Friday, October 31, 2014

Who Gets Shot After a Fleetwood Mac Concert?

Earlier this evening, Fleetwood Mac played the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. 

And what happened is something out of a nightmare because, when you drop off your kids so they can see the rock band play that rock and a roll music, it can all go south when someone takes the Angel Dust or the brown acid or a little of the Bolivian Marching Powder and starts confronting people about their preference for the sublime work of Peter Green...

Wait, is this 1977? Is this 2014? Because I can't tell anymore. Bizarre just ain't the word for it:

Three adults were shot and wounded near the Verizon Center late Friday night after a concert let out, authorities said.

Gunfire rang out near the intersection of 7th and F streets, in an area that had roughly 25 officers deployed over a couple-block radius in the hopes of keeping Halloween night safe, police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters at the scene.

All three shooting victims suffered non- life-threatening injuries, according to the chief.

So, the takeaway here is, when you go to a Fleetwood Mac concert, run! Bullets gonna fly!

Somewhere in an ambulance, this got said tonight. "Dude, you got shot coming out of a Fleetwood Mac concert. What did you think was gonna happen?"

What went on at this concert to freak people out and cause a shooting spree? Wavy Gravy showed up and the kids did the marijuana again, didn't they? Oh, wait. Gravy is a little old even for the Mac. Did Mick Fleetwood show up without any drumsticks? Did the bass cabinet fall over? The piano lid crashed down and a roadie lost a hand again, right? Did they fail to play Paper Doll? Did Lindsey muff a solo somewhere?

Has anyone ever gotten shot after a Fleetwood Mac concert? Ever? Well, the answer to that question is, hell yeah, because, tonight, someone got shot coming out of a Fleetwood Mac concert.

I mean, you go to see The Who and you just know you're gonna die. You go to see the Rolling Stones and bodies roll. You go to see Pearl Jam--yep, you're dyin'.  You go to see Jose Feliciano--automatically dead. You don't die when you go to see Slipnot because everybody's cool and nobody fights. You go to see Lady Antebellum--you die. Inside, you die when you have to listen to Nickelback, so we got that reference in without a fuss. The band Great White is on tour, if you can believe, it, as we speak.


Great White.

They played the Deerfoot Casino with Slaughter. Tonight. You can't make that up. How is it that Great White can still go on tour after a hundred people died because that was their only entertainment option one night back in 2003? Oh, you silly fool--they've been on the road for years. Years. It's as if nothing happened and it's not like anyone's paying attention.

You'd expect a body count after those bands. Kanye can go play and nobody dies.

But Fleetwood Goddamned Mac? Really?

I have seen Rush play three times. Nobody died. You can't get shot coming out of a Rush concert because Rush fans don't get worked up about perceived slights to Bob Welch and they can't carry guns because their fanny packs are full of Magic the Gathering cards. They carry multi-sided dice, a picture of George R. R. Martin and hand lotion. I'm sorry, but these are the things that come up between friends.

I'm an old, old man. And Fleetwood Mac are just too freakin' old for me. I mean, talk about your moldiest middle of the road sort of crap. And there's such a demand for tickets that they couldn't play Merriwether or the 9:30 Club or Wolf Trap--they had to play Verizon Center?

Really? Someone got shot coming out of a Fleetwood Mac concert.

How do you go into work next week and explain how you got shot coming out of a Fleetwood Mac concert? Explain that conversation with Human Resources and management to me.

Remember talking about it on Friday afternoon before you ducked out, found some ditch weed from six months ago, and snuck down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway with your honey and her two dumb friends, trying to remember how you ended up bringing them in the first place? Remember explaining to everyone at work who was still listening and under the age of fifty how Fleetwood Mac were once A Thing and how they used to be a really popular band?

Bigger than The Cars, they thundered? Oh, yeah. Bigger than THE CARS. Not bigger than Hootie when the first album came out but damned bigger than Hootie now. And do you recall how you had to explain why you paid money to see that tired bunch of hacks get up there and wheeze away? Because you couldn't get tickets to see the Turtles or the Beach Boys? Or tickets to see the Caps blow a 3 goal lead?

As a cultural marker, if you're getting shot after a Fleetwood Mac concert, you're carrying a particularly strange load of baggage around with you. I have sympathy, but I do not have advice or understanding.

That's gangsta. When a thug goes down in a hail of bullets after they close with Go Your Own Way, props to your homies. Or something like that.

Fleetwood Mac? They're all still alive? I love Stevie Nicks. Is she still dating Don Felder? Someone's gonna call Don and say, "hey Don--some people got shot coming out of a Fleetwood Mac concert." And all Don's gonna say is, "man, that Stevie Nicks was &^%$@! crazy but she was amazing in bed. I bet I still have one of her gypsy scarves around here somewhere."

What the hell is wrong with me?

Then you start to say, well, it's a tragedy that anyone got shot. I'm not making light of the fact that someone got shot. I'm saying you got shot coming out of a Fleetwood Mac concert. And my brain broke in half trying to process this information. I could not put it in one side of the mind and bring it out the other without going--who gets shot after watching your dad's eighth favorite band play AM radio standards?

Tragedy--yes. Culturally impossible combination of events and situations and factors--oh, the hell yeah on that one.

U2 Will Never Have a Problem Putting Asses Into Seats

This is a thing:

Three years have passed since the last U2 world tour but now, just when you thought it was safe to go back in a stadium, two more may be coming at once. Despite the uncertain reaction to them delivering their new album onto almost every iPhone on the planet, the band’s belief that there is an unquenchable thirst for their music seemingly remains.

Bass player and noted spoon collector Adam Clayton recently spoke to Rolling Stone about their forthcoming live plans. "There is talk of doing two different kinds of shows,” he said. “One night would be a kind of loud, explosive rock’n’roll kind of event and then the other night’s show take the acoustic arrangements of some of the songs, and kind of present those songs in a much more intimate way. But we don’t really know how that’s going to sound and look."

You're not going to run out of people who will pay to see U2. It might be hard to sell records, but nobody's going to miss the nostalgia tour.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

America is Going to Hell, Continued

If the Bible was the foundation and structure of America for our first 200 years, then I think it's plain to see how we ended up with slavery and bigamy and floods and pestilence. And that whole thing with the jawbone of an ass--we're living that nightmare every single day.

In 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States. I'm just sayin'. History's Greatest Monster signaled the secular end of all things American. We've been on the road to hell ever since the Peanut Farmer was handed the crystal goblets of democracy.

