Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ayn Rand Comics, Starring Megan McArdle

We'll let you know the second we get to the rape scene.

March Madness Mania

Dagwood Is Depressed

We've always wanted to see how long it would take for bedsores to develop in an otherwise more or less (physically) healthy humanoid. Perhaps this will inspire us to new depths of lassitude.

Nature Returns

Slideshow of the end of corporate suburban consumption. Also from TIME, via Green Eagle (who got it from Atrios — we haven't the time) the Nation's Wash. editor takes on "élitism."

13 March

Today is Saturday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2010. There are 293 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
A reminder: Daylight-Saving Time begins Sunday at 0200 local time. Clocks go forward one hour.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 13, 1781, the seventh planet of the solar system, Uranus, was discovered by Sir William Herschel.
In 1639, Harvard College in Massachusetts was named for John Harvard.
In 1852, "Uncle Sam" made his debut as a cartoon character in the New York Lantern.
On this date:
AP Highlight in History:
On March 13, 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson began in the U.S. Senate.
In 1881, Czar Alexander II, the ruler of Russia since 1855, was killed in a St. Petersburg street by a bomb thrown by a member of the revolutionary "People's Will" group.
In 1884, Congress officially adopted Eastern Standard Time for the District of Columbia.
In 1887, Chester Greenwood of Maine received a patent for earmuffs.
In 1901, the 23rd president of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, died in Indianapolis at age 67.
In 1906, suffragist Susan B. Anthony died at age 86.
In 1925, the Tennessee General Assembly approved a bill prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Gov. Austin Peay signed the measure on March 21.)
In 1928, hundreds of people died when the San Francisquito Valley in California was inundated with water after the St. Francis Dam burst just before midnight the evening of March 12.
In 1933, banks began to re-open after a "holiday" declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In 1938, defense attorney Clarence S. Darrow died at age 80.
In 1943, a plot by German officers to kill Hitler by blowing up his plane failed.
In 1964, bar manager Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, 28, was stabbed to death near her Queens, N.Y. home; the case came to be a symbol of urban apathy, though initial reports that 38 neighbors ignored Genovese's calls for help have since been disputed.
In 1969, the Apollo 9 astronauts splashed down, ending a mission that included the successful testing of the Lunar Module.
In 1974, the oil-producing Arab countries agreed to lift their five-month embargo on petroleum sales to the United States. The embargo, during which gasoline prices soared 300 percent, was in retaliation for U.S. support of Israel during the October 1973 Middle East War.
In 1980, Ford Motor Chairman Henry Ford II announced he was stepping down, the same day a jury in Winamac, Ind., found Ford Motor Co. innocent of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three young women in a Ford Pinto.
In 1988, yielding to student protests, the board of trustees of Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., a liberal arts college for the hearing-impaired, chose I. King Jordan to become the school's first deaf president.
In 1989, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration quarantined all fruit imported from Chile after traces of cyanide were found in two Chilean grapes.
In 1990, the Soviet Congress of People's Deputies formally ended the Communist Party's monopoly rule, establishing a presidential system and giving Mikhail Gorbachev broad new powers.
In 1992, more than 400 people were killed when a powerful earthquake hit northeastern Turkey.
In 1994, the president of the independent black homeland of Bophuthatswana was deposed after repeatedly changing his mind about allowing his nation to participate in the upcoming South African elections. South Africa consequently took direct control of the area.
In 1996, a gunman burst into an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and opened fire, killing 16 children and one teacher before killing himself. Also in 1996, Liggett, the fifth-biggest tobacco company, broke ranks with its rivals and settled a class-action cancer lawsuit. And in 1996, world leaders -- including U.S. President Bill Clinton, Russia's Boris Yeltsin, King Hussein of Jordan and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat -- met in Cairo to reaffirm the Middle East peace process.
In 1997, a Jordanian soldier killed seven Israeli schoolgirls at the Israeli-Jordanian border.
In 1999, Serb government forces destroyed more than two dozen ethnic Albanian homes in Kosovo, apparently in retaliation for the killing of Serb civilians in the area. Evander Holyfield, the WBA and IBF champion, and Lennox Lewis, the WBC champion, kept their respective titles after fighting to a controversial draw in New York.
In 2000, a quarter century after the end of the Vietnam War, U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen arrived in Hanoi to push the pace of reconciliation. The Tribune Co. and the Times Mirror Co., media giants featuring two of the nation's oldest and largest newspapers (Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times), announced they would merge.
In 2001, the United States banned all imports of animals or animal products from EU countries to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.
In 2004, Iran called an indefinite halt to inspections of its nuclear facilities. Also in 2004, the California Supreme Court ordered an end to same-sex marriages in San Francisco.
In 2005, Pope John Paul II was released from the hospital and returned to his Vatican apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square. Robert Iger was named to succeed Michael Eisner as chief executive of The Walt Disney Co. Also in 2005, the Pentagon was reported questioning some $108.4 million in expenditures Halliburton Co. charged the U.S. government for fuel delivery in Iraq.
In 2007, Mexican President Felipe Calderon expressed his opposition to the U.S-Mexican border fence the United States was building in an effort to control illegal immigration.
In 2008, in an effort to ease the U.S. credit crisis, the White House announced a plan to require states to tighten rules for mortgage brokers and calls on lenders to make full disclosure of payment terms to buyers. Also in 2008, the body of Iraqi Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, who led Mosul's Chaldean Catholic Church, was found in Mosul. He had been kidnapped in February. The body of Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho was found in a shallow grave in northern Iraq, two weeks after he was kidnapped by gunmen in one of the most dramatic attacks against the country's small Christian community. Gold hit a record, rising to $1,000 an ounce for the first time (however, it fell sharply later in the year). Bode Miller clinched the men's overall World Cup ski title, in Bormio, Italy.
In 2009, President Barack Obama met with former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, chairman of his Economic Recovery Advisory Board; the president then went before reporters to say his administration was working to create a "post-bubble" model for solid economic growth once the recession ended. Admitted Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff, accused of defrauding thousands of clients of billions of dollars in a massive Ponzi scheme over 20 years, pleaded guilty to 11 counts that lawyers say could net him a 150-year prison sentence. Death claimed soprano Anne Wiggins Brown, the original Bess in George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," at age 96; actress Betsy Blair at age 85; and Detroit Pistons' Hall of Fame owner Bill Davidson at age 86. The Philadelphia 76ers played a final game at the Spectrum, their old home, beating Chicago 104-101.
Today's Birthdays: Cartoonist Al Jaffee is 89. Jazz musician Roy Haynes is 85. Country singer Jan Howard is 80. Songwriter Mike Stoller is 77. Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 71. Actor William H. Macy is 60. pLod-mouthed assholeolitical commentator Charles Krauthammer in 1950 (age 60) Actress Deborah Raffin is 57. Comedian Robin Duke is 56. Actress Glenne Headly is 55. Actress Dana Delany is 54. Rock musician Adam Clayton (U2) is 50. Jazz musician Terence Blanchard is 48. Actor Christopher Collet is 42. Rock musician Matt McDonough (Mudvayne) is 41. Actress Annabeth Gish is 39. Actress Tracy Wells is 39. Rapper-actor Common is 38. Rapper Khujo (Goodie Mob, The Lumberjacks) is 38. Singer Glenn Lewis is 35. Actor Danny Masterson is 34. Actor Emile Hirsch is 25. Singers Nicole and Natalie Albino (Nina Sky) are 24.
Also Born On This Date: English chemist Joseph Priestley, the discoverer of oxygen (1733); astronomer Percival Lowell (1855); publisher Walter Annenberg (1908); bandleader Sammy Kaye (1910); L. Ron Hubbard, science fiction writer and founder of the Church of Scientology (1911); former CIA Director William Casey (1913); Helen "Callaghan" Candaele Saint Aubin, known as the "Ted Williams of women's baseball" (1929).
March 13 In Entertainment
In 1947, "The Best Years Of Our Lives" was named best picture at the Oscars. Frederic March won the best actor award for his role in the film. The Lerner and Loewe musical "Brigadoon" opened on Broadway.
In 1969, George Harrison and his wife, Patti, were arrested in London after police found 120 joints in their apartment. They claimed they were framed but later pleaded guilty and were fined.
In 1971, the Allman Brothers recorded their "Live at the Fillmore East" album in New York.
In 1975, singers George Jones and Tammy Wynette were divorced.
In 1980, Pink Floyd's album "The Wall" reached platinum status.
In 1987, "Heat of the Night" by Bryan Adams became the first commercially released cassette single in the US.
In 1996, Mississippi lawmakers rescinded a commendation to Glen Ballard, who produced Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" album. Some of the legislators were offended by the lyrics of the song "You Oughta Know." Also in 1996, angry fans started a riot in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after waiting all night for Ramones tickets and finding out they were gone. Several people were hurt.
In 1999, playwright Garson Kanin died in New York at age 86.
In 2006, Blondie refused to allow former guitarist Frank Infante and bassist Nigel Harrison to perform with them during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They had unsuccessfully sued Blondie in 1999 when the band reformed without them. Also in 2006, Isaac Hayes quit the cast of "South Park," saying he could not tolerate the show's take on religion.
Thought for Today: "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." — Susan B. Anthony, American feminist (1820-1906).

