Monday, July 11, 2011

Medium & Message Confused

And who's mixing them up? Irk Irksome.
Because younger voters would have gone for McCain & his crazy old person/idiot bullshit if only he could have gotten them to visit his website. Or something. Why didn't Sarah Palin help more, w/ her Tweetin' & Facebookin' there, Irksome?
You just aren't going to get 21st-century voters w/ 19th-century bullshit, whether they read it on the Internet or hear it from FOX News.

Murdoch Wrap-Up

From Trotsky Central:
The ongoing exposure of systematic hacking of thousands of phones and computers by employees of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World lifts the lid on the rampant criminality of the corporate and political elite, in Britain and internationally. At least 7,000 people have had their phones hacked and their privacy invaded. The trawl for personal information has targeted a wide range of victims, from politicians and members of the royal family to the families of murder victims and soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

The scandal is revealing the thorough-going decay of democracy and all of the official institutions in Britain, including the major parties, Parliament, the judiciary and the media. The most powerful media corporation in Britain, which constantly trumpets the need for “law and order,” has presided over serious violations of the law, including hacking on what one MP called “an industrial scale.” It has done so year-on-year with virtual impunity.*

Murdoch executives and reporters are notorious as well for threatening and bullying politicians and other notables who criticize the operations of News International or otherwise arouse the ire of the Murdoch family.

Now reports have emerged that a News of the World executive destroyed millions of potentially incriminating emails in order to thwart further investigations.

Both of the major parties, Conservative and Labour, are implicated in these crimes, not only because of their refusal to call to account News International, the parent firm of Murdoch’s British media outlets, but because of their intimate relations with Murdoch’s media empire. They never challenged the Metropolitan Police for accepting the patently absurd claim that these illegal practices were the actions of one rogue reporter and a private investigator, even as it surfaced that police officers had received tens of thousands of pounds in bribes from News of the World.

It was only after numerous civil cases had been taken out against the newspaper by celebrities whose phones were hacked that, in January, the Crown Prosecution Service announced it would review material held by police on phone hacking at News of the World to “assess if a fresh criminal trial is likely.”

Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday was forced to acknowledge official collusion with the Murdoch press, stating, “The truth is, we have all been in this together—the press, politicians and leaders of all parties—and yes, that includes me.”

He added, “During the last government, a police investigation was undertaken, it was inadequate and not enough was done. There were reports from the information commissioner and they went unheeded. There were select committee reports on phone hacking and there was no follow-up. Throughout all this, all the warnings, all the concern, the government at the time did nothing. And frankly, neither did the opposition.”

This mea culpa is Cameron’s attempt to limit the damage to his government from the scandal. It came the same morning as the arrest of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, Cameron’s head of communications until Coulson’s forced resignation in January. However, neither Cameron’s admission of responsibility nor his guarded swipe against former Labour governments do justice to the extent of the incestuous, decades-long relations between the Murdoch empire and Britain’s political elite.

Murdoch is forever associated with the Conservative governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and above all with Thatcher’s brutal assault on the working class. He cheered on her deregulation of the City of London, privatisations and tax cuts for corporations and the rich from which he benefited more than most. News of the World’s parent company, News International, carried out an infamous union-busting operation, sacking 6,000 print workers and transferring production to Wapping in London’s East End in 1986.

Then, after Murdoch decided that the Tories had exhausted their usefulness as a vehicle for attacking the working class and enriching the ruling elite, he switched support to Labour—which was more than ready to do his bidding. Murdoch dictated government policy to such a degree that Lance Price, a media advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, called Murdoch “the 24th member of the Cabinet.” Price added, “His presence was always felt.”

Murdoch himself has publicly boasted of setting the agenda of the Labour government on Europe and “the breakdown of law and order in Britain.” The Murdoch press has relentlessly promoted wars of aggression, most notably the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. Blair telephoned Murdoch personally on three occasions in the days leading up to the US-British invasion.

Current Labour leader Ed Miliband is now posing as a critic of News of the World, seeking to make political capital out of Cameron’s relations with Coulson and Murdoch press executive Rebakah Brooks. This is a transparent fraud.

The News of the World hacking scandal first came to light in 2006 and was swept under the carpet by the Metropolitan Police, without challenge by the Labour governments of Blair and his successor, Gordon Brown. On April 9, an anonymous ex-minister told the Guardian that Murdoch had “relayed messages to Brown last year via a third party, urging him to help take the political heat out of the row, which he felt was in danger of damaging his company.”

It was only last month that Miliband himself attended News International’s summer party in London, alongside shadow chancellor Ed Balls, two of his closest advisers, Tom Baldwin and Stewart Wood, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander. TheGuardian noted at the time that Labour luminaries outnumbered a Conservative delegation headed by Cameron and his wife, Samantha.

These relations underscore the travesty of the electoral process in Britain. State policy is determined not by the population’s choice to elect a Conservative or Labour government, but by a clique of billionaires that sets the agenda of all the major parties—of which Murdoch is a particularly influential member, thanks to his control of the media.

How does one account for the ability of employees of News International to engage in such rampant criminality without let or hindrance?

The official structures of politics and the media in Britain and internationally have become entirely divorced from and openly hostile to the interests of the general population. They have become the province of a plutocratic layer that acts without legal restraint.

Murdoch himself is widely acknowledged to be the most powerful man in Britain and one of the most powerful people in the world. He is the archetypal representative of a global financial oligarchy that has arisen on the basis of financial parasitism and an unprecedented growth of social inequality.

The narrow layer of the super-rich to which Murdoch belongs has dictated every aspect of political, economic and social life over more than three decades. His 175 or so newspapers and television channels, including Sky in Britain and Fox in the US, are widely viewed as kingmakers inside the political establishment.

Murdoch is the supreme purveyor of a particular type of gutter journalism, whose emphasis on sex scandals and the antics of the rich and famous is meant to divert and confuse the public and encourage the most backward sentiments.

