Saturday, April 10, 2010

C'mon, Tea Partiers! Are You Ready To Do It, Thai-Stylee?

Saturday Afternoon, "Raw," but assembled:Saturday Night, Edited & Narrated:

Forever 49

Well, two out of three isn't bad for first on similarly-themed items. Celebrated a friend's birthday last night, w/ the assistance of a mere three snoots of bourbon, an ale & a Tecate &, despite binging w/ a full meal in our gut & not touching a drop after midnight, we are feeling the effects, even after a reasonable amount of sleep. The old get old, & stay that way.

And yes, this may be reflected in some way by the nature, if not quality, of the items cranked out today.

Annals Of Orchestral Arrangement: "Flower Power Sucks!"

From Cogitamus.

Comic Furry Sex

No, it's NOT funny!

Several Hrs. Later: Also.

Annals Of Comedy Relief

The Great Orange Satan recaps his first quarter hate mail. One can not help but laugh & laugh. (And then laugh some more.)

Until one remembers that many of the "typists" responsible for this sort of thing are still allowed to vote. Well, once the camps that many of them fear are accepting "guests" we won't have to worry about that, will we, fellow CommuNazis?

Uh-Oh. Think This Could Be Trouble?

No Survivors in Flight Carrying Polish President, Russian Media Report
MOSCOW -- A plane carrying the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, and his wife crashed in western Russia on Saturday morning, and there were no survivors, according to Russia media.

A spokeswoman for the emergency situations ministry said on Russian television that the plane, a Tupolev 154, crashed as it was landing in Smolensk, and 87 people on board had died.
From the leader in breaking news delivered to our in-box, The New York Times.

Also note: Beat Mr. M. by two — count 'em! — two minutes. Hah!

10 April: 100th Day of The (Non-Leap) Yr.; Jackie Robinson Signed; Thresher Sinks

Today is Saturday, April 10, the 100th day of 2010. There are 265 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
On this date:
In 1790, President George Washington signed into law the first United States Patent Act. Merchant Robert Gray docked at Boston Harbor, becoming the first American to circumnavigate the globe. He sailed from Boston in September 1787.
In 1849, William Hunt of New York patented the safety pin.
In 1864, Austrian Archduke Maximilian became emperor of Mexico.
In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated.
In 1916, the Professional Golfers Association of America was founded.
In 1919, Emiliano Zapata, a leader of peasants and indigenous people during the Mexican Revolution, was ambushed and killed in Morelos by government forces.
In 1925, the novel "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was first published, by Scribner's of New York.
In 1932, German president Paul Von Hindenburg was re-elected in a runoff, with Adolf Hitler coming in second.
In 1942, Japanese soldiers herded U.S. and Filipino prisoners of war on Bataan in the Philippines and forced them to march to another camp. During the six-day "Death March," more than 5,200 Americans and many more Filipinos died.
In 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals, paving the way for Robinson to become the first black player in the major leagues.
In 1957, Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to all shipping traffic. (The canal had been closed due to wreckage resulting from the Suez Crisis.)
In 1959, the future emperor of Japan, Crown Prince Akihito, married a commoner, Michiko Shoda.
In 1963, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher sank during deep-diving tests off Cape Cod, Mass., in a disaster that claimed 129 lives.
In 1971, the U.S. table tennis team arrived in China, the first U.S. group to penetrate the so-called Bamboo Curtain since the 1950s.
In 1972, the United States and the Soviet Union joined some 70 nations in signing an agreement banning biological warfare.
In 1978, Arkady Shevchenko, a high-ranking Soviet citizen employed by the United Nations, sought political asylum in the United States.
In 1981, imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands won election to the British Parliament.
In 1991, an Italian ferry headed to Sardinia collided with an oil tanker near Leghorn, Italy, killing 151 passengers and crew. The tanker crew survived.
In 1992, financier Charles Keating Jr. was sentenced in Los Angeles to nine years in prison for swindling investors when his Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed. (The convictions were later overturned). Also in 1992, in a formal Gulf War report, the Pentagon said allied bombers destroyed more Iraqi electrical generating facilities than necessary, causing undue postwar hardship on civilians.
In 1994, two U.S aircraft bombed a Serbian command post in Bosnia. It was the first NATO air attack against ground forces.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton vetoed a bill that would have outlawed a technique that opponents call partial-birth abortion.
In 1997, a U.S. judge in Washington ruled the Line-Item Veto Act of 1996 was unconstitutional.
In 1998, the Northern Ireland peace talks concluded as negotiators reached a landmark settlement to end 30 years of bitter rivalries and bloody attacks. Also in 1998, the anti-impotence drug Viagra went on the market and became one of the best-selling new medications of all time.
In 1999, bad weather hampered NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, but the allies warned Slobodan Milosevic the lull wouldn't last. The Pentagon, meanwhile, announced that 82 U.S. planes would join the force conducting airstrikes over Yugoslavia. The Miami Heat humiliated the Chicago Bulls, 82-49, holding the Bulls to the lowest point total since the introduction of the shot clock.
In 2000, The Washington Post won three Pulitzer Prizes, including the public service award for the second year in a row; The Wall Street Journal took two honors, and The Associated Press won for investigative reporting on the killing of Korean civilians by U.S. troops at the start of the Korean War. South Korea and North Korea announced a June date for their first summit since the peninsula was divided in 1945. The Nasdaq plunged 258 points in its second-biggest drop, starting the dramatic fall-off in the value of technology stocks.
In 2001, the Netherlands legalized mercy killings and assisted suicide for patients with unbearable, terminal illness.
In 2004, the White House declassified and released a document sent to President George W. Bush before the Sept. 11 attacks which cited recent intelligence of a possible al-Qaida plot to strike inside the United States. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names officially renamed Squaw Peak in Phoenix Piestewa Peak, in honor of Army Spc. Lori Piestewa, who was killed in Iraq in 2003. Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean, suspected of killing a pregnant colleague, was arrested in Tacambaro, Mexico; Laurean is charged with murder in the death of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach in North Carolina, but is fighting extradition to the U.S.
In 2005, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon arrived in Texas to meet with President George W. Bush. About 3,000 Israeli police officers were deployed to Jerusalem's Old City to prevent threatened protests by Jewish militants at the Temple Mount, angry at Israel's plan to remove Jewish settlements from Gaza and the West Bank. Tiger Woods won his fourth Masters with a spectacular finish of birdies and bogeys.
In 2006, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was narrowly beaten in his bid for another term by former premier Romano Prodi.
In 2007, a woman wearing an explosives vest strapped underneath her black robe blew herself up in the midst of 200 Iraqi police recruits in Muqdadiyah, killing 16. Three former Birmingham, Ala., college students were sentenced to federal prison for setting fire to nine rural southern U.S. churches and ordered to pay $3.1 million in restitution. Also in 2007, four Serbian paramilitary officers were found guilty of taking part in the Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslims 13 years previously. Thousands of men and boys were reported slaughtered in a few days.
In 2008, a Muslim terrorist ring plot to kidnap athletes and visitors during the Summer Olympics in Beijing has been uncovered, Chinese officials said. Thirty-five suspects were arrested. Also in 2008, international observers hailed Nepal's elections as a generally peaceful success despite some violence. Nepal voters decided to end their monarchy and adopt a republic form of government with former Maoist terrorists playing a key role.
In 2009, police in Tracy, Calif. arrested Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby in connection with the death of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, whose body had been found in a suitcase. French Navy commandos stormed a sailboat held by pirates off the Somali coast, freeing four hostages; however, one hostage was killed in the operation. An American captain held by pirates off Somalia as a hostage while his crew escaped remained in captivity after unsuccessfully trying to swim away from his kidnappers. Meanwhile, two U.S. naval vessels were nearby for possible intervention to save Capt. Richard Phillips, whose merchant ship the Maersk Alabama, carrying aid supplies to Kenya, had been attacked by marauders.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Harry Morgan is 95. Actor Max von Sydow is 81. Actress Liz Sheridan is 81. Actor Omar Sharif is 78. Sportscaster John Madden is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bobbie Smith (The Spinners) is 74. Sportscaster Don Meredith is 72. Reggae artist Bunny Wailer is 63. Actor Steven Seagal is 59. Folk-pop singer Terre Roche (The Roches) is 57. Actor Peter MacNicol is 56. Rock musician Steven Gustafson (10,000 Maniacs) is 53. Singer-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is 52. Rock singer-musician Brian Setzer is 51. Rapper Afrika Bambaataa is 50. Rock singer Katrina Leskanich is 50. Actor Jeb Adams is 49. Olympic gold medal speedskater Cathy Turner is 48. Rock musician Tim "Herb" Alexander is 45. Actor-comedian Orlando Jones is 42. Rock musician Mike Mushok (Staind) is 41. Singer Kenny Lattimore is 40. Rapper Q-Tip (AKA Kamaal) is 40. Blues singer Shemekia Copeland is 31. Actress Laura Bell Bundy is 29. Actress Chyler Leigh is 28. Actor Ryan Merriman is 27. Singer Mandy Moore is 26.
Also Born On This Date, But Not Very Lively: Signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence Button Gwinnett (1735); U.S. Navy Adm. Matthew Perry, who concluded the first treaty between Japan and the United States (1794); soldier, diplomat and novelist Lewis Wallace, author of "Ben-Hur" (1827); William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army (1829); journalist and publisher Joseph Pulitzer (1847); Frances Perkins, the first female U.S. Cabinet member, Secretary of Labor) (1882); journalist and diplomat Clare Boothe Luce (1903); actor Chuck Connors (1921): & writer David Halberstam (1934).
10 April In Entertainment
In 1953, the first feature-length 3D horror movie in color, "House of Wax," premiered in New York. Vincent Price starred.
In 1956, singer Nat "King" Cole was beaten up by a group of racial segregationists in Birmingham, Alabama.
In 1957, Ricky Nelson sang for the first time on "The Adventures of Ozzy and Harriet." He performed "I'm Walkin'."
In 1962, former Beatles member Stu Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage in Hamburg, Germany. He was 22.
In 1967, "A Man for All Seasons" won most of the major awards at the Oscars. Elizabeth Taylor won the best actress award for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
In 1968, "In The Heat Of The Night" was named best picture at the Academy Awards. Also in 1968, drummer Mickey Hart joined the Grateful Dead.
In 1972, "The French Connection" won the best picture and best director at the Academy Awards. Gene Hackman was named best actor for his role in that film. The best original song award went to the "Theme From 'Shaft.'"
In 1989, Alabama was named artist of the decade by the Academy of Country Music.
In 1991, Natalie Schafer, the actress who played Mrs. Howell on "Gilligan's Island," died of cancer. She was 90.
In 1992, comedian Sam Kinison was killed when a pickup truck hit his car on a California highway. The 17-year-old driver was arrested.
In 1994, Charles Kuralt hosted his last episode of "Sunday Morning" on CBS. Charles Osgood was his replacement.
In 2000, actor Larry Linville, one of the stars of the situation comedy "M★A★S★H," died in New York at age 60.
In 2001, rapper Eminem was given two years probation on a weapons charge. He was arrested the previous June for allegedly using a gun to hit a man kissing his wife. Also in 2001, Kevin Olmstead of Ann Arbor, Michigan, won $2,180,000 on "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire." It's the largest prize ever given out on a TV game show.
Thought for Today: "What is more unwise than to mistake uncertainty for certainty, falsehood for truth?" — Cicero, Roman orator, statesman and philosopher (106-43 B.C.)