Friday, March 12, 2010

American Jihad Gothic

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez (center) w/ her grandmother Emma Johnson (left) & her mother Christine Holcomb (right).
Ms. Paulin-Ramirez is the second American woman to be linked to an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who made fun of the Prophet Mohammed. An indictment was unsealed this week against Colleen R. LaRose, 46, a suburban Philadelphia woman who authorities said used the Web alias "JihadJane."

Ms. LaRose was accused of plotting to kill the cartoonist and attempting to recruit jihadis via the Internet.

The Justice Department kept its case under wraps until this week while investigators in the U.S. and Europe pursued their investigation against other potential suspects in the U.S. and abroad.

The main contact for Ms. LaRose is believed to be one of the men in Irish custody, an Algerian, who has a relationship with Ms. Paulin-Ramirez, according to a person close to matter.

A person close to the Irish police couldn't confirm whether Ms. Paulin-Ramirez and the Algerian are married.

The Irish police are holding four men and three women, including three Algerians, a Croatian, a Palestinian, a Libyan and a U.S. national, according to a person close to the police.

They are being questioned and haven't been charged.

A U.S. official familiar with the matter confirmed that Ms. Paulin-Ramirez is the U.S. national. The Justice Department declined to comment.
We probably should scrap that health care reform bill, & devote more attention to getting mental health care to women who look for on-line romance w/ Mooslims, or people who fly their planes into buildings & want to have shoot-outs at the Pentagon. Lots of mental health care.