Americans fought a civil war against one another to end slavery, thereby going against the Bible. Perhaps we should have gone to war against the Bible. We could have lined up all of our troops and had them blast away at the Bible (with a few Korans thrown in) and we could have declared victory over books without losing anyone (save, of course, the clowns who would inevitably shoot off their feet or mishandle their weapons.

Really, though. Who is this crazy? What's a day like for someone who thinks that Americans are Biblically ignorant people without Christian standards of morality and honor? That they have become carnal and are easily led by corrupt, subversive politicians?

If that's the case, then how do you account for Republican control of the House of Representatives? How do you keep from wringing your hands when that Kenyan Ursurping Muslim in the White House dances with Beyonce?

Mind boggling...

Why Isn't Jian Ghomeshi Already in Jail?

I still can't figure any of this out:

Eight women from across Canada now accuse former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi of abusive behaviour ranging from allegations of beating and choking without consent, to workplace sexual harassment.

The allegations the Star is probing range from 2002 to the present.

One of the women, popular Canadian television actor Lucy DeCoutere, has agreed to be identified. DeCoutere, who plays Lucy on Trailer Park Boys , recalls an incident in 2003 when she alleges Ghomeshi, without warning or consent, choked her to the point she could not breathe and then slapped her hard three times on the side of her head.

I have no problem believing these women and I can see a great deal of clarity in their allegations--Jian Ghomeshi is a violent man who sexually assaults women. What I cannot understand is how he has avoided accountability until now.

Scott Lemieux breaks it down, and this is what's so awful about the collision between online stalking and in-person real-life stalking--they are often one and the same. Our legal system has to come up with ways to deal with these kinds of things, privacy be damned.

All societies should empower women to make an accusation and have it handled responsibly. The first time that this happened, the person being assaulted by Ghomeshi should have felt safe enough to report it and the case should have been handled in a respectful and responsible manner. Yes, in our legal system, you can face your accuser. In Canada's legal system, who the hell knows what they can do? Is it based on the English system where old men in wigs direct barristers to and fro?

Somewhere, in this vast knowledge gap of mine, is an answer I probably don't want to know. 

How the hell is this asshole not in jail? 

Mark Kozelek is a Dick

Did you know that Mark Kozelek was a dick? Yes, apparently, Mark Kozelek is a dick. And I don't know how long Mark Kozelek has been a dick, but he's a dick, nonetheless.

If you want things to turn around for you, simply offend Mark Kozelek, who is a dick, and he will shower you with attention and help you get back on your feet and have a great week. Or month. Or year.

In lieu of producing art, just put out diss tracks. That'll show everyone that you haven't run out of ideas. And it'll prove you're a dick, which is what Mark Kozelek strives to be for the people who are going to slowly stop buying his records.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wait for the Backlash

Will Marvel really make all of these films? I guess if they're in the planning stage and can target specific release dates, then it means that there is financing in place to make these films.

What I think will happen is that there will be a backlash against these kinds of films--a readjustment of some kind that will kill off the superhero films or at least cause them to be scaled back in a dramatic fashion.

They used to make a lot of Westerns in Hollywood, and then Sputnik happened, or so they say. There are no films for adults anymore, so what will happen if one or two of these superhero films tanks and goes down in flames next to a billion dollar hit made for a fraction of the cost?

Rest assured, I'm just trolling. Marvel's announcement proves one thing and one thing only--the teenaged boys of China will have films to watch for the next six years and these films will be made specifically for them and for no one else.

If there is a backlash, it will be short-lived because the foreign market for films is where the money is. And Hollywood chases money better than any other industry.

America is Fat

America is fatty fat fat. Why should Wal-Mart apologize or saying that this is what's happening? If anything, it should come as a wake-up call. Stop buying cheap food from Wal-Mart that makes people fat.

I would give Wal-Mart another tax credit for speaking the truth to the millions of Americans too dumb to stop eating themselves into oblivion. If you can afford a Halloween Costume, you can afford stomach stapling. It's your fault that your ass won't get through the door.

And on and on and on...

Compassion and American Society

When I look at a story like this, I can see several things at play.

First, we are privatizing institutions that should be under state and local oversight. Privatization shifts money to areas where rampant abuse can be allowed to persist because this involves prisoners, and we don't care about prisoners in this country. At all.

Second, this affects women and minorities. We don't care about them, either, so privatizing their incarceration or their punishment is easier than figuring out how to correct our society's indifference to their situations. These people are less than human, you see. They commit suicide with their hands bound behind their backs. They die in a hail of gunfire of their own making. They are beaten and abused and attacked by corrupt people who operate without fear of reprisal. If there's an outcry, all they have to do is retire.

Third, we are held in the thrall of a right wing rage machine that has a juvenile response to anyone put in jail for anything--serves them right! These same "originalists" and believers in the sage wisdom of our Founders would be shocked to find out how they treated their prisoners and those accused but not convicted of any crimes.

Fourth, let's not forget the wave of people freed from jail by revelations of prosecutorial misconduct, DNA evidence, and people who recanted their testimony. Chances are always good that the local jail in your town has at least one innocent person in it, maybe you some day. Oh, well. Too bad.

Fifth, the law only serves people who have money. If you're broke, you're looking at time. Got cash? You get to go free. Our society is woefully indifferent to the plight of anyone who can't raise bail money.

There is no compassion for anyone anymore. This story won't even raise an eyebrow with people in most cases because they tuned out immediately after learning that this happened in an American jail. Don't want to die of gangrene? Don't go to jail, sucker. Never mind if you were put there by accident, beaten, neglected, or used to work out someone's anger issues.

America used to be a compassionate country where people cared about the rule of law. Now, it's about money and the wrath of God. If we let this take over our society, we'll end up with more jails full of dead people and with absolutely no right to tell anyone how to conduct their affairs.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Astrology and the Reagan Presidency

The historical record has been far to kind to the Reagan presidency. Ronald Reagan has been sainted by the Republican Party which, in its present incarnation, would never admit him as a candidate for anything anywhere. The thing that always stuck with me about Reagan's time in office, which I remember because I lived through it, was the astrology part.

Astrology, for those of you who don't know, is pure, unadulterated bullshit masking itself as made-up nonsense. It has always been bullshit. Astrology will always be bullshit. And, right there on television tonight, ABC News was running a story about astrologers who were bilking people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. But, wait, there's more. ABC News allows an astrologer to peddle her wares on their "health" page.

It's 2014, for God's sake. I mean, honestly. The ridiculousness abounds. So much for "entertainment."

The Reagan Presidency relied on astrology and it has gotten a pass for this fact. I think this sums it all up:

“Virtually every major move and decision the Reagans made during my time as White House chief of staff was cleared in advance with a woman in San Francisco who drew up horoscopes to make certain that the planets were in a favorable alignment for the enterprise,” he wrote in the memoir, “For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington.”

