Friday, April 16, 2010

"Who Designed This House? Smith & Wesson?"

Now busy watching the English dub of this crassic. Go away.

Dick Armey Protects "The Innocents From The Vicious & The Malicious"

We're getting a lot of funny (in a very sad way, of course) out of one item & a link therein.
“We’re apolitical and protest all protests in an unbiased manner. I’m actually pretty conservative,” Brian Mandel, a freshman at AU said, adding that he voted for McCain. “Most people think it’s funny.”

Another club member, T.J. Bollerman, said that even though he considered himself an environmentalist, his group was planning to attend climate change protests as well, toting signs saying that they wanted a “permanent summer vacation.”
Who's not laughing? An asshole:
Dick Armey, president of FreedomWorks and one of the organizers of the rally, decried the fake protesters.

“Of course we're concerned, we always want to protect the innocents from the vicious and the malicious,” he told the Beast. “You know the militant left, mean as they are, always attack defenseless people.* These people are not professional political operatives, they’re decent, concerned, peace-loving American citizens with no experience in the travails of political sabotage. If you have these professional thugs come in among them with the express purpose of making them out to be something they’re not, it’s an obscene gesture from the liberal establishment.”
Say what you will about evolutionary psychology, we think the desire to smack Mr. Armey in the face to insure he'll never make another statement like that is so deep-rooted as to be physiological, & completely understandable. Here's a gesture from the liberal establishment, you wretched piece of lobbyist shit.

Sarcasm: Not A Tool Of The Right, Sez Former Liberal

Oooh-oooh, also! Fighting communism three days a wk.!Man, pardon the cliché, but, ¿Quién es más loco?

"The 'Atmospherics'* ... Are Toxic"

Say what you will (We have.) about sexist pig (Though we'll grant that he hasn't told any female guest she's "beautiful, great to have you here," yada yada in the last few periods we can still remember.) & hair-from-a-Reagan-Democrat Democrat Chris "Tweety" Matthews, he has been on the T.P. people & their GOP enablers/encouragers recently (probably because there hasn't been much political horse-racing activity to keep Matthews' attention).And Ron Reagan, possibly testy 'cause he's been off the air for a while.

Sometimes (Who are we kidding? Often!) it writes itself, & no one could resist. Congressional cretin Aken is one incumbent who should be tossed out on his ear this November.And we should probably observe that Matthews has taken a page from Keith Olbermann & gotten into commentary. He's positively on fire w/ moderation & centrism! This one is not required viewing, but it's worth it for "Stalin-like purges now underway in the Republican Party" line he delivers at the beginning. Then you can stop it.) Is he scared to compare the purges to the Night of the Long Knives? We're sure MSNBC will have gavel-to-gavel coverage of the show trials & the Club for Growth-sponsored executions to follow. May we make a suggestion for the venue?

*Even worse than "optics" for appearance/perception. Just stop it, already.

Stop Being Black &/Or Liberal! You're Pissing Andy Off, & Now He's Going Back Down To The Basement To Drown His Sorrows & Tweet His Anger

This Wk. in Euphemism:
They were helped by a free-moving, peaceful crowd, in which it was easy to get to the very front of the stage.
In plain English, does Weigel mean the event was less than wall-to-wall w/ peaceful patriots?
And Benjy Sarlin located some more liberal crashers, capturing an exchange between them and irritated tea partyers [sic].
Some of the infiltrators were just apolitical jokers -- even if their humor was lost on the participants. A group of students from American University belonging to a club that mocks mass protests brandished signs reading “I Have A Sign,” “Down With King George,” and “No $ 4 Education I Don’t Want It.” The group was chased across the protest by a screaming, red-faced tea partier in a denim jacket who identified himself only as “Spider.”

“They’re interlopers!” Spider shrieked as the nervous youngsters tried to make their way to a police officer. “These people are not the tea party!”

After being pushed to the outskirts of the protests, the phony demonstrators told The Daily Beast they were terrified of Spider, who, they said, threatened to “kick their ass.”
The Daily Beast sub-head: "lefty troublemakers also infiltrated the march with political theater—pretending to fit in but propagating more extreme positions."

"Lefty" troublemakers? Those certainly were vicious, hateful signs, & worthy of every red-faced shriek, we're sure. Breitbart's really been pushing the "Your very existence fills us w/ righteous anger" approach.
How does "fishing-for-racism" work? Well, you need a pole, & for bait you'll need someone of the non-white persuasion to attract the racism. It's that simple. Living While Black is all that's necessary go racist-fishing. Not that the fish you're going to reel in are actually racist: After all, someone was walking around being Other right there in front of them, w/ his pole & everything.

As we've heard from various reactionary, pro-personal responsibility Congress members & so on, anger justifies everything. The passage (shoving/ramming down the throat) of a law angers people who express this by throwing bricks through windows; their anger justifies this. Hey, nobody likes the IRS; nothing, then, to crash a plane into a building & kill someone. So when these liberals & African-Americans go around being liberal &/or unwhite, Teabagger anger against liberal negritude is righteous & justified. Because being black/liberal/non-teabag is an affront to something & can not be allowed to stand.

And now not-racist Andrew Breitbart does some projecting w/ David Weigel:
"They needed it so badly," said Breitbart, "they wanted it so badly, that when they didn't get it they doubled down on their idiocy. It's not unlike the ACORN situation. They kept doubling down on their idiocy."
(See Breitbart's Twits for tripling down on idiocy.)
I asked whether Breitbart thought there was any racism at all in the movement, as I'd seen him confront Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily over the Internet journalist's conspiracy theories about Barack Obama's citizenship.

"If I felt that there was a strain of racism that was moving this in one way or the other, I would not put myself within a city mile of it," said Breitbart. "My career could not afford it. My self-respect, my sense of who I am, could not afford it. The people who come up to me who are black, who are Hispanic and hug me because me they know I'm fighting their fight, that it's the black, the Hispanic, the gay conservative that are attacked for the left for being sell-outs. It's a similar form of Alinsky. It's a similar form of critical theory on steroids."
Breitbart may not "feel" (a crime he so often accuses the left of, as any good projectionist should) there's a strain of racism in this movement, those caught in reason's web of evil might draw different conclusions. Feel the racism, Andy:
Tea Party supporters’ fierce animosity toward Washington, and the president in particular, is rooted in deep pessimism about the direction of the country and the conviction that the policies of the Obama administration are disproportionately directed at helping the poor rather than the middle class or the rich.

