Showing posts with label People. Show all posts
Showing posts with label People. Show all posts

Monday, July 18, 2016

Bono Put His Hands Up Like Everyone Else

There's something a bit misleading about this article. It suggests that the police rushed to Bono's aid. That is simply not the case:

U2 frontman Bono was reportedly rescued by armed police while dining in a restaurant in Nice during last week's terror attacks in the French city.

Last Thursday night (July 14), a truck ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern city. The crash left 85 people dead and 202 others injured. The driver of the truck Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was later shot dead by police and the incident is being treated as a terror attack.

The Mirror reports that Bono was on the terrace of La Petite Maison, a restaurant on the Nice seafront and near where the attack took place.

Bono was not given celebrity treatment, however. Once the police worked their way through the area, they had him put his hands on his head like everyone else before they let him go. There was a real fear in Nice on the night of the attack that there were others involved.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Lush Return

It's about fucking time for a Lush reunion.  4AD needs to deliver remastered deluxe editions of all of their albums. And whoever is paying Miki and Emma to do this better give them the whole bank because they deserve it.

I've been grumpy about this for years. Now I can slink off and think of something else that will make me miserable.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Blame the Poor

Portland is weird, but it’s kind of a crappy weird. It is the most vagrant-ridden… it’s really fuckin’ up my liberal mind. I’m just like, what a collection of human turds. Within the one week before I came on this tour, I had to run people out of my house. Twice with axes. Two people died. This is within 300 feet of my house. It’s just a constant shitshow of fights.

And that’s just Portland keeping itself weird. That’s the saying: Keep Portland weird… It’s a cool city. But a lot of the keeping itself weird is actually just allowing people to be complete pieces of shit. And that’s exhausting.

What's the good kind of weird? Panhandlers who have night jobs? If you're going to go overseas and badmouth the town in which you live, at least have the decency to kick up and not down.

Blaming people who are poor for everything is the classic rich man's ploy to make everyone hate welfare, hate the government, and hate any kind of social justice. This enriches the already wealthy because no one ever comes to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, we have a serious problem with income inequality everywhere.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Replacements Are Going on Tour

This time, they'll probably play a reasonable number of their own songs:

April 9 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre April 10 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom April 13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic April 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium April 19 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore April 29 & 30 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre May 2 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom May 3 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore May 5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE May 6 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion May 8 – Washington, DC @ Echostage May 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier

Thursday, February 5, 2015

How Many INXS Albums Are Never Going to Happen Now?

Tim Farriss, the guitar player for INXS, severely damaged the ring finger on his fret hand in a boating accident recently.

This has led to speculation that he will never play guitar again, properly, at any rate.

I don't know if that's anything worth a comment, but here goes. INXS were largely finished long before the untimely demise of Michael Hutchence. They maintain a following, to be certain, but their careers ended when the 1990s began. They have been on a slow, steady decline since 1987, to be cruel about it.

 Having said that, it's never cool when someone has something taken away from them. Now would be a good time to figure out how to learn to play the guitar with a disfigurement and see what happens from that.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mark Radcliffe is Tormenting Steve Kilbey

David Bowie and someone named Mark Radcliffe

Oh, that didn't take too long to figure out, now did it?

Steve Kilbey of the Church has better things to do than moderate the hateful, trollish comments left on his blog by Mark Radcliffe. Kilbey is about to tour and support one of the finest albums of the year, The Church's Further Deeper album.

Here, Kilbey details the hateful, absolutely intolerable comments left on his website.

Steve, why do your eldest daughters hate you?
i dunno. but i hear your little dog toto adores you

Your whole life is a lie.
Why don’t you try living up to the values you spout?
Because it’s too hard and you’re too soft.
at least theyre my own lies
your life is stalking your betters on fan pages gushing dribbling and being rude

Steve, why have so many lives been ruined by you?
gee thats kinda general
what about you deejay?

Through a little checking, Kilbey was able to deduce that Mark Radcliffe, a BBC Radio personality, has been the culprit, relentlessly posting nasty things on his blog.

Is this true? Why would the BBC employ Radcliffe if he's out trolling people like this?

Radcliffe needs to take stock of his life and seek professional help.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Carrie Brownstein Can Write

Now, this could be an excellent book. Carrie Brownstein is a legitimate contender for most talented person in the history of whatever. She can act, she can do comedy, she can write, and she can play music. These kids today couldn't do half of what she does before breakfast.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hindrocket The Troofer!

John Hinderaker at PowerLine believes that there is something amiss, and that makes for blogging gold on the Internet! Yay!

As a Reid Troofer, Hind Rocket just had to speculate that Senator Harry Reid was possibly beaten like a cheap drum by some Las Vegas thugs or casino muscle. Would it be irresponsible to speculate? It would be irresponsible not to! Right? Right.

No, of course we're not being told the truth about Harry Reid. He's a Democrat, and liberals are the real haters and this is all payback for George W. Bush and his run-in with a pretzel.

Another cherished moment of a life spent watching insanity flicker in front of you on a computer screen. Is it 2005 again? Jeebus.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Only 25 Kids?

Did you think Idiocracy was a documentary? I know, me too!

A Memphis man with at least 25 kids by 15 different mothers is at it again.

More women claim he’s fathered children, and he’s still not paying up.

We first told you about Terry Turnage two years ago.

They called him the worst deadbeat dad ever. As we’ve found out since then, he’s wanted in another state by more women.

“Everybody tells me, ‘What you doing talking to him? How you didn’t know he had all these kids?’ Uh duh, I’ve been in school. I wasn’t out like that,” 22-year-old Paula Stewart said.

Stewart says she now knows the father of her 2-year-old son is the father of many.