Friday, April 9, 2010

That Was Fun

After waxing ecstatic (for us) over FREE DirecTV several items below, we should have expected trouble.

The DirecTV signal from the roof antenna is piggy-backed through the already-there TimeWarnerCable wiring. This worked fine for about four hrs. after the DirecTV installation, then: Tiling & inability to tune some channels from the TWC box. Very lucky for the DirecTV weasels that the RoadRunner Internet access doesn't appear to have suffered.

Now, having decided it wasn't worth the expense, effort & possible criminal penalties to buy a bolt-cutter & snap the lock on the local DirecTV distributor's box so we can free ourselves from their web of digital interference, we're forced to wait until sometime Monday before we'll be able to watch some of the higher-numbered channels through the cable.

We did not need any further proof that the world is shit.

The Intersection Of Politics & Wrestling

Don't listen to us. The Daily Caller has done some original work, & here's more (We're extra proud of them for keeping their investigations on the kinky side, too.):

WWE diva’s fetish movies make for awkward moments in Linda McMahon’s campaign

By Jonathan Strong - The Daily Caller | Published: 04/09/10 at 2:40 AM | Updated: 04/09/10 at 6:58 AM

Reading her Web site, you might almost forget it was only a few years ago that McMahon, reduced to a near-comatose state by her husband Vince’s public affair with WWE diva Trish Stratus, rose up from her wheelchair on Wrestlemania 17 to kick Vince in the balls.
If we'd seen it we doubt we'd have forgotten.
But unknown until now – even, they say, to her campaign and top WWE officials, are dozens of sexual fetish movies starring a popular WWE diva released over several years the diva was under the employ of McMahon’s WWE.

The titles of these movies include classics like “Bare Breasted Bondage Girls,” “Tied, Gagged and Frightened!,” “Girls Will Chloroform Girls!” and “Dirty Soled Dolls.”