In America, Fox News and the New York Post serve the same function as the Sun, News of the World (which Murdoch shut down on Sunday) and Sky TV in the UK, while the Wall Street Journal editorial page articulates the political agenda of the most reactionary sections of the US ruling elite. The Murdoch media befoul social and intellectual life with an unremitting torrent of right-wing social nostrums, warmongering, national chauvinism, glorification of “free enterprise,” and demands that essential services on which millions rely be slashed.

The most significant expression of the political and ideological putrefaction this has produced is found within the former social democratic parties, such as the British Labour Party. They all easily adapted themselves to Murdoch’s brand of politics, emerging as unabashed defenders of the savage austerity measures demanded after the 2008 financial crash.

The scale of the criminal activity that has been exposed at News of the World demands a full and public accounting. All of the major figures associated with News International, including Coulson, Brooks and Murdoch himself, must be questioned under oath as part of a full-scale criminal investigation. In any such inquiry, they should be joined by Blair, Brown, Cameron and their associates.

It is clear, however, that the British ruling class will not carry out such an investigation. Any inquiry under the control of the existing political establishment will be a cover-up, aiming to protect News International and its allies in the political establishment and state apparatus.

Justice will be secured, and the predatory and socially destructive activities of the media barons halted, only in connection with the development of a mass political movement of the working class that sets out to remove from power an elite which has demonstrated that it is entirely unfit to rule.

Chris Marsden
The cynical among us might think that it is the very unfitness of the ruling class that makes it so successful.

*In these United Snakes, we haven't completely privatized this sort of thing.

This Wk. In Suckitude

Sunday, July 10, 2011

60 Yrs. & Counting

We figured we'd stolen enough from Evanier for the day (And would have found this anyway, as we subscribe to dantanasgirl's YouTube channel.) but as today is the anniversary of Mel Blanc's death ...We'll just add that we remember the RTD's 85 line, seen in the beginning, which ran until 1984 or so.

Same corner in 1965, after the NBC studios had disappeared.

In Absentia

Vent Figs

Even to someone unemployedwho hasn't worked for several yrs., for whom the days blur together like sands through the proverbial hourglass, Sunday afternoon is sucky & odd. (Probably the crummy telebision programming.) And to make it worse, these, from here & here via here (Culled from the best of flickr's vintage ventriloquism pool, we suppose.):
Freudian nightmare.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Leaving On A High Note

Image: B2843-09A
Event: Dancing on the table
Location: White House Cabinet Room
Description: First Lady Betty Ford dances on the Cabinet Room table on the day before departing the White House upon the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter.
Photographer: David Hume Kennerly
Date: January 19, 1977
Credit: Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library
Rights Information: Public Domain (No usage fees, no permission required).

Sic Transit, Baby

Best collection of Randy "Macho Man" Poffo clips one guy could find on YouTube. Hell, we may watch a few.
It’s sad that we now live in a world where the words “Arsenio” and “Macho Man” have absolutely no meaning. Truly, all glory is fleeting.

Death At the Ballpark

No one is safe, anywhere. (Although one probably is safer in the cheaper seats.)
They chronicled 850 baseball deaths in Death at the Ballpark, spanning professional, amateur, Little League, and even backyard pickup games. And though the book purports to be comprehensive, readers have already tipped them off to about 50 incidents they missed.


It's weirdly moving, if not exactly consoling, to learn just how many of baseball's casualties made the play before expiring. There's the amateur shortstop who, in 1902, caught a bad hop in the throat and used his last moments to throw out the runner at first. The third baseman in an Indiana league who, in 1909, tagged out the runner plowing headfirst into his gut, then succumbed to the resulting internal injuries three days later. There's just something about baseball that inspires a kind of heroic resolve. John McSherry, the major league umpire who collapsed at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium in 1996, had actually postponed treatment for the heart condition that felled him so he could call the game. It was Opening Day.

Elizabeth Anne Bloomer, 1918-2011

Mrs. Polly of Rumproast avoided the bandwagon & waited long enough to dig up two excellent images of recently deceased former First Lady Betty Ford.

She was no Pat Nixon.


Consider yourself lucky if you haven't heard about it, but next effing wknd. (Not even this wknd., mind you, but the hysteria's been mounting for a couple of wks. already.) parts of a local freeway will be shut down for demolition of an overpass, which will apparently bring all commerce, tourism, cultural activities &c., to an end, possibly not just for the wknd. but for all time.Best Hitler throws a fit yet.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Words To Live By

Further text/print obsession:
Via Tweet.

Skunks In Fantasy Pissing Match

Always amused when an adherent of ReligionX v2.0 insults adherents of ReligionX v2.1.25.
In my humble opinion, I truly think we, as a nation, can no longer overlook the reality of any aspect of the background, character, belief system, and political truth that has formed the man or woman who will become our next President. There is too much at stake.

And what about a Jewish or Muslim candidate?

The Jews are God’s chosen people. They follow the Old Testament. Even though every Old Testament prophecy of the coming Messiah was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, they still have not accepted him as the Messiah. They cannot be compared to a cult religion in any way. They are to be respected and protected.* There is no intellectual or spiritual argument that a person of Jewish decent should not run for the Office of the President.

A Muslim candidate would compare to a Mormon candidate in many ways. The two religions contain histories of false prophets and man-made (not God-made) religious books, writings that are full of fallacies, false doctrine, indoctrination and bizarre promises of the afterlife. So much more to say but I would like to keep the topic on the current election.

Let me just say that there are good people in both the Mormon and Muslim religions who are striving to live a righteous life according to what they believe. It’s just that some beliefs have been proven to be patently false. And when it comes to placing a candidate in the highest office in the land, we need to place a stable and discerning president in office.

If a candidate believes in proven lies and practices cult-like doctrine, how can the American people hold confidence in him/her as the leader of the free world?
You might be surprised how often we ask ourself that very question.

*Uh, just a slight bit insulting to "tribe" members? Rather reminiscent of Muhammad advising that Xians & Hebes are "People of The Book" & therefore shouldn't necessarily be summarily executed, innit? Funny how that works.

Betty Ford Dies At 93

Per the tee vee.

Congrats to the dancer for popularizing breast cancer & drug addiction to a nation of Puritan assholes.

