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.
Context:
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

SO COMPLETELY FUCKED:
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

FUCKED:
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?

SO FUCKED:

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.

Where We Stopped Reading

First sentence, this time.
When Sarah Palin steps foot in Iowa later today, she’s going to place her toes directly into Iowa’s presidential waters.
We'll "step foot" on your typing fingers, Craig Robinson. And drown you in the presidential waters.

Ari Fleischer Blow Job Up-Date/Follow-Up

Icky, yes, but it's the responsible thing to continue coverage of this very important story.

Kiss and Tell Republicans

Lisa Baron, author of Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All, is apparently willing to do anything to promote her book including recording a podcast about a sexual encounter with former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.

"Ari and I started kissing and I felt giddy, giddy about the primary race, and high on the inappropriateness of the moment. I was not keen on getting that room a-rocking, as I did not want Ralph or his wife to come a-knocking... Since audible sex was out of the question, I immediately headed south and took care of business."
After all, civic responsibilty is why we're here in the first place.

Presidential Hair Report

Now that it's been confirmed that Erick Erickson is a hoor,
we're not sure what, if anything, this means, 'cause E.E. may well have rec'd. the big bucks to pimp Perry (Imagine! Erick Erickson & RedState are not worthy of trust.) but for those not fortunate enough to get this crap e-mailed to them, we share so you, too, can wonder if Gov. Perry is the great White male hope.
Still going w/ the "Dry Look," we see.

Bears Repeating

Don't make us come out there & reiterate!
(Bores repeating?) From this think-piece on Glenn Beck as he leaves basic-cable:
After the economic collapse and the elections of 2008, the panic on the right was completely understandable. Bush made it clear that everything conservatives had fervently believed was false: tax cuts and deregulation don’t create jobs, American armies can’t remake the Middle East, capitalism is really socialism for the very rich, and the party of fiscal conservatism is in fact more profligate than generations of Democrats.

Taken together, this succession of ideological impossibilities hit the Republican base like the two bullets in Jason Bourne’s back. (Unfortunately, the rank and file do not have a laser signal for a numbered Swiss bank account buried in their hips—only their leadership gets that.) They underwent a severe psychological break, and when they came to they were no longer Republicans at all: They were Tea Partyers.
Needed perspective, even.

Roots Of Low Key Comedy

Yes, we stole it. But we found this one:

This Date In Baseball

June 28
1907 - Twelve Washington baserunners stole against catcher Branch Rickey as the Senators defeated the New York Yankees 16-5.
1910 - Joe Tinker of the Chicago Cubs became the first major leaguer to steal home twice in the same game, an 11-1 win over Cincinnati.
1919 - Carl Mays of Boston pitched two complete games against the New York Yankees. The Red Sox won the first game 2-0 and lost the nightcap 4-1.
1949 - Joe DiMaggio played his first series of the year after a bone spur operation and hit .455, with four home runs and nine RBIs, as the New York Yankees swept Boston at Fenway Park.
1970 - Pittsburgh swept the Chicago Cubs 3-2 and 4-1 in the Pirates' final games at Forbes Field.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Good News For The Cloven-Hoofed

A second disease wiped from the planet by gov't. & UN do-gooders & nanny-statists.
FIELD OF DEATH Cattle carcasses littered a pasture in South Africa in 1900 during a rinderpest epidemic.
But rinderpest is hardly irrelevant to humans. It has been blamed for speeding the fall of the Roman Empire, aiding the conquests of Genghis Khan and hindering those of Charlemagne, opening the way for the French and Russian Revolutions, and subjugating East Africa to colonization.

Any society dependent on cattle — or relatives like African zebu, Asian water buffaloes or Himalayan yaks — was vulnerable.

As meat and milk, cattle were and are both food and income to peasant farmers, as well as the source of calves to sell and manure for fields. Until recently, they were the tractors that dragged plows and the trucks that hauled crops to market. When herds die, their owners starve.

The long but little-known campaign to conquer rinderpest is a tribute to the skill and bravery of “big animal” veterinarians, who fought the disease in remote and sometimes war-torn areas — across arid stretches of Africa bigger than Europe, in the Arabian desert and on the Mongolian steppes.
It goes on & on.