The overwhelming majority of supporters say Mr. Obama does not share the values most Americans live by and that he does not understand the problems of people like themselves. More than half say the policies of the administration favor the poor, and 25 percent think that the administration favors blacks over whites — compared with 11 percent of the general public.

They are more likely than the general public, and Republicans, to say that too much has been made of the problems facing black people.
Note to Andy: Spitting & epithet-shouting, & their siblings, hood-wearing & cross-burning, ugly as they are, are not the real problems w/ or of racism. Or is that some sort of "critical theory on steroids?"

Andy loves the superficial though, even as he wants to be perceived as deep, so we can't expect anything to get past his defenses: "My career could not afford it. My self-respect, my sense of who I am, could not afford it."

Again, check his Twits. If that's self-respect & a career, we're glad we have neither.

Randomly-related filler:

From The Other Side Of The Planet, Raw Video

We May Have Run This One Before. Now Ask Us If We Care.

Indignant? You Bet Your Sweet Ass I'm Indignant!

The training of Yugoslav pilots was interpreted as "Reds In Our Air Force," per the TIME of 8 December 1961.
An attractive Dallas housewife sees little of her neighbors these days. "I just don't have time for anything," says Mrs. Bert Shipp. "I'm fighting Communism three nights a week." In the Hollywood Hills, TV Commercial Producer Marvin Bryan spends his spare time working for the local Freedom Club, which is dedicated to opposing "compromisers" in local and national government and to smoking out liberals in the community. Says Bryan: "We don't want to coexist with these people. We don't want our children to play with their children." At a Freedom Forum meeting in Greenwich, Conn., 800 citizens recently paid $5 apiece to sit through a day of patriotic films, speeches on dialectical materialism and attacks on the U.S. State Department, federal income tax, philanthropic foundations and Harvard University. Questions to speakers were written out, explained Mrs. Charles Chapin, one of the meeting's sponsors, in order to screen those coming from Communists who might be in the audience.
This is related to the previously unknown (To us, & what do we know?) National Indignation Convention (We kid you not.) mentioned by Rick Perlstein in the NYT item we quoted somewhere in the mist below. We Googled it, only to find that others had done the same & then (as we have) typed about the Googling. Even as we realized what this meant we noticed a peculiar odor, & felt a bit light-headed. Then the room began spinning about us, & a voice called to us, as if from another room, or county & ...

The video includes Rev. B.J. Hargis.

T.P. Performance Art

Palate Cleanser for those sap enough to have listened to the other Jackson sister:Damn, we forgot how much that rocks. This one, not as much.

16 April

History. Birthdays.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Grab-Ass At MoMA

Were they "asking for it?"
In a brief statement, the museum’s communications department stressed that untoward incidents have been few and far between during the run of what it described as a heavily trafficked show. MoMA, the statement added, is “well aware of the challenges posed by having nude performers in the galleries,” and “discussions took place between MoMA’s security staff and Marina Abramovic and the performers to ensure that the performers would be comfortable in the galleries at all times.”


Ms. Abramovic’s work, which often involves nudity and sitting, standing or lying down for long periods, has invited close encounters of all kinds at the MoMA exhibition. And the show has made fascinated spectators out of the performers themselves, who have generally enjoyed being part of it, despite undeniable challenges.

In addition to the gropers, there have been less extreme but still unnerving encounters. Mr. Rawls, for example, said that standing with his arms at his side he had felt more erections “across the back of my hand than I can count.”
Sounds as if they were.

Historical Perspective On "Overwhelming Historical Myopia"

Clio, the Muse of History, stands in a winged chariot representing the passage of time and records events as they occur. The car rests on a marble globe on which signs of the Zodiac are carved in relief. The chariot wheel is the face of the clock; its works are by Simon Willard. Carlo Franzoni Marble 1819 National Statuary Hall (Ha, the gummint paid for this faggy art crap, T.P.ers!)
Good one at Whiskey Fire. Led to this. Tea Bagging assholes
[a]s the Times’s new poll numbers amply confirm — especially the ones establishing that the Tea Partiers are overwhelming Republican or right-of-Republican — [...] are the same angry, ill-informed, overwhelmingly white, crypto-corporate paranoiacs that accompany every ascendancy of liberalism within U.S. government.

“When was the last time you saw such a spontaneous eruption of conservative grass-roots anger, coast to coast?” asked the professional conservative L. Brent Bozell III recently. The answer, of course, is: in 1993. And 1977. And 1961. And so on.


The same “spontaneous eruption” of folks never before engaged in politics. (“I just don’t have time for anything,” a housewife told a news magazine. “I’m fighting Communism three nights a week.”) The same blithely narcissistic presumption that the vast majority of Americans (or, at least, “ordinary Americans”) must already agree with them, and incredulity that anyone might not grasp the depth of the peril.
We're breathing a bit easier already.

There's more, all good (this is just from the first contributor, as usual we haven't gotten to the rest) but The NYT needs the clicks, & copying the whole thing would be a pain.

Cleanliness Is Next To Allergy

Keeping Clean Could Be Bad for Your Health
A Canadian allergist believes dramatic improvements in hygiene are to blame for a dramatic upturn in allergy rates in Western countries.
Read original story in Science Daily | Thursday, April 15, 2010

Doing our part: Just took our first shower since Friday. We've always known Western Civilization & its values were wrong.

Philosopher'sNihilist's Corner

Via alicublog, we find the guy who may have been the first to articulate what turns out to be our philosophy as well:
Negative emotions, he insisted, are true and real, while positive feelings are intrinsically hypocritical.
Fuck you sideways w/ a splintered broomstick, world of positive hypocrites!!

Infiltrators (Infil-TRAITORS?)

However the hell many T.P.ers showed in Beantown yesterday, we can whack a few off the numbers. See here.

Imagine "Taxman" Playing

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It Still Has Nothing To Do W/ Race: It's About Being A Race Traitor

Reprinted in toto from TAPPED.
Question Of The Day.
Matt Duss catches David Goldman at Human Events asking a really important question: Does shtupping Muslim men make you love Islam and hate America?
I’ve been screaming about this for more than two years: Obama is the loyal son of a left-wing anthropologist mother who sought to expiate her white guilt by going to bed with Muslim Third World men. He is a Third World anthropologist studying us, learning our culture and our customs the better to neutralize what he considers to be a malignant American influence in world affairs.
Maybe people can't hear Goldman from outside the padded room, I dunno. The idea that Obama's mother was in loving, committed relationships with both of these men never crosses Goldman's mind. The only relevant fact about them that matters is that they are "Muslim Third World Men," and Ann Dunham's intimacy with them can be based on nothing else.