What Passes For Fun Here In The Bunker

TCM presenting two of our favorite filmic opi, It Came From Beneath The Sea, which we haven't seen in quite some time (& never before in the correct aspect ratio) & the ever popular Them. Between the two is The Monster That Challenged the World. "Tim Holt directs a Navy assault against prehistoric creatures in the California desert. Rogers: Hans Conried. Gail: Abby Dalton. Arnold Laven directed…"

No memory of that one. Posting will nonetheless be non-existent.

A Day In The Life

Grover Norquist imagines typical conservatives at play & work. We wonder how they "can play well together" if all they want is to be left alone w/ their fetishes.
"The reason why social conservatives and economic conservatives can play well together . . . is the guy who wants to go to church all day just wants to be left alone. So does the guy who wants to play with his gun all day, and the guy who wants to make money all day," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. "They don't agree on how to spend their time, but they do agree on their central issue: They want to be left alone."
Honest to fuck, adolescence is now the central issue for the rubes? "Ma, leave. Me. Alone. You don't understand!" And like any adolescent (take it from this reporter, who is a textbook example of someone drifting between adolescent & juvenile on the maturity scale, w/ occasional visits to infantile) the leave-ME-alone voter just wants to sit around w/o contributing to the household in any way.
"There's an ebb and flow," said Andrea Lafferty, executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition. "After 9/11, abortion wasn't the big thing to be discussed. We're in an economic crisis, so we're going to talk about it. We've always believed taxing and spending is a moral issue; how much your son or grandson is going to owe is a moral issue."
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"This is not a replacement strategy," said Rick Tyler of Renewing American Leadership, a year-old public policy group aimed at fostering the connection between social and economic conservatives.
"We will always have the abortion fight; that should never be given up," Tyler said. "But when the central issue of the times is jobs and the economy, we can't just abandon the field. We must provide a Christian message about jobs and economy that is based in faith."
Renewing American Leadership was co-founded by former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The group argues that the strength of both American capitalism and government lies in their Judeo-Christian roots.
The alternative, "socialism, and its American cousin, progressivism," has been "hostile to free enterprise and Judeo-Christian morality," according to a white paper on the group's website.
We'd be happy to leave all of them alone if they promise to stay in their churches fondling their guns, & leave us the fucking hell alone.