The WWE diva who appeared in those films, Candice Michelle, starred in 58 fetish movies between 2002 and 2006, mostly under the name Mackenzie Montgomery.
Michelle wants you to know that none of these movies are pornography. “I have never, ever done porn in my life,” Michelle told The Daily Caller. “The most I ever did in any of these is topless … You will never see insertion into any orifice of my body or you will never see a penis actually touching any orifice of my body … I guess I feel like I’m a great actor because man you guys really think I did porn for some reason! I must have done something good in those films. It’s not porn at all.”

Domestic Terror Threat Level: ORANGE At Least!!

If nothing else, the Daily Caller is as good as Yahoo! for keeping the AP items coming.

Growing number of threats target federal lawmakers

Published: 04/08/10 at 10:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ranging from vulgar language to talk of murder, threats against senators and representatives nearly tripled in recent months as the health care overhaul sparked public anger, The Washington Post reported.

House and Senate lawmakers reported 42 threats from January to March, compared with 15 in the last three months of 2009, Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance W. Gainer said in a story posted on the newspaper’s Web site late Thursday. Nearly all the threats, including at least three that led to arrests, appeared to come from people who opposed the health care bill Democrats championed and President Barack Obama signed into law last month.

Most of the threats were aimed at members of the House, said Gainer, the former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police.

“The incidents ranged from very vulgar to serious threats, including death threats,” he said. “The ability to carry them out is another question and part of an investigation to determine what, if any, appropriate steps to take.”

A man has been charged in San Francisco with making dozens of threatening calls to the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and to her husband’s office. A man arrested near Yakima, Wash., has been charged with leaving threatening messages at the office of Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. In Philadelphia, a man has been charged with threatening in a YouTube video to kill Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and his family.
If we gave a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut (&/or had any clever lines) we'd trick this up, but we think the general idea comes across.

By Now, Our Contempt For Our Audience Should Be Obvious

9 April: Somebody Surrendered! Tornadoes A-Go-Go! Need Another Seven Astronauts; Love At Last For Prince Charles; Nick Adenhart, Two Others Killed

Today is Friday, April 9, the 99th day of 2010. There are 266 days left in the year. More History.Today's Highlight in History:
On April 9, 1959, NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
On this date:
In 1413, Henry V was crowned king of England.
In 1682, French explorer Robert de La Salle claimed the Mississippi River Basin for France.
In 1816, the first all-black U.S. religious denomination, the AME church, was organized in Philadelphia.
In 1833, the nation's first tax-supported public library was founded in Peterborough, N.H.
In 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
In 1866, the U.S. Congress passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1866, which granted blacks the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship and formed the basis for the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
In 1939, on Easter Sunday, African-American contralto Marian Anderson gave a free open-air concert before more than 75,000 people from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington after the Daughters of the American Revolution denied her use of Constitution Hall because of her race.
In 1940, Germany invaded Denmark and Norway.
In 1942, American and Philippine defenders on Bataan capitulated to Japanese forces; the surrender was followed by the notorious Bataan Death March which claimed thousands of lives.In 1947, a series of tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas claimed 181 lives.
In 1959, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright died in Phoenix, Ariz., at age 91. NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
In 1960, the Boston Celtics won the NBA Finals for the second year in a row by defeating the St. Louis Hawks 122-103 in Game 7.
In 1963, by an act of the U.S. Congress, British statesman Winston Churchill became an honorary U.S. citizen.
In 1965, the newly built Astrodome in Houston featured its first baseball game, an exhibition between the Astros and the New York Yankees. (The Astros won, 2-1, in 12 innings.)
In 1976, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed on the size of nuclear tests for peaceful use.
In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger ended its first mission with a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1988, pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim hijackers who had seized a Kuwait Airways jetliner on April 5 killed one of their hostages as the plane sat on the ground in Larnaca, Cyprus.
In 1989, troops clashed with nationalist demonstrators in the capital of the Soviet republic of Georgia.
In 1991, the Soviet republic of Georgia declared its independence.
In 1992, former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami of eight drug and racketeering charges.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a line-item veto bill into law. Former U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., pleaded guilty to mail fraud and was sentenced to 19 months in prison.
In 1997, a government of unity was launched in Angola, three years after the end of the country's 19-year civil war, with the seating of 70 members of the rebel UNITA party in parliament.
In 1998, tornadoes and storms took 39 lives in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.
In 1999, the president of the African nation of Niger, Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, was assassinated, reportedly by members of his own guard. A military junta led by the commander of the presidential guards took over.
In 2000, President Eduard Shevardnadze won a second term as leader of Georgia; Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori fell just shy of the majority needed to avoid a runoff for an unprecedented third term, forcing a run-off in May that he won. However, a vote-fraud scandal forced him to step down later in the year. Vijay Singh won the Masters, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over Ernie Els.
In 2001, American Airlines' parent company acquired bankrupt Trans World Airlines.
In 2003, jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad.
In 2004, authorities in Bulgaria said at least 40 people were injured, some seriously, in a toxic gas attack on a police station in Sofia. Four employees of Halliburton subsidiary KBR were killed in an attack on a fuel truck convoy near Baghdad; a U.S. soldier in the convoy, Sgt. Elmer Krause, was found dead weeks later. Four people went missing, including Army Specialist Keith M. Maupin, whose remains were found in 2008. The body of civilian truck driver Wiliam Bradley was found in January 2005; Thomas Hamill escaped his captors in May 2004; Timothy Bell remains unaccounted for.
In 2005, Britain's Prince Charles married longtime love Camilla Parker Bowles, who took the title Duchess of Cornwall.
Tens of thousands of supporters of a militant Shiite cleric filled central Baghdad's streets, demanding that American soldiers go home. A day after the funeral for Pope John Paul II, cardinals began an intense period of silence and prayer before their conclave to choose the next pope. Feminist author Andrea Dworkin died in Washington, D.C. at age 58. Also in 2005, authorities in Lusaka, Zambia, said at least 42 schoolchildren, on their way home at the end of the term, were killed near Lusaka when the truck in which they were riding overturned.
In 2007, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that his country could produce nuclear fuel on an industrial scale.
In 2008, the World Bank reported that worldwide food prices had risen 83 percent over the three-year period preceding February 2008. America's war commander in Iraq faced Congress for a second day; Army Gen. David Petraeus told lawmakers he was unlikely to endorse any fresh buildup of troops even if security in the country deteriorated. The Olympic torch was rerouted away from thousands of demonstrators and spectators who had crowded San Francisco's waterfront to witness the flame's symbolic journey to the Beijing Games during its only North American stop.
In 2009, North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament appointed Kim Jong Il to a third term as the nation's leader. The Obama administration asked Congress for $83.4 billion in additional funds for the balance of the 2009 fiscal year of which $75.8 billion was intended for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22, and two others were killed in car crash by a suspected drunken driver. (Andrew Thomas Gallo, charged with three counts of second-degree murder, is awaiting trial.)
Today's Birthdays: Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner is 84. Singer/songwriter Tom Lehrer is 82. Naturalist Jim Fowler is 78. Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo is 77. Actress Michael Learned is 71. Country singer Margo Smith is 68. Country singer Hal Ketchum is 57. Actor Dennis Quaid is 56. Humorist Jimmy Tingle is 55. World Golf Hall of Famer Severiano Ballesteros is 53. Country musician Dave Innis (Restless Heart) is 51. Actress-sports reporter Lisa Guerrero is 46. Actor Mark Pellegrino is 45. Actress-model Paulina Porizkova is 45. Actress Cynthia Nixon is 44. Rock singer Kevin Martin (Candlebox) is 41. Rock singer Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) is 33. Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is 31. Rock musician Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes) is 30. Actor Ryan Northcott is 30. Actor Jay Baruchel is 28. Actor-singer Jesse McCartney is 23. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazmine Sullivan is 23. Actress Kristen Stewart is 20. Actress Elle Fanning is 12.
More Birthdays.
Those Born On This Date Also Include: French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821); comic actor W.C. Fields (1879); actor/singer Paul Robeson and football Hall of Fame member Curly Lambeau (both in 1898); birth control pill inventor Gregory Pincus and actor Ward Bond, (both in 1903); former U.S. Sen. James William Fulbright, D-Ark. (1905); rock 'n' roll pioneer Carl Perkins (1932) & comedian Avery Schreiber (1935).
9 April In Entertainment
In 1962, "West Side Story" won the Academy Award for best picture.
In 1969, the album "Nashville Skyline" by Bob Dylan was released.
In 1976, folk singer and songwriter Phil Ochs hanged himself at his sister's home in New York. He was 35.
In 1979, "The Deer Hunter" won the best picture and best director Oscars. "Last Dance," from the soundtrack to the movie "Thank God It's Friday," won the best original song award.
In 1984, "Terms of Endearment" was the big winner at the Academy Awards. "Flashdance" was named best original song.
In 1988, the music world lost two singers. Brook Benton ("Frankie and Johnny," "The Boll Weevil Song") died of an illness in New York. Dave Prater from the duo Sam and Dave died in a car accident in Georgia.
In 1992, Amy Grant was honored with the Artist of the Year award at the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.
In 1997, Soundgarden announced its breakup.
Thought for Today: "The amount of satisfaction you get from life depends largely on your own ingenuity, self-sufficiency, and resourcefulness. People who wait around for life to supply their satisfaction usually find boredom instead." — William C. Menninger, American scientist, physician, engineer (1899-1966).