Just so we're clear on how delusional all of this thinking really was:

In an interview with “CBS Evening News” in 1989, after Reagan left office, Miss Quigley said that after reading the horoscope of the Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, she concluded that he was intelligent and open to new ideas and persuaded Mrs. Reagan to press her husband to abandon his view of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” Arms control treaties followed.

Let us bear in mind that the Central Intelligence Agency's collective analysis of the Soviet Union was about a hair better than that of Miss Quigley's, which was based on the bullshit practice of astrology. Whenever you hear someone venerate the Reagan record, think of the astrology.

Which is bullshit, by the way.

Beady Eye Never Were

Beady Eye have split, and so the speculation about the future of an Oasis reunion begins anew. People should be more worried about whether or not there will be a new Stone Roses record. You'll get your Oasis reunion when a few more years have gone by.

There may be a glimmer of hope for a Ride reunion, but I don't know if that's going to happen or not. I suspect there is more to Gem Archer's health issues than what's being said, and I think the band were not going to be given an advance to make another record--something along those lines.

Either that, or the thing just fell apart. They never caught on, it would seem, and they were doomed by comparisons to Oasis.

Friday, October 24, 2014

It's Complicated

I wouldn't look to statements like this and expect any real acknowledgment of the disaster that Songs of Innocence brought to Apple. At the end of the day, U2 gets to keep a lot of money and Apple gets to hear the complaints from people who didn't want their device to be encumbered with songs they never asked for. Apple has to be smarting from the fact that people made a fuss about getting rid of something they were given for free. You can be rest assured--they want that next Beyonce album for free, but they won't get it.

The album has been an artistic failure from the outset. It's boring and overcooked and none of the songs are catching on. This is the real indicator of what's happening. U2 just went on Later...With Jools Holland and didn't play the Joey Ramone song. They have moved on from that. They're into saving the album with the next single apparently.

Saying that 26 million people have "engaged" with it is a misnomer and it is, in fact, payola. U2 was paid a lot of money by Apple for an album that was delivered to users free. That's money in exchange for exposure and downloads and play time. No other artist was afforded the chance to do this and let their work sink or swim on the merits.

It is, no doubt, painful to spend five years making a U2 album and end up with what was delivered. It's just as frustrating to wait that long--a lifetime--for a record that wasn't worth waiting for.

And just so you know I'm trolling, remember this--no one cares about the album. They will go to the shows and the tour ahead will probably be very successful. The sad thing is, no one wants to hear the new stuff.

This is Obama's Fault, Too

Nina Pham didn't get the memo.

She wasn't supposed to survive the Ebola virus and end up being declared free of it. She was supposed to be the face of the Republican Party's concerted effort to say stupid things about the Ebola virus and scare the hell out of everyone.

Now that a healthy young person has survived it, how is the Republican Party supposed to gain seats in November and take control of the Senate?

I mean, as long as we're in a tizzy, let's take it up a notch and do things like this:

NYC Ebola Patient Dr. Craig Spencer Had 100.3 Fever, Not 103

The New York City doctor who tested positive for Ebola had a fever of 100.3 degrees, not 103 degrees, as was first reported, health officials said Friday.
Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, the city health commissioner, gave the new figure on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. Dr. Craig Spencer, who had treated Ebola patients in the West African country of Guinea, was rushed to a New York hospital and isolated after he reported the fever. He later tested positive for the virus.

Aaaah! Aaaah! Cue the ghost of Sam Kinison and his endless screaming.

Shouldn't Pham have put her country first and told everyone that she had a fever of 108 like she was supposed to? How do you think this makes the fear mongers feel?

No one takes a minute to think about them, do they? This is the sort of thing that can ruin your weekend.

Good for Nina Pham, but, really, this is all about how President Obama wants everyone to die from Ebola. She should have gone with the prevailing media narrative and not fought against the virus. We simply cannot have the idea that, yeah, you can SURVIVE having EBOLA get out there. Someone might start thinking that Obama isn't entirely to blame for everything anymore.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

This is Now the Gilded Age

Dear Prudence, 
I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” streets—mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn’t a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children. Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what’s the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids?
—Halloween for the 99 Percent

Someone needs to check their privilege at the door and acknowledge that, when you argue that paying more in taxes means you shouldn't have to tolerate the presence of the poor, you're the scum of the Goddamned Earth.

Just so we're clear, lady--your taxes aren't anywhere nearly high enough to compensate for what a parasite you've become.

Barney Fife is Alive and Well in Freeborn County Minnesota

If even a tenth of this story is true, then my previous call to bring the State Police to Albert Lea, Minnesota and take over the Freeborn County Sheriff's Department should be repeated:

On April 7, I discovered that a substantial amount (over $13,000) of hog equipment and tools had been stolen from one of our locations in Freeborn County. I immediately called our local sheriff’s office. A deputy was dispatched, and he investigated the scene and a report was filed.

Sensing that not much was going to be done about it, I did a little investigating on my own. In less than 24 hours, I found not only where my stolen property was, but who did it, and where they lived. A scrap-iron yard in Kensett, Iowa, had a receipt with the thieves’ name on it and a picture of them with the stolen items. They are Albert Lea residents with a long criminal record who local law enforcement know well.

I excitedly called the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office back with the information expecting that something would be done about it. I was then put in contact with detective Marc Johnson. To my disappointment, he told me that they could not cross the state line (which was not the truth according to other law enforcement officials I contacted). I also told him that if he were to go to their residence, he would find my additional stolen items that were not scraped out. He proceeded to do that and found them just as I described.

Asking him what he was going to do about it, he said that I should have the Worth County Sheriff’s Office take the case because it could probably do a better job. He also told me that he didn’t want to look like a fool if he couldn’t prove it.

Frustrated with detective Johnson, I then made several attempts to contact Sheriff Bob Kindler, who never once responded to my calls. Charges were never made by the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

Somewhere in there, I would imagine something is missing--as in, what's the real truth? Is this campaign boilerplate? Is this a fabrication? I highly doubt it since it was signed by a Freeborn County resident with his own name. This is not the same as creating a fake website or anything like that.

I mean, wow. Just. Wow.

If you go and find your property has been stolen, and if you find that it has been sold for scrap, and have proof of this, you've got to have the law on your side to try and make things right. If you go to their residence and find your stolen property, you've got to have someone backing you up. What happens if you don't is exactly what should never happen, which is a community where people have to take the law into their own hands.