Next eradication: Cooties?

Reuse, Recycle

This will keep an aircraft whose first flight happened in 1968 flying until 2040. DefenseTech.org

Today's Clarence Thomas

We weren't going to bother (Surprise!) but the juxtaposition of the cartoon & article finally motivated us. What a maroon.
Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons
And then, like a nostalgic colonial version of Michael Chabon, Thomas launches into what is surely one of the oddest, most discursive examinations of the Joys of Puritanical Parenting. He scoots across the centuries, from the late 1600s in "the New England Colonies, [where] fathers ruled families with absolute authority," to late 18th-century Monticello, where Thomas Jefferson told his daughters how to dress. "The Puritans rejected many customs, such as godparenthood, that they considered inconsistent with the patriarchal structure," Thomas notes. He observes that colonial parents were warned not to "let their children read 'vain Books, profane Ballads, and filthy Songs' or 'fond and amorous Romances, … fabulous Histories of Giants, the bombast Achievements of Knight Errantry, and the like.' " He notes, further, that in colonial Massachusetts, "a 'son' of 16 years or more committed a capital offense if he disobeyed 'the voice of his Father, or the voice of his Mother.' " With a nod to Locke and Rousseau and changing views of parenting, Thomas observes that John Adams, Noah Webster, Gouvernor Morris, Sir William Blackstone, and others were adamant that the pliability of the youthful mind required vigilance in the upbringing of one's children, and that this imperative was impressed upon the Founders. He notes, I suppose with approval, Thomas Jefferson's bossy and controlling letters to his daughters. He describes early school textbooks containing "vignettes illustrating the consequences of disobedience," including one called "Pictures of the Vicious ultimately overcome by misery and shame," and a treatise from 1848 warning that the "number of children who die from the effects of disobedience to their parents is very large."
What a maroon. (Oh, did we type that already? It bears repeating. Maroon.)

A Pig Is A Pig Is A Pig

Why the hell would it be any different in Afghanistan?
According to a new report to be released tomorrow from Refugees International (RI), the Afghan Local Police (ALP) units are “a major threat to civilians and stability” because they are “poorly vetted, ill-trained and unsupervised.” “These armed groups,” the report says, “have allegedly committed abuses including murder, theft, extortion, bribery and intimidation.”
Repetitious insanity.

This Date In Baseball

June 27
1917 - Catcher Hank Gowdy of the Braves became the first major league player to enter military service in World War I.
1939 - The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves played a 23-inning, 2-2 tie. Whit Wyatt pitched the first 16 innings for the Dodgers. Both clubs played a 26-inning tie in 1920 at the same Braves Field.
1958 - Billy Pierce of the Chicago White Sox retired 26 straight Washington batters before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald hit a double just inside the right-field line for the only hit. Pierce then struck out Albie Pearson on three pitches and beat the Senators 3-0.
1973 - David Clyde, a $125,000, 18-year-old bonus baby with the Rangers, pitched five innings, struck out eight and allowed one hit in his first major league start. Texas beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 before 35,698 fans - the Rangers' first home sellout at Arlington Stadium.
1980 - The Los Angeles Dodgers' Jerry Reuss pitched a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants in an 8-0 victory at Candlestick Park. The only player to reach base was Jack Clark in the first inning on a throwing error by shortstop Bill Russell.
1986 - San Francisco rookie Robby Thompson set a major league record when he was caught stealing four times in the Giants' 7-6, 12-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Catcher Bo Diaz threw out Thompson in the fourth, sixth, ninth and 11th innings.
1993 - Anthony Young of the New York Mets set a major league record by losing his 24th straight decision, 5-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

B-1 Bob Explains Newtie For You

Dornan bellows.
You may remember Bob Dornan. Hard-right GOP congressman. Ur-Tea Partier. C-SPAN bellower who, in his Virginia retirement, bellows mostly into my voicemail. Bob has a bone to pick with Newt.

[...]

“Then Newt started talking about Alvin Toffler,” Bob says. “I went, Wait a minute, I guested Toffler on Tempo, my TV show, and The Robert K. Dornan Show in the '70s. This guy is a weirdo!”