John Podheretz and Peter Wehner argue that whether or not Obama's mother slept with men who weren't white is incidental to the fact that Obama hates America, but Michael Ledeen thinks it's a valid subject for discussion:
The character of our president is an important matter. I think both John and David have tried to illuminate it, but I wish John had taken more time with his latest tirade, gotten the facts right, and focused his considerable talent on the serious matters that rightly concern us.
Apparently being attracted to people outside of your own race reflects not just on the character of the parents, but on their children who have no choice in the matter. This kind of racial determinism seems like a lateral movement from the days when conservatives were debating whether or not interracial sex made you love communism. Again, there's a sort of mystical power accorded the phalluses of nonwhite men here that begs some serious psychological analysis from a qualified professional.

Why don't black people vote Republican again?

-- A. Serwer

Iced Tea, Motherfucker!

Bill O'Reilly comes through again for traditional values.

We'll Bet These Are Funny, Except For The Frightening Ones

The NYT asked Tea Partiers to share what's on their minds. (Nothing in their minds, but there may be something on their minds.)

We Thought None Of These Rough, Tough Real Americans Needed Any Help W/ Anything, Ever

Perhaps not so much.

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Wed, April 14, 2010 -- 6:30 PM ET
Poll Finds Tea Party Anger Rooted in Issues of Class

The fierce animosity that Tea Party supporters harbor toward Washington and President Obama in particular is rooted in deep pessimism about the direction of the country and the conviction that the policies of the Obama administration are disproportionately directed at helping the poor rather than the middle class or the rich, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

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Nothin', Y'Hear? Nothin'!!

Sing Out & Folkways? Nothing!

We assume one doesn't play videos in unsafe areas, like work, but there are a naughty word or two involved. Discretion before clicking is advised.

There's So Many Of You! [Repeat 8x]

Maternal Deaths Decline Sharply Across the Globe
For the first time in decades, there has been a significant drop worldwide in deaths from pregnancy and childbirth.
More of you horrid creatures? Fucking great. Our heart leaps w/ joy.Get those queers some guns!!

Anti-Podean Wrap-Up

Police: NZ man at strip club leaves baby in car

Published: 04/13/10 at 5:39 PM | Updated: 04/14/10 at 1:14 AM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police arrested a man for leaving his 1-year-old baby in a car unattended during the early hours while he watched strippers at a nightclub in New Zealand’s capital, and have placed the boy in welfare agency care.

A passer-by called police after seeing the sleeping baby in a car parked near the Mermaid Strip Club in Wellington about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Police took the baby to hospital and arrested the father, 42, after he was located in the club, Inspector Simon Perry said. The man faces a charge of leaving a child under 14 without reasonable supervision, Perry said.

The Child, Youth and Family agency has custody of the baby for five days while it works with the baby’s relatives to decide on his future, agency deputy chief executive Ray Smith said.

New Zealand’s commissioner for children, John Angus, said leaving a child alone in a car at night was an “extreme form of neglect.”

“I would commend the member of the public who saw this poor child in the car and took some action to make it safe” by alerting police, Angus told National Radio.

Authorities declined to confirm details of the baby’s family situation, but Angus said he expected relatives to step in and warn the father that “it’s not good enough for our child to be looked after this way.”
Yes, leave it to the relatives, because they're not the people who raised this guy.

Candidate Kaus

Of course, he couldn't be elected goatdog-catcher if he were running against an actual & rabid dog, but if Mick wanted to do something useful for his state or nation he should have taken his Reagan Democrat shit & run for something as a Republican, in a noble attempt to drag the Goofy Old Party into the 20th century.

Look at this crap. He bolds it himself, so we can tell what his most important thoughts are. Thanks, Mick! (Y'know, between that & the ellipses, maybe he's a Nixon Democrat.)
"Hispanics skeptical that Obama, Democrats will deliver immigration overhaul." Gee, I wonder why! ... At this point, it's pretty clear any immigration bill that includes a path to legalization is not going to pass before the November mid-term, after which it will probably get even less likely to pass (if Republicans make substantial gains). Democrats are cynically raising hopes of amnesty to maintain Latino turnout. The only question, it seems to me, is how far down the chain the cynicism runs. Do David Axelrod and Chuck Schumer seriously think amnesty is going to happen this year? That's hard to believe. 
We suppose, then, that Hispanics should just take their tacos & run directly to the welcoming arms of Republicans? They won't have much chance of immigration reform if they all (& they don't "all") vote Tea Party types in, will they?
At the non-elite end of the political hierarchy, of course, the people marching in the streets for amnesty aren't necessarily calibrating its prospects. They want it and they are trying to make it a reality. Fair enough. But at some point maybe Democrats should stop leading them on and start telling them the truth: It's not going to happen anytime soon. That would not only allow them to plan their lives. It would also have the salutary effect of discouraging a surge of additional illegal immigration** should the job market start to recover. Maybe that's what some Democrats are afraid of. ...
If Mickey is in such agony over Southern California being taken over by the people it was stolen from, maybe he should move his ass to Idaho & see what they think of interlopers (especially those of the Hebrew persuasion) there.

As far as that job market recovering (we love Mickey's imaginative predictions) has he not heard the phrase "jobless recovery?" We'll also remind all & sundry of various recent items in this very space concerning apartment vacancies throughout our neighborhood of undocumented working immigrant neighborhood, & indications that many of the dreaded foreigners have fled home since the teachers unions & ACORN ruined the economy.

An Evening W/ Andrew Breitbart

Andy likes his uninspired & pretentious critical theory from Paglia, who manages to muddle her pretentious theories as well, & has completely divorced herself from the academy & media, other than making her living in those fields.

We hope to hold Andy accountable too, & not to sissy book-learnin' standards either.

6.9, Says USGS

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Wed, April 14, 2010 -- 2:12 AM ET
Hundreds Dead in Earthquake in Northwest China

A powerful earthquake in northwest China killed at least 300 people, injured 8,000 and left many others buried under debris on Wednesday, Chinese state media reported.

Economic Notes

Additional information: The bldg. from which the art was allegedly lifted is a closed Chevrolet-Buick-GMC dealership.
Photo credits & a bit more info.