I said it before and I'll say it again--this isn't about politics or who should run things. This is about public safety. If you want a community where incompetent cops run around saying things like "he didn't want to look like a fool if he couldn't prove it."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Everyone Should Know the Story of Walter White

I don't pretend to understand how we are still governed by the Puritans. They were, after all, noted for their hatred of Christmas celebrations and their inability to dance.

You see, the Puritans are still running things. They have an undue amount of influence in our society. All it takes is for some mother somewhere to get upset and use the Internet and, voila, we are rolling on down a barely-there country road in New England and the horse is hacking up a lung and the disapproval of the locals is upon us. Whatever our sins, we are wrong, and the Puritans are there to remind us that fun is for sinners and sinners burn forever in Hell.

They have, for the most part, died out. But your moms is still outraged and, when she sees something she doesn't like, it tends to go viral immediately because self-important outrage is the gasoline that runs the Internet. And that's why Facebook is the Devil.

What did you win, lady? You got some toys off of the shelf. What you won was this--you made us think about Breaking Bad and you made people go tsk tsk. That's about it. You did no harm to the culture but you did make a laughingstock out of the idea that people should maybe explain why drugs are bad to their kids. An action figure is a great conversation starter. Oh, you want to talk about Heisenberg? Well, let's put in Season Four and have a look.

I would be remiss if I didn't point out that, if you don't want your dumb kids on drugs, you should show them Breaking Bad. You should acknowledge the show and the central theme it presents and you should make your dopey offspring watch it. You should introduce them to the idea that, yeah, you can do drugs and things will be fine, but if you're not careful, you'll end up like Jesse's girlfriends.

Breaking Bad should be shown in every school in America. We ought to be teaching this to our kids. We ought to use the action figures as props so we can discuss what matters. Does a barrel full of cash matter more than your family? Why not? Does selling drugs make you rich? Why does the decision to "break bad" look foolhardy and how did the show teach us that lesson? Set against the history of America after twenty years of fighting a war on drugs and the collapse of health care insurance  benefits for teachers and the desperation felt by people living in poverty, well. It's the Great American Novel, as told in blocks of TV episodes.

Someone got some phony outrage to play out in the lazy media and we're arguing about some toys? Those overpriced television show tie-in toys that feature characters that will never come out of the box and will end up in that douche's cubicle over there? Really?

As a famous philosopher said, drugs are bad, mmmkay? and Walter White is an essential American character who will end up being part of the academic history of our literature. Instead of Cotton Mather, your idiot kid and his dumb little buddies should go as Heisenberg for Halloween (good luck banning that, Principal Dumbass). They should get out their Gus Fring impression and go to town. Me, personally, I'm more of a Hank but I want to be Mike. You should be Ted Benecke or Tuco, just so everyone can praise you for your taste. Your son is Jesse because Jesse is not Junior. Your daughter can be Skyler but the old hag who pushes an ATM onto her husband is also a good choice. No television show has ever made prostitution look as unsexy as Breaking Bad. Nobody ever took the Fedora and did with it what Frank Sinatra could not. And nobody gets to be Don Eladio, friend.

Remember Hillbilly Teeth? All you need are meth teeth for the kiddos and then you've got something. The Puritans had terrible teeth. They pulled them out with pliers made out of something found under the bed in a kinky room behind the bad whorehouse outside of town. They made a fetish out of misery, and they lived their lives like the Palins but with fewer snowmobiles.

Seriously, are we that shriveled up and dead as a country? We're talking about toys and we're not talking about the failure of the War on Drugs as it relates to the destruction of at least a million lives if not more? Really?

Is Martha Coakley For Real?

How could you be this bad of a politician?

Martha Coakley has figured out how to lose, as a Democrat, in an overwhelmingly democratic state. She should change her party affiliation to Republican and move to Mississippi.

The way things are going, they'll nominate her for the presidency or something like that. I mean, damn. Whose side is she on?

Dirty Pretty Things Waterloo to Anywhere Cover

This album gives me some hope as far as artistry and design are both concerned. Work like this, on the Dirty Pretty Things album Waterloo to Anywhere, is indicative of minimalism and primitivism, but this is rendered in such a way as to tell people what the music inside is like. It's brilliant work, no matter what you think of the band or the artist.


Ottawa is under attack:

The Canadian government has informed the United States that one shooter is dead in Ottawa, a senior U.S. official said. So far, there is "no indication the shooter has ties to violent Islamic extremism," but it is still extremely early in the investigation, the source said.

In response to the ongoing situation at Canada's Parliament, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, has increased its alert posture, CNN has learned. That means that it has increased the number of planes on a higher alert status ready to respond if needed. NORAD and Canadian authorities are in contact, an official told CNN.

Never underestimate America's ability to panic and make something worse than it is. The media will go nuts with this until the facts are in. If this is domestic Canadian terrorism, the American opportunists will use this to attack President Obama. It is entirely possible that this attack on Canadian soil will be viewed as an attempt to attack America and panic will take hold in places like New York City or Chicago and you'll see armed men everywhere in response to absolutely no threat whatsoever. This will be done because to be seen doing nothing is politically untenable.

One disaffected loner with a grudge against women can trigger a massive counter-terrorism response. We don't know if there actually are multiple shooters or if this is a Mumbai-styled attack. We don't know anything, other than the fact that this will be "Obama's Katrina."

And no, none of this is supposed to make any sense. Fear is the only partisan tool the Republican Party is eager to use on a regular basis.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nobody Owns a Sleater-Kinney Album

It almost doesn't matter if Sleater-Kinney were any good. No one owns their albums. No one bought their stuff when they were making records, save a handful of people with good taste. Everyone was buying the White Stripes and Nickelback records during that period. And maybe it wasn't about sales. But when someone writes this about your band:

Sleater-Kinney was almost certainly the most acclaimed American rock band of its time—Wilco is the only group that even comes close—and the question of why they never achieved broader success is an important and unpleasant one, particularly in a rock landscape that still treats female musicians primarily as texts to be read, suspiciously and never carefully.

Then you know something is wrong. Being acclaimed--or, in the vernacular, liked by rock critics only--is a meaningless distinction at a time when actual rock criticism has been dead for decades and is now practiced by clowns.

And I think what really bothers me about this article is that it does not acknowledge nor does it admit that there even is a Kristin Hersh in this world who did everything Sleater-Kinney did but, better, faster, longer and for more people without having to compromise.

They were called Throwing Muses, by the way. How can you write an article about Sleater-Kinney and not mention them?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bored in Sweden

They must be feeling the need for attention or something along those lines in Sweden right now. How could they be shocked that the Putin-era Navy of the former Soviet Union is incapable of doing anything underwater without losing another submarine or failing to cover up their activities?