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sleep All Night, Sleep All Day, Nothing Good On Tee Vee Anyway

Before DirecTV bores us limp & puts us to sleep, we have to bring this up:

Feeling Depressed? Try Staying Awake.

Instead of taking pills or going to therapy, there may be a faster and easier way to deal with depression, neuroscientists suggest: Just try staying awake. At the New York Times' Opinionator blog, Terry Sejnowski notes that over the past four decades, there have been more than 75 published papers linking sleep deprivation to the end of postpartum depression. If you're a new mother feeling down, in other words, you might want to try staying up. Sejnowski argues that while this phenomenon has mostly been documented in relation to postpartum depression, it could also apply to other kinds of depression and change the way scientists examine the sleeping brain. Scientists found that a part of the brain which is overactive among depressed people tends to calm down if patients stay up roughly half the night. The same thing usually happens, Sejnowski adds, when people are put on antidepressants. While researchers have been slow to pick up on the studies, they suggest that "depression can be rapidly reversed" and that there's a connection between sleep and happiness—two implications that could radically alter the way scientists treat depression.
Read original story in The New York Times | Thursday, April 8, 2010
Later. Feel like a nap now.

Economic Up-Date: Oh Lord, Won't You Buy Me A Hi-Def DirecTV Receiver?

We were recently on a major arterial in a working-class neighborhood of Los Angeles, & are pretty damn sure that along a twenty numerical block stretch every third apt. bldg. had a "For Rent" or "For Lease" sign on the patch of lawn in front, or a banner offering "Great Move-In Deals," etc. Indeed, a bldg. on the very block where our bunker might be located offered a free flat-screen telebision to new tenants.

In that vein, our landlord, a corporate entity, which has its share of advertising on the edifice (& takes loony welfare cases like us) has now offered one & all Absolutely Free DirecTV, which we have cheerfully accepted. The operative word is free, of course: For a tenant's nothing, s/he gets a standard definition signal (not too hot on Sony's far-from-finest screen, even w/ S-Video cable) from some of the local broadcast channels, & more free channels of shopping, Jesus H. Christ & shopping w/&/or for Mr. Christ & His self-appointed earthly representatives than you could shake a stick at, & believe us, you'll want to. Many if not most of the family-friendly channels, as well. It's like home-schooling.

The obvious expectation is that added channels (that people might actually want to watch) will be ordered by the tenant/sucker. We'll see.

And, if you hadn't figured it out, we have to catch up on our C-SPAN2 & NASA Channel viewing (Added bonus: Not having to blow US$5.00/mo. for those & Bloomberg from Time-Life-Money-WarnerCable.) meaning only Uras items in this space for the foreseeable future (which is not that long, in our case).
Currently Rocking:
Six remotes, one mouse

The Man Can't Bust Uras

AP Story: Kurt Cobain Suicide

From the AP archive:
April 8, 1994
Nirvana star Kurt Cobain dies; suicide note found near body
By ROBERT SAIZ HOLGUIN Associated Press Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Kurt Cobain, the troubled lead singer of the hugely popular grunge rock band Nirvana, was found dead today in his apartment of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 27.

"We are all devastated by the unbelieveable tragedy of Kurt Cobain's death," Ed Rosenblatt, president of Nirvana label Geffen Records, said in a statement announcing the death.

Before the announcement, a police source in Seattle confirmed the man found dead in Cobain's home today was the singer-songwriter.

For the record, officials said a man roughly Cobain's age had been found shot to death at the home, a suicide note nearby.

The body, described as that of a white male in his 20s, was discovered by an electrician who went to the home this morning to do some work, said police spokeswoman Vinette Tichi.

Nirvana pioneered grunge rock and is known for the multimillion-selling 1991 album "Nevermind," which featured the hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Another best-selling album, "In Utero," was issued last year. Cobain wrote the music and anguished lyrics to most of their songs.

In Aberdeen, Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, said her son had been missing for six days and that she feared he would be found dead.

She said she had no official confirmation the dead man was her son, but said, "Now he's gone and joined that stupid club," referring to the early deaths of such rock stars as Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. "I told him not to join that stupid club," she said.