Wednesday Bonus Uras Color Panel

14 April: Lincoln Assassinated; Fat-Boy Taft Tosses First Pitch from Stands; Golden Age Of Telebision Ruined By Videotape; Salcido's Rampage; Burl Ives, Don Ho Go Under

Today is Wednesday, April 14, the 104th day of 2010. There are 261 days left in the year. Ant Farmer's Almanac.Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 14, 1910, President William Howard Taft became the first U.S. chief executive to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game as the Washington Senators opened their season with a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics.
On this date:
In 1759, composer George Frideric Handel died in London at age 74.
In 1775, the first American society for the abolition of slavery was organized by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia.
In 1828, the first edition of Noah Webster’s “American Dictionary of the English Language” was published.
In 1861, the flag of the Confederacy was raised over Fort Sumter, S.C., as Union troops there surrendered in the early days of the Civil War.
In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by actor John Wilkes Booth during a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington.
Story here: [The damnedest thing: from Firefox the link goes where it should, from Chrome it goes to an AP portal to local papers. Must be something screwy w/ The AP. (IE users, if not too embarrassed to admit their peculiarity, are invited to advise what happens.) Were we paying for this crap, there would be trouble. — Ed.]
In 1902, James Cash Penney opened his first store, The Golden Rule, in Kemmerer, Wyo.
In 1909, Armenians in Adana Province in the Ottoman Empire became targets of violence during an uprising by counterrevolutionaries seeking to restore Sultan Abdul Hamid II to power; the number of Armenians killed has been put at up to 30,000.
In 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and began sinking.
In 1927, the first Volvo was produced in Sweden.
In 1931, King Alfonso XIII of Spain went into exile and the Spanish Republic was proclaimed.
In 1939, the John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was first published.
In 1949, at the conclusion of the so-called “Wilhelmstrasse Trial,” 19 former Nazi Foreign Office officials were sentenced by an American tribunal in Nuremberg to prison terms ranging from four to 25 years.
In 1960, the Montreal Canadiens won their fifth consecutive Stanley Cup, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 in Game 4 of the finals.
In 1986, U.S. warplanes struck Libya in the biggest U.S. airstrike since the Vietnam War. Libya claimed 40 people were killed.
In 1989, former winery worker Ramon Salcido went on a rampage in Sonoma County, Calif., killing seven people, including his wife and two daughters; he is currently on death row.
In 1991, 20 major paintings by Van Gogh were stolen from an Amsterdam museum by two gunmen. The paintings were found abandoned 35 minutes later.
In 1992, a federal appeals court in New York ruled that hotel magnate Leona Helmsley, 71, must go to prison for tax evasion.
In 1993, 12 top former Communist officials went on trial charged with treason in the August 1991 coup attempt that hastened the fall of the Soviet Union. Also in 1993, violence raged throughout South Africa as hundreds of thousands protested the slaying of popular Communist Party Chief Chris Hani.
In 1994, executives representing seven major tobacco companies told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that they didn't believe cigarettes were addictive. Also in 1994, in what was called a tragic mistake, two U.S. warplanes shot down two U.S. Army helicopters in northern Iraq's "no fly" zone. All 26 people aboard, including 15 Americans, were killed.
In 1997, Whitewater figure James McDougal drew a three-year prison sentence for 18 felony fraud and conspiracy counts.
In 1999, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr told Congress the Watergate-era law that gave him the power to probe actions of executive branch officials was flawed and should be abolished. NATO mistakenly bombed a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees; Yugoslav officials said 75 people were killed. British entertainer Anthony Newley died in Jensen Beach, Fla., at age 67.
In 2000, stocks plummeted in heavy trading, with the Dow industrials down 617 points and the Nasdaq composite index falling 355 points. In Washington, protesters dumped manure on Pennsylvania Avenue, seeking to disrupt meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
In 2002, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to office two days after being ousted and arrested by his country's military. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in an unsuccessful effort to ease tensions with Israel and stop a wave of suicide bombings. Tiger Woods became only the third golfer in history to win back-to-back Masters titles.
In 2003, U.S. commandos in Baghdad captured Abul Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner Achille Lauro in 1985. U.S. military officials declared that the principal fighting in Iraq was over after Marines captured Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's home town. Also in 2003, as looting became widespread in Iraq, U.S. Marines and Iraqi policemen began joint security patrols in Baghdad.
In 2004, in a historic policy shift, President George W. Bush endorsed Israel's plan to hold on to part of the West Bank in any final peace settlement with the Palestinians; he also ruled out Palestinian refugees returning to Israel, bringing strong criticism from the Palestinians.
In 2005, the House passed and sent to President George W. Bush legislation making it tougher to erase obligations in bankruptcy. Several indictments were handed down in the U.N. oil-for-food program. A U.S. oil trader was charged with making kickbacks to Iraqis to win contracts. Also in 2005, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration began enforcing a ban on all types of lighters on planes and in the secure areas of airports. And, a wave of violence in several parts of Iraq killed about 30 people over the next three days, focusing mostly on police officers. The Oregon Supreme Court nullified nearly 3,000 marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Portland’s Multnomah County. Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield got into a brief scuffle with a fan at Fenway Park during New York’s 8-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
In 2007, 32 people died when a bus carrying elementary school students collided with a truck on a highway in Turkey.
In 2008, Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp., announced they were combining. Kidnapped British journalist Richard Butler was rescued by Iraqi troops from a house in Basra after two months in captivity. Media billionaire Silvio Berlusconi won a decisive victory in Italy's parliamentary election. Carme Chacon was sworn into office as Spain's first woman defense minister.
The UPI gushes: Also in 2008, Silvio Berlusconi, a staunch U.S. ally, swept back into power in a third term as prime minister of Italy in a new election that gave him control of both houses of Parliament.
In 2009, Somali pirates seized four ships with 60 hostages. North Korea said it was restarting its rogue nuclear program, booting U.N. inspectors and pulling out of disarmament talks in an angry reaction to the U.N. Security Council’s condemnation of its April 5 rocket launch. The United States lifted restrictions on Cuban-Americans visiting relatives in Cuba. The trade embargo and travel restrictions for non-Cuban Americans were left intact. Also in 2009, North Korea said it would restart its Yongbyon nuclear facility and boycott talks aimed at halting the nation's nuclear weapons program. And, 21 people were killed and 20 others were hurt when fire swept through a hostel for the homeless in northwest Poland.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Bradford Dillman is 80. Actor Jay Robinson is 80. Country singer Loretta Lynn is 75. Actress Julie Christie is 70. Former MLB All-Star Pete Rose is 69. Rock musician Ritchie Blackmore is 65. Actor John Shea is 61. Actor-race car driver Brian Forster is 50. Actor Brad Garrett is 50. Actor Robert Carlyle is 49. Rock singer-musician John Bell (Widespread Panic) is 48. Actor Robert Clendenin is 46. Actor Lloyd Owen is 44. Former MLB All-Star Greg Maddux is 44. Rock musician Barrett Martin is 43. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 42. Actor Adrien Brody is 37. Classical singer David Miller is 37. Rapper DaBrat is 36. Actor Antwon Tanner is 35. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 33. Actor-producer Rob McElhenney is 33.
Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens, founder of the wave theory of light (1629); Anne Sullivan, the "miracle worker" who taught blind and deaf Helen Keller (1866); English historian Arnold Toynbee (1889); British actor John Gielgud (1904); Haitian dictator Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier (1907) & actor Rod Steiger (1925).
14 April In Entertainment
In 1904, actor John Gielgud was born in London.
In 1939, the movie "Wuthering Heights," starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premiered in New York.
In 1956, Ampex Corp. demonstrated the first successful videotape recorder at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention in Chicago.
In 1958, "Catch A Falling Star" by Perry Como became the first single certified as gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In 1960, the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” opened on Broadway. Tamla Records and Motown Records, founded by Berry Gordy Jr., were incorporated as Motown Record Corp.
In 1962, Bob Dylan recorded seven songs, including "Blowin' In The Wind," at Columbia Records studios in New York.
In 1968, the Matt Crowley play "The Boys in the Band" opened in New York.
In 1969, "Oliver!" was named best picture at the Academy Awards.
In 1974, Pete Townshend appeared for the first time as a solo act at a concert in London, accompanied only by homemade tapes.
In 1976, Motown Records announced a $13 million contract renewal for Stevie Wonder. At the time, it was the largest contract ever negotiated. Also in 1976, Eric Faulkner of the Bay City Rollers nearly died after swallowing Seconal and Valium at his manager's house in Scotland.
In 1980, "Kramer vs. Kramer" won the best picture and director Academy Awards, plus the best actor award for Dustin Hoffman. Meryl Streep, who also appeared in that movie, was named best supporting actress. Sally Field won the best actress award for "Norma Rae." Also in 1980, musician Gary Numan released "The Touring Principle," a 45-minute concert video. It was the first commercially available home rock videocassette.
In 1983, Pete Farndon, formerly of The Pretenders, died of a drug overdose. He had been fired from the band the year before.
In 1995, actor-singer Burl Ives died at his home in Anacortes, Washington. He was 85.
In 1997, comedian Ellen DeGeneres revealed she was a lesbian in an interview with Time magazine.
In 1999, British entertainer Anthony Newley died in Jensen Beach, Fla., at age 67.
In 2007, singer Don Ho died in Honolulu, Hawaii, at age 76.
In 2008, Taylor Swift won video of the year and female video for her smash "Our Song" while newcomer Kellie Pickler took home three awards during the Country Music Television awards.
Thought for Today: “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.” — Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Convenience Charge