It's tough out there for a former superpower with no money and a fading and rusting naval force.

I'm reminded of what happened with the disaster aboard the Kursk, a submarine that sank in shallow waters (if you could have stood the Kursk on its nose, it would have extended up out of the water in which it sank). Russia was dealt a humiliating blow when this happened, forced to decline assistance from numerous NATO countries with the money and technology to do what Russia simply could not do, and that's why I suspect that what's happening near Sweden is a repeat of some sort of blunder, triggered by incompetence and outdated technology.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Everything Will Kill You

We are the most panicky people on the face of the Earth. What happened to being resilient or tough? What happened to not giving a shit? What happened to context and actually having useful information?

I don't know about you, but lightning is way worse than Ebola:

If we treated the flu like we have treated Ebola, we'd have lost our mud long ago:

The number of seasonal influenza-associated (i.e., seasonal flu-related) deaths varies from year to year because flu seasons are unpredictable and often fluctuate in length and severity. Therefore, a single estimate cannot be used to summarize influenza-associated deaths. Instead, a range of estimated deaths is a better way to represent the variability and unpredictability of flu. An August 27, 2010 MMWR report entitled “Thompson MG et al. Updated Estimates of Mortality Associated with Seasonal Influenza through the 2006-2007 Influenza Season. MMWR 2010; 59(33): 1057-1062.," provides updated estimates of the range of flu-associated deaths that occurred in the United States during the three decades prior to 2007. CDC estimates that from the 1976-1977 season to the 2006-2007 flu season, flu-associated deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. Death certificate data and weekly influenza virus surveillance information was used to estimate how many flu-related deaths occurred among people whose underlying cause of death was listed as respiratory or circulatory disease on their death certificate.

And I'm not even going to go into car accidents, cancer, or being near someone with a gun. Good grief. We're the wimpiest of wimps nowadays.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Here's Your Sign

After being told not to, Ralph Colavita's campaign put a campaign sign in my front yard. I have reported him to the Howard County government officials who are charged with destroying these things. Expect updates throughout the year...

As I have said many times, campaign signs do not matter. What an idiot.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

America Wants Nothing to Do With These Boobs

And, just so we're clear--I'm not talking about the ladies.

What you see above was the incredibly sexist marketing photo designed to get people excited about half-baked opinions and crosstalk. It accomplished nothing. Jon Stewart was right then and he's even more correct now--no one is well served by having a show this monstrous on the air.

Crossfire was a tremendous failure and a reeking pile of disastrous programming decisions. CNN decided that America needed to see Newt Gingrich on the televisions every day or whenever it aired and that was just too much for the people.

How does Gingrich continue? Easy, by showing up somewhere and holding out his hand, there will always be a ready-made bunch of suckers willing to pay him for his Friedman-esque nonsense. Hell, there are alternative history buffs who lose their mud when he's within fifty feet of a lectern and a dollar bill.

What a tragic waste of human endeavor television news is these days.

Gas Prices Plummet

I can still remember Election Day, 2008.

In our little corner of Maryland, I went to the polling place and voted. Some jackass was driving around in the parking lot, obstructing people from voting, and he was campaigning from his car window in violation of the law. On his bumper were two stickers:

Get Ready for $5.00 gal/gas If Obama Wins

Still waiting, asshole. Still waiting.

One of the traditional measures of how a President was doing was centered around the price of a gallon of gas. Nothing affects working people more than what they pay at the pump. You can't just "cut down" on the amount of gas you buy because people use it to get to where they have to be. As in, work, school, and to the store. Nobody buys gas they don't need. And so the impact on our economy is felt when the cost of gas is high because you HAVE to buy gas--you cut back on extras after you buy the gas you have to have. That's what drives down our consumer consumption.

This President can't even campaign for other Democrats because things are so toxic, and there is no shortage of those who believe he has been a tyrant/apologist/sellout/failure. None of those people remember the days when President Bush was clueless about why our endless wars in the Middle East were causing massive disruptions in the oil supply. The same people who apologized for Bush are deranged about Obama, and vice versa.

The best case for voting for Democrats? Cheap gas, baby. Enjoy it while you can.

Musicians Need to Make Money

It would be easy to hate on Iggy Pop for thinking that he could say something like this so soon after we were all reassured that giving away music for free would lead to increased sales:

During his half-hour address, the 67-year-old shared anecdotes and experiences from his own career, and at one point noted: "If I had to depend on what I actually get from sales I'd be tending bars between sets." Defending his Swiftcover commercial, he said: "If I wanna make money, well how about selling car insurance? At least I'm honest. It's an ad and that's all it is"

This is why you can't blame people like Iggy for trying to monetize themselves in ways that would have been unthinkable thirty years ago. They need to make living, and album sales alone could never generate the amount of money that has been pouring into (but not out of) the various streaming sources out there.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Antebellum is a Code Word in American History

Gawker Media, which is a big deal and can handle such things, is being told to stop referring to Blake Lively and something called Preserve LLC as fans of slavery.

Specifically, the "antebellum" slavery of the Southern United States before the outbreak of the Civil War. This would be the War of Northern Aggression that wasn't about slavery, of course, because State's Rights are all anyone ever talks about [and I am rolling my eyes].

When you count on the privileged and the wealthy class to have an ignorance of American History a mile wide, you can make money pretending things like slavery didn't happen. You can select periods of history and just copy the clothes and the look of the people. You don't do context when you have cash. You do for yourself, and that means looking your best.

Here's the context of the term "antebellum"

In the South, cotton plantations were very profitable, at least until overplanting leached most of the nutrients from the soil. Advances in processing the fiber, from Eli Whitney’s cotton gin to the development of power looms and the sewing machine, increased demand for cotton to export from the South to England and the mills of New England. Plantation owners were able to obtain large tracts of land for little money, particularly after the Indian Removal Act was passed in 1830. These plantations depended on a large force of slave labor to cultivate and harvest the crop—most white farmers in the 19th century wanted and were able to obtain their own farms as the U.S. expanded south and west, and slaves not only provided a labor source that couldn’t resign or demand higher wages, their progeny insured that labor source would continue for generations.

The demand for slave labor and the U.S. ban on importing more slaves from Africa drove up prices for slaves, making it profitable for smaller farmers in older settled areas such as Virginia to sell their slaves further south and west. Most farmers in the South had small- to medium-sized farms with few slaves, but the large plantation owner’s wealth, often reflected in the number of slaves they owned, afforded them considerable prestige and political power. As the quality of land decreased from over-cultivation, slave owners increasingly found that the majority of their wealth existed in the form of their slaves; they began looking to new lands in Texas and further west, as well as in the Caribbean and Central America, as places where they might expand their holdings and continue their way of life.

