note that her desire to raise "to raise happy, healthy, independent children. And I want them to be good citizens of this great country" has resulted in a high-school drop-out who had to join the Army to stay out of jail, & a high-school drop-out who got knocked up by the son of an accused oxycontin dealer. (Assuming Mrs. Johnston wasn't set up by the Moose Mafia.) How has all that worked out for her so far, Mr. Broder?

Spotted just for us by El Cid.

One Hump + Two Hand Jobs = ?

Psychiatrists' Bible Gets a Facelift
Sex addition, gambling, and binge-eating will be reclassified as mental disorders in the new and (possibly) improved Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
Read original story in The Washington Post | Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

Manly Marines Get "Cold Chills" Down Spines

From Spencer Ackerman in TWI:
A small group of German officers opposed the loyalty oath to Hitler despite great political pressure. They courageously honored and respected the moral and institutional values they represented and knew to be right. We who are Marines are proud to see that our commandant has shown similar courage in the face of political pressure to allow avowed homosexuals to become Marines.

A cold chill shivers down the spines of men when they contemplate the physical acts of homosexual behavior. It is important the American people know that their Marines, and our commandant, have spine enough to notice and oppose this folly. I hope they will honor the many generations of Marines who sacrificed for American freedom and will remember to vote for and support those who will work to “keep our honor clean.”
That’s an actual letter published in The Washington Times by a retired Marine colonel named Art Corbett, who probably commanded gay Marines and perhaps was commanded by them.
"ICK-EE! Marines nervous! 'Avowed' homos sca-wy!!"

Way to go, Colonel. Now the jihadis, insurgents & Musselmen just have to give a little limp-wristed wave to a Marine & the U.S will be out of Afghanistan.

And look: More NAZI crap from a junior fascist:
“Embryonic stem cell research is taking the concept of taking a life and using it to conduct experiments so we can temporarily extend somebody else’s life. Let me tell you what I just described. I just described what the Nazis did to the Jews in the death camps of WWII,” says Coleman.

Bubble About To Burst?

Palin evokes the specter of Richard Nixon. Both figures seem driven by an insatiable appetite for perceived slights. Nixon, at least, mixed self-pity with political substance; for Palin, getting her dander up constitutes pretty much the entire act.

Beneath the surface of Palin's wrath a troubling contradiction lurks: the more entrenched she becomes as a celebrity, the more her outrage appears manufactured. Even her fan club may find reason to wonder if Palin's anger is genuine or mere political posturing. After all, how angry can anyone be who has hit the great American jackpot of instant fame and fortune? What can Sarah Palin possibly have in common with Tea Party regulars whose very identity hinges on their sense of disenfranchisement, when obviously she suffers from no such deficit?

May not be next wk., but it's a long way to 2012. (Look if you must, but you've already read the best part.)

10 February: Tornadoes; Seven Years War Ends; Mormons Driven From Illinois, Too Icky Even For Illini; Canada United; Arthur Fucking Miller Day; Scott Stapp Is a Jerk; Also: Nausea, Bloody Red Eyes, Dullness