12 March: Hitler Annexes Austria, FDR Takes Over Banks In Fireside Chat: Any Difference?

Today is Friday, March 12, the 71st day of 2010. There are 294 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his 30 radio "fireside chats," telling Americans what was being done to deal with the nation's economic crisis.
On this date:
In 1664, England's King Charles II granted an area of land in present-day North America known as New Netherland to his brother James, the Duke of York.
In 1864, Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to the rank of general-in-chief of the Union armies in the Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln.
In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founded the Girl Guides, which later became the Girl Scouts of America.
In 1925, Chinese revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen died at age 58.
In 1930, Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi began a 200-mile march to protest a British tax on salt.
In 1938, the Anschluss merging Austria with Nazi Germany took place as German forces crossed the border between the two countries.
In 1939, Pope Pius XII was formally crowned in ceremonies at the Vatican.
In 1947, President Harry S. Truman established what became known as the "Truman Doctrine" to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism.
In 1963, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to grant former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill honorary U.S. citizenship.
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, but Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota placed a strong second.
In 1980, a Chicago jury found John Wayne Gacy Jr. guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys. (The next day, Gacy was sentenced to death; he was executed in May 1994.)
Audio LinkIllinois state's attorney Bernard Carey
In 1985, conductor Eugene Ormandy, director of the Philadelphia Orchestra for more than four decades, died at age 85.
In 1989, some 2,500 veterans and supporters marched at the Art Institute of Chicago to demand that officials remove an American flag placed on the floor as part of a student's exhibit.
In 1990, Exxon pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to pay a $100 million fine in a $1.1 billion settlement of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Also in 1990, South African President F.W. de Klerk introduced legislation to revise land tenure laws and end racial discrimination in land ownership.
In 1993, Janet Reno was sworn in as the nation's first female attorney general. More than 250 people were killed when a wave of bombings rocked Mumbai.
In 1994, the Church of England ordained its first female priests.
In 1999, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland joined NATO. Violinist Yehudi Menuhin died in Berlin at age 82.
In 2000, in an unprecedented moment in the history of the church, Pope John Paul II asked God's forgiveness for the sins of Roman Catholics through the ages, including wrongs inflicted on Jews, women and minorities. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar scored a major victory in general elections.
In 2001, six people, including five Americans, were killed when an errant bomb from a U.S. Navy fighter jet exploded at an observation post in Kuwait.
In 2002, The U.N. Security Council approved a U.S.-sponsored resolution endorsing a Palestinian state for the first time. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, speaking after Israeli raids killed 31 Palestinians, declared that Israel must end its "illegal occupation" of Palestinian land. That night, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire. And in 2002, the Boston archdiocese said it would have to sell church property, take out loans and seek donations from wealthy supporters to cover the $100 million in settlements of lawsuits against priests in sexual abuse cases. Homeland security chief Tom Ridge unveiled a color-coded system for terror warnings.
In 2003, Elizabeth Smart, the 15-year-old girl who'd vanished from her bedroom nine months earlier, was found alive in a Salt Lake City suburb with two drifters. Also in 2003, the premier of Serbia, Zoran Djindjic, died after being shot by assassins.
In 2004, millions of Spaniards protested the Madrid train bombings of the day before that killed 191 and wounded more than 1,000 others. Marcus Wesson, the domineering patriarch of a cultlike clan he'd bred through incest, surrendered to police who found the bodies of nine of his offspring, all but one minors, at their home in Fresno, Calif. (Wesson was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.)
In 2005, Brian Nichols, who had slain a judge and three other people, surrendered to authorities in suburban Atlanta after holding Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment. (Nichols was later sentenced to life in prison.) A gunman opened fire at a church service being held at a suburban Milwaukee hotel, killing seven people before taking his own life. Bode Miller became the first American in 22 years to win skiing's overall World Cup title, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Iran rejected Washington's willingness to offer economic incentives if the Islamic state gives up its nuclear program.
In 2006, Iraq violence claimed at least 70 lives, including nearly 50 who died in six car bombings in Baghdad's major Shiite stronghold. Hundreds were wounded.
In 2008, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned two days after reports had surfaced that he was a client of a prostitution ring. He was succeeded by Lt. Gov. David Paterson, New York's first African-American (and legally blind) governor.
Former Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, a liberal Ohio Democrat who challenged big business, died near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at age 90. Space shuttle Endeavour docked with the international space station, kicking off almost two weeks of demanding construction work. Lance Mackey won his second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, completing the 1,100-mile journey in just under 9 1/2 days.
In 2009, disgraced financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty in New York to pulling off perhaps the biggest swindle in Wall Street history. A 17-year-old youth, who felt "no one recognized my potential," killed 17 people at his former school in Winnenden, Germany, including nine students. The alleged shooter died in a police gun battle. The Iraqi journalist who'd thrown shoes at President George W. Bush received a three-year sentence. (Muntadhar al-Zeidi ended up serving nine months.) Insurance broker Willis Group Holdings announced that Chicago's Sears Tower would be renamed Willis Tower. Lindsey Vonn became the first American woman to win the super-G season finale at the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden. Philanthropist Leonore Annenberg died in Rancho Mirage, Calif. at age 91.
Today's Birthdays: Playwright Edward Albee is 82. Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is 78. Actress Barbara Feldon is 77. Broadcast journalist Lloyd Dobyns is 74. Singer Al Jarreau is 70. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 64. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is 63. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 62. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) is 62. Rock singer-musician Bill Payne (Little Feat) is 61. Actor Jon Provost ("Lassie") is 60. Author Carl Hiaasen (HY'-ah-sihn) is 57. Rock musician Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) is 54. Actor Jerry Levine is 53. Singer Marlon Jackson (The Jackson Five) is 53. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 50. Actor Titus Welliver is 49. Former MLB All-Star Darryl Strawberry is 48. Actress Julia Campbell is 47. Actor Aaron Eckhart is 42. ABC News reporter Jake Tapper is 41. Rock musician Graham Coxon is 41. Country musician Tommy Bales (Flynnville Train) is 37.
Born On This Date Also: Pioneer automaker Clement Studebaker (1831); New York Times publisher Adolph Ochs (1858); actor/singer Gordon MacRae (1921); novelist Jack Kerouac (1922); & astronaut Wally Schirra (1923).
March 12 In Entertainment
In 1955, saxophone player Charlie "Bird" Parker died in New York of heart failure. He was 34. He's known as the inventor of bebop.
In 1958, singer Billie Holiday was given a year's probation on a narcotics possession charge. She died the next year of alcohol and drug abuse.
In 1969, Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman were married in a civil ceremony in London.
Also in 1969, "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel was named Song and Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards, beating out "Hey Jude" by The Beatles.
In 1974, John Lennon got into a fight with a photographer outside a club in Los Angeles. Lennon and Harry Nilsson had been heckling comedian Tommy Smothers and had been thrown out of the club.
In 1987, the musical "Les Miserables" opened on Broadway.
In 1998, Cathay Pacific airline banned Liam Gallagher of Oasis from its flights after he threatened to stab a pilot.
Thought for Today: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." — John Quincy Adams, American president (1767-1848).

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Search For Meaning

Reminder: It is a random universe, w/o meaning or purpose.
 Surprisingly though, natural selection may have little role to play in one of the key steps of evolution - the origin of new species. Instead it would appear that speciation is merely an accident of fate.
You could have been a porpoise or something. If you were lucky.

Just Leave Malignant Alone!

We knew they'd come after us eventually.

Better LA(TE)ist Than Never

Whatever.

Did the U.S. Census Waste Millions Sending 2-Paragraph Letters?

us-census-waste.jpgJust as President Obama is about to announce a new effort to crack down on waste and fraud in Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs, Angelenos across the city received letters from the U.S. Census Bureau this week. Before opening the letter, it appeared to be the actual census. But no, it was a two-paragraph letter telling you that the actual census form would be coming next week. What is this, monopoly money we're playing with? Oh, wait.

“The fact is, Washington is a place where tax dollars are often treated like Monopoly money, bartered and traded, divvied up among lobbyists and special interests," Obama said in a statement this morning. "And it has been a place where waste - even billions of dollars in waste - is accepted as the price of doing business. Well, I don’t accept business as usual. And the American people don’t accept it either, especially when one of the most pressing challenges we face is reining in long-term deficits with threaten to leave our children a mountain of debt.”