UPDATE (1843 8 July 2011):
Breaking News Alert The New York Times Friday, July 8, 2011 -- 9:12 PM EDT
Betty Ford Dies at 93

Betty Ford, the outspoken wife of President Gerald R. Ford who overcame alcoholism and an addiction to pills and helped found one of the most famous rehabilitation centers in the nation, has died at 93, according to a statement from Nancy Reagan.
Wait, Nancy Reagan is now the go-to gal for morbidity info.? Did we miss a memo?

Today's Idle Threat: Duke & Duchess

Too late (or too lazy) to set up a "Should we stay or should we assassinate?" poll (let alone dig up the plutonium) but a bit o' research revealed that the stinking royals are 28 city blks./2.5 miles away, at the Brit Consul-General's residence, where they're hosting a reception this very evening.

Related by a couple of words (Plus which lyrics feature prunes = old people, funny, ha-ha.):O.G. version:Pretentious live no-lyrics version:

A Reason To Live

So dulled out of late we were contemplating digging up our stash of plutonium, splitting it down the middle & smooshing the halves together very, very quickly. Not to worry, 'though. We'll hang on until Monday, when the downtown HOOTERS opens.
Looks like a fucking dump to us.
A press release sent out by the chain this week touts a 100,000 wing giveaway that will offer the first 100 people who arrive at 11am on Monday free wings for a year. The same deal will apply for the first 100 to arrive on Friday, July 15, at 3pm for AM570 KLAC's "Christmas in July" party.
The juggernaut of downtown cultural renaissance will not stop w/ a mere HOOTERS:
Hooters will be joined later in the year by Knights Restaurant, an eatery offering a knights and maidens dining experience ala [sic] Medieval Times.
No surprise in the opening days of the second feudal age.

Added HOOTING (2151PDT 8 July 2011) via ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©:Let Freedom Wing!

Dep't. Of Amplification

Good try taken at the record!
A 39-year-old Stanthorpe woman has been arrested for allegedly driving with a blood-alcohol reading eight times the legal limit.

Police responded to a tip-off about a drunk driver and found the woman behind the wheel of a vehicle on Talc St about 2.45pm today.

She allegedly had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.407 per cent.

She will face the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court on August 9 and her licence was immediately suspended* until that time.
Nice to see some international competition. It's just rude of the United Snakes to be NUMBER ONE1!1 at everything.

*What? No presumption of innocence? Road to serfdom, baby.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

No Fucking Way

All it took was the merest threat of physical violence & the cowards at Bugger ™ fixed their stupid little problem. Let that be a lesson: All power comes from the barrel of a gun! (Or the threat of arson!)

Now then: We'd as soon drown in our own vomit as watch this horseshit. Can you fucking imagine two hrs. of the three weenies flapping their gums?


It is absolutely not worth the effort to sign all the way out & then sign back in every time we want to post some horseshit, so we'd suggest you flood those evil-doing pirates at Google/Bugger™ w/ outrage at their incompetence. If there were any way to contact those motherfucking assholes directly.
We can think of one form of contact, as we know just where in Santa Monica they are located. Next to the main branch of the Santa Monica Library.

You bastards like your windows? Take another look, they won't be there in the a.m., & if any of these Molotov cocktails we're working on ignite correctly, the bldg.won't be there either.

Global War On Telebision

Combat Hospital, mentioned recently in this space, turns out to be a Canadian production. We should have known.

More, if you care.

Look Out!

Computer says today is Ringo's 71st!That is officially old.

Middle-Aged Anti-Sex League

Kareem Types!

Nostalgia's everywhere, although in Mr. Abdul-Jabbar's case it's a response to the horrors of business weasels ruining teams.

And he wants to establish credibility as both a Brooklyn Bums & L.A. fan before ripping into Frank "Not good enough to buy the freaking Red Sox" McCourt.
The Brooklyn fans affectionately called the Dodgers the "Bums" because they could never win the World Series. It seemed that fate had made it impossible for them to go all the way, while the Yankees would win the Series regularly. The Dodgers were special in a way that meant a lot to America. By being the first team to sign a black player, they showed the nation that equal opportunity was something that benefited the game as well as the minority communities of our country. Brooklyn embraced the team and enjoyed the fact that the various ethnic backgrounds of the players reflected the same variety in Brooklyn's neighborhoods.


But those days are long gone now, and the new owner doesn't seem to understand what the team means to its fans. When people became aware of how Mr. McCourt pays his sons hundreds of thousands of dollars for do-nothing jobs instead of trying to improve the team, the reaction was very predictable. The stands are mainly empty now, and the focus of coverage of the team shuttles back and forth between the McCourts' divorce proceedings and various comments coming from the commissioner's office.
He needn't prove anything to us. At some point in the '80s we attended Hollywood Stars Night, which involves a collection of show biz lice playing three or four innings against the Dodger bench. Most notable were the four player outfield the "Stars" were allowed, & Kareem towering above the other three. Can't remember if anything was hit to him. (Probably not, 'cause we would've remembered, wouldn't we?)
AP PhotoIt wasn't unusual over the years to see Abdul-Jabbar take BP with the Dodgers, this time in 1977.
By way of.

Bullshit Phrase Of The Wk.:
"Constitutional Conservative"

Very far from "compassionate con," but equally alliterative, & that's all that's important.

Compare & contrast. (Do consider the sources before clicking.)

Also from TNR (Our emphasis.):
The hard-core Christian Right/Tea Party folk who are Bachmann’s base in Iowa and elsewhere, of course, don’t need any introduction to her. She’s been on the television and radio shows they patronize, and many have undoubtedly contributed to her vastly expensive congressional campaigns. They’re fine with the more outlandish things she’s said over the years, but also understand it may be necessary to bring Americans along slowly to the recognition of the high-stakes holy war that Bachmann is waging on their behalf as a self-described “constitutional conservative” (a heavily loaded term connoting a belief that liberalism—fiscal, economic, or cultural—is literally un-American and needs to be permanently vanquished) in the field.
Constitutional cretins may be more accurate. We keep reminding ourself it's merely the proverbial 27% of the population that suffers paranoid delusions.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

State Of The Discourse

Not so good at The New York Times. Do we really need a brace of gawd-botherers to tell us what caused the budget deficit? You can be sure they'll both be lying through their hats & magic seeing-stones.
Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine.A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear. Thus the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God, and not by any power of man.” (David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, Richmond, Mo.: n.p., 1887, p. 12.)"

