Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Reader Request, number 6 in a series

Yellow Teeth

From my pal SteveAudio, a sound fellow (hyuk), comes a request steeped in the historic dust of the Plains, an untold legend, a maverick even...Whom they called Yellow Teeth.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

New Rules

Specifically, number 5 - 'A candidate should not be judged by the color of his skin'.


Hat tip Crooks & Liars.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Reader Request, number 5 in a series


Comrade Kevin has expressed an interest in seeing the Tyrannic Duo star in the penultimate scene from 1968's If...

The title? Crusaders.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday Overnight

A very happy birthday to Mr. Sunny Murray, whose time is definitely now...

...and in two days, Trane, heard here playing In A Sentimental Mood with Duke in 1962.

Donnie Was A Big Meanie

The Public Enema

London Telegraph:

A new biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, called Angler after his Secret Service codename, recounts how he and Donald Rumsfeld conspired to delay the military tribunals which the president had ordered to be set up to try the terrorist suspects.

Condoleezza Rice tried repeatedly to organise a meeting with the most senior figures in the government to discuss the tribunals, but Mr. Rumsfeld twice refused to attend, sending his deputy Paul Wolfowitz instead.

Pulitzer prize winning author Barton Gellman writes: "He did not regard her as an equal and barely hid it. The opinions of her staff did not interest him."

On finding Mr. Rumsfeld absent from a second meeting, CIA director George Tenet was so angry that he defied a direct order from Miss Rice to sit down and marched out of the meeting, declaring: "This is bullshit."

The book goes on: "Something happened to Rice's face, control melting away. Her eyes welled up and her next words caught in her throat. The men in the room did not know where to look.

'She started to cry,' said one of them. 'And she said - I can't remember the exact words because I was so shaken - something like: "We will talk about this again," and she turned and walked quickly out of the door.'"

Miss Rice had the last laugh. Mr. Rumsfeld was fired in 2006 as Iraq descended into civil war and Guantanamo Bay became a byword for abuse of power.

Making a girl cry...No doubt, one of the aspired-to platinum standards of testicular fortitude within the Bush administration.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

At His Infernal Princeling's Convenience

At His Infernal Princeling's Convenience

'As a step toward underworld environmental awareness, henceforth all commode paper in Outer Hades will be recycled from the vast supply of discarded copies of An Inconvenient Book - The Management'


Friday, September 12, 2008

Riding The Storm Out

The Unseen Hand

A heartfelt 'Be safe' to M.Yu, Freida Bee, TXsharon, and all my other Texas and Gulf Coast readers and correspondents.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Last CanCon Friday

I would like to thank all those who looked in or commented during my series featuring bands and artists from above the 49th parallel.
Hopefully, some of you found an enjoyable moment or two, or perhaps something that wasn't known but would have liked to have been known.

After my hiatus in August, I decided to phase out the series...due not to a paucity of representative talent to share, but time constraints on my part. And thus, I offer this imperfect coda.

Of course, talent is not and never will be restricted to geographical locations - It's everywhere, waiting to be discovered and demanded by the discerning listener.

I would heartily recommend support for your local independent bands and music scene, buying some of their merch, and keeping music alive - Do it for the kids.

In closing, allow me to end the series as it began...

...with the mighty Guess Who, playing a little tune that I would like to personally dedicate to the Vice-Presidential candidate of the American Republican party.

Merci beaucoup, mon amis


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monday, September 08, 2008

Pretty Good Wages For One Little Kiss

Pretty Good Wages For One Little Kiss

Let's leave these lovebirds alone a moment.

WaPo - Ban on Political Endorsements by Pastors Targeted, By Peter Slevin:

CHICAGO -- Declaring that clergy have a constitutional right to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, the socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is recruiting several dozen pastors to do just that on Sept. 28, in defiance of Internal Revenue Service rules.

The effort by the Arizona-based legal consortium is designed to trigger an IRS investigation that ADF lawyers would then challenge in federal court. The ultimate goal is to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a 54-year-old ban on political endorsements by tax-exempt houses of worship.

"For so long, there has been this cloud of intimidation over the church," ADF attorney Erik Stanley said. "It is the job of the pastors of America to debate the proper role of church in society. It's not for the government to mandate the role of church in society."

Yet an opposing collection of Christian and Jewish clergy will petition the IRS today to stop the protest before it starts, calling the ADF's "Pulpit Initiative" an assault on the rule of law and the separation of church and state.

I always find it interesting when some parties dabble in mixing religion and government...It often makes for spectacular results.


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

R.I.P., Snowman

Jerry Reed passes at 71


Do unto others what has been done to me

Ever Had The Feeling You've Been Anointed?

One of the best and earliest indicators (to a public not completely sunk in a miasma of their own stupidity) that George Bush and Karl Rove were craven opportunists capable of any act was their willingness to use base personal calumnies in the form of innuendos, not against an opponent themselves, but instead their families.

The racist attacks levied against then-candidate John McCain's adopted daughter in 2000 as a dog-whistle stratagem for electoral success were most effective, achieving the desired result of push-polling low-information voters in a conservative, race-sensitive environment to a negative conclusion regarding McCain, who at the time appeared to be a popular choice based on his national service records and public perceptions of character.

At the end of the day just another 'mission accomplished' for a crew of larcenous scumbags bent on looting the national exchequer upon taking office - A pattern which, if one bothers to glance at the Bush family history with a critical eye, might lead to the conclusion that this shows a genetic predisposition to crime.

Now, let us move forward to today - 2008, where we read that the Republican Presidential candidate, John McCain, the man whose daughter was so callously slandered by opponents seeking an easy win to commence their depredations, has engaged the services of one of the individuals who slandered him almost a decade ago in an attempt to bolster his standings.

I refuse to acknowledge the necessity of this act, saying as strongly as it does that there is no moral center remaining within McCain, no polluted Rubicon left to cross when a man who appears so desperate to be perceived as a 'family values' candidate will engage the services of those who used the innocents within his charge as an element of a calculatedly racist smear campaign.

"At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

I Ain't Got No Body

I Ain't Got No Body