The letter:
Maybe the Postal Service needed the business.

1-877-iSNITCH

Via 3 weird sisters, local action. (To the best of our always-limited knowledge, none of the 3 are local, so we're embarrassed. We will keep our eyes on the LAPD's You Tube channel in the future.)
We'll note here that a friend of ours, now deceased, had a disagreement w/ a neighbor over musical volume at certain hrs., & said neighbor, knowing that our late friend was moving reefer from his apt., informed the LAPD that heroin was being dealt, & a machine gun was present.

The only "gun" (or "gub") was a scaled down Schmeisser mock-up w/o even a firing pin. Didn't keep the SWAT team from showing up. Result: Five yrs. probation & a $5,000.00 fine, to be paid in $50.00/mo. installments, for possession w/ intent.

Call today.

Keep Your Post-Modern Business Out Of Politics

We just wanted to use this item to make more mock of Nut-Meg, but there's more going on than one might suspect, judging from the flap.
The former eBay CEO's decision to rely largely on paid advertising while not engaging traditional news sources represents "a defining moment that may have massive repercussions going forward," Adam Mendelsohn, a Republican strategist and former communications director for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said Wednesday.

In the past, California candidates accepted that "you had to subject yourself to the rigors of the working media and you had to risk being off-message - and you had to answer questions you don't want to answer," Mendelsohn said. But Whitman's inaccessibility to the news media suggests that "some candidates are saying they don't have to abide by those rules - and they can use (other) methods of communication to work around the media," he said. "If that's successful, campaigns going forward may all consider that strategy."

Tucker Bounds, Whitman's campaign communications director, objected to the notion that the candidate has been inaccessible to the media. Her campaign says Whitman has done more than 200 interviews.

But critics say Whitman has largely avoided in-depth interviews and news conferences - and has skipped the traditional editorial boards at newspapers.

She has preferred talks with conservative radio hosts and columnists, including an interview Tuesday with Chronicle op-ed columnist Debra J. Saunders.
Leave it to Golden State business people to get all po-mo & start "creating their own reality."

Olympic Games Winter Wrap-Up

Hey, looky, the national basketball typist for the Chicago Times has a run-down on the "movement."
In sports, the IOC is like SPECTRE in the James Bond novels, a third force emerging between East and West. It’s so much a power unto itself that the personal intervention of President Barack Obama, whose international popularity was thought to make Chicago a slam-dunk to host the 2016 games, couldn’t even get the city out of the preliminary round.

The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Hersh later wrote that it was over before it started, the IOC’s way of embarrassing the U.S. Olympic Committee for refusing to give up a larger share of TV money to poorer member nations.

Obama walked unknowingly into a hard-nosed financial negotiation between the new worldwide leader in capitalism and its U.S. representative, which had taught it the game.

Survival of the fittest, it’s a bitch.