Unfortunately, the only history people know nowadays is Hitler Kinda Bad and Flares Are Out. Expecting people to understand that the "antebellum" South created a plantation class that exploited slaves, excluded poor whites, and maintained a great deal of control over the United States by playing obstructionist games in the Congress is a bit much. Look at these hats!

The word "antebellum" is a code word for when things were "right" in the South. Using it to sell clothes is akin to using it to convince people that it is your God-given right and your solemn duty to your heritage to buy and sell other human beings.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bird Droppings

Minimalism is in now, and I think it's because no one looks at album covers anymore because no one buys albums.

Noel Gallagher's new album was announced today but it doesn't arrive until March, 2015. That plainly sucks.

The New iPhone Spokesman is Pedo Bear

Son of a bitch...

I can guarantee you one thing--this will not harm sales of the iPhone one bit.

Vaccinations and the Wealthy

I took this shot a few weeks ago when visiting the Tyson's Corner mall. This advertisement was prominently displayed and targeted at the wealthy patrons of one of the most high-end malls on the East Coast.

There are probably nicer malls and malls with more elite clientele, but you would have a hard time outclassing Tyson's Corner. This ad wasn't directed at anyone who doesn't already make a comfortable living, by the way. Given the rules for public schools and the improved access to medical care (thanks to Obamacare and other reforms), those who make less money have more of an incentive and opportunity to vaccinate their children. America still lags behind much of the world, of course. Immigrant children from Guatemala are more likely to be vaccinated against disease than children from Texas.

This sign had me wondering--are we ever going to reach wealthier people who insist on avoiding immunizations against disease? Have we lost the Whole Foods crowd entirely, despite the science and the need for common sense? 

If you're seeing mall ads like this one, then we have lost too many people to the idea that they do not need to participate in the betterment of society. Their status has isolated them from the economic and social realities of modern life. I don't think they are reachable anymore--the idea that parents know what is best for their kids, and that their kids are somehow "too good" for the same immunizations given to "regular" children is an idea like racism. No matter how hard you try, you're not going to convince people that they're not special.

Anyway, I think these ads are useless. Far too many people have caught on to the belief that they are wealthy because they are special and thus do not need to do what everyone else has done. We are looking at a future where fighting diseases that we nearly wiped out is going to look like a bad science fiction movie.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Adorable Sistine Chapel Ceiling Video
Adorable - Sistine Chapel Ceiling on MUZU.TV
This is well worth embedding. There is so much going on in this video that I can't help but wonder why this wasn't a huge hit. Visually, I love this clip. The song is intense and the experience is unforgettable.

Felt Absolute Classic Masterpieces Covers

Felt's Absolute Classic Masterpieces is as minimalistic as it can get. Eschewing any pretense of artwork, you could almost call this one "Song Titles and Bar Code."

Julian Cope 5 O'clock World 10 Inch EP Covers

I suppose that the straights and the money men and the suits and the housewives all thought Julian Cope was going to go straight in 1988 and begin making the sort of music that would shift units and deliver widgets into the marketplace on a regular pace. In the minds of some of these people, an exceptionally long conveyor belt dumping wonderful products into their homes was the wave of the future. No more shopping--no more discerning looks at this item or that to see if it fits to suit or suits to fit--just dump into into the old chute and watch the bank account record the credit automatically.

It's a pity that Cope has disowned the album from which this single came. A bad Julian Cope album is head and shoulders above--and more well thought-out than--anything you'd get from that conveyor belt of consumer goods. My Nation Underground wasn't and certainly isn't bad. Copey didn't have enough songs to flesh it out properly. Imagine the album being set aside and crashed into the brilliance of what became Peggy Suicide. Imagine his Droolian and Skellington sets being combined with all herein and I think it would have been grand. As it is, I'll take his works and enjoy them as is. Critics be damned, they never understood Cope anyway.

This particular single is wonderful enough to merit inclusion and it regularly pops up in my song rotation. Perfectly executed and packaged in a 10-inch single--what's not to love?

The 10-inch single was always a treasure to locate and find. I loved picking them up whenever someone I liked put one out. Now I have to go scour the old collection and see which ones I still have.

Friday, October 10, 2014

America's First Family

It is now two years into the presidency of Sarah Palin. America is at war with Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Mexico and Turkey. A universal draft has been implemented in order to place America's military on a footing that is expected to grow to a total of 20 million uniformed service members. The threat to American interests expands in Latin America and the far East, with American embassies shuttered all over the globe.

Unemployment is down to 18.4% and America's GDP is $4 trillion dollars, down from a high of $17 trillion in 2009. Gas prices hover at $6.75 a gallon and milk is impossible to find due to lax regulation of bovine hormones. In most American cities, the police randomly shoot rioters and turn anyone they arrest over for basic training. President Palin has issued another executive over, to the exasperation of the Congress, indicating that she is displeased to learn that her eldest daughter has been rejected as the lead actress in a sitcom about a porn star who finds Jesus at Wendy's and then decides to live there with her uncle, who is a ghost.

Palin believes in blue skies overhead and the power of prayer. She took over when John McCain was impeached for tax evasion and being cranky. McCain declined to run for re-election in 2012 and has retired to a life of lobbying and criticizing American foreign policy. Palin, a family values candidate with plucky and popular daughters and a Bachelor son, easily defeated her primary opponents and then kneecapped liberal Senator Al Franken, who was the Democratic Party's nominee for President. Franken ran on a campaign platform that stated, "I will not allow any of my children to scoot along the ground, drunken and disorderly."

Franken lost by 200 electoral votes. Vice President Peter King snickered like a thug when he won.

In Alaska last week, President Palin was asked, how can your drunken family get away with such things?

Palin replied, "don't you know who I am?"

And with that, the heavens groaned.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Hubris of What is Left of Pink Floyd

Lazy band dumps the remainder of tracks from a session held nearly 20 years ago, calls it a new album, everyone rapturously praises them for their artistic integrity.

Sound familiar?

Pink Floyd have emptied the bins, tidied up what they could, left it to some schmo to edit it all into something called an album, and that's the end of that. Buy it, consumer. Covet it, fool. Ignore the criticisms--it's a new Pink Floyd album, you idiot!

What a shame.

Somewhere, a marketing guru is lamenting the fact that this is the "last" album because, surely, there are dusty tapes from the 1980s that could be slapped into shape and released in ten years, don't you think?