We almost forgot these. Not that we've ever been big fans of the stadium/arena musical event (if you can't hock a loogie on the lead shouter, your experience has been less than authentic) but we wouldn't pay this to see ourself on stage.
Will call is free, but they'll charge you $2.50 to print your own tickets. Didn't grab the next frame, but you'll be given the opportunity to pay $20.00 for parking before you check out.

Offensive Only In Its Lameness, And So Funny We Forgot To Laugh

But we're thinking of crying. This was chosen for the Daily Caller's feed.
Chosen. Someone picked it, on purpose.

Conservative humor. About sex. Much worse than chafing. Anywhere.

LAist CD Reviews: Jeff Beck Sells Out; Also: Stooges, Black Flag, Old Man Mose

Wretches like us like to pretend that our hearing can still differentiate between downloaded MP3s & a CD burntripped to the hard drive. So the CD Mailbag seems aimed directly at us.

The original (By Mr. David. Only his hairdresser knows for sure.) mix of Raw Power is available again. Never had a problem w/ Mr. David's mix ourself. Could've been different, but it worked, didn't it? Close enough for rock & roll.
Iggy And The Stooges - Raw Power: Legacy Edition (2 CD) and Deluxe Edition (3 CD, DVD and 7-inch single) - Sony Legacy Editions - April 13 (Legacy) / April 27 (Deluxe)
Probably sold out (our moral compass won't allow shelling out over maybe $35.00 max. for live music anyway) but Jeff Beck performs at the Nokia Theater on Saturday, April 17 with special guest Zappa Plays Zappa. Tickets at Ticketmaster, (in support of this: Jeff Beck - Emotion and Commotion - Rhino Records - April 13) would be worth effort, maybe. Though,
Beck’s pulled a Wes Montgomery: hired an orchestra and a couple of dynamite female singers, started covering familiar songs, and produced what might be the most accessible record he’s ever made. Finally, here’s a Jeff Beck album for people who enjoy good guitar playing without acrobatics, with the emphasis on melody, tone and coloration rather than fast finger picking. The orchestral pieces are suitably grandiose, Beck playing the melodies of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” like the featured soloist at Carnegie Hall.
Pulled more of a Rod Stewart (whom we saw rasping w/ J.B. in 1969 at Seattle's Eagles' Auditorium) we'd say. Maybe not.

This we'd like to hear:
 Keith Morris declines to do a Flag song at all, instead honky-tonking his way through Jimmie Rodgers’ “In The Jailhouse Now” with a band that includes SST vets Mike Watt and Joe Baiza.
Various Artists - Gimme Gimme Gimme: Reinterpreting Black Flag - The Secret Life Of Records - April 20
Good song. Mr. Morris is a decent human being & has a sense of humor, unlike some other former B.F. vocalists, & apparently taste as good as ours.

Oh, bugger: (Available on Itunes April 20.) iTunes?

Isn't the point of CD reviews old person's music, presented in a way that old people (including those who run what's left of the recording cos.) get. Just one of the recordings reviewed is by a new act. For example:
Eternally hip at a ripe old eighty-one, Mose Allison returns to the studio for the first time in over a decade and finds himself with a good amount left to say.
Mose Allison - The Way Of The World - Anti-Records - Available Now
Also in the old folks at their pianos vein: A Tom Lehrer collection.

Off Theme Already: UFOlogy

The WaPo has five freaking pp. on the search for P-Funk's mothership. From Farren, who has (besides the obviously obligatory P-F) a link so clever that we are impressed (though bitter it didn't occur to us).

(Not this one. This is a gratuitous sound effect. We really should podcast. If only we could fix it so the audience were, as here, always their own engineer. Start to fade it at 19 secs., 'K?)

Today's Theme Is: Idiots

We just had to point out that Stanley Fish, like Sarah Palin, is an idjit. This is not a great revelation, but if he wants to put this inane blather before us, he deserves to be abused.