In early March, Cobain spent several days in a Rome hospital after falling into a drug-and-alcohol-induced coma.

Tichi said the body, found in a cottage apartment above a detached garage, had been there about a day. The man had suffered a shotgun wound to the head. She gave no detail on the content of the suicide note.

When he fell ill last month, Cobain had reportedly gone to Rome with his wife, Courtney Love, also a singer, and their daughter to recover rom health problems that had forced the band to cancel two recent concert dates in Europe.

The grunge style features second-hand shabbiness in attire and ear-splitting iconoclasm in music. Along with rival Pearl Jam, the three-member Nirvana made Seattle a leading center of alternative pop music, and the grunge look was even picked up by fashion designers.

Michael Azerrad, author of "Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana," said the songs are so popular because they speak to the worries of people in their 20s.

"The divorce, the violence, the drugs, the diminished opportunities for an entire generation - that is so crucial to the sound of their music and the success of their music," he said in a 1993 Associated Press interview. "The band translated that pain and anger and confusion into musical soundwaves very directly that hit a nerve among a large amount of kids," Azerrad said.

8 April: Fuck You, Babe Ruth! Possibly Buddha's B-Day; Democracy On The March; Eric Rudolph Cops A Plea; Birth, Lies, Death

Today is Wednesday, April 8, the 98th day of 2009. There are 267 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth's record.
Braves announcer Mylo Hamilton makes the call.
On this date:
Buddhists celebrate the commemoration of the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, thought to have lived in India from 563 B.C.E. to 483 B.C.E.
In 1513, explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition began exploring the Florida coastline.
In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for direct popular election of United States senators (as opposed to appointment by state legislatures), was ratified.
In 1917, Austria-Hungary, an ally of Germany, severed diplomatic relations with the United States.
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, which provided money for programs such as the Works Progress Administration.
In 1946, the League of Nations assembled in Geneva for its final session.
In 1952, President Harry S. Truman seized the steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. (The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that Truman had overstepped his authority.)
In 1970, the Senate rejected President Richard M. Nixon's nomination of G. Harold Carswell to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1973, artist Pablo Picasso died at his home near Mougins, France, at age 91.
In 1981, Omar N. Bradley, a World War II general and the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died at age 88.
In 1987, Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned after saying on ABC's "Nightline" that blacks may lack some of the "necessities" for becoming baseball managers.
In 1988, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart resigned from the Assemblies of God after he was defrocked for rejecting an order from the church's national leaders to stop preaching for a year amid reports he'd consorted with a prostitute.
In 1990, Ryan White, the teenage AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance gained national attention, died in Indianapolis at age 18.
In 1992, tennis player Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS. He said he contracted the disease from a blood transfusion, just as Ryan White had.
In 1995, in his book "In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam," former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara wrote that he and other U.S. leaders had been "wrong, terribly wrong" about the war.
In 1999, at a White House news conference, President Bill Clinton said NATO could still win in Kosovo by air power alone, and he expressed hope for an early release of three American POWs; also at the session with reporters was visiting Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji, who promised to cooperate in investigations of alleged nuclear-weapons spying and illegal campaign contributions by Beijing.
In 2000, the Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that personnel action had been taken following the mistaken bombing of the Chinese embassy during the NATO war against Yugoslavia; one employee was reportedly fired.
In 2004, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice told the Sept. 11 commission "there was no silver bullet" that could have prevented the attacks. Iraqi insurgents released a videotape of three Japanese captives, threatening to burn them alive if Japan did not withdraw its troops from Iraq. (The hostages were later released unharmed.) Fred Olivi, who copiloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, died in Lemont, Ill., at age 82.
In 2005, world leaders joined pilgrims and prelates in St. Peter's Square for the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
Also in 2005, Eric Rudolph agreed to plead guilty to four bombings, including one at the 1966 Olympics in Atlanta, in order to escape the death penalty.
In 2007, officials said three explosions in Iraq killed at least 29 people and wounded 52 others.
In 2008, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David Petraeus, told Congress that hard-won gains in the war zone were too fragile to promise any troop pullouts beyond the summer as he held his ground against impatient Democrats and refused to commit to more withdrawals before President George W. Bush left office in January 2009. American Airlines grounded all 300 of its MD-80 jetliners amid safety concerns about wiring bundles; the carrier ended up canceling more than 3,000 flights over the next four days. Tennessee captured its eighth women's NCAA championship with a 64-48 victory over Stanford.
In 2009, Somali pirates hijacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama. The crew was able to retake the cargo ship, but the captain was taken captive by the raiders and held aboard a lifeboat. (Richard Phillips was rescued four days later by Navy SEAL snipers who shot three of the pirates dead.) A Russian spacecraft carrying a crew of three, including U.S. billionaire space tourist Charles Simonyi, landed safely in Kazakhstan. U.S. President Barack Obama concluded an eight-day trip abroad, meeting with world leaders from London to Baghdad, taking part in sessions involving the Group of 20, NATO, the European Union and others, going face-to-face with heads of Russia and China and seeking to build alliances on Afghanistan and other issues.
Today's Birthdays: Former first lady Betty Ford is 92. Comedian Shecky Greene is 84. Actor-turned-diplomat John Gavin is 79. Author and investigative reporter Seymour Hersh is 73. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is 72. Basketball Hall-of-Famer John Havlicek is 70. "Mouseketeer" Darlene Gillespie is 69. Singer J.J. Jackson is 69. Singer Peggy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 69. Songwriter-producer Leon Huff is 68. Actor Hywel Bennett is 66. Actor Stuart Pankin is 64. Rock musician Steve Howe (Yes) is 63. Former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay is 63. Movie director John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") is 61. Rock musician Mel Schacher (Grand Funk Railroad) is 59. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter is 56. Actor John Schneider is 50. Rock musician Izzy Stradlin is 48. Singer Julian Lennon is 47. Rock singer-musician Donita Sparks is 47. Rapper Biz Markie is 46. Actress Robin Wright Penn is 44. Actress Patricia Arquette is 42. Rock singer Craig Honeycutt (Everything) is 40. Rock musician Darren Jessee is 39. Actress Emma Caulfield is 37. Actress Katee Sackhoff is 30. Actor Taylor Kitsch is 29. Rock singer-musician Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) is 26. Actor Taran Noah Smith is 26. Actress Kirsten Storms is 26.
More Birthdays: Lewis Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence (1726); pioneer neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing (1869); actress Mary Pickford (1892); Olympic figure skater/actress Sonja Henie (1912); composer Jacques Brel (1929); choreographer Michael Bennett of "A Chorus Line" fame (1943); & baseball Hall of Fame member Jim "Catfish" Hunter (1946).
8 April In Entertainment
In 1963, "Lawrence of Arabia" won the Oscars for best picture and best director.
In 1973, Neil Young's autobiographical film "Journey Through The Past" premiered at the US Film Festival in Dallas.
In 1975, "The Godfather Part Two" won the best picture Oscar.
In 1983, Danny Rapp, lead singer of Danny and the Juniors, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 41.
In 1986, actor Clint Eastwood won his bid to become mayor of Carmel, California.
In 1991, a lawsuit was filed against Virgin Records, claiming that Paula Abdul did not do all of the singing on her hit album "Forever Your Girl." The record company eventually won.
In 1993, singer Marian Anderson died at age 96 in Portland, Oregon.
In 1994, singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was found dead in his Seattle home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 27. Original AP story.
In 1996, actor Ben Johnson, who won an Oscar for "The Last Picture Show," died at age 77 in Mesa, Arizona.
In 1997, singer-songwriter Laura Nyro died of ovarian cancer at her home in Danbury, Connecticut. She was 49. The songs Nyro wrote include "Wedding Bell Blues," "Eli's Coming," and "Stoney End."
In 2000, Oscar-winning actress Claire Trevor died in Newport Beach, Calif. at age 90.
In 2009, David "Pop" Winans Sr., patriarch of the award-winning Winans gospel music family, died in Nashville, Tenn. at age 74.
Thought for Today: "A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence." — James Brander Matthews, American author and educator (1852-1929).