More Stuff ...

... we didn't know or don't remember knowing:
It's not the first time Grace has made up her mind about where guilt falls. Five years ago, Melinda Duckett, a 21-year-old mother of a missing child, appeared on Grace's show. During the interview, Grace interrogated the woman, "Where were you? Why aren't you telling us where you were that day?" The next day Duckett shot herself to death, prompting Grace to drawl to "Good Morning America": "I would suggest that guilt made her commit suicide. Long story short, Trenton Duckett is still missing, and now police are agreeing with me." A court, however, did not, and last year Grace settled a wrongful death suit Duckett's family brought against her for $200,000.
CRIME ALERT: Who stole this woman's neck?
Nancy Grace arrives at the Orange County, Florida, Courthouse in May.
Photo: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel

A Big Damn Thing

And three tall things.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bleak Future Expected

Said future doubtlessly to include infinite hrs. of discussion of the "Tot Mom" case, now that she's been not-convicted. Plus, the heat & humidity have us in tight blue underwear. And nothing else. If we hadn't already warmed our folding metal chair we'd contemplate stripping all the way down & cooling our pasty white kiester.

We Get Letters

But no one will see them if we don't point them out.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Real Obvious Losers

Patriotism Continues


Losers Comment On American Exceptionalism (In PARIS!!!)

NB: LOUDNESS WARNING!During America's Bicentennial Year yet. These people!

Print Dep't.

Another we-wouldn't-have-bothered-but item/link, the buts being that it's related & the photo attached
Mike/vistavision [Flickr]
is the newsstand where we purchased comic booksgraphic novels when we arrived in town in the '70s or whenever it was.

Now, nothing but memory:
This newsstand in the alley behind the Los Angeles Theatre was removed last year after closing.

This Date In Baseball: Going Way Back

The Fourth of July:
1881 At Riverside Grounds in Buffalo, Mickey Welch throws two complete game victories as the Troy Haymakers sweep a doubleheader from the Bisons in National Association action, 8-3 and 12-0.
1884 In American Association action, Guy Hecker of the Louisville Colonels pitches complete games to win both ends of a doubleheader. The Youngsville, Pennsylvania native does not walk a single batter as he beats the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers, 5-4 and 8-2.
1900 Approximately one thousand people in the crowd of 10,000 fans attending the game at West Side grounds celebrate Independence Day by firing pistols into the air. Chicago beats Philadelphia in 12 innings, 5-4.
1905 With the A's scoring two runs in the 20th inning, Rube Waddell beats Cy Young and the Red Sox, 4-2 with each hurler pitching a complete game.
1908 With two outs and an 0-2 count in the ninth inning, Giant pitcher George 'Hooks' Wiltse loses his perfect game when he hits opposing pitcher, George McQuillan, with a pitch. Wiltse still keeps his no-hitter intact as the Giants win 1-0 in the tenth. [Who the fuck were the Giants playing? — M.B.]
1911 (One Hundred Yrs. Ago:) Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida become the first Cuban natives to appear in a major league game as they both make their debut for the Reds. Appearing as pinch hitters in the eight inning, Almeida strikes out and Marsans singles in the 8-3 loss to the Cubs at Chicago’s West Side Grounds.
1912 Tiger pitcher George Mullins celebrates the nation's birthday and his own by throwing a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns. In addition to his excellent pitching, the 32-year old also collected three hits and drove in two runs during the 7-0 victory.
1925 In a battle of southpaws at Yankee Stadium, Herb Pennock and Lefty Grove of the A's hook up in a 15 inning pitchers' duel which the Bronx Bombers win, 1-0. Penncock retires the first 18 batters and the last 21 batters he faces.
1932 Bill Dickey punches and breaks Carl Reynolds’s jaw after the Senator outfielder collides with him on a close play at home plate. The American League suspends the Yankee catcher for 30 days and fines him $1,000 for his one-punch fight.
1935 Due to his 'wandering' ball, Iola hurler Harold 'Lefty' Liell, a 5' 6 1/2", 155-pounder with pigeon-toed feet, is called up for a try out with the Kansas City Blues. The K.C. manager Dutch Zwilling is impressed with the youngster's performance, but advises the Greeley, Kansas lad to get more experience and suggests he play in the Ban Johnson League.
1938 The Phillies move into Shibe Park by splitting a twin bill with the Boston Bees (Braves) losing the first game, 10-5, and winning the nightcap, 10-2. Problems with Baker Bowl made it necessary for the Phils to share the Athletics' home field at 21st Street and Lehigh Avenue.
1939 It's Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium and ‘the Iron Horse’s’ uniform number 4 will be the first ever to be retired. After emcee Sid Mercer informs the sell-out crowd the man of the hour is too moved to speak, Gehrig changes his mind when Skipper Joe McCarthy encourages him, and delivers the keynote address in baseball history describing himself as "the luckiest man on the face of this earth".