11 March: Good Day For Rampages & Bombs; Johnny Appleseed Dies; Traitors In Defense Of Slavery Adopt "Constitution"

Today is Thursday, March 11, the 70th day of 2010. There are 295 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 11, 1985, Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed the late Soviet President Konstantin U. Chernenko.
On this date:
In 1810, French Emperor Napoleon I was married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria.
In 1824, the U.S. War Department created the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
In 1845, John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, died in Allen County, Ind.
In 1861, delegates from South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas adopted the Permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America during a convention in Montgomery, Ala.
In 1888, the famous Blizzard of '88 began inundating the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths.
In 1918, the first cases of "Spanish" influenza were reported in the United States. By 1920, the virus had killed as many as 22 million people worldwide, 500,000 in the United States.
In 1930, former President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft became the first former U.S. president to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.
In 1942, as Japanese forces continued to advance in the Pacific, Gen. Douglas MacArthur left the Philippines for Australia. (MacArthur, who subsequently vowed, "I shall return," kept that promise more than 2 1/2 years later.)
In 1957, American explorer Richard E. Byrd died in Boston at age 68.
In 1965, the Reverend James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, died after being beaten by whites during civil rights disturbances in Selma, Ala.
In 1977, more than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims were freed after ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined the negotiations.
In 1978, Palestinian guerrillas went on a rampage on the Tel Aviv-Haifa highway, killing 34 Israelis.
In 1985, Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed the late Soviet President Konstantin Chernenko. Read the original AP story.
In 1990, the Lithuanian parliament voted to break away from the Soviet Union and restore its independence. Read the original AP story. Also in 1990, Gen. Augusto Pinochet stepped down as president of Chile, making way for an elected civilian leader for first time since the 1973 coup.
In 1993, Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be the nation's first female attorney general. North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
In 1999, the House voted 219-191 to conditionally support President Bill Clinton's plan to send U.S. troops to Kosovo if a peace agreement were reached.
In 2000, Ricardo Lagos was sworn in as president of Chile, the second socialist to take the post since Salvador Allende was killed in a 1973 coup.
In 2001, one of the worst weeks in Wall Street history began with a 436.37-point -- 4.1 percent -- decline in the Dow Jones industrial average. By week's end, all the major indexes were down 6 percent.
In 2002, two columns of light soared skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
In 2003, published reports said a six-man Arab ministerial committee planned to travel to Baghdad to ask Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to step down and go into exile.
AP Highlight in History:
On March 11, 2004, 10 bombs hidden in backpacks exploded in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people and wounding more than 2,000 in an attack linked to al-Qaida-inspired Muslim militants, who said they were avenging the presence of Spanish peacekeepers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2005, a judge, court reporter and sheriff's deputy were shot and killed at an Atlanta courthouse by a man being escorted to court for trial who took a gun from a sheriff's deputy; Brian Nichols, suspected of killing them and a federal agent, surrendered a day later at the apartment of a woman he'd taken hostage, Ashley Smith. (Nichols was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.)
In 2006, former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic was found dead of a heart attack in his cell during his war crimes trial in The Hague. Also in 2006, more than 100,000 immigrants and supporters rallied in Chicago in opposition to a federal bill that would put a fence at Mexico's border. And, in France, proposed labor reform legislation sparked student riots across the nation.
In 2007, French President Jacques Chirac announced his retirement after more than 40 years in politics.
In 2008, the Federal Reserve outlined a $200 billion program that lets the biggest U.S. banks borrow Treasury securities at discount rates in an effort to avert a financial crisis. The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East resigned amid speculation about a rift over U.S. policy in Iran; Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that Adm. William J. Fallon had asked for permission to retire and that Gates agreed. Democrat Barack Obama beat Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Mississippi primary.
In 2009, President Barack Obama signed a $410 billion spending package to keep the government running through Sept. 2009, even as he called it "imperfect" because of the number of earmarks it contained. A German teenager, Tim Kretschmer, went on a shooting rampage starting at a school in Winnenden, killing 15 people before committing suicide. French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that France, a founding member of NATO, would rejoin the alliance's military command structure after half a century.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Terence Alexander is 87. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 79. ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson is 76. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is 74. Musician Flaco Jimenez is 71. Actress Tricia O'Neil is 65. Actor Mark Metcalf is 64. Rock singer-musician Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) is 63. Singer Bobby McFerrin is 60. Movie director Jerry Zucker is 60. Actress Susan Richardson is 58. Recording executive Jimmy Iovine is 57. Singer Nina Hagen is 55. Country singer Jimmy Fortune (The Statler Brothers) is 55. Singer Cheryl Lynn is 53. Actor Jeffrey Nordling is 48. Actress Alex Kingston is 47. Country musician David Talbot is 47. Actor Wallace Langham is 45. Actor John Barrowman is 43. Singer Lisa Loeb is 42. Singer Pete Droge is 41. Actor Terrence Howard is 41. Rock musician Rami Jaffee is 41. Actor Johnny Knoxville is 39. Rock singer-musicians Benji and Joel Madden (Good Charlotte) are 31. Actor David Anders is 29. Singer LeToya is 29. Actress Thora Birch is 28. Actor Rob Brown is 26.
Also Born On This Date: Silent movie star Dorothy Gish (18980; bandleader Lawrence Welk (1903); former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson (1916); civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy (1926) & author Douglas Adams ("Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") (1952).
March 11 In Entertainment
In 1957, Charles Van Doren's 14-week run on the rigged NBC game show "Twenty One" ended as he lost to attorney Vivienne Nearing; Van Doren's take was $129,000.
In 1959, the Lorraine Hansberry drama "A Raisin in the Sun," starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, opened at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater.
In 1968, Otis Redding was awarded a gold record for the single "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" three months after his death. A year later, the song won two Grammy Awards.
In 1970, "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In" by the Fifth Dimension was named Record of the Year at the Grammys. The self-titled album by Blood, Sweat and Tears was named Album of the Year. Crosby, Stills and Nash won the Best New Artist Grammy. Their album, "Deja Vu," was also released on this date.
In 1993, actress Elizabeth Taylor received a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute.
In 1997, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Paul McCartney.
Thought for Today: "Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love." — David McCullough, American historian.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Goober Way Of Life Threatened Again By Arrogant Environmental Elitists

More on fishing as seen through the redneck lens.Your Fourth Amendment (among other) rights pale in comparison to your right to fish! Game Wardens beware!

ADDED: Great gobs of goo! Look at these people.

ADDED LATER: From the ESPN column that started it.
AP/Luis M. AlvarezOne sign at the United We Fish rally at the Capital summed up the feelings of recreational and commercial fishermen.

What The Kids Are Calling It These Days: "Accepted Christ As A Young Boy"

Spring Training: Lawyers Report To Camp

It continues to improve, w/ more cheatin' accusations & a billion dollars being tossed about.
In recent weeks, Jamie has further alleged that Frank is underreporting his assets by as much as a billion dollars to scrimp on paying alimony.

Dep't. Of Banal Crap Which We Should Be Announcing On Twitter

Making The Hard Decisions:

Put on pants or turn on the heat?

Note: Heat will not cost more, utilities are included.

Best Animated Short

Wage-slaves: Has poopie-doodie words. Turn it down.

We Pity Those Who Will Outlive Us

It is hard to see how this can be prevented. The engines of social reform are dead. Liberal apologists, who long ago should have abandoned the Democratic Party, continue to make pathetic appeals to a tone-deaf corporate state and Barack Obama while the working and middle class are ruthlessly stripped of rights, income and jobs. Liberals self-righteously condemn imperial wars and the looting of the U.S. Treasury by Wall Street but not the Democrats who are responsible. And the longer the liberal class dithers and speaks in the bloodless language of policies and programs, the more hated and irrelevant it becomes. No one has discredited American liberalism more than liberals themselves. And I do not hold out any hope for their reform. We have entered an age in which, as William Butler Yeats wrote, “the best lack all conviction and the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

“If we end up with violence in the streets on a large scale, not random riots, but insurrection and things break down, there will be a coup d’état from the right,” Johnston said. “We have already had an economic coup d’état. It will not take much to go further.”
Yet we're sad that we may not see this come to pass.