Hell, we needn't abuse him, he abuses hinself:
Postmodernism announces (loudly and often) that a supposedly neutral, objective rationality is always a construct informed by interests it neither acknowledges nor knows nor can know. Meanwhile science goes its merry way endlessly inventing and proliferating technological marvels without having the slightest idea of why. The “naive faith” Habermas criticizes is not a faith in what science can do — it can do anything — but a faith in science’s ability to provide reasons, aside from the reason of its own keeping on going, for doing it and for declining to do it in a particular direction because to do so would be wrong.
We love it when postmodernism is attacked by a ninny so deep in his own conventional, never examined wisdom & morality (or whatever Fish thinks that his mumblings are) he can't see the forest or the trees.

Go, Fish!

Liars, Damned Liars, & Palin & Gingrich

A simple statement:
The next day, at a convention of Southern Republicans, Palin scratched back, poking fun at Obama for "all the vast experience that he acquired as a community organizer."

If there were any doubts that Sarah Palin is a total idiot, she settled them with that single statement.

Was the former half-term governor of Alaska really claiming that the president of the United States has no more experience on nuclear matters than she does?
Sure she was. In the half-term gov.'s world, fifteen mos. as President & Commander-in-Chief isn't long enough to learn anything. After all, it took her several yrs. at five different institutions of higher learning not to learn anything.

Lest we forget, Newton Leroy Gingrich has a history from Tulane. It took him 10 yrs. not to learn anything.

One thing Newt does know is damning w/ faint praise.
"She's attractive, she's articulate, she has energy," Gingrich continued in the interview set to air Sunday on CNN's State of The Union. "Watch the size of her crowds…And I think whether that translates into something bigger later or whether she's just a very significant person for the rest of her life, she is a real player, nobody should underestimate her."

Gingrich also said Palin's prominence in the Republican Party will continue, regardless of whether she decides to mount a presidential bid in 2012.

"I think she has the potential to fill a niche for a very long time, particularly in an age of cable television and talk radio when you can build your particular market and your audience, and they can love you and come to your meetings and do things with you, and she's done, I think the last couple months she's been very impressive," he said.
Does that sound sexist? Keep her in her niche on the tee vee? Does the Republican version of feminism say that the highest position a woman can aspire to is Oprah, just more reactionary? Where are the angry PUMAs to condemn this affront to womanhood?

Lexicon Deviltry

There are no "bad" words, only bad editors.

Not A Bad Deal?

Los Angeles, CA -- Paramount Pictures is exploring a new frontier by participating in an offer to sell Seagate hard drives with a copy of the latest "Star Trek" movie and 20 other films already on board.
The one-month offer, which both companies called an industry first, would combine a 500-gigabyte hard drive with a free version of 2009's "Star Trek" for an online promotional price of $100. An empty 500 GB Seagate hard drive usually sells for $140.
The pre-loaded movies come with a Windows-based digital rights management system that prevents file sharing. They take up about 50 GB of the drive itself.
Associated Press
Further research indicates this may not be a good deal.

Going crazy w/ the research indicates this is not in any way a good deal:
A choice of up to 20 popular Paramount titles can be unlocked for a fee:
* The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
* GI Joe
* Shooter
* The Hunt for Red October
* The Italian Job (2003)
* Ghost
* Patriot Games
* Beowulf
* Enemy at the Gates
* The Spiderwick Chronicles
* The Love Guru
* Coach Carter
* The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
* Nacho Libre
* Jackass 2.5
* A Plumm Summer
* Carriers
* Dance Flick
* Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
* Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
A new category in motion picture entertainment, lower even than direct to DVD: Direct to hard drive. Unlock them for a mere $9.99 each, or spend valuable moments deleting this crap from your new drive, which may not last more than a couple of months. (Two remakes & Jackass 2.5? You wonder what goes through their minds.)

Fluffy Slippers

No 'bout a-dout it, we're as much a (non-ironic) fan of The Duke as we are of SpongeBob. (Obviously more the Squidward type, but you know.)
We talked for a while more, mostly about the current prices of Indian artifacts, which I had seen swoop suddenly upwards. I asked him if he owned the beautiful beaded and long-fringed plains rifle case — probably Sioux or Cheyenne — he carried in John Ford’s “The Searchers.”

“I wish you hadn’t said that,” he said, grinning. “I bet I’ve thought about it a hundred times. I can’t watch the picture because of it. I tried later to find it, but somebody smarter than I am must’ve gotten it.”

“Didn’t it occur to you, maybe on the last day, to just slip it into your duffle bag?”

“It does now.” (Laughter.)

Life On The Off-Ramp

Police: Nurse helps crash victim, gets carjacked

Published: 04/12/10 at 11:46 PM | Updated: 04/13/10 at 12:58 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A nurse who left her vehicle at a gas station to help a nearby accident victim was the victim of a carjacking and dragged about 20 yards after she tried to grab the keys, Los Angeles police said Monday.

The nurse, who police didn’t identify, was filling up her car at the gas station near the city’s Pico-Union neighborhood early Sunday when she saw another car hit a traffic signal pole, which then fell on a pedestrian, Officer Carlos Ortega said.

The good Samaritan nurse left the keys in her car and ran across the street to help, police said. But Deserie Guzman allegedly hopped in the nurse’s car and started the engine.

When the nurse ran back, Guzman allegedly hit the gas, police said. The nurse was dragged until she fell, hit her head on the pavement and blacked out.

“I don’t know if she was holding on, trying to turn the car off, or got stuck on the steering wheel and couldn’t get loose,” Ortega said. “She wasn’t clear on that because she was knocked out.”

Guzman, 28, sped off toward the freeway, hit another car about a mile away and tried to flee on foot, he said.

Two men who saw what happened followed Guzman up an Interstate 10 onramp and offered her a ride, Ortega said.

“They didn’t see the first incident and thought she was trying to flee the scene of the accident. So they wanted her to think they’re helping her out,” he said.

Guzman got in the backseat, he said. The two men tried to take her to a California Highway Patrol station on the freeway, but it was closed. They returned to the scene of the first accident and flagged down police, who arrested Guzman.

Jasen Jack, 27, of Atlanta, who caused the original accident, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The pedestrian who was hit with the traffic signal pole died. The nurse suffered minor injuries.
Theatre of The Ridiculous. Or a comedy relief episode of Adam-12, w/ a happy ending for all but the pedestrian done in by a falling standard. What a way to go.