[Not Gary Cooper:++mawkish. It had not stuck in our empty consciousness that this famous farewell occurred on the Fourth. — M.B.] Also in 1939: In a slugfest at Shibe Park, Red Sox third baseman Jim Tabor hits two grand slams as well as a third home run in Boston's 18-12 victory over the A's. It's only the second time the feat as been accomplished, both coming in games against the Philadelphia Athletics. 1955 In Three-I League action, Keokuk Kernels’ hurler, Mudcat Grant, hits three home runs in consecutive innings. During his 14 year major league career with seven teams, the right-hander from Lacoochee, Florida will go yard six times. 1964 Kansas City's Manny Jimenez, who didn't homer in 1963, connects for three in a 6-6 tie with the Orioles. Game is stopped by a special Baltimore curfew to permit a fireworks show to take place. 1966 In his first game after being sidelined a week with a fractured cheekbone, Ron Santo sets a franchise record hitting in his 28th consecutive game. The streak will come to an end when the Cubs' third baseman is held hitless in the nightcap of the twin bill against Pittsburgh. 1969 At Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, Bob Oliver becomes the first player in Royals history to hit a grand slam. The center fielder's eighth-inning blast comes off Jim Bouton of the Pilots in an eventual 13-2 KC victory. 1976 After hitting an apparent game-winning grand slam, Tim McCarver is only credited with a three-run single when he passes teammate Garry Maddox on the bases paths in the Phillies' 10-5 victory over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. The other base runners are allow to score on the Philadelphia catcher's 'grand slam single' because only the player who passes his teammate is called out and there were less than two outs. [See comments. — M.B.] 1980 Reggie Smith belts the 7,000th home run in Dodgers' history and Don Sutton sets a team record with his 52nd career shutout in the Dodgers' 4-0 victory over the Giants. Nolan Ryan fans Ceasar Geronimo to record his 3000th career strike out. In 1974, the Reds' outfielder was also Bob Gibson's 3000th victim. 1982 Celebrating Independence Day at Mile High Stadium in Denver, 65,666 fans watch an American Association contest and enjoy a giant fireworks display after game. The gathering is the largest crowd in minor league history. 1985 In a 19 inning game, which goes until just before 4 a.m. the next day, the Mets beat the Braves, 16-13. After the 6 hours, 10 minutes game, the 1000 fans left in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium are treated to pre-dawn fireworks which awaken and frighten many of the ballpark’s neighbors. 1987 Giants and Padres complete a seven-player trade, including Kevin Mitchell who will be the 1989 MVP for the Giants and Mark Davis who will win the 1989 National League Cy Young Award for the Padres. 1998 The National Baseball Facility of Ireland, considered the main home of the Irish National baseball team, officially opens in Corkagh Demesne Park in Clondalkin, West Dublin when U.S. Ambassador Jean Kennedy throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Dodger owner Peter O'Malley played an instrumental role in the construction of the diamonds now known as the Fields of Dreams, which includes a regulation sized adult field and an international standard Little League field. 2001 The Brewers' new home, Miller Park, continues to be jinxed as a parachutist breaks his ankle when he misses the opening in the retractable roof and lands on a beam several hundred feet off the ground. Another member of the Sky Knights Sports Parachute Club missed the stadium completely. 2001 The fifty people stranded on the Ferris wheel ride at Comerica Park for two hours during the Royal-Tiger game are rescued by firefighters and emergency crews using a cherry picker and a fire truck ladder. The inconvenienced fans will receive tickets to another game, free dinner and team autographs from the Tigers. 2003 In a 10-3 victory over New York, the Red Sox score all their runs with the long ball hitting a record seven home runs off the Yankees. Prior to today's Independence Day fireworks, the Bronx Bombers had given up six homers in a game four times including twice to Boston (1997 and 1977) and the Indians (1970). 2004 The selection of Barry Bonds*, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa* as starters in the NL All-Stars line-up marks the first time in baseball history which three players with 500 career home runs have appeared on the same team. The trio will appear in the starting outfield in the 75th All-Star Game in Houston’s Minute Maid Park. 2006 Yankee owner George Steinbrenner's 76th birthday is less than festive, as the Indians provide all of the fireworks in 19-1 Independence Day rout over the Bronx Bombers. The victory is the Tribe's most lopsided victory at home since the 1950 team, scoring 14 first inning runs, beat the Philadelphia A's at Cleveland Stadium, 21-2. 2006 Nomar Garciaparra ties the major league record for being hit by a pitch in one game as he is plunked three times by three different Diamondback pitchers in a 10-4 Los Angeles victory. The Dodger first baseman is the first National Leaguer to equal the mark, both literally and figuratively, since the 2000 season when Astros outfielder Richard Hidalgo got thwacked thrice in a game in April. 2008 Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki needs 16 stitches to close up a gash in his right palm caused by a maple bat when the he pounds it into the ground in frustration and it shatters. These types of bats are under scrunity of a major league investigation because of their tendency to shatter when the hard wood breaks instead of just cracking like the bats made from softer ash.

*: "*."

Losers Day

35 Yrs. Ago Today:

This was not on the hit parade.

Rocket's Red Glare

25 Yrs. Ago Today*

*We think. Definitely 1986; not absolutely certain this was a 4th of July BBQ.

Lonely Newsstand

It's dead.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

"Anybody Got Any Lynch?"

Slightly overheated, as we emphasize:
Each rhetorical bombardment against her was and is reminiscent of the Arab strategy to demonize Jews and Israel.

The attacks on Palin were and are blood libels.

The latest ghoulish assault — liberalism is socialism as lynch mob — on her was the mob frenzy to analyze some 24,000 Palin e-mails from her tenure as Alaska’s governor.
Why not just call it a pogrom?

Now to the defense of Michele Bachmannn, Honorary Jew & the Baby Bear of politics. She's just right.
Like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann is beautiful and glamorous. Yet not so glamorous that she threatens other women. Nor is she so sexy that she intimidates men.

I’ve never seen her in a Hillary-style pants suit.

And she actually knows stuff.
What a woman.

Later: Also see Rumproast.