Turnage shows up in court in rags, but around Forrest City, he’s known as the flashy club owner that drives fancy cars and goes by the name TYB. Those who know Turnage say it stands for ‘Take your B—-!’

Miesha Davis said she found out about Turnage when she called the Forrest City child support office.

“When I called. She was like, ‘Who?’ I said Terry T. Turnage. She was like, ‘He’s famous,’” Davis said.

That's not the good kind of famous, by the way. That's small town baby daddy fame.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kids Don't Follow

Who really plays pickleball? Is it really for kids?

I think it's great that someone decided to give money to build a Pickleball court. I just don't know any kids who would play it; therefore, this was a donation specifically for someone who wants to play Pickleball and to hell with the youngsters and their iPads and their pickleheaded ways.

Not everything in a community has to be for one group. But don't pretend there isn't a form of elitism at work when corporations give money to build things.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Your Scroll Bar Did Not Disappear

This is one of those rare occasions when Apple makes a mistake and assumes people can tolerate even a fraction of the change they were never looking for:

For longer than I care to admit, I have been unable to scroll down on my computer. This is only the latest in a series of laptop-related inconveniences, but, given the nature of my employment, is something of a problem. If you manage to catch the scrolling bar to the far right of the screen, you can generally navigate okay, but if you relax your vigilance for a moment and move your cursor, that option is closed, and it is necessary to refresh the screen. At least, that’s the only way I know how to do it.

See above for the answer...I struggled for days with our newly-upgraded MacBook and finally figured out what to do. I Googled the problem and someone coughed up an answer. That's how you do it nowadays. You look for people who are similarly challenged and copy them. What could go wrong?

Now, if this person doesn't have an Apple, then they're screwed and no one should care. But should never be too proud to Google or beg.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Horrible World of Chuck Beaver

Good God.

Chuck Beaver has been arrested for a morals crime?

I doubt very much that anyone would have thought that Chuck Beaver would be a perv.

If Chuck Beaver is a bad guy, who the hell is a good guy?

Chuck Beaver is a guy you have a barbecue with. He's the guy you go golfing with. He's good people when there aren't any other people around.

But, no. Chuck Beaver is one of those people you can't socialize with anymore. He's too stupid to be on the Internet, too horny to let into your house, and he's done. America chews these people up and it spits them out. They run afoul of the law and ruin themselves. No one looks at the cops and their greasy little tactics and the photos they use to catch Chuck Beaver and his ilk. We just want them out there, trying to catch a few more Chuck Beavers.

Well, goddamn, son. Chuck Beaver caught himself.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Caring About People is More Important Than Caring About Business

I know my priorities are often out of whack, but shouldn't there be more of a focus on the recovery of the people who were actually, you know, blown to fucking pieces in Boston and their families and how they're coping with their losses?

Perhaps it is just my nutty way, but I care more about the people than I do about the bars and shops and restaurants. I know they employ people, but I think we can all agree that the ones who were actually killed and maimed and their families mean more than someone's profit margin.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Go Find Havoc

Havoc the Dog

The gist of this article is, some poor lady is trying to find her missing dog and a bunch of people are being self-important dicks about it.

Being thorough and organized will get you nothing but grief in a world where people just don't give a shit about anything. If you are so dead-set on making the posters for the missing dog go away, go find the missing dog or shut the hell up.

There are some things that are, in fact, annoying. Clutter is annoying. But someone else's pain should be accommodated and handled with a little more sympathy.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Clint Eastwood is Still a Badass

America's enduring image of Clint Eastwood will not be that of him talking to an empty chair in hopes of electing Mitt Romney to the Presidency. That's because Clint Eastwood is an American badass:

Hollywood actor-director Clint Eastwood delivered an unexpected star turn when he saved the tournament director of this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from choking during a dinner on the eve of the golf event.

Eastwood, 83, noticed a "look of panic" on the face of tournament official Steve John as he tried to swallow a piece of cheese during a function for tournament volunteers at the Monterey Conference Center in California on Wednesday night.

Immediately, Eastwood stepped in and performed the Heimlich maneuver, the Carmel Pine Cone reported in Friday's edition.

There are few, if any, 83 year old men who could move quickly enough to give someone a pat on the back, let alone save their life with the Heimlich maneuver. Wow.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hating People is Un-American

The last time I checked, hating people was not a Christian or American attribute. The kinds of hate espoused by Phil Robertson are inherently un-American and go against the teachings of Jesus. Hating people puts you at odds with the Price of Peace.

Robertson and his ilk hide behind items found largely in the Old Testament. Where are his slaves? His extra wives? His sacrificial goats?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mercilessly Mocking Nikki Finke

More of this, please.

Nikki Finke can't understand why people don't just praise her for all she does. Anyone who doesn't fall down at her feet and acquiesce to her abuse must hate the human experience. Or something along those lines.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Get Back to Work

Just once, I'd like to see us add a half a million jobs to this economy for three or four straight months:

U.S. employers hired more workers than expected in November and the jobless rate hit a five-year low of 7.0 percent, raising chances the Federal Reserve could start ratcheting back its bond-buying stimulus as soon as this month. 

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 203,000 new jobs last month, following a similarly robust rise in October, the Labor Department said on Friday. The report, which showed broad gains in employment and a rise in hourly earnings, suggested strength in the economy heading into year-end. 

"It will add further confidence to the Fed of a reduced need for monetary stimulus in the U.S. economy. We now see the bias shifting in favor of a January tapering announcement," said Millan Mulraine, senior economist at TD Securities in New York.

The unemployment rate dropped three tenths of a percentage point to its lowest level since November 2008 as some federal employees who were counted as jobless in October returned to work after a 16-day partial shutdown of the government.

We need a hiring boom in this country. We need to get people back to work. Even though unemployment is at 7%, that's still awful for too many people.