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Oh, Fuck!!

This comes to the news desk via No More Mr. Nice Blog:

Pope's 'revenge' as LA gets Opus Dei bishop

A member of the radically-orthodox Catholic group Opus Dei has been appointed as the new Archbishop of Los Angeles.

Maybe Geeziz does love us. A self-flagellating loon spouting off to Hollywood about morality is just what we'd pray for.

Which reminds us: Last Sunday, just after the quake, the current bishop, Roger Cardinal Mahony, called a radio station* & proudly recounted how he'd been performing whatever bizarre superstitious rite they perform at his almost new cathedral, & didn't notice the rolling because the dump is on rollers, not a firm foundation, yada yada, isn't that great? He closed w/ "Happy Easter." That's all he's good for?

*What happens in L.A. after an earthquake: Radio & tee vee stations allow dullards & the common clay on the air to share their stories of where they were, how long it lasted, what it felt like, blah blah blah, until someone from the USGS gets to the office, figures out what happened, & calls in. On telebision, the great un-washed call-in stops when pictures or blurry & pixelated mobile 'phone footage trickle in. It's even stupider than the "STORMWATCH!" hysteria local broadcasting engages in when precipitation over a quarter of an inch is predicted.

Oh, Flip!*

"Flip-Flop Five" or Bouncy-Bouncy Five? If their heads aren't spinning it will not sink in w/ the base.Now our head is spinning.

*"Many Mormons use fake swear words like 'fetch' and 'flip' ..."

Pope (Dout)Hat

From "Evaluations," the pretentiously-named blog of one Ross Douthat:
All of this is understandable, given the gravity of the scandal, and it’s obviously preferable to the see-no-evil, pre-Pope Benedict status quo.
Wait a minute, insufferable jerk. Are you implying that Pope Benedict, in his previous identity as Cardinal Rat, Defender of The Faith, ran an "uncover all the evil" campaign? Or that The Holy Father (not the gay marriage-lusting liberal media, who want to destroy the Church so abortions can be mandatory) is responsible for bringing these horrors to the attention of the world in his noble effort to clean up the Church, but not responsible for his real world function of covering up?

Idle Musing: If our imaginary offspring were criminally, physically abused, we'd be at Rampart Division filing charges, rather than complaining to the alleged abuser's superior. What sort of cultish brainwashing do Catholics undergo that they wouldn't go to the police?

Civil Unrest Wrap-Up: Teabaggers Doing It Wrong!

Violent Protests Rattle Kyrgyzstan Capital
Four people are reported to have been shot dead in anti-government protests in the capital city of Bishkek.
Read original story in BBC| Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Thai Protesters Break Into Parliament
The Thai prime minister declares a state of emergency as a massive security breach sends lawmakers scrambling over walls and running to rescue helicopters to escape protesters.
Read original story in The Associated Press | Wednesday, April 7, 2010


WRAP-UP UPDATE (From The NYT):
Protests Appear to Have Toppled Kyrgyz Government

Large-scale protests appear to have overthrown the government of Kyrgyzstan, an important American ally in Central Asia, after violence between riot police officers and opposition
demonstrators on Thursday killed at least 17 people.

The country's president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, fled the capital, Bishkek, on his plane, and the opposition declared that it was forming its own government.

Earlier in the day, the police used bullets, tear gas and stun grenades against a crowd of thousands massing in front of the presidential office in Bishkek, according to witness
accounts. At least 17 people were killed and others were wounded, officials said.

The upheaval raised questions about the future of an important American air base that operates in Kyrgyzstan in support of the NATO mission in nearby Afghanistan. American officials said that as of Wednesday evening the base was functioning normally.

Alternate States

We love this
but look what might have been:
Although the Mormon leader wanted a giant property, he skillfully drew boundaries to avoid conflicts with established outposts such as the California gold fields or Oregon's newly popular Willamette Valley. And he made sure to grab a bit of coastline in southern California. At this point in history, southern California was pretty empty. Hard to imagine.

Annals Of Child Abuse

It's not always adults, although behavior like this leads us to suspect Thelma may have been beating the orange-haired one w/ an extension cord.