All the gruesome speculation here.

10 March: Temple Rebuild Finally Done; Parliament Dissolved; 'Phone Works! "Axis Sally" Convicted; Bad B-Day For James Earl Ray; Rings Around Uranus; "Scarsdale Diet Doctor Murder" Was 30 Yrs. Ago!

Today is Wednesday, March 10, the 69th day of 2010. There are 296 days left in the year.The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On March 10, 1876, the first successful voice transmission over Alexander Graham Bell's telephone took place in Boston as his assistant heard Bell say, "Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you."
On this date:
In 515 B.C.E, the rebuilding of the great Jewish temple in Jerusalem was completed.
In 1496, Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.
In 1629, England's King Charles I dissolved Parliament.
In 1785, Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.
In 1848, the Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War.
In 1862, the U.S. Treasury issued the first American paper money, in denominations from $5 to $1,000.
In 1864, Ulysses S. Grant became commander of the Union armies during the Civil War.
In 1880, the Salvation Army arrived in the United States from England.
In 1910, luggage maker Samsonite Corp. had its beginnings as the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Co. was founded in Denver by Jesse Shwayder.
In 1948, the body of the anti-Communist foreign minister of Czechoslovakia, Jan Masaryk, was found in the garden of Czernin Palace in Prague.
In 1949, Nazi wartime broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, also known as "Axis Sally," was convicted in Washington, D.C. of treason. (She served 12 years in prison.)
In 1969, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in Memphis, Tenn., to assassinating civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ray later repudiated that plea, maintaining his innocence until his death.)
In 1977, astronomers discovered rings around Uranus.
In 1980, "Scarsdale Diet" author Dr. Herman Tarnower was shot to death at his home in Purchase, N.Y. (Tarnower's former lover, Jean Harris, was convicted of his murder; she served nearly 12 years in prison before being released in January 1993.)
In 1985, Konstantin U. Chernenko, who was the Soviet Union's leader for just 13 months, died at age 73.
In 1987, the Vatican condemned human artificial fertilization or generation of human life outside the womb and said all reproduction must result from the "act of conjugal love."
In 1992, U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Democratic challenger Bill Clinton got sweeping Southern victories in the Super Tuesday primaries.
In 1993, FBI agents arrested a third person, a 25-year-old Kuwaiti-born chemical engineer, in connection with the World Trade Center bombing. Also in 1993, an anti-abortion rights demonstrator fatally shot a Dr. David Gunn outside a Pensacola, Fla., clinic.
In 1994, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the number of new AIDS cases in the United States had more than doubled in 1993.
In 1997, The Citadel announced that 10 male cadets had been disciplined for mistreating two female cadets. The women later resigned from the South Carolina military academy.
In 1998, Indonesian President Suharto was elected to a seventh term.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton, during his tour of Central America, addressed lawmakers in El Salvador, then traveled to Guatemala, where he acknowledged the U.S. role in Central America's "dark and painful period" of civil wars and repression.
In 2000, Pope John Paul II approved sainthood for Katharine Drexel, a Philadelphia socialite who had taken a vow of poverty and devoted her fortune to helping poor blacks and American Indians. (Drexel, who died in 1955, was canonized in Oct. 2000.)
In 2002, Israeli helicopters destroyed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's office in Gaza City, hours after 11 Israelis were killed in a suicide bombing in a cafe across the street from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's residence in Jerusalem.
In 2003, the Palestinian Legislative Council created the position of prime minister but peace talks with Israel continued under the command of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Also in 2003, Ivory Coast, torn by civil war for six months, got a new premier, Seydou Diarra, under a French-brokered peace accord.
In 2004, teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo was sentenced in Chesapeake, Va., to life in prison for an October 2002 killing spree in the Washington D.C. area that left 10 people dead. His partner, John Allen Muhammad, considered the mastermind, was sentenced to death one day earlier.
In 2005, Lebanon's president reappointed staunchly pro-Syrian politician Omar Karami as prime minister. A suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral in Mosul, Iraq, killing at least 47 people. Former President Bill Clinton underwent surgery in New York to remove scar tissue and fluid from his chest. He had had quadruple bypass surgery five months earlier. Michael Jackson, clad in pajamas and walking gingerly, arrived one hour late to his child molestation trial after the judge threatened to have him arrested him for tardiness; a back injury was blamed. (Jackson was acquitted.) Also in 2005, a suicide bomber killed at least 30 people and injured 27 at a funeral procession in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
In 2006, the body of Tom Fox, a kidnapped U.S. Christian peace activist, was found near Baghdad, authorities report. Three others kidnapped with Fox were reported released. Also in 2006, amid broad U.S. opposition, Dubai Ports World bowed out of an agreement to manage six U.S. ports on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts. The matter would be turned over to a U.S. company, officials said.
In 2007, captured terrorist Khalid Sheik Mohammed, long suspected of masterminding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, confessed to planning them and said he played a role in about 30 other attacks and plots. Also in 2007, a federal court threw out a District of Columbia ban on keeping handguns in private homes as unconstitutional.