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2010. There are 324 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 10, 1967, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified as Minnesota and Nevada adopted it.
On this date:
In 1763, Britain, Spain and France signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the Seven Years' War.
1763: France ceded Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War.
In 1840, Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
In 1841, Upper Canada and Lower Canada were proclaimed united under an Act of Union passed by the British Parliament.
In 1846, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – the Mormons – began an exodus west from Illinois.
In 1870, the Young Women's Christian Association of founded in New York.
In 1897, the slogan "All The News That's Fit To Print" first appeared on page one of The New York Times.
In 1931, New Delhi is made the capital of India.
In 1942, the former French liner Normandie capsized in New York Harbor a day after it caught fire while being refitted for the U.S. Navy.
In 1959, a major tornado tore through the St. Louis, Mo., area, killing 21 people and causing heavy damage.
In 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States.
In 1964, 82 Australian sailors died when an aircraft carrier
and a destroyer collided off New South Wales, Australia.
In 1968, U.S. figure skater Peggy Fleming won America's only gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France.
In 1981, eight people were killed when a fire set by a busboy broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino.
In 1989, Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African-American to head a major U.S. political party.
In 1992, Alex Haley, the author of "Roots," died in Seattle at age 70. Boxer Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping a Miss Black America contestant.
In 1996, a computer -- IBM's Deep Blue -- wins a game against world champion chess player Garry Kasparov. But Kasparov won three games and drew two others in winning the overall match with Deep Blue.
In 1999, resigned to losing their case, House prosecutors said public opinion polls had made a stronger impression on senators than any evidence that President Bill Clinton had committed high crimes and misdemeanors. A federal judge ordered American Airlines pilots to end a sickout that had grounded 2,500 flights, stranded 200,000 travelers and left businesses scrambling for cargo carriers.
In 2000, the hijackers of an Afghan plane surrendered, ending a four-day standoff at Stansted airport outside London. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered inspections of MD-80, MD-90, DC-9 and 717 series jetliners after two Alaska Airlines planes were found to have equipment damage similar to that on Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which crashed off the California coast Jan. 31, killing all 88 people on board.
In 2003, Iraq agreed to allow U-2 surveillance flights over its territory, meeting a key demand by U.N. inspectors searching for banned weapons; President George W. Bush brushed aside Iraqi concessions as too little, too late.
In 2004, the White House, trying to end doubts about President George W. Bush's Vietnam-era military service, released documents it said proved he had met his requirements in the Texas Air National Guard. Democrat John Kerry won the Virginia and Tennessee primaries. A truck bombing in Iskandariyah, Iraq, killed 53 people. An Iranian plane crashed in the United Arab Emirates, killing 46 people.
In 2005, Britain's Prince Charles announced he would marry his divorced lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, in April. North Korea boasted publicly for the first time that it possessed nuclear weapons. New York civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart was convicted of smuggling messages of violence from one of her jailed clients, radical Egyptian sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, to his terrorist disciples on the outside. (Stewart began serving a two-year, four-month sentence in Nov. 2009.) Also in 2005, a previously undisclosed report from the U.S. Sept. 11 commission showed the risk of suicide aircraft attacks was known months prior to the 2001 assault.
In 2006, the Winter Olympic Games opened in Turin, Italy. Also in 2006, the price for fixing the Hurricane Katrina-shredded roof of the New Orleans Superdome came to $32 million, more than twice the original estimate.
In 2007, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., kicked off his presidential campaign with a speech at the state house in Springfield, Ill. Gen. David Petraeus took charge of U.S. forces in Iraq. Also in 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the United States was provoking a new nuclear arms race as it destabilized relations by "an almost uncontained hyper-use of military force."
In 2008, Hillary Rodham Clinton replaced campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle with longtime aide Maggie Williams. Barack Obama defeated Clinton in the Maine Democratic presidential caucuses. British journalist Richard Butler and his Iraqi interpreter were kidnapped in Iraq. (Both were later released.) A fire destroyed a 610-year-old wooden city gate in Seoul, South Korea. The NFC defeated the AFC 42-30 in the Pro Bowl. Also in 2008, masterpieces by Cezanne, Degas, Van Gogh and Monet, with a combined worth of $163 million, were stolen from the Zurich Museum.
In 2009, the Senate approved President Barack Obama's giant economic stimulus measure. U.S. and Russian communication satellites collided in the first-ever crash of its kind in orbit, shooting out a pair of massive debris clouds. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's (TSIH'-pee LIHV'-neez) centrist Kadima Party narrowly won the most seats in Israel's 120-member parliament. (However, it was Benjamin Netanyahu who ended up forming the new Israeli government.) Also in 2009, nine people were killed by a tornado that ripped through Lone Grove, Okla.
Today's Birthdays: Opera singer Leontyne Price is 83. Actor Robert Wagner is 80. Rock musician Don Wilson (The Ventures) is 77. Singer Roberta Flack is 73. Singer Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 70. Rock musician Bob Spalding (The Ventures) is 63. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 60. Walt Disney Co. president and chief executive Robert Iger is 59. World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman is 55. Country singer Lionel Cartwright is 50. Movie director Alexander Payne ("Sideways") is 49. ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos is 49. Political commentator Glenn Beck is 46. Actress Laura Dern is 43. Country singer Dude Mowrey is 38. Actress Elizabeth Banks is 36. Pop singer Rosanna Taverez (Eden's Crush) is 33. Country musician Jeremy Baxter (Carolina Rain) is 30. Rock singer Eric Dill is 28. Rock musician Ben Romans (The Click Five) is 28.
Those Born On This Date Include: essayist Charles Lamb (1775); journalist William Allen White ( 1868); Russian author Boris Pasternak (1890); entertainer Jimmy Durante and tennis player Bill Tilden (both 1893); German dramatist Bertolt Brecht (1898); actors Judith Anderson (1897) and Lon Chaney Jr. (1906); & Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Georges Pire (1910).
Today In Entertainment February 10
In 1942, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra received a gold record for their recording of "Chattanooga Choo Choo," which had sold more than 1 million copies. It was the first gold record ever presented to an artist. Twelve years later, on this date in 1954, "The Glenn Miller Story," starring Jimmy Stewart, premiered in New York.
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 10, 1949, Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opened at Broadway's Morosco Theater with Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman. (Miller died on the same date in 2005 at age 89.)
In 1964, Bob Dylan's album "The Times They Are A-Changin"' was released.
In 1971, Carole King released her "Tapestry" album.
In 1975, record producer Phil Spector was injured in a car accident. Not much was known about what happened, except that it occurred somewhere between Los Angeles and Phoenix and that Spector was injured.
In 1990, Paula Abdul became the first female artist to have an album stay in the top 10 for over 50 weeks. It was her debut album, "Forever Your Girl."
In 1992, New Kids On The Block filed a slander suit against a former producer, who claimed they didn't do much singing on the "Hangin' Tough" album or during New Kids concerts. The producer eventually retracted his claims.
In 1993, Michael Jackson revealed during a live TV interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had a disorder that destroys the pigmentation of his skin. He also insisted he's had very little plastic surgery, contrary to what the public has thought.
In 1995, rapper Dr. Dre was sentenced to five months probation for drunken driving.
In 1997, singer Brian Connolly of Sweet died of kidney failure in a hospital in southern England. He was 52. Also in 1997, Liam Gallagher of Oasis called off his wedding to actress Patsy Kensit because of what he called "obsessive and intrusive" media attention. They quietly got married the following April. They have since separated.
In 2000,
In 2004, Rapper-producer Kanye West's debut CD, "The College Dropout," was released.
In 2006, singer Scott Stapp married former Miss New York Jaclyn Nesheiwat in Miami. The next day, he was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in the Los Angeles International Airport.
In 2008, Amy Winehouse won five Grammys, appearing via satellite from London. Death claimed actor Roy Scheider, 75, in Little Rock, Ark.; lounge rocker Freddie Bell, 76, and "Howard the Duck" creator Steve Gerber, 60, in Las Vegas; and "Married with Children" co-creator Ron Leavitt, 60, in Los Angeles.
Thought for Today: "Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets." — Arthur Miller, American playwright (1915-2005).