If Pink Floyd had tried this trick in the 1970s, people would have correctly assumed that this is a fraud and a waste of time. But if you do it when there's no music coming out, when no one can put their hands on anything new or exciting, and when there's money to be made, well. The media goes along with the pretense that this is anything but a cash grab.

Do you seriously think anyone in Pink Floyd needs any cash at this point? Really?

Peggy Bennett Believes in Guns Not Butter

I have watched the hilarious races happening in Albert Lea like everyone else has--with a mixture of sadness and horror.

Peggy Bennett is/was/couldabeen an electable (not batshit crazy!) teacher in Albert Lea who now fancies herself a "Constitutional Conservative." This means that she believes:

Protect Second Amendment rights
Preserve freedom of speech and religion
Promote fiscal discipline and sensible government spending

Create economic growth and ensure opportunity for all
Respect and care for all constituents, from the unborn to the elderly
Consider present, as well as future generations

That's from her own website. She places Second Amendment rights ABOVE the First Amendment (as a teacher, you'd think she could count and order things properly) and she opposes the school breakfast program:

Typically, when someone says "I was there and I wrote it down," they're usually good with their facts. I think that it's plain to see that Peggy Bennett wants guns in school, not butter for the kids. She's all about the unborn, but, like all other conservatives, as soon as you've been born, you're on your own, sucker. My comments are not unfair at all. Her own website, which is where she wrote down who she is and what she's about, says so.

Why would you run as a teacher and not mention education as being your strong suit right up front? Why would you take the word "electable" and put it on there first? Is that because there is great concern throughout the region that you are unelectable and dispirited and can't see straight when you're praying to Jesus for free guns for the kiddos? Why would you talk about guns? Mind you, this is happening in a community that is not far from where a nutjob of a kid nearly shot up and blew up schools in Waseca and then ended up with severely reduced charges.

How does she feel about guns in school, anyway? Concealed carry? Shouldn't every teacher and every student in Albert Lea be allowed their Konstituzional right to bear arms and pack heat?

How does being the teacher for guns work in a community where there are no jobs and where nobody has any money? Someone needs to work on jobs for Albert Lea. Someone needs to match education with economic development so that the area is producing a work force that can find gainful employment and survive. By all means, let people have all the guns they want. They can pay for them with the welfare benefits Peggy Bennett wants to cut and they can use the savings from letting kids go hungry all day in school to deliver a tax break for gunsmiths and someone who can sell extra large ammunition clips.

I'm not even going to get into what's happening with the race for Sheriff. One day, I will probably be driving in Albert Lea and I don't want Sheriff Bob Kindler's syndicate to disappear me into Eastern Iowa. If there was ever a less appealing subject than the Freeborn County Sheriff's election, I don't know what it would be. Somehow, Albert Lea was taken over by a cabal of sneaky men with kooky websites that say mean things. Until things die down, I can assure you, Albert Lea still pretty much sucks.

The Puritans Still Rule America

No surprise here. This is the lesson that people in politics never seem to learn--it's not the crime, it's the cover-up. Everything you think had gone away will always come back around and bite you in the ass. And anything that involves sex will be exposed because the American appetite for naughty news is insatiable:

As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.

But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member — yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged.

The information that the Secret Service shared with the White House included hotel records and firsthand accounts — the same types of evidence the agency and military relied on to determine who in their ranks was involved.

Jack Lew was the White House Chief of Staff when this happened. Covering up the involvement of the White House in this scandal probably went through him. If it did not, then you can plainly see why he did not hold the job for very long.

The Secret Service and the White House are locked in a struggle against one another. No one is well served by this and no one should mistake the impact this will have going forward. The rest of President Obama's turn in office will resemble siege warfare, and, in my opinion, the leaks that will involve this kind of activity will increase.

There is also an undercurrent of a cultural clash here. When you send Americans abroad, no matter how sophisticated they pretend to be, there is simply no way they can handle the customs and the practices found in other countries. We are still a Puritanical society and we bear the imprint made by a long-dead religious sect that flourished in New England on American customs and morals. This is why the Old West shocked people back east--it resembled the way the world still works in many places, with sex between adults treated like a retail transaction and with little regard for what made preachers uneasy.

The direct link to Puritanical values can be found when you laugh at the idea that the actor, Stephen Collins, should be the face of conservative family values. He once had the gall to criticize Jessica Biel for trying to have a viable career in Hollywood. He will likely never work again and the media elements at the level of TMZ will attempt to make the same buck that the Colombian prostitutes made when it was known that they were able to use the law to embarrass the government of the United States.

Everything can be traced back to hypocrisy and Puritan values that are outdated. No wonder the French still laugh at us.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Yep, That's Rape

George Will has no idea what "rape" actually is and he can prove it for you:

Consider the supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. “sexual assault.” Herewith, a Philadelphia magazine report about Swarthmore College, where in 2013 a student “was in her room with a guy with whom she’d been hooking up for three months”:

“They’d now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex with you.” And then he said, “OK, that’s fine” and stopped. . . . And then he started again a few minutes later, taking off my panties, taking off his boxers. I just kind of laid there and didn’t do anything — I had already said no. I was just tired and wanted to go to bed. I let him finish. I pulled my panties back on and went to sleep.’”

Six weeks later, the woman reported that she had been raped. Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of “sexual assault” victims. It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.

Now, I'm not an editor, but I play one on TV. And if I was the editor of this piece, and if George Will had submitted it to me, I would have written, in red ink across the part that I just quoted, "Mr. Will, this is rape. Plain and simple."

I mean, "dude. THAT'S RAPE." It really is.

Holy jeebus. How can you read that and not slap your forehead?

It does not matter if they had a previous relationship--forced sex is rape.

It certainly does matter that they mutually ended their relationship--his forced sex on her was rape because they had mutually determined that there was no existing relationship.

It does not matter if they had gotten in bed together--forced sex is rape.

It does not matter if she did not fight back--forced sex is rape.

What was outlined above was sex that was forced onto a woman by a man who was told "no." That is rape.

If the Washington Post still employs George Will--who clings to definitions and ideas that have been overtaken by events and who acts as if his medieval understanding of the current culture is relevant in any way--by the end of today, they are complicit in the mistaken notion that it's not rape if you only force it on her a little or once saw her bathroom area during happier times. By keeping this man gainfully employed, they endorse a creepy old man's outdated understanding of sex between two adults and have no credibility to engage on anything.

ABC News and the WaPo give this man a sinecure and allow him unfettered access to the political process as it is being butchered by the media. They should be shamed and hounded for allowing this creepy old futz to show up and obsess about college rape culture again and again.