Close To The Heart Of The
Cultural Capital Of The Known Universe

This Date in Baseball History

3 July
1912 Giants' southpaw Rube Marquard wins his 19th consecutive game from the start of the season beating the Dodgers, 2-1. The 25-year old future Hall of Famer will complete the campaign with a 26-11 record.
1925 Dodgers' second baseman Milt Stock sets a National League mark by having his fourth consecutive four-hit game.
1932 With a Boston law restricting games within 1000 feet of a church on Sundays, the first Sunday game is played at Fenway Park with the Red Sox losing to the Yankees,13-2
1939 Cardinal first baseman Johnny Mize accumulates 13 total bases hitting two home runs, a triple and a double. The 'Big Cat's' offensive output contributes to the Redbirds' 5-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
1945 At Braves Field in Boston‚ the Cubs tally the most runs in their post-1900 history when they blast the Braves, 24-2. Phil Cavarretta‚ Don Johnson‚ and Stan Hack each score five times tying a major league mark.
1947 The Indians purchase Larry Doby from the Newark Eagles. Two days later, the twenty-two year old will become the first black person to play in the American League.
1948 Dick Lane hits five homers in a Fort Wayne Central League game. The Muskegon slugger will finish the season with 12 round-trippers, and will never ht a home run in major league game
1949 En route to a 16-0 shut out of the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds, starting pitcher Monte Kennedy hits a grand slam. It will be 51 years before another Giants hurler (Shawn Estes - 2000) hits a bases full home run.
1966 In a 17-3 rout of the Giants, Tony Cloninger hits two grand slams and collects nine RBI's in the Candlestick Park contest. The Braves' pitcher is the first National league player to hit two home runs with the bases full in the same game.
1967 In Atlanta-Fulton Stadium‚ Billy Williams‚ Ron Santo‚ and Randy Hundley all homer for the Cubs in the first‚ and Rico Carty and Felipe Alou also go deep for the Braves in the same inning. The five round-trippers tie a major league record for home runs hit by two teams in the same inning, but it is the first time its been done in the opening frame.
1968 Luis Tiant strikes out nineteen Twins and scatters six hits in a ten-inning 1-0 complete-game victory against Minnesota at Cleveland Stadium. 'El Tiante' becomes the second hurler to whiff more than 18 batters in an American League contest, only Tom Cheney of the Senators recorded more with 21 punch outs in an 16-inning game in 1962.
1970 Angels southpaw Clyde Wright no-hits the visiting A's at Anaheim Stadium, 4-0. 'Skeeter' accomplishes the task in one hour and 51 minutes needing to throw only 98 pitches.
1973 For the only time in their careers, the Perry Brothers (Tiger Jim and Indian Gaylord) oppose one another. Gaylord takes the loss but neither finish the game.
1987 On 'Dick Howser Day' at Royals Stadium, the former manager, who died last month from brain cancer, is inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. The club also honor the late Miami, Florida native, manager of the team from 1981-86, by retiring his uniform number 10, the first digits to be withdrawn from future use in the history of the franchise. Paul Splittorff, the team's all-time leader in victories, is inducted into the Royals' Hall of Fame, along with Howser and infielder Cookie Rojas. The slender southpaw was the first player selected by the franchise to appear on its major league roster.
2001 The Padres tie a National League record hitting four sacrifice flies in one game. The last one, lifted by shortstop D'Angelo Jimenez in the sixth inning, gives the Friars a 6-5 victory over Colorado at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.
2002 In an 11-8 loss to the Yankees, Jim Thome homers in his seventh consecutive game. The solo shot, off southpaw David Wells, leaves the Indians' slugger one shy of the major league record shared by Dale Long (1956, Pirates), Don Mattingly (Yankees, 1987) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993, Mariners).
2005 During the fireworks display at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium, two shells misfire landing in the stands. Four or five employees of the Telstar Display Fireworks suffer minor burns, and some fans are injured when they stumble trying to escape from the mishap.
2006 Barry Bonds (41), Steve Finley (41), and birthday boy Moises Alou (40) become the first trio of 40-year-olds to start a game in the same outfield. The senior flycatchers combine to go 4-for-11 along with two stolen bases to help the Giants defeat Philadelphia, 5-3.
2010 With homers in his first two at-bats, Twins' DH Jim Thome passes franchise legend Harmon Killebrew with 574 round-trippers and moves into tenth place on the all-time home run list. The team plays a previously recorded message from the much beloved Hall of Famer in which he congratulates the designated hitter on the career accomplishment.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Untitled (Balloons W/ Light Standards)

Dee Jay Double Play!

W/in A Dozen Blks. Of This Location

This just in:
A man and woman were critically wounded in a shooting in Hollywood on Saturday morning.

The victims were standing outside of a building in the 600 block of North Normandie Avenue, near the 101 Freeway, at about 4:05 a.m. when a man got out of a vehicle and shot them both, according to police. There was no full description available of the attacker or the vehicle.

The victims were transported to local hospitals.

This Date In Baseball

July 2
1903 - Washington outfielder Ed Delahanty went over a railroad bridge at Niagara Falls and drowned. The exact circumstances of his death never were determined.
1909 - The Chicago White Sox stole 12 bases, including home plate three times, in a 15-3 rout of the St. Louis Browns.
1930 - Chicago outfielder Carl Reynolds homered in the first, second and third innings, leading the White Sox to a 15-4 win over the New York Yankees. Reynolds, the second player in history to hit home runs in three consecutive innings, had two inside-the-park homers.
1933 - Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 in an 18-inning game. He allowed six hits and no walks. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Cardinals were blanked 1-0, with Roy Parmelee outdueling Dizzy Dean.
1941 - Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees hit a home run to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 45 games, surpassing Willie Keeler's record of 44 straight games for the Orioles in 1897.
1963 - Juan Marichal of San Francisco beat Warren Spahn and the Milwaukee Braves 1-0 in 16 innings on Willie Mays' homer.
1995 - Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers became the first Japanese player picked for baseball's All-Star game. Nomo was the NL's leader in strikeouts and second in ERA.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Tee Vee Is King, Still

Seventy yrs. ago today, under the crushing regime of FDR's fascist Federal Communications Commission (Like Commissars! Or Cossacks!!) commercial television broadcasting was allowed.

Imagine a clever satirical tune about telebision posted here from YouTube. Anniv. details. Synopsis for lip-readers.
(More than coincidence? As we type, Vin Scully, doing the Dodger game on tee vee, mentions that one of the events of seventy yrs. ago was the telecast of the [Brooklyn] Dodger game.)
Back to regular programming:
Running movies by the second day.

The NYT of 1 July 1941:
Television transmission begins in New York today on three channels. WNBT, on Channel 1, will be operated by the National Broadcasting Company from about 1:20 to 10:30 p.m., except for an interval from about 5 to 8 p.m. WCBW, on Channel 2, operated by the Columbia System, will be on from 2:30 to 3:30 and 7:30 to 9:30. Station W2XWV of the DuMont Labratories, on Channel 4, will be on the air from about 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Throughout the nation at least twenty-two stations are scheduled to begin commercial operation today, in accordance with the ruling of the Federal Communications Commission.
For NBC & DuMont, quantity is quality.