Text Offset

Enough w/ the little squiggly lines. A soothing picture instead.

13 April: Jefferson's B-Day; Edict Of Nantes Endorsed; Apollo 13 Blow Up; Bad Day For Baseballers, Good Day For Firsts For Those Of African Heritage

Today is Tuesday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2010. There are 262 days left in the year. Other historical highlights.Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 13, 1743, the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was born in Shadwell, Va.
On this date:
In 1598, King Henry IV of France endorsed the Edict of Nantes, which granted rights to the Protestant Huguenots. The edict was abrogated in 1685 by King Louis XIV, who declared France entirely Catholic again.
In 1742, Handel’s “Messiah” was first performed publicly, in Dublin, Ireland.
In 1860, the Pony Express completed its inaugural run from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., in 10 days.
In 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated in New York. The original museum opened in 1872.
In 1873, the Colfax Massacre or Colfax Riot (as the events are termed on the official state historic marker) occurred on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1873, in Colfax, Louisiana.
Estimates of the number of dead varied. Two U.S. Marshals who visited the site on April 15, 1873 and buried dead reported 62 fatalities. A military report to Congress in 1875 identified 81 black men who had been killed by name, and also estimated that 15-20 bodies were thrown into the Red River and another 18 secretly buried - for a grand total of "at least 105." A state historical marker from 1950 noted fatalities as three whites and 150 blacks. Taking into account all available estimates, author Charles Lane has estimated a minimum death toll of 62 and maximum death toll of 81.
Via The Divine One, & Wikipedia.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial.
In 1954, Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves.
In 1958, American Van Cliburn, 23, won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition for piano in Moscow; Russian Valery Klimov won the violin competition.
In 1960, the U.S. Navy’s Transit 1B navigational satellite was successfully launched into orbit.
In 1965, Lawrence Bradford Jr., a 16-year-old from New York City, started work as the first black page to serve in either chamber of Congress.
In 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. The astronauts managed to return safely. Astronaut Jack Swigert tells Mission Control "we've had a problem."
In 1972, the first major league baseball strike ended, eight days after it began.
In 1984, Christopher Wilder, the FBI's "most wanted man," accidentally killed himself as police moved in to arrest him in New Hampshire. Wilder was a suspect in the deaths, rapes and disappearances of 11 young women in eight states.
In 1986, Pope John Paul II visited the Great Synagogue of Rome in the first recorded papal visit to a Jewish house of worship.
In 1987, the Population Reference Bureau reported that the world's population had exceeded 5 billion.
In 1990, the Soviet Union accepted responsibility for the World War II murders of thousands of imprisoned Polish officers in the Katyn Forest, a massacre the Soviets had previously blamed on the Nazis. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev gave Lithuania a two-day ultimatum, threatening to cut off some supplies to the Baltic republic if it didn't rescind laws passed since a March 11 declaration of independence.
In 1991, an advance team of U.N. observers arrived in Kuwait City to set up a peacekeeping force along the Kuwait-Iraqi border.
In 1992, the Great Chicago Flood took place as the city’s century-old tunnel system and adjacent basements filled with water from the Chicago River.
In 1997, Tiger Woods, 21, became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first person of African heritage to claim a major golf title.
In 1999, Dr. Jack Kervorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Mich., to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of a Lou Gehrig's disease patient whose assisted suicide in 1998 was videotaped and shown on "60 Minutes." (Kevorkian ended up serving eight years.)
In 2000, President Bill Clinton, during a question-and-answer session with newspaper editors, heatedly said “I’m not ashamed” about being impeached and said he was “not interested” in being pardoned for any alleged crimes in the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Whitewater investigation.
In 2004, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said in Beijing that the United States doesn't support independence for Taiwan. Conceding a couple of "tough weeks in Iraq," President George W. Bush signaled he was ready to put more American troops on the front lines and use decisive force if necessary to restore order despite "gut-wrenching" televised images of fallen Americans. Barry Bonds hit his 661st homer, passing Willie Mays to take sole possession of third place on baseball's career list. Swimmer Michael Phelps won the 2003 Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete.
In 2005, as part of a deal to avoid the death penalty, a defiant Eric Rudolph, in back-to-back court appearances in Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, pleaded guilty to carrying out four bombings that killed two people and injured more than 120. Among the attacks were the deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and two abortion clinics. Rudolph was sentenced to life in prison. Contract worker Jeffrey Ake was shown at gunpoint on a videotape aired by Al-Jazeera television, two days after he was kidnapped near Baghdad. Gymnast Paul Hamm received the 75th Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete.
In 2007, U.S. regulators sought to determine whether a chemical was intentionally added in China to wheat gluten destined for pet food. Contaminated wheat gluten was in food reported linked to numerous deaths of dogs and cats in North America and prompted the recall of more than 90 brands of pet food.
In 2008, about 1,300 Iraqi police officers and soldiers were fired in Basra and Kut for failing to fight Shiite militias, the Iraqi government announced. Some were said to have merely switched sides during the battle. World Bank President Robert Zoellick urged immediate action to deal with mounting food prices that had caused hunger and deadly violence in several countries. Trevor Immelman won the Masters, becoming the first South African to wear a green jacket in 30 years. A construction worker's bid to curse the New York Yankees by planting a Boston Red Sox jersey in their new stadium was foiled when the home team removed the offending shirt from its burial spot. Physicist John A. Wheeler, who coined the term "black holes," died in Hightstown, N.J., at age 96. Also in 2008, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said it would recount ballots in 23 constituencies where the presidential totals in the March 29 voting were disputed, further delaying official results.
In 2009, the U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea’s April 5 rocket launch. President Barack Obama allowed Americans to make unlimited transfers of money and visits to relatives in Cuba, and said he was determined to halt the surge of piracy in the Indian Ocean off the Somalia coast. Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych died in an accident on his Massachusetts farm; he was 54. Harry Kalas, whose “Outta here!” home run calls thrilled Philadelphia baseball fans, died after collapsing in the broadcast booth before the Phillies’ 9-8 victory over the Nationals in Washington; he was 73.
Today’s Birthdays: Movie director Stanley Donen is 86. Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., is 77. Actor Lyle Waggoner is 75. Actor Edward Fox is 73. Playwright Lanford Wilson is 73. Actor Paul Sorvino is 71. Poet Seamus Heaney is 71. Movie-TV composer Bill Conti is 68. Rock musician Jack Casady is 66. Actor Tony Dow is 65. Singer Al Green is 64. Author-journalist Christopher Hitchens is 61. Actor Ron Perlman is 60. Actor William Sadler is 60. Singer Peabo Bryson is 59. Bandleader/rock musician Max Weinberg is 59. Bluegrass singer-musician Sam Bush is 58. Rock musician Jimmy Destri is 56. Singer-musician Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) is 55. Comedian Gary Kroeger is 53. Actress Saundra Santiago is 53. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., is 50. Rock musician Joey Mazzola (Sponge) is 49. Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is 47. Actress Page Hannah is 46. Actress-comedian Caroline Rhea is 46. Rock musician Lisa Umbarger is 45. Rock musician Marc Ford is 44. Reggae singer Capleton is 43. Actor Ricky Schroder is 40. Rock singer Aaron Lewis (Staind) is 38. Actor Bokeem Woodbine is 37. Singer Lou Bega is 35. Actor-producer Glenn Howerton is 34. Basketball player Baron Davis is 31. Actress Courtney Peldon is 29. Pop singer Nellie McKay is 28.
Born This Date:
British anti-government conspirator Guy Fawkes (1570); Frank Woolworth, founder of the five-and-dime stores (1852); outlaw Butch Cassidy (1866); Alfred Butts, inventor of "Scrabble" (1899); Irish playwright Samuel Beckett (1906); Harold Stassen, former Minnesota governor who unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination seven times (1907); author Eudora Welty (1909); actor/singer Howard Keel and atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair (both 1919); actor Don Adams (1923).
13 April In Entertainment
In 1964, the movie "Tom Jones" won the best picture and best director Academy Awards. Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Oscar, for his work in the movie "Lilies of the Field."
In 1965, the Song of the Year Grammy Award went to "Hello, Dolly." The Beatles captured the best new artist award and won the best group performance award for "A Hard Day's Night."
In 1967, The Rolling Stones played their first concert behind the Iron Curtain, in Warsaw, Poland. Riot police had to step in to deal with 2,000 people who weren't able to get tickets.
In 1971, The Rolling Stones released "Brown Sugar," the first record on their own label, Rolling Stone Records.
In 1979, singer David Lee Roth of Van Halen collapsed onstage in Spokane, Washington, due to exhaustion. [Spokane can take it out of you. — Ed.]
In 1989, entertainer Jack Jones received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He's probably best known for singing the "Love Boat" theme. [Telly Savalas's favorite crooner. — Ed.]
In 2000, Metallica sued the online song-swapping service Napster for copyright infringement.
In 2009, music producer Phil Spector was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. It was his second trial. His first ended in mistrial. He was later sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.
Thought for Today: “Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better.” — Samuel Beckett, Irish playwright and author born this date in 1906, died in 1989.

Monday, April 12, 2010

What The Hell Is Wrong W/ Republicans?

Mostly because it doesn't appear to be available w/o registration (But we went ahead & registered. What do we care?) the proverbial good parts of a Clive Crook column. Nice image too.
Addressing the Southern Republican Leadership Conference last week, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and a possible presidential contender in 2012, called Barack Obama the most radical president in US history and assailed his administration as a “secular, socialist machine”. Something is seriously amiss with an opposition that regards this as a proper line of attack.

Meetings such as this are not campaign events aimed at voters at large. They are gatherings of activists, intent on maximum fervour. Even so, to call the Obama administration “socialist” is risible. If anything, “secular” makes even less sense. Do Republicans regard universal health insurance as a godless undertaking? And since when, even in the US*, was “secular” an allowable term of abuse?

A moderate and intelligent opposition to the Democrats’ policies is badly needed. Apparently, nobody in the Republican party aims to provide it. Republican leaders seem intent on presenting the party’s angriest, most stupid and least tolerant face.
Problem solved: Reduce the party to just that one face.
Disenchantment with Mr Obama and the Democrats is especially pronounced in the political centre. (Conservatives, of course, were dismayed before the evidence was even in.) You might have thought this would commend a centrist platform to the Republican party approaching November’s mid-term elections. Swing voters decide who wins, and they were up for grabs. Why are Republicans steering to the right?

For several reasons. One is that many Republicans are furious and in no mood for compromise. Another is the emergence of the Tea Party movement – a populist small-government insurgency, disorderly but remarkably energetic. Somehow, the Republicans must harness this new force, or risk being split. Most important, though, is the fact that centrist voters are not yet demanding better solutions of the opposition. Come November, it seems they will settle for punishing the Democrats. The Republicans are moving right, and the centre – for now at least – is not objecting.
Yeah, blah, buncha centrist hooey. What does "the centre – for now at least – is not objecting" mean? That the mugwumps are marching along to "NO!"where, or that the Grand Old Party of "NO!" is leaving these probably imaginary David Broders behind in their stampede to extreme purity?
In a new Gallup poll, Americans’ favourable rating of the Democrats has dropped to 41 per cent, the lowest in this measure’s 18-year history. At the beginning of 2009, Democrats had a 55-34 point lead. Now the parties are tied. Most election pundits are predicting heavy Democratic losses. There is a good chance that control of the House will switch. In narrow electoral terms, the Republicans’ militant posture is working. This dynamic has disturbing implications. A populist-right Republican party is not a party of fiscal conservatives. It is a party of tax-cutters and middle-class entitlement protectors – budget deficits be damned. A populist-right Republican party has no trouble calling for lower taxes, opposing cuts in Medicare (the programme that poses the greatest fiscal danger), and deploring public borrowing, all at the same time. This, in fact, has been its line on healthcare reform.

That reform, with its $1,000bn of extra costs over 10 years, is now law. Democrats may flinch, like Republicans, at cutting Medicare to pay for it, but they have no strong objection to raising taxes once that becomes inescapable. A Republican-controlled House would have strong objections. It might very well refuse to do it, preferring possible fiscal catastrophe to higher taxes.
By the way, that large & unmentioned object you keep bumping into is military-industrial spending.
The Democratic party, for all its faults, is a broad coalition. There is such a thing as a conservative Democrat. Ideologically, the Republican party is shrinking even as it gains popular support. The parties used to overlap in the middle. That is the part of the political spectrum where trade-offs can be admitted, where balances between what voters want and are willing to pay for can be struck, and where fiscal conservatives usually live.
More centrism, though we suppose it should work about as described, & maybe used to when we were young. There must be a formula for how shrunken ideology can get before the return in popular support goes away too.

*Naff off, you sod.

Continuing The "Vote 'Em Out" Theme

Some politicians have to be voted out. Others up & quit the moment things get tough.
Photo via Slate, from an item advertised as Other Playground Metaphors Sarah Palin Can Use To Mock Obama's Policies.