Hey, bro. THAT WAS RAPE YOU JUST DESCRIBED ABOVE OMG! I mean, honestly. Wow.

George Will represents addled and confused thinking that demonizes victims and says that, hey, rape's okay by me when she has it coming.

What a disgrace this man has showered upon himself.

Harvest Records Gets a Little Free Advertising

I can appreciate the hurt feelings and the unhappiness behind this act of defiance, but, really, no one cares about record labels anymore. No one cares that Harvest Records was dishonest to an artist--that's what the label is there for. No one cares whether or not a business interest kept its word and did what it was obligated by contract to do--the law is owned by the fellow with the best lawyer.

Morrissey will always be a big deal and no record label can contain him. And, no, a group of like-minded artists is not going to go off and start their own record label. I'm shocked that there even is a Harvest Records.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Normalization of Technology

This is an article that describes how far we have come since the mid-2000s in terms of legitimizing technology. And it has happened in spite of ourselves.

One of the things that thwarted the growth of Craigslist, and delayed the ultimate destruction of a major source of income for newspapers, was the backlash generated against forging romantic or closely social associations through ads placed on the website. Whether it was for real, deep romance or superficial encounters, Craigslist was once a huge source of traffic and opportunity for people to hook up with. This complimented busy people or those who wanted to use pictures (Facebook? Absolutely) to make their value judgments. This was all well and good until--what, exactly?

The "scary" or "terrifying" online story of how someone was robbed/killed/abused/abandoned/left for dead by a motorcycle gang member, of course. That myth-inspiring, Snopes-ready trope that was guaranteed to STOP online dating in its tracks and force people to find bars where they could go and meet people.

Your source for these stories? Newspapers, naturally, especially ones that accepted advertising from self-defense schools, bars, restaurants, and from people who could sell you mace or oversized dogs. They had a vested interest in making it appear that places like Craigslist were online hotbeds of illicit behavior, all of it naughty and slightly unethical, and that death was right around the corner for anyone who tried to buy an overstuffed couch from a guy with an E-mail address of and a shady cell phone. ( is a cool dude, don't bug him, bro.)

Guess what?

It didn't work. People accepted technology, waited for it to upgrade itself and make itself reasonably safe to use, and then they added it to their daily routines. They adopted it after the initial dry run. They are now meeting people online and enjoying the results. I'm sorry if your business model didn't figure on losing customers to online dating, but there it is.

Peter Astor Submarine Covers

There is nothing that says that you HAVE to put a picture of a submarine on an album that you call "submarine." And that pretty much sums up the barren nature of this release.

And that's a shame. This could have been done with a lot more creativity. The album, in and of itself, is a classic. But the cover and the presentation marred what could have been, I feel.

The Weather Prophets Mayflower Cover and Back

Not a horrible cover, and quite a decent album. The Weather Prophets were short lived but put out some great stuff. I don't know whose idea it was to single out Peter Astor, but I don't think it mattered as much as it would have in some other bands.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


I have expressed some concerns about joining the United States Freedom Army. I don't think they should use the word "shenanigans" when they're talking about taking things back to the way the Founders intended (and they don't know what that means, so, you know...). I also don't think that worrying about backing the money supply with gold means they are right with Jabez, and, brother, if you're not right with Jabez, you're not right. Period.

The last time I joined an Army, I got a lot of clothes out of the deal. What's the wardrobe look like? Someone wanna fill me in?

Can't Get More Racist Than This

That's a page from a major American Newspaper, my friends. That is not an image from some podunk racist blog or or

That's from the Boston Herald and it's racist as hell.

Straight up, no doubt about it, no arguing it. That's racist.

Good luck making that demonstration of mind-numbingly bad judgment disappear, you hacks.

The Clintons Drive Them Crazy

What do you do when an otherwise reasonable adult with a prominent media job loses their ever loving mind?

Well, the pithy response is, he never had his wits about him in the first place. David Frum reveals his inner child here, and you can't fault the man for being racist--with conservatives, that's a feature and not a bug.

And the larger reality is that the Clintons will always drive conservatives around the bend. The Clintons bring out the worst in people who lived through that era and considered themselves Republicans. That whole era was one of such superficial insanity that no one should welcome a return to it, no matter what.

As tired as I am of the Clintons, modern conservatism has gone so far off the deep end that if we were to elect a Democrat to the presidency in 2016 who had never said anything stupid, who saved the lives of a hundred soldiers and a thousand puppies, who had the Medal of Honor, who was named Smith and was from the whitest part of Iowa, and who was gracious and polite, they would still call him a murdering psychopath who fucked animals and ate baboon hearts and wasn't a real American.

They are crazy, all of them, and there's no reasoning with them anymore. Might as well hope for something else.

No Mardy Bums

I'm not sure who Johnny Marr is talking about. Radiohead? 

It's not like there's anything happening anyway, right?

Ed Champion is the Troll You Have Never Heard Of

Some people just need to go away and stare hard at the walls forever. Ed Champion is one such individual.

If you read this story and follow the links, you'll find that Mr. Champion has decided to use the Internet in exactly the wrong way. Mastery of this art is found among certain groups of disassociated men who cannot function in polite society. They are often capable of taking the hate they harbor against women and turning that into money. Whoever pays Champion uses their money to advance the hatred of women on the Internet and that's all there is to it. Until someone figures out how to legislate effectively with regards to trolling, you can count on more clowns like this establishing a hold on the popular culture. How do you make a living in America hating women? The answer is, of course you do, of course you do.

How much art has been lost because of this man's relentless obsession with exactly the wrong things in life?

The Railway Children Reunion Wilderness Covers

I'm not going to say that this is bland, but it definitely could have been a better package. The Reunion Wilderness release from The Railway Children goes in a minimalistic direction, and leaves very little else to recommend the album.

Serving as the Factory Records debut when it originally came out, these views are from the release that Ether records put out. The original Factory release might look a little different. What strikes me, though, is that this doesn't look anything like a Factory records release. It's not awful, but it does lack the sort of visual hook that would have helped the band out a little in terms of attracting the attention of people who browse through record stores.

Julian Cope Fried (Another Set) Covers and Liner Notes

Yes, it's the Fried album again, and Julian Cope is certainly worth blogging about, no matter what the suits tell you.

This set of scans was discovered this afternoon whilst putting all of my ducks in a row and migrating all of my ripped music to a new external drive. I have a fairly extensive CD collection, and, when I came across this, well. It was off to the races.

Fried is something you should strive to add to your musical experiences. Don't holler at me if you don't like it--holler at the tastemakers who left you unable to deal with it.