While It's Still Canada Day

(We didn't want to type anything mean, but whatever one needs may be found so easily.)

Dep't Of Glug-Glug-Glug!

For many yrs. we had an item we'd clipped from the L.A. Times recounting the alcohol poisoning death of a 13- or 14-yr. old human male who had consumed a fifth of something followed by a fifth of something else, both (we'll assume) in a short time frame. No recollection of the teen-ager's BAC (if it was given) but we just discovered a state title-holder & possibly the national title-holder. Do bear in mind that these are drivers, not sensible people tippling at home. The real champ is probably yet to be found.
South Dakota authorities say a woman found passed out in a stolen vehicle may have set a state record with a blood alcohol content of .708, or almost nine times the legal limit.


The authorities say troopers found the woman, Marguerite Engle, 45, passed out beside a highway Dec. 1 in a van that had been reported stolen.

She missed her court appearance Dec. 15 but was found Monday sitting in another stolen vehicle in a ditch beside another highway near Fort Meade after another apparent round of drinks.
Should we be keeping women in their forties off the roads, at least in rural areas?
[T]hen-42-year-old Terri Comer [...] was arrested in 2007 in Klamath County in Oregon with a blood alcohol content of .720. Click here for more on that case. The documents show that Comer was found unconscious in her car by sheriff's deputies who said the vehicle was in a snow bank and still running. They had to break a car window to free her.
Meade County State's Attorney Jesse Sondreal says his research indicates that a level of .40 is considered lethal for about half the population, the Rapid City Journal reports.

Sondreal says the state's legal limit is .08 and that state chemists cannot recall registering a blood alcohol content above .56, WKOW-TV of Rapid City reports.

"I'm Fucking Your Wife"

Celebrating freedom of goddam speech this wknd.!

Suffered For Their Art

You know the rest ...

Three-Day Wknds.

Advised by the telly that it's Canada Day, the first day of the last six mos. of the yr., & the beginning of National Birthday Wknd. here in Northern North America.

Try not to hurt yourselves, & designate a driver or call a cab, ya hosers.

U.S. celebrants are advised not to blow their stupid hands off w/ explosives.

Added vampire fun: Sweet Blood of Jesus!!

This Date In Baseball

July 1
1910 - Comiskey Park - then known as White Sox Park - held its first major league game, with the St. Louis Browns beating Chicago 2-0.
1917 - Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds pitched complete-game victories in a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Toney threw a three-hitter in each game for 4-1 and 5-1 wins, setting a record for the fewest hits allowed in a doubleheader by a pitcher.
1920 - Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators defeated the Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park with the season's only no-hitter.
1925 - Hack Wilson of the New York Giants hit two home runs in the third inning of a 16-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader. Wilson also doubled twice during the game.
1941 - Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees singled off Boston's Jack Wilson in the fourth inning, tying Willie Keeler's hitting streak of 44 games.
1951 - Bob Feller of the Indians pitched his third career no-hitter, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Cleveland.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Potato Skins

From our left elbow.
The lower right one is about an inch long, if you give a damn.

Closet Case

Give it a listen.Very interesting that all of the Bachmann's 23 foster children were teen-aged girls. Almost as if Marcus couldn't be trusted around teen-age (Or younger, who knows?) boys, huh?

Well, we have several months in which Dr. Bachmann's proclivities can still surface. He must feel like he's on a tightrope.

How often does Michele have to beatdiscipline the homo out of him?

Good Day For A No-Hitter

June 30
1908 - At 41 years, 3 months, Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox pitched the third no-hitter of his career, an 8-0 win over the New York Highlanders.
1948 - Cleveland's Bob Lemon pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers for the first American League no-hitter at night.
1962 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 13 New York Mets en route to the first of four career no-hitters, a 5-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.
1970 - Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati was dedicated, but Henry Aaron spoiled the show for the crowd of 51,050 with a first-inning homer off Jim McGlothlin as Atlanta beat the Reds 8-2.
1978 - Willie McCovey became the 12th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs. His milestone shot off Atlanta's Jamie Easterly wasn't enough, as the Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 in the second game of a doubleheader at Fulton County Stadium.
1995 - Eddie Murray of the Cleveland Indians became the second switch-hitter and the 20th player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits when he singled against the Minnesota Twins. Murray joined Pete Rose, the career hits leader with 4,256, as the only switch-hitters to get 3,000.
1997 - Bobby Witt of Texas hit the first home run by an American League pitcher in a regular-season game in almost 25 years, connecting off Ismael Valdes in the Rangers' 3-2 interleague victory over Los Angeles.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Giant Econ Elf Speaks

She never manages to bring the totally outrageous on the telly.

Well, she's done "this," of course. On grandfather's farm. Must have been awful.

Think Entropy II

The United States faces daunting economic challenges. Not only are 14 million people currently unemployed, but according to recent estimates from the International Monetary Fund, we’re likely to see economic growth below 3 percent through 2016.

At a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative jobs summit on Wednesday, Laura Tyson, the former chair of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers put it even more bleakly, saying that the United States might not see employment return to pre-recession levels until 2023.

Economists, of course, always tend to be gloomy; it’s part of their charm (see Roubini, Nouriel ). But Tyson’s point is a good one and illustrates just how dire our current situation is. Yet as she astutely points out, it’s not merely because of the recession.

Indeed, the eight years preceding it were far from boom times. “Job growth in the 2000s was half of what it had been in the previous two decades,” she said.

In his cover story for Newsweek, President Clinton echoed this point: “In the seven years and eight months that preceded the meltdown, our economy produced a meager 4 million new jobs, far too few to cope with millions coming into the workforce.”

Worse still, most of the jobs were related to housing, finance, and consumer spending—all of which were crushed by the downturn.
Not that a lot of this crap didn't start under Clinton's admin.

