Friday, February 27, 2009

Take off, eh?

Nous cousins Américains

Huffington Post:

Canadian Jets Intercepted Russian Bomber Before Obama's Visit

TORONTO — Fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian bomber in the Arctic as it approached Canadian airspace on the eve of President Barack Obama's visit to Ottawa last week, Canada's defense minister said Friday.

Peter MacKay said the bomber never entered Canadian airspace. But he said two Canadian CF-18 jets met the bomber in international airspace and sent a "strong signal that they should back off."

Huzzah to our brave boys in the sky, running off those filthy commies from an attempt at despoiling a foreign dignitary and sending Ivan and his comrades back to their hidey holes in the Kremlin.


"...and gosh darn it, domestic reactionary insurgents like me.'

"...And Gosh Darn It, I'm Not A Neocon."

Mother Jones

Bolton: "(Obama) said during the campaign he thought Iran was a tiny threat. Tiny, tiny depending on how many nuclear weapons they are ultimately able to deliver on target. Its, uh, its tiny compared to the Soviet Union, but is the loss of one American city" – here Bolton shrugged his shoulders impishly – "pick one at random – Chicago – is that a tiny threat?"

Bolton wasn't the only one who thought this was funny. The room erupted in laughter and applause.

Isn't it interesting that those who claim to be the most assiduously patriotic are also those who find amusing the thought of an American city (or should I say, another American city) destroyed, the better to validate their fearful ideology?

What's that river in Egypt again?


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

You Don't Say

"...While drinking a glass of virgin's blood."

Indiana University

'Liberal bias?' IU professors find network TV election coverage favors Republicans - Feb. 24, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A visual analysis of television presidential campaign coverage from 1992 to 2004 suggests that the three television broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- favored Republicans in each election, according to two Indiana University professors in a new book.

Well, at least they didn't say CNN.

Wolfie Hill


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Overnight

Blossom Dearie, I'm Hip, London, 1966.

Jaco Pastorius, Kuru/Speak Like A Child, 1976.

Louis Bellson and his big band, solo from Explosion, Cork Jazz Festival, 1980

Ted Greene, Send In The Clowns, M.I. master class, Los Angeles, 1993.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Put a pork chop on it and you might get action

One Of Those Days

My regrets for the lightened posting and visiting of late to my readers and fellow creatives...Real life and attendant responsibilities are calling. More soon.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Overnight

Cab Calloway and his orchestra, with the Palmer Brothers, Blues In The Night, 1942.

Ruby Braff trio with Howard Alden and Frank Tate, It's Only A Paper Moon, 1991.

Keith Jarrett, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Tokyo, 1984.

Ella Fitzgerald, That Old Black Magic, London , 1965.

And Duke Ellington, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, 1965.

Happy birthday to Harold Arlen.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Explanations, Exclamations

King Crimson, Elephant Talk, Fridays, ABC, 1981.

It Can't Happen Here

The Road To Ragnarök

...well, of course it can.

Bangor Daily News:

Report: 'Dirty bomb' parts found in slain man's home, By Walter Griffin/BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — James G. Cummings, who police say was shot to death by his wife two months ago, allegedly had a cache of radioactive materials in his home suitable for building a “dirty bomb.”

According to an FBI field intelligence report from the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center posted online by WikiLeaks (PDF), an investigation into the case revealed that radioactive materials were removed from Cummings’ home after his shooting death on Dec. 9.

(...) four 1-gallon containers of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide, uranium, thorium, lithium metal, thermite, aluminum powder, beryllium, boron, black iron oxide and magnesium ribbon were found in the home.

Also found was literature on how to build “dirty bombs” and information about cesium-137, strontium-90 and cobalt-60, radioactive materials.
The FBI report also stated there was evidence linking James Cummings to white supremacist groups. This would seem to confirm observations by local tradesmen who worked at the Cummings home that he was an ardent admirer of Adolf Hitler and had a collection of Nazi memorabilia around the house, including a prominently displayed flag with swastika.
An application for membership in the National Socialist Movement filled out by Cummings also was found in the residence, according to the report.
Cummings’ wife, Amber B. Cummings, 31, told investigators that her husband spoke of “dirty bombs,” according to the report, and mixed chemicals in her kitchen sink.
She allegedly told police that Cummings subjected her to years of mental, physical and sexual abuse. She also said that Cummings was “very upset” when Barack Obama was elected president.

Just to fill in the blanks here...An emotionally unstable individual with a rather large trust fund and somewhat extreme political viewpoints was on their way to creating a weapon of mass destruction in a cozy suburban basement, and the only thing that foiled the plan was a well-deserved mariticide.

The greatest threat to America will not be from without, in spite of the last 8 years of global bad faith and cowboy diplomacy.

It will be from within, and from reactionary and racist elements that will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. Be aware.

h/t The Brain Police.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fully automatic, comes in any size

Led Zeppelin, Trampled Underfoot, Earls Court, London, 1975.

Bushie's Choice

Bushie's Choice

For consistently top-notch recontexualizations in the film poster medium, pay a visit to Hysterical Raisins and its proprietor Nonnie9999, won't you?