For all his idea-mongering, Newt wasn’t a hard worker, Bob maintains. Years later, when Bob offered to take him along on foreign trips, Newt would suggest Bob go and report back to him instead. (Bob declined and broadcast his findings on the House floor.) Bob says Newt’s relationships with the future Marianne and Callista Gingrich were open secrets in the GOP caucus. “At the end of the two years,” Bob recalls, “one of the pages, he said, ‘Do you know what we call Mr. Gingrich behind the scenes?’”

“I said, ‘What?’”

“‘We call him a dork, a geek, and a skank’—a word I’d never heard.”
Innocence lost. Awww ... Whatever. Bob has more. (Our excerpt may not even be the best. Haven't read it all, 'cause why bother, we know Newtie's all nobody now.)

This was worth reading:
Bob has a plan. If Newt stays in the race, Bob wants to fly to the next GOP debate and deliver his anti-Newt tirade to Newt himself. He almost did it a few weeks ago—he even had the plane tickets. Bob wants to rise from the audience to ask a question, or confront Newt in the Spin Room after. “If he shows up at another debate,” Bob says, “I’m pretty much gonna promise you, Bryan, I’m gonna be there.”

He wants Newt to know he’s coming. “If you even put in a slight mention [of me showing up], it’ll come up on his media search. … He’ll know that I’m on the path. And I’m gonna drive him out of this race.”

“I want him out of politics! I will wear that sandwich board!”
Bombs away, Bob!

Herman Cain Explains It All For You

Cain, the one-time Neal Boortz protegé, has a "Business Plan" for America. No, wait, this just in ... He has three principles for America, economic guiding principles (EGPs) specifically, rather than a plan, or any policies or, you know, stuff. Dare we look?
EGP #1: Production must precede consumption

You can’t spend your way to prosperity. The Obama administration has shown this. Most families knew that it would not work because it does not work for a household. My dad had to produce enough cash for a down payment to buy his first home before he could get the keys to the new house. He had to work three jobs at times to produce enough cash, but he did it!

Production is the engine of any economic train, and consumption is the caboose. Before someone consumes, he must produce. The nearly $1 trillion in stimulus spending went into the caboose. It did not help fuel the real engine of the economy.

The engine of our economy is the business sector. It has received only disdain and lectures from the Obama administration, instead of fuel in the form of lower taxes, fewer barriers and more certainty about less government. (Specifics will follow in next week’s commentary.)
How Cain can present himself as a leader yet whine like a sissy about "disdain & lectures" (And "more certainty about less government." Agghh.) & get away therewith is another Republican mystery for the ages. He could demonstrate leadership by getting his cronies w/ the US$960+ billion in profits they're sitting on but not using (Shouldn't the banks be lending that, even if companies aren't willing to invest in their businesses?) but maybe their understanding of the actualities of supply & demand is why they're still in business while Cain has retired to his radio-show hobby, & now this leisure activity of bullshitting on the national stage. Or they might laugh their high-finance heads off at that pizza guy. Either way, we hope he enjoys his 15 mins.

In an economy where there are said to be five job-seeking Americans for every open position, how are any of us to get those three jobs that the elder Mr. Cain held down so he could buy his house? A house that probably wasn't overpriced by a mortgage-speculation bubble that was about to blow up in his face, either.

Did Mr. Cain run Godfather's Pizza on his bullshit "produce first" model? Was job one to be sure there was plenty of pizza drying out on the racks before the store opened? Really?

And again w/ analogizing government, business & family finances. Not the same things at all.

Nor is the engine/caboose bit, w/ the train that's eating its own tail, we think he meant. Apples & oranges, really. Because that caboose is looking more & more like a free-riding moocher. What does it produce, anyway?
Concluding note

Prosperity is the natural state of our free-market economy if we get government out of the way, off our backs and out of our pockets. Prosperity begins with production. It requires risk-taking and a stable measure of exchange.

Good economic policy is guided by good principles, not politics.

It’s common sense.
Empty fucking suit. Once "common sense" has been invoked it's over before it began.

This just in: Irony is not yet dead.