Power Struggle Continues

7 April: Hoobert Heever On First U.S. Telebision Demonstration; Ford Dies

Today is Wednesday, April 7, the 97th day of 2010. There are 268 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 7, 1862, Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.
On this date:
In 30 C.E., by many scholars' reckoning, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified in Jerusalem.
In 1199, King Richard I of England (also known as The Lion-Heart) died in the Limousin region of France at age 41 after being mortally wounded by an arrow.
In 1795, the meter was adopted as basic measure of length by France.
In 1859, Walter Camp, the "Father of American Football," was born in New Britain, Conn.
In 1860, Will Keith Kellogg, founder of cereal maker Kellogg Co., was born in Battle Creek, Mich.
In 1927, the image and voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover were transmitted live from Washington to New York in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.
In 1939, Italy invaded Albania, which was annexed less than a week later.
In 1948, The World Health Organization was founded.
In 1953, the U.N. General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be secretary-general. He served until his death in a 1961 plane crash.
In 1959, a referendum in Oklahoma repealed the state's ban on alcoholic beverages.
In 1969, the Supreme Court, in Stanley v. Georgia, unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
In 1976, China's leadership deposed Deputy Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter announced he was deferring development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon.
In 1983, space shuttle astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson took the first U.S. space walk in almost a decade as they worked in the open cargo bay of Challenger for nearly four hours.
In 1990, a display of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs opened at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center, the same day the center and its director were indicted on obscenity charges (both were acquitted). An arson fire aboard a ferry en route from Norway to Denmark killed 158 people.
UPI Version: Suspected arson fires aboard the ferry Scandinavian Star killed at least 75 people in Scandinavia's worst post-war maritime disaster.
Former national security adviser John M. Poindexter was convicted of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. (A federal appeals court later reversed the convictions.)
AP Highlight in History:
On April 7, 1994, civil war erupted in Rwanda, a day after a plane crash claimed the lives of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi.
In 1999, NATO stepped up its airstrikes in Yugoslavia after rejecting President Slobodan Milosevic's cease-fire declaration. Yugoslav authorities, meanwhile, closed the main exit route where a quarter-million ethnic Albanians had fled Kosovo.
In 2000, Attorney General Janet Reno met in Washington with the father of Elian Gonzalez; Reno later told reporters that officials would arrange for Juan Miguel Gonzalez to reclaim his son, but she gave Elian's Miami relatives one more chance to drop their resistance and join in a peaceful transfer.
In 2001, NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft took off on a six-month, 286-million-mile journey to the red planet. An unarmed black man wanted on 14 misdemeanor warrants was fatally shot by a white police officer in Cincinnati, sparking three days of riots.
In 2003, U.S. troops in more than 100 U.S. armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Baghdad and seized one of Saddam Hussein's opulent palaces.
In 2004, Mounir el Motassadeq, the only Sept. 11 suspect ever convicted, was freed after a Hamburg, Germany, court ruled that the evidence was too weak to hold him pending a retrial.
In 2005, the blockbuster painkiller Bextra was taken off the market, and the FDA said all similar prescription drugs should strongly warn about possible risk of heart attacks and strokes. Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a Shiite, was named Iraq's interim prime minister; Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani was sworn in as interim president. Historic bus service began between the two parts of Kashmir, one controlled by India, the other by Pakistan.
In 2006, three suicide bombers set off explosives in a Baghdad mosque, killing at least 90 people and injuring an estimated 175. Also in 2006, the United States and the European Union suspended financial aid to the Palestinian Authority because its ruling Hamas party refuses to recognize Israel.
In 2007, a published report said the United States allowed Ethiopia to buy arms secretly from North Korea in January, three months after the U.N. imposed sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear program.
In 2008, as the disputed presidential election in Zimbabwe rocked along with no settlement in sight, opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai, who claimed victory over incumbent Robert Mugabe, left the country, saying he feared for his life. Anti-China protesters disrupted the Olympic torch relay in Paris, at times forcing Chinese organizers to put out the flame and take the torch onto a bus to secure it. Kansas won the NCAA championship, defeating Memphis 75-68. Coach Pat Riley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Adrian Dantley and broadcaster Dick Vitale were among those selected to Basketball's Hall of Fame.
In 2009, President Barack Obama capped his eight-day European trip by addressing college students in Istanbul, Turkey; he then made an unannounced trip to Baghdad where he visited with U.S. troops and Iraqi officials. Vermont became the fourth state (after Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa) to legalize gay marriage. Three members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with former Cuban President Fidel Castro in Havana. Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a Lima court for death squad killings and kidnappings during his struggle against Shining Path insurgents. Connecticut routed Louisville 76-54 to capture its sixth women's basketball title. Sally Mae, the U.S. government-backed student loan lender, announced it would bring back to the United States some 2,000 jobs based overseas, such as some call centers and technology positions. Also in 2009, Kim Jong-il, the North Korea leader, was re-elected to a third five-year term despite failing health since his reported stroke in August 2008.
Today's Birthdays: Actor R.G. Armstrong is 93. Sitar player Ravi Shankar is 90. Actor James Garner is 82. Country singer Cal Smith is 78. Actor Wayne Rogers is 77. Media commentator Hodding Carter III is 75. Country singer Bobby Bare is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Charlie Thomas (The Drifters) is 73. California Attorney General Jerry Brown is 72. Movie director Francis Ford Coppola is 71. TV personality David Frost is 71. Singer Patricia Bennett (The Chiffons) is 63. Singer John Oates is 61. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is 61. Singer Janis Ian is 59. Country musician John Dittrich is 59. Actor Jackie Chan is 56. Football Hall-of-Famer Tony Dorsett is 56. Actor Russell Crowe is 46. Christian/jazz singer Mark Kibble (Take 6) is 46. Actor Bill Bellamy is 45. Rock musician Dave "Yorkie" Palmer (Space) is 45. Former football player-turned-analyst Tiki Barber is 35. Actress Heather Burns is 35. Actor Kevin Alejandro (TV: "Southland") is 34.
Extra Birthdays: Missionary St. Francis Xavier (1506); English poet William Wordsworth (1770); baseball Hall of Fame member John McGraw (1873); CIA Director Allen Dulles (1893); gossip columnist Walter Winchell (1897); conductor Percy Faith (1908); & singer Billie Holiday (1915).
7 April In Entertainment
In 1949, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway. It ran for more than 1,900 performances.
In 1962, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met future Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones at a London blues club.
In 1970, "Midnight Cowboy" was named best picture at the Academy Awards. John Wayne won the best actor award for "True Grit."
In 1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple. He went on to form Rainbow.
In 1995, models Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell opened the Fashion Cafe in New York. It has since closed.
In 1997, singer Liam Gallagher of Oasis married actress Patsy Kensit in a secret civil ceremony in London.
In 1998, singer George Michael was arrested for committing a lewd act in a park restroom in Beverly Hills, California. Also in 1998, drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue pleaded no contest to felony spousal abuse. He was accused of kicking his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, while she held their son. Lee was sentenced to six months in jail.
In 2003, actor Russell Crowe married Danielle Spencer in Australia.
Thought for Today: "Lying is done with words and also with silence." — Adrienne Rich, American poet.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

We Left The Bunker & Went To Hollywood, & All We Got Was This Clichéd Image


New growth palms.
And a billboard.

'Tween Lit Read Aloud, Yet NSFW?

We've always believed a lady's lip color should match her nipples.
Additional nekkid "ladies" reading.

The Fugs & Frank Sinatra

Nothin', y'hear? Nothin'!!

April Is Confederate History Month

Here's the most important part of Confederate History Month, just brought back by the theocratgovernor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell.

9 April 1865:

Grant handed the document to Lee. After reviewing it, Lee informed Grant that the Cavalry men and Artillery men in the Confederate Army owned their horses and asked that they keep them. Grant agreed and Lee wrote a letter formally accepting the surrender. Lee then made his exit.