Sunday, February 08, 2009

Sunday Overnight

Charlie Christian, Lester Young, Freddie Green, Buck Clayton, Count Basie, Walter Page, and Jo Jones, Ad-Lib Blues, New York City, 1940

Lester Young, Bill Harris, Hank Jones, Ray Brown and Buddy Rich, Pennies From Heaven, 1950

The Lennie Tristano Sextette, Cross Current, New York City, 1949

The Miles Davis quintet, Agitation, Karlsruhe, 1967

Friday, February 06, 2009

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

"Zumbodee Zaid Svitch?"

Zumbodee Zaid Svitch?

By The Time You See This...He'll Be Dead*

A softer set from one of the true masters of the universe...Mr. Bill Hicks.

Kudos to David Letterman for providing some closure, and being a stand-up guy.

*...and sniffing Yul Brynner's noggin


Monday, February 02, 2009

A Little Nostalgia For The Old Folks

Bum In The Sun

In My Cardboard Coloured Dreams

The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Canyons Of Your Mind, 1968...Featuring a guitar solo that Ed Van Halen has struggled to master for eons.

h/t Microdot at The Brain Police.

Bonus: The Intro And The Outro, featuring the Count Basie Orchestra on triangle.


Blogroll 'Appreciation' Day

My minor contribution to the celebration of community.

These 5 are regular visits in my travels (as are all the worthies in the sidebar to your right) and should you choose to blogroll me, by all means let me know via email or comment so that I might reciprocate the favor.


My pal Suzanne holds down the late shift at FDL with her impeccable taste in music, and is one of those rarities in current American politics - a Republican with honor.
More of them and our troubles would be over very quickly.


Erudite, cosmopolitan, and a fellow devotee of Frank Zappa, LitBrit balances an active family life with a keen eye for politics, fashion and culture.

Bluedaze: Drilling Reform for Texas

TXSharon is a committed advocate for reform of the horrendous practices of oil companies in the great state of Texas.

Greenbush Boy

Sidney offers a superior insight into the workings of children's TV programming, and how to rescue it from the vast wasteland.

Teh Kitteh Anecdote/Antidote

Dear Valley Girl runs a blog for admirers of the feline mystique, but she's no scaredy cat - why, she even links to me.


And all the rest, no lesser lights they:

  • Dependable Renegade

  • SteveAudio

  • Colorado Bob

  • This Free Nation

  • iVoryTowerz

  • My Mind Is Going

  • Its my Right to be Left of the Center

  • Humor Has It

  • Gorilla's Guides

  • driftglass

  • Rude Pundit

  • DownWithTyranny!

  • Evergreen Politics

  • Majikthise

  • Blue Gal

  • Mock, Paper, Scissors

  • the otherwhirled

  • FranIAm

  • Monkey Muck

  • Left Of Centrist

  • Rants From The Rookery

  • Media Needle

  • Boxer Rebellion

  • Ice Station Tango

  • Zaius Nation

  • Namaste'

  • Ornery Bastard

  • make-a-(green)plan

  • distributorcap NY

  • TRex

  • Napman57

  • Cogitamus

  • Cap'n Dyke

  • Freida Bee

  • Skippy TBK

  • Yikes! - BAC

  • Comrade Kevin

  • The Culture Ghost

  • The Jade Gate

  • The Aristocrats

  • Progressive Alaska

  • Last Left Turn Before Hooterville

  • WTF Is It Now?

  • Happy Jihad's HOP

  • PhysioProf

  • Jonestown

  • Daily Dia "Tribe"

  • The Sirens Chronicles

  • I Was Just Wondering

  • ex-lion tamer

  • The Dean's Office

  • Loud Mouth Soup

  • Group News Blog

  • Stealth Lesbian

  • An Arab Woman Blues

  • the brain police

  • Max & The Marginalized

  • Social Seppeku

  • Nobody Asked...

  • Illiterate Electorate

  • Broadway Carl's Blog-O-Mania

  • at-Largely

  • L'ennui mélodieux

  • The Guys From Area 51

  • Blckdgrd

  • Lattice of Coincidence

  • bjkeefe

  • Brown Man Thinking Hard

  • Kiko's Helicopter Barbie

  • D.R.Scott's Pulp Culture

  • Taking Tiger Mountain

  • Vagabond Scholar

  • Photoshop Disasters

  • Whiskey Fire

  • Jesus' General

  • The Heretik

  • Utah Savage

  • Jon Swift

  • Padre Mickey's Dance Party

  • Wounded Bird

  • The Fluffington Post

  • Urantian Sojourn

  • SnuffDoggyDog

  • Zayrina

  • Bill In Exile

  • Disapproving Rabbits

  • Sharky's Goat Shack

  • Hysterical Raisins

  • Demeur

  • Zen Comix

  • 43-Ideas-Per-Minute

  • Wee Mousie's Cinema Burlesque

  • Long may you run

    Sunday, February 01, 2009

    Sunday Overnight

    Bobby Hackett Sextet, with Urbie Green, Bob Wilber, Dave McKenna, Nabil Totah, and Morey Feld, NYC, Jan 1962.

    Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross with the Count Basie rhythm section, With The Spirit Beat, Chicago, 1959.

    Wes Montgomery, with Harold Mabern, Arthur Harper, and Jimmy Lovelace - Impressions, Belgium, 1965.

    Joe Pass - Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, BBC London, 1975.