Apple, Google, Microsoft Sitting on 58 Billion in Overseas Profits, Blackmailing Us to Avoid Taxes

How does it feel to have the jobs gun pointed at your head? Because that’s what this is: a stickup.
In passing, what have those three entities done that's been of any use ever? Whatever they get their hands on they make worse, even as they copy down everything about us. Tax 'em to death, w/ the churches.

Big One Remains Overdue

Vehicles stranded on I-5 after the 1994 event.
Brant Ward/©San Francisco Chronicle.
Now we may know why.
The seismically-active southern end of the San Andreas Fault Zone lies under the Salton Sea, a wide depression whose bottom is about 250 feet below sea level. The area was regularly flooded by the Colorado River over the relatively-recent millenia, a practice that ended 100 years ago when levees were built to force the Colorado to flow into the Sea of Cortez just south of Yuma, Arizona.

Between that diversion, the construction of upstream dams near Las Vegas and regional droughts, the Colorado has not flooded into the Imperial Valley and Salton Sink, a dry lake bed that was converted to the Salton Sea in gigantic floods in 1906. The Colorado last flooded and reached the Sea of Cortez in 1982, but it now trickles into the sand about where the San Andreas fault crosses the International Boundary 200 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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The new Scripps study shows that several heretofore unknown fingers of the San Andreas system sit beneath the Salton Sea, and the sand and dirt of the Imperial Valley. The faults let loose with magnitude 7.0 quakes or larger every 180 years until the early 20th century -- the same time that the Colorado floods that had brought billions of pounds of water to the area were stanched.

"It's possible that the ending of the diversion re-set the earthquake clock; we're more than 100 years overdue for a quake that could be as big as 7.5,'' said Neal Driscoll, quoted by signonsandiego.com .

"The fault could send tremendous energy towards the Los Angeles area if it broke from south to north, and could cause shaking that would make soil liquefy in bays and estuaries in San Diego County,'' Driscoll told the U-T's web site.
So. Minus the billions of lbs. of water, tectonic tension has been lower, & events less frequent. Eventually, something will give; when it does & if it breaks south to north
[a] massive 7.5 or larger quake may be the result when the southern San Andreas Fault finally jolts back to life, causing waves of enormous destruction in the Inland Empire and Los Angeles basin, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography study published Sunday said.
Even worse, there are other dangers associated w/ Salton Sea earthquakes.

Serious As Cancer: M.B. 2012!

So, what, 16 mos.? Seven or so until something actually quantifiable happens?
Asked at the end of the show by Fox interviewer Chris Wallace whether she was a "flake" because of a "history of questionable statements" and "gaffes" she had made, Bachmann was clearly irritated.
Election Night, 2010.
"I think that would be insulting, to say something like that," she said, "because I'm a serious person."

This Date In Baseball

June 26
1916 - In a game against the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians appeared on the field with numbers on their sleeves. It marked the first time players were identified by numbers corresponding to the scorecard.
1938 - Lonny Frey of the Cincinnati Reds had eight hits in a doubleheader split with the Philadelphia Phillies. Frey had three hits in a 10-3 opening-game loss and collected five in the nightcap, which the Reds won 8-5.
1944 - In an effort to raise funds for war bonds, the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees played against each other in a six-inning contest at the Polo Grounds. More than 50,000 fans turned out. Each team played successive innings against the other two teams then would sit out an inning. The final score was Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.
1962 - Earl Wilson of the Boston Red Sox pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Wilson also homered in the game.
1970 - Frank Robinson hit two grand slams for the Orioles as Baltimore defeated the Washington Senators 12-2.
1976 - Shortstop Toby Harrah played an entire doubleheader for the Texas Rangers without handling a batted ball from the Chicago White Sox.
2000 - Minor league sensation Alex Cabrera hit a two-run homer in his first major league at-bat for Arizona as the Diamondbacks beat the Houston Astros 6-1.
2006 - Oregon State beats North Carolina 3-2 for its first College World Series title.
2008 - Matt Garza struck out 10 in a one-hitter, leading Tampa Bay to a 6-1 victory over the Florida Marlins.
2009 - Andre Ethier had his first three-homer game and drove in a career-high six runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Today's birthdays: Lou Marson 25; Derek Jeter 37; Jason Kendall 37
Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA