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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy Birthday ► Two Out Of Three Goons

L to R: Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe,
cup & saucer, Peter Sellers
September 8th was the birthday to both Harry Secombe, born in 1921, and Peter Sellers, born in 1925. Along with Spike Milligan, born April 16, 1918, these three comprised one of the greatest comedy teams ever. The Goon Show was a staple of BBC Radio for 9 years, from 1951 to 1960 and is considered the fount of all British comedy to follow, influencing, among many others, Monty Python.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode Fifteen

Bizarro is owned by
DC Comics
Thank goodness the political conventions are over. Due to its desire to either WHITEwash on behalf of Mendacious Mitt and Lyin' Ryan or to trash President Obama, The Fox "News" Spin Cycle has been working furiously. Keeping up with the Fox "News" Tsunami of Bullshit™ has almost been a full time job. Hopefully, now that President Obama has given his acceptance speech of the Democratic nomination things will slow to a more normal Fox "News" River of Bullshit™.

Meanwhile, today as yesterday, this edition of The Fox "News" Spin Cycle is dedicated to Eric Bolling, known around these parts as Bully Boy Bolling. Yesterday he claimed he was taking notes on his whiteboard and promised he would fact-check President Clinton's speech. His fact checking on The Five consisted of him saying, in essence, "This was a lie, that was a lie, this was a lie and that was a lie" without EVER telling his low-information audience what the truth might have been. Because Bolling knows that the fact-checkers have already checked Clinton's facts and couldn't find anything wrong. Consequently, Bully Boy Bolling couldn't REALLY fact-check Clinton's speech, but he could leave his low-information viewers with the impression that President Clinton lied, even if that wasn't true.

And that's why we call him Bully Boy Bolling.

Another Magical Tee Vee Moment ► Philo T. Farnsworth

Dateline September 7, 1927 - On this day Philo Taylor Farnsworth demonstrated his radical new invention: electronic television. Prior to this all televisions (which were still in the experimental stage) used a clunky mechanical system with a rotating disk. Farnsworth's radical design used image dissection, an electronic scanning of a series of lines. He was only twenty-one.

More amazingly, he came up with the idea when he was just a 14-year old farm boy. The brainstorm came to him while plowing a field; the plow moves across a field, then back the other way for the next row. He drew his idea on a chalkboard for his science teacher John Tolman, who was so impressed with it that he made a contemporaneous sketch of it. This proved fortuitous years later when he was sued by RCA over patent infringment. The teacher's sketch made in 1922 won the case for Farnsworth.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode Fourteen

Bizarro is owned by DC Comics
Here's what was learned in this edition of the Fox "News" Spin Cycle: Bully Boy Bolling proved, once again, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he is not "Fair and Balanced," in case you were wondering. He also proved he has too much time on his hands and could use some new meds. During the nominating speech by President Clinton, Bolling was practically apoplectic, sending out message after message after message. Whenever you see Bully Boy Bolling on Fox "News," remember that he lives on the same home planet as the rest of the Fox "News" personalities and pretending to be "Fair and Balanced" is just what they all do best. 

Let's delve into the latest nonsense from Bizarro World.

Another Magical Tee Vee Moment ► President Clinton Addresses the DNC

Last night William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, officially nominated President Barack Obama for reelection at the Democratic National Convention. It was a barn-burner of a speech, which listed all the reasons why President Obama should get a second term and what separates the Democratic Party from the Republican Party in 2012. The crowd loved it because it was quintessential Clinton and, of course, they are all Democrats.

If you haven't seen it yet, you really should.

The election is in exactly 2 months from today. Make sure you get out and vote.



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode Lucky Thirteen

Bizarro is owned by DC Comics
Here we go again. This edition of the Fox "News" Spin Cycle begins early Tuesday morning and ends after First Lady Michelle Obama delivered her stem-winder of a speech.

One thing that it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt is Laura Ingraham has far too much time on her hands. 

So let's jump into our spaceship and head off to Bizarro World, where nothing ever makes any sense.

Unpacking Coconut Grove ► Part Eight ► The Powers That Be

The Charles Avenue Historical Marker with
the E.W.F. Stirrup House in the background.
My quest to save the E.W.F. Stirrup House, and my running headlong into the Powers That Be in Coconut Grove and the City of Miami, began a few years back when I first happened across the Charles Avenue Historical Marker. I had never been in Coconut Grove before and, since I've always been a sucker for history and historical markers, I stopped to read it. It was by sheer coincidence (or total synchronicity) that on the day I discovered the marker detailing the oldest Black community in on the Florida mainland, I was also reading "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism" by James W. Loewen. Lowen has written an amazing book of more than 650 pages, which goes to great lengths to explain why every 'Merkin city looks the way it does.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode One Dozen

Bizarro is owned by DC Comics
While this isn't a scientific survey (because I am not at my computer all day), once the Fox "News" Spin Cycle stopped WHITEwashing on behalf of Mendacious Mitt and Lyin' Ryan during the Republican Convention, the messages dropped off drastically. Before the convention it took days to garner enough for one of these episodes and, even then, I'd only have 40 or so. During the convention the Fox "News" Spin Cycle was spinning on a continuous cycle, with nearly 100 messages a day, from which I culled the best 70 or so. Suddenly, after the RNC, the drop off was so precipitous that it has taken several days to get enough for another full episode. Granted, this may have been due to the holiday weekend. Time will tell whether once the Democratic National Convention starts the numbers will climb to the same numbers of before. What will also be telling is how many of the Fox "News" Spin Cycle updates will be positive or negative for the Democratic party.

Oh, who the hell am I kidding? They'll fall into the same 3 categories as always: Pro-Romney, Anti-POTUS, or total distractions. But, before we get there, we have to deconstruct the ones that came in during the interregnum between the two conventions. Here are the last four days. Hold tight.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labour Day ► Thank A Unionist

As the Right Wing relentlessly attacks Unionism, Labour Day is a the very best day to remember just exactly what we owe to Unionism. It is no stretch to say that if you like living in a free country, thank Unionism. Who do you think built all those war machines who won World War II?

As I writer I never thought I needed a union, until I found myself in a newsroom where everyone was treated egregiously. It was one of the most horrible kinds of working environments where, as the common expression in the newsroom went, the shit ran downhill. We could see it running downhill, too.

We'd learn that the head of the newsroom had been called "upstairs" and we would all cringe, not knowing who would be the target when he came back. However, we all knew there would be targets and, worse, we were all on the downhill slope. When he'd return, he'd have his tail between his legs. That's when we knew it had really begun.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Nostalgia Ain't What It Used To Be ► Happy Birthday Martha Mitchell

John and Martha Mitchell before their 1973 divorce
Today would have been Martha Mitchell's 94th Birthday, had she not had the misfortune of dying in 1976. It's a good thing she's not around today, since that spared her the ignominy of having to read, or hear about, the book "The Strong Man; John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate." This doorstop of historical revisionism, written by Fox "News" personality James Rosen, goes into painful detail, over and over and over again, about Martha Mitchell's alcoholism, unseemly recounting marital fights and screaming matches observed by others. These details could have been omitted in favour of a few paragraphs here and there in the authors own words, informing the reader that Martha Mitchell suffered from alcoholism, a disease that affects an estimated 76 million people worldwide.

However, that would not have served Rosen, who used Martha's alcoholism as the main excuse for John Mitchell having taken his eyes off the ball and getting trapped by the Watergate scandal. To read Rosen's spin of the story, John Mitchell had nothing whatsoever to do with Watergate and it was all the fault of that rapscallion John Dean. This despite Mitchell being found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury. He served 19 months of a two and a half years sentence, but went to his grave covering for President Richard Nixon.

Further reading:

Aunty Em Ericann's Bun Fight With James Rosen of Fox "News"

Unpacking The Aunty Em Ericann Blog ► Part New 

Watergate ► The Beginning of the End

Watergate ► The End of the End