In 2008, a suicide bomber killed five U.S. soldiers as they chatted with shop owners while on a foot patrol in central Baghdad. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized after allegations surfaced that he had paid thousands of dollars for a high-end call girl, scandal which eventually led to his resignation. Democrat Barack Obama ridiculed the idea of being Hillary Rodham Clinton's running mate, saying in Columbus, Miss., that voters had to choose between the two for the top spot on the fall ticket. Also in 2008, some 400 Buddhist monks took part in a protest march in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, to mark the failed uprising of 1959 that resulted in the Dalai Lama fleeing to India. As Chinese forces moved in, what had been a peaceful gathering turned violent.
In 2009, a gunman, 28-year-old Michael McLendon, killed 10 people, including his mother, four other relatives and the wife and child of a local sheriff's deputy across two rural Alabama counties before committing suicide. In his first major speech on education, President Barack Obama called for tying teachers' pay to student performance and expanding innovative charter schools.
Today's Birthdays: Talk show host Ralph Emery is 77. Bluegrass/country singer-musician Norman Blake is 72. Actor Chuck Norris is 70. Playwright David Rabe is 70. Singer Dean Torrence (Jan and Dean) is 70. Actress Katharine Houghton is 65. Rock musician Tom Scholz (Boston) is 63. Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell is 63. Producer-director-writer Paul Haggis is 57. Alt-country/rock musician Gary Louris is 55. Actress Shannon Tweed is 53. Pop/jazz singer Jeanie Bryson is 52. Actress Sharon Stone is 52. Rock musician Gail Greenwood is 50. Magician Lance Burton is 50. Actress Jasmine Guy is 48. Rock musician Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) is 47. Music producer Rick Rubin is 47. Britain's Prince Edward is 46. Actor Stephen Mailer is 44. Actress Paget Brewster is 41. Actor Jon Hamm (TV: "Mad Men") is 39. Country singer Daryle Singletary is 39. Rapper-producer Timbaland is 38. Actor Cristian de la Fuente is 36. Rock musician Jerry Horton (Papa Roach) is 35. Actor Jeff Branson is 33. Singer Robin Thicke is 33. Actress Bree Turner is 33. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shannon Miller is 33. Contemporary Christian singer Michael Barnes (Red) is 31. Country singer Carrie Underwood is 27. Actress Emily Osment is 18.
Those Born On This Date But Not Celebrating Include: Italian scientist Marcello Malpighi (1628); actor Barry Fitzgerald (1888); French composer Arthur Honegger (1892); jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke (1903); poet Margaret Fishback (1900); assassin James Earl Ray (1928); & college basketball coach Jim Valvano (1946).
March 10 In Entertainment
In 1959, the Tennessee Williams play "Sweet Bird of Youth," starring Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, opened at Broadway's Martin Beck Theatre.
In 1965, Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple" opened on Broadway.
In 1977, A&M Records in Britain signed the Sex Pistols in a ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, two months after EMI nulled its contract with the band. A&M ended its association with the band nine days later.
In 1988, pop singer Andy Gibb died of a heart condition in Oxford, England. Gibb was 30.
In 1991, Alabama, K.T. Oslin, Ricky Skaggs and Tammy Wynette were among those performing at Ford's Theatre in Washington to help celebrate the end of the Gulf War. The concert, attended by President George Bush, also raised money for the theater.
In 1992, Prince received a lifetime achievement award at the Soul Train Awards. Winners of other awards included Natalie Cole and Color Me Badd.
In 1993, songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in 1993, ventriloquist Shari Lewis and the puppet "Lamb Chop" testified before a House subcommittee, saying that there weren't enough good TV shows for kids.
In 1997, singer LaVern Baker died at the age of 67 in New York. She had been suffering from diabetes. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" debuted on the WB network.
In 1998, actor Lloyd Bridges died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 85. Also in 1998, Lewis Peter Morgan pleaded guilty to impersonating former Eagles bassist Randy Meisner in San Francisco.
In 2003, Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines told an audience in London, "Just so you know, we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas." They endured a firestorm of criticism that included radio stations banning their music and protests outside their concerts. Also in 2003, The Police reunited for their first show together in 18 years, at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2004, David Crosby was arrested in a New York hotel for possession of marijuana and a handgun. He later pleaded guilty and was fined $5,000.
Thought for Today: "Show me a man who claims he is objective and I'll show you a man with illusions." — Henry R. Luce, American magazine publisher (1898-1967).

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Doo. Dah.

Trouble at the paradeublic art event.
"We were on the cusp of predictability, and that's something the parade was not about -- it was about being spontaneous and improvisational," said Tom Coston, president of Light Bringer Project, a nonprofit arts organization that produces the Doo Dah Parade.

"By moving it, we're peeling a few layers away so it becomes less of an entertainment vehicle and more of a public art event," Coston said.
"No more goddamn fun for you people, it's all art from now on," per the spontaneous, improvisational "president."

BONUS: How words lose their original meaning,& become no more than a slight buzz in the ear

Despite complaints from some that Old Town has lost some of its urban verve, Steve Mulheim of the Old Pasadena Management District said the 21 blocks that make up Old Town shouldn't be generalized as mainstream.

"The side streets are independent restaurants and shopkeepers, and a lot of very artistically driven people, so that component is most definitely still here," he said. "We're certainly a much more polished environment, but we still are very organic."
We have your "organic" right here. No, down here.