Fuck you, traitorous losers. Really, what part of "loser" don't you understand?

Funny Because It's Chicago

After suffering HCR defeat at the hands of The Usurper, Hinderaker of Power Line looks over the sea through the piercing gaze of professional paranoid Frank Gaffney ("Who Lost Iraq?" Yes, it's China 1949 again.) & some other cluck's rightist Mid-East analysis; neither cheers him up, but it's a good excuse to get on Obama again. Except then he has to admit how Obama handed him his corn dog.
This is what I don't understand: why doesn't Obama bring to bear on foreign policy the lessons he learned in Chicago? Is "Be a faithless friend and a toothless enemy" the Chicago Way? Hardly. Maybe if Obama could just pretend that Ahmadinejad, Assad, Nasrallah et al. are Republicans....

Never Have We Been So Proud

Of so little. But thanks to all the little people who made it possible.

And No. 2 on the Hit Parade.

Final Showdown In Bangkok?

Say what you will about a parliamentary system, what if it were possible in these United Snakes to call for a dissolution of Congreƒs like these Thai hicks are?
A leader of the anti-government movement known as red-shirts Tuesday called on supporters from all provinces to immediately come to the Thai capital Bangkok for final showdown against the government, local media said.

Late Monday, the UDD announced that they would on Tuesday march to 11 areas, starting from 11:00 a.m. local time, which are banned from entering.

The red-shirts, mainly supporters of the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted in 2006 coup, started occupying the central commercial area last Saturday with roads blocked and shops forced to close to push the government to dissolve parliament and hold early elections.

Source: Xinhua
We'd never hear the end of it whenever the cry-baby reactionaries lost an election. Not that there's no bitching & whining now, but at least they're stuck until the next election.

Over Control

Monday, April 5, 2010

Talk Radio Round-Up

Intrepid reseachers are invited to spend the several hrs. it will take to uncover just how many have been "thrown in jail" for failure to fill out an ACS form. No research necessary for what gives the Commerce Dep't. the right, though you'd think lawyer Erickson would know it's that census bit in the Constitution, as enacted by Congreƒs.

Snidely Whiplash:

Ahem

Over a wk. ago:
After asking ourself "Huh?" & "From Whom?" for the last X mos., we finally realized who (other than the "colored guy," obviously) these aging wretches think "took their country" from them. Their children. Who else? And they should be scared of the yout'.
Earlier today:So, we're just as goofy as Chris Matthews; merely earlier to the inane. And we don't invite people to our web log & then cut off their shtick w/ our inane theory, as Matthews does on his program. (Note Richard Wolffe's grimace after Tweety gets going.) As stupid, but still a better human being. Whew.

You Know Anyone Under 75 Who Even Has Any Checks?

More Polling (Yes, Hrs. Late, But In The Interest Of Full Coverage ...)

Another Tea Partier poll, from Gallup, has 28% of "adults" identifying as 'Baggers (many more than the self-proclaimed 17% in the Winston Group undertaking).
Gallup's new survey of the Tea Party movement is instructive for what it didn't find: the movement does not encompass Democrats, including independent-leaning Democrats, or more than half of true Independents. In other words, the 28% or so of adults who say they're Tea Partiers are very much likely to vote Republican when the chips are down.
Yet only eight percent of those Gallup polled claim to be "Democratic," while the Winston Group claimed 13%.
Pay attention to terminology: it's true that just half of those Tea Partiers surveyed called themselves Republicans. Yes, the lion's share of the other half say they're independent. But they're not: they're Republican-oriented conservative voters who are dismayed by the direction of the GOP and who don't want to identify with the party's brand. That's not surprising, given how tarnished that brand is. Only 8% identify as Democratic; 7% identify as liberal; 70% percent identify as conservative; two-thirds are pro-life; nearly 90% were opposed to the health care bill.
Just saw memeorandum, which has several column inches devoted to this (Actual analysis.) so, having highlighted the obvious, we are gone, except to note that Ambinder has the solution to the entire polling, damned lies & statistics problem: Go deep.
Next time, I'd love for Gallup, or any other pollster, really, to ask self-identified Tea Partiers for their vote histories, for their views on immigration and race, for their views on questions about Obama attributes (is he a socialist?), for their specific views on policy matters (do they support a "fair tax?").
Couldn't be tossed around for political advantage or dismissed in 30 seconds of headline reading if they did that though.

Obama Opens Door To Cyberattacks

Damnit, you crippingly attack our cyber & you deserve to be nuked from the face of the earth.
Breaking News Alert
The New York Times Mon, April 05, 2010 -- 8:15 PM ET
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Obama Limits When U.S. Can Use Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Monday that he was revamping American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the United States would use nuclear weapons, even in self defense.

The strategy eliminates much of the ambiguity that has deliberately existed in American nuclear policy since the opening days of the Cold War. For the first time, the United States is explicitly committing not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states that are in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, even if they attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons, or launched a crippling cyberattack.

We Did Not Know That

Sully informs us that Europe has a "less generous and less tort-friendly judicial system."

From which we can only conclude that those whose greatest contribution to the health care reform debate was "Tort Reform! Tort Reform!" wanted America to become more like the socialist cesspool of Europe. Consistency is indeed foolish.

Look! Another Travesty!

Green Eagle finds a "Derangement Syndrome" beaut
that demonstrates the absolute intellectual bankruptcy of the reactionary movement in this country.
Are they really this foolish? And stupid? What goes through their minds? What minds?

A Travesty

Capitalist scum, floating to the top as always, will get together to "discuss" something economic.
This is such a travesty that it's hard to know where to begin.

For starters, note the prominent role of Robert Rubin and Alan Greenspan. If any two Americans are responsible for the economic, financial and fiscal mess we're in, they are Rubin and Greenspan. Much of the rising deficit, after all, is the result of the financial collapse. The main reason for the big deficits is that tax revenues are down in a severe recession. The financial collapse also required the government to step in with increased public spending.

If the orgy of financial deregulation that led to the crash had two prime sponsors, the Democratic one was Rubin and the Republican one was Greenspan. Inviting these characters to a fiscal summit to devise a way out of the crisis is like inviting arsonists to design a seminar on fire prevention.

Peterson himself, who underwrites the work of the foundation with a billion dollar gift, made his money as one of America's private-equity moguls. Private equity companies have been among main offenders in the world of shadow banking that helped cause the collapse, and are now lobbing against tough financial reform and regulation.

[...]

The Peterson Foundation and its president, David Walker, already know exactly what they want -- strict budget caps on social outlay, enforced by a rigid formula, with cuts in Medicare and Social Security leading the way.
We'd love to see some public action in front of whichever luxury hotel this confab will be occurring in. We wouldn't mind seeing some action inside the event as well. We got your Town Hall meeting right here, exploiters.