Friday, November 04, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Use It -- The New Pornographers
Your Smoke Screen -- k.d. lang
Sailing To Nowhere -- Broken Bells
Don't Get So Down On Yourself -- Chris Isaak
Solitude -- Django Reinhardt
Cab Driver -- The Mills Brothers
Your Body Is A Wonderland -- John Mayer
1020 AM -- Spoon
Got Some -- Pearl Jam
Let's Forget About It -- Lisa Loeb

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Boo Who

Mr Fish lays it down with a heavy beat this Halloween. Scary stuff indeed.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Welcome To Paradise -- Green Day
Bess, You Is My Woman Now -- Miles Davis
Beautiful -- Carole King
This Fffire -- Franz Ferdinand
Woolie Bullie -- Pere Ubu
The New Call Of The Wreckin' Ball -- The Knitters
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 -- The Flaming Lips
Hey Little World -- The Hives
Big Moon -- John Doe
Love Is The Answer -- Weezer

Bonus cut of the Highest order...

Drive My Car -- The Beatles

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Random Ten

It's Your Amazing Grace -- Glen Campbell
Kid -- The Pretenders
Wild Child -- Enya
Post Punk Progression -- Snow Patrol
Punky Reggae Party -- Bob Marley
For Your Pleasure -- Roxy Music
Play With Fire -- Rolling Stones
Drive In Drive Out -- Dave Matthews Band
Rollin' On -- Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
I Shot My Manager -- Gruppo Sportivo

Bonus (it's officially Autumn) cut:

Two Rocks -- Geraint Watkins

Friday, October 07, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Wind Up -- Foo Fighters
Goodbye -- Eddie Vedder
2000 Miles -- The Pretenders
Misty Valleys -- JP, Chrissie and Fairground Boys
Bad Girl -- New York Dolls
Orchestral Suite #1 in C -- J.S. Bach
Playboy To A Man -- Elvis Costello
Zeke The Freak -- Isaac Hayes
Return To Me -- Chris Isaak
Cleanup Time -- John Lennon (it's John's 71st Birthday on Sunday)

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Juan Cole

Once again, Juan Cole pulls the room together like no one else as it relates to the passing of Steve Jobs. I'm genuinely overwhelmed with the depth of coverage on his death considering how very sick he has been these past few years.

That said, he's an American icon and a supreme driver of this modern zeitgeist of ours.

RIP, Steve Jobs.

Oh, and I almost forgot; I fucking HATE pancreatic cancer...

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Ted Rall

Big Brother up in Wisconsin gave me an electronic kick in the pants today that LMS has been dormant for far too long. In my defense, I've been terribly busy and relatively disinterested in the bloggity-blog goodness of the innertubes of late, but to placate both of my readers, here's a post.

Nothing like Ted Rall to cure what ails ya...I just knew that there was a rationale behind the eunuchfication of Barack Obama.

Clickin' it makes it bigger.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Laughing Out Loud -- The Wallflowers
Please Wake Me Up -- Tom Waits
Black Like Me -- Spoon
Tired Of Waiting -- Green Day (cover)
Radio Bar -- Fountains Of Wayne
Words Of Love -- The Mamas & The Papas
Lost Cause -- Beck
Moth -- Audioslave
Crash The Party -- O.K. Go
And Then So Clear -- Brian Eno

Bonus Opening Night Cut:

Girl Of My Dreams -- Charles Mingus

Friday, September 09, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Have Your Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadows? -- The Rolling Stones
Diamond Road -- Sheryl Crow
Tiger Rag -- Django Reinhardt
You Got It All Wrong -- The Hives
She's Not Mine Anymore -- Robert Gordon
Cold -- Annie Lennox
Dancing For Money -- Graham Parker
Happy Jack -- The Who
Stay Away -- Nirvana
God Don't Make Lonely Girls -- The Wallflowers

Bonus (Cuz'n Mike's Birthday) cut:

15 Minutes -- The Strokes

Friday, September 02, 2011

Friday Random Ten (Labor Day Edition)

Angola -- Ray Davies
Eyeball Kid -- Tom Waits
Eight Days A Week -- The Beatles
Next Year, Baby -- Jamie Cullum
Harmony In My Head -- The Buzzcocks
Lorca's Novena -- The Pogues
Definite Door -- The Posies
Jumpers -- Sleater-Kinney
Urban Lifestyle -- Pere Ubu
One More Robot -- The Flaming Lips

Bonus long weekend cut:

One (Blake's Got A New Face) -- Vampire Weekend

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Random Ten

The Other End Of The Telescope -- Elvis Costello
Rave On -- Buddy Holly
It's Over -- Roy Orbison
Besame Mucho -- Bob Conti
Prelude To A Kiss -- Duke Ellington
The Down Low -- Nellie McKay
Here Comes President Kill Again -- XTC
Pretty Girls -- Neko Case
I Walk The Line -- Johnny Cash
One And The Same -- Audioslave

Bonus (the only thing this blog is good for anymore is for posting Friday Random Ten lists) cut:

Watch Her Disappear -- Tom Waits

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Nothingman -- Pearl Jam
Perfidio -- Duke Ellington
Our Generation (The Hope Of The World) John Legend & The Roots
Come Together -- The Beatles
Really -- Nellie McKay
Under The Bridge -- Jill Sobule & John Doe
Bob-Kick -- Nat King Cole
Layfette Don't Fail Me Now -- Spoon
Love Me Or Leave Me -- Nina Simone
Andromeda -- Paul Weller

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's The Jobs Stupid

I keep wondering why everyone is all up in arms about Obama not creating jobs. Businesses (large and small), and Commerce create jobs, not necessarily governments. Sure, government can help, as is the case of Germany mentioned in this terrific piece in today's NYT, but they're not the entire answer.

I lost my job under Bush. I didn't blame him. I still haven't had a full time job under the Obama Administration and still; no blame affixed.

Courage is required here. Businesses need to open their wallets and stop clinging to shareholder's cash. What's the worth of high yields and dividends when you can't find a job?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Bring Your Lovin' Back Here -- Gomez
Project X: First Section -- Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
I Will -- The Beatles
Rub Me Raw -- Warren Zevon
Burn Away -- Foo Fighters
Ize Of The World -- The Strokes
Smiling Faces -- Joan Osborne
Smoke Dreams -- Jill Sobule
Trippin' On Your Love -- Bananarama
Cradle Of Love -- Billy Idol ( Yikes. I cannot believe that this song is on my iPod Face palm!)

Bonus (get the taste of Billy Idol out of my mouth) cut:

Generals And Majors -- XTC (there, that's better)

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Friday, August 05, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Something -- The Beatles
Handel: Gavotte -- Andres Segovia
All These Things That I've Done -- The Killers
The Way That We Get By -- Spoon
Switchboard Susan -- Nick Lowe
War Pigs -- CAKE
Hold On -- Tom Waits
Shut Your Eyes -- Snow Patrol
I Get Kick Out Of You -- Frank Sinatra
Five On The Five -- The Raconteurs

Bonus beautiful day cut...

Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel -- Todd Rundgren

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Scarecrow -- Beck
Just About Glad -- Elvis Costello
C'mere -- Interpol
You Still Touch Me -- Sting
City With No Children-- Arcade Fire
Whatsername -- Green Day
Workin' On Leavin' The Livin' -- Modest Mouse
I Felt The Luxury -- Iggy Pop
Let Freedom Ring -- Chuck Prophet
Last Chance -- JET

Bonus (High School Gym Teacher edition)

Away From The Numbers -- The Jam

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

4th Down and 20

Here's yet another stellar piece on the end of our era.

I couldn't echo its sentiment any stronger. I found out that my permanent job was going away right before Labor Day Weekend 2007. That's now fast approaching 4 years. Since then I've scrambled and scraped, applied and submitted and generally wore a path in the rug trying to return to the former glory that was once my job and sense of self worth.

All of that effort has proven fruitless and I now am utterly convinced that not only will I never attain the status and esteem which I once held, and frankly, sadly, treasured; but that I also now realize that I never should've tried to get back to there in the first place.

The deck is stacked, the game is rigged and the house will always win. No more Jello for me, mom.

Listen, I've said it before and I'll say it now. If you're fortunate enough to have dodged this now increasingly historic bullet, I salute and congratulate you on that success. I'm not being maudlin or scolding. It's just the facts of the matter.

However, until you've walked in my shoes and felt my pain, shame and embarrassment, you'll never know the view from this side of the fence. Not to cheapen the experience, but emotionally, I can liken my perspective to that of being a cancer survivor. My carefully chosen daily mood transcends my reality and thankfully, my inner doctor says that I'm currently in remission.


I keep finding bizarre, little tiny jobs and ways to make a buck. I'll never earn anything close to what I used to but I don't care about that any longer. It's Okay.

Regardless, it's a goll-damned waste of a perfectly good white boy.

And so, I move on.

I've always said that the Arts are the only thing that matters anyway. History, Wars, Religion, Money...they've all had their hand as world shakers and failed. The painters, poets, actors, authors and singers will always live on.

And so it goes.


I've been reasonably mute about the shootings in Norway last Friday.

Yes, it's a very terrible thing, but, aren't we Americans, (the most socially hostile mass of people on the planet IMHO), sadly too numb to really feel anything about this tragedy?

There were over 20 people killed this weekend all over the US in similar fashion and that barely made the papers. (And this link is from the friggin' Mail Online UK!).

Anyhoo, as I am frequently want to do, I'll leave the driving to someone else as it relates to an "official position" on these horrific Norwegians murders.

Handy Andy Sullivan has an excellent comprehensive and focused piece on his site that I would recommend to any sentient person who may be interested in the roots and whys of Breivik's motivation.

I figure I've got about 30 or more years left on this planet to read about these bi-monthly kinds of events. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Dennis Perrin, a find via Mr. James Wolcott, opines about the increasing lack of courtesy and politeness in our modern society especially in the airport hubs.

I dig his prose but question his use of the word "perhaps" when discussing the veracity of DEVO's freethinking vision of our times. We're a long way beyond "perhaps", Dennis...we're fully engaged there, buddy.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Real Love -- Regina Spektor
Monkey Wrench -- Foo Fighters
Courageous Cat Theme -- New York Dolls
3:00 AM Blues -- Dick Hyman Group
I Only Have Eyes For You -- Harry Connick Jr.
Back On The Chain Gang -- The Pretenders
St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast -- Frank Zappa
Divertimento in D: Allegro -- Mozart
Frescobaldi: Passacagalia -- Andres Segovia
To Hell With Poverty -- Gang Of Four

Bonus heat wave cut:

For Once In My Life -- Stevie Wonder

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Stop The World And Let Me Off -- Patsy Cline
Carnival Of The Animals-Finale -- Saint-Saens
Promises, Promises -- George Shearing
Post Rock Defends The Nation -- Bon Savants
The Littlest Birds -- The Be Good Tanyas
Goodnight Irene -- Tom Waits
Nutted By Reality -- Nick Lowe
Pure And Easy -- The Who
Suspicious Minds -- Dwight Yoakam
Blink And You'll Miss It -- Paul Weller

Bonus GG on vacation all week starting tomorrow cut:

Speaking in Tongues -- Eagles Of Death Metal

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Harvey Pekar

Today is the first anniversary of the death of Harvey Pekar. He was the embodiment of a very specific zeitgeist here in Cleveland and he is sorely missed in these days of madness and confusion.

If you're looking for everything Harvey, steer your clickin' mouse in this direction and you'll find a treasure trove of data, memorabilia and like minded folks celebrating the life and times of the man.

Viva le Harvey!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Frank Rich

It's been a long dry spell at the NYTs since Frank Rich left the fold and migrated over to New York Magazine.

Making a triumphant return, Mr. Rich shreds the Obama Administration to bits on their utter inability or desire to address the unemployment issues here in the United States and instead continue to reward the people who are responsible for this mess.

It's a long and complex read and I've linked directly to the "printable" version of the article so as to make it more readable on your computer screen.

Read it a couple of times. This country, this president and it's ruling class have ruined this nation.

And President Barack Obama is an abject failure.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Lover Man -- Sarah Vaughn
Cruel To Be Kind -- Nick Lowe
Old Old Woodstock -- Van Morrison
Violin Sonata In C, K303, Adagio -- Mozart
Folsom Prison Blues -- Johnny Cash
I'm Losing You -- John Lennon
The High Road -- Broken Bells
Rebel Rebel -- David Bowie
But For Now -- Jaime Cullum
Make Believe Mambo -- David Byrne

Bonus Bounce:

Ooby Dooby -- Roy Orbison

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

El Norte

Turns out things have improved for native Mexicans that the shiny streets of Phoenix and L.A. aren't all that and a bag of nachos these days.

Heavens to Betsy, what ever will the Right wing pants wetters on the border do now with all that spare time?...

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


...Thy name is Mecklenborg.

My pal, Erin O'Brien, says it far better than I could possibly illustrate so I'll let her do the driving. Do be sure to watch the entire video. It's classic shape shifting Republican values at work. The cop does an outstanding job.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Roger Ebert

I Roger Ebert.

Friday Random Ten

Dashboard -- Modest Mouse
Lucid Dreams -- Franz Ferdinand
I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive -- Steve Earle
Are You Lookin' At Me? -- Colin