Think Entropy

We’re not retailing and we’re not wholesaling. We’re not making things and we’re not shipping things. This isn’t a “fundamental change” away from doing one kind of thing to doing another kind of thing. It’s a fundamental change away from producing goods and services to mass unemployment and reduced living standards.
Whaddya mean "we," paleface?


Essentially, the icecaps melt, the oceans rise & everywhere floods, after which the oceans dry up & blow away. Après nous, le déluge!

Violence Not Obscenity

Not a lawyer or anything (It crossed our mind once, but we took the paper into the men's room for a while & it went away.) but the few excerpts (extracted by those much braver than ourself) that we've seen from the SCOTUS California v. video games decision have provided entire minutes of amusement for us.

So a bit more, dug out from Scalia & Alito by Robert Scheer, w/ another sad conclusion:
Scalia’s withering dismissal of Alito’s concerns is revealing of his tolerance for violent imagery as opposed to that which is merely sexual: “Justice Alito has done considerable independent research to identify video games in which ‘the violence is astounding. … Victims are dismembered, decapitated, disemboweled, set on fire, and chopped into little pieces. … Blood gushes, splatters, and pools.’ Justice Alito recounts all these disgusting video games in order to disgust us—but disgust is not a valid basis for restricting expression. … Thus, ironically, Justice Alito’s argument highlights the precise danger posed by the California Act: that the ideas expressed by speech—whether it be violence, or gore, or racism—and not its objective effects, may be the real reason for governmental proscription.”

Hear, hear to such a bold defense of the right of minors to consider a full range of controversial thought, but if the claimed harmful effects of minors’ exposure to violence, gore and racism do not warrant a governmental limitation on free speech, why isn’t sexually prurient material—for adults if not minors—deserving of equal First Amendment protection? The unspoken answer that runs through Scalia’s opinion, and that of the court down though the ages, is that violence is normal while sex is obscene.
Nine old men, as Roosevelt said.

My List For You Checks Off As Null

John Dean's checked his list on Justice Thomas. Twice. He starts by raking the Justice over the coals, then describes recent Justice-removal.
There is a way, nonetheless. As a young official in Nixon’s Department of Justice—and, I must admit, with some amazement—I watched a Republican Justice Department and a conservative attorney general go after a liberal Supreme Court justice with remarkable success. Robert Shogan, a former Los Angeles Times and Newsweek reporter, recounted much of the story in “A Question of Judgment: The Fortas Case and the Struggle for the Supreme Court.” I filled in a few missing pieces when I wrote “The Rehnquist Choice.” Rehnquist in those days was the head of the Office of Legal Counsel and prepared a detailed memorandum for Attorney General John Mitchell explaining how to undertake an action that had never before been done, namely for the Justice Department to start a criminal investigation of a sitting justice, not based on hard information but rather based mainly on speculation of a worst-case scenario, i.e., assuming gifts and favors were bribes.
And ends w/ a sadly realistic acknowledgement of the situation.
In short, nothing is going to happen to Clarence Thomas. No one is going to truly challenge his conduct, and he will sit on the Supreme Court until he feels like leaving.
Related, & allows us to leave on a more cheerful note.

It's Still War!

Why BigHollywood, et al., keep up the kulturkampf:
The 21st century is really the moment when everything changes, but Torchwood and other shows aren’t actually doing anything to get us ready or to help us think through those changes ...
No no no. Telebision is to allow us to escape the splatter from the fan (Or, maybe, be art, or aesthetic. Nah. NBL, as they say.) for a few moments. No lessons to be learned, beyond never going broke underestimating the American masses.

Ticking Away

Original title.

This Date In Baseball

June 29
1916 - The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds played a nine-inning game with just one baseball.
1923 - Brooklyn's Jacques Fournier went 6-for-6 with a home run, two doubles and three singles as the Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 14-5.
1937 - Chicago Cubs first baseman Rip Collins played an entire game without a putout or an assist.
1941 - In a doubleheader against the Washington Senators, New York's Joe DiMaggio tied and then broke the American League record of hitting safely in 41 consecutive games. DiMaggio doubled in four at-bats in the opener and singled in five at-bats in the nightcap to break the record set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1922.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Our Public Servants

Another Politician Caught Sending Underwear Photos

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that local city councilman Joe Stagni (R) admitted "that he sent a picture of himself in his underwear to a city employee 18 months ago and that the image ended up on a city computer server."

Said Stagni: "I asked for God's mercy and forgiveness. I apologized to my wife and family and asked for their forgiveness as well. My actions and bad judgment had nothing to do with my duties and responsibilities as a public official. They were private acts, but I take full responsibility for my irresponsible behavior. "

Niche Nostalgia

Spotting trends in looking backwards: Not the dreary, monochromatic Fifties, nor the post-Kennedy/Beatles/Vietnam/Civil Rights flailing about of The Sixties, but that sliver of history between the two (We could call it "Camelot!") when the world was headed to the stars, or certainly color tee vee for all, is now passing for a trend.

AMC started the ball rolling back to never-was land w/ Mad Men in 2007, now the drones of network telebision have jumped right in w/ two historical dramas that will debut this September, Coffee Tea or Me?Pan Am on the alphabet net, & already controversial The Playboy Club, so unspeakably naughty that the LDS-owned NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City has decided not to show it. (Of course, KSL doesn't run Saturday Night Live either, which, speaking of nostalgia, is apparently still on the air in other parts of the nation.)

Conclusion? None, 'though 1960-63 is one small lode to exploit.

And finishing the telly report, we see that ABC actually has a show about a current war (a mere ten yrs. after the adventure began) on the air ('though just as a summer replacement) startling for an industry whose closest connection to America's wars was a service comedy set in a hospital during the Korean Police Action (M★A★S★H) which aired after the war it was supposed to be about, & China Beach, actually about Vietnam, but not aired until some yrs. after a certain country got its ass handed to it & left 'Nam. The title of ABC's Afghan offering? Combat Hospital.

Interesting (if not telling) that Hollywood prefers to view suffering & murder imposed by Americans from the perspective of dashing doctors & noble nurses, rather than that of the sordid thugs who enforce the will of the oil-igarchy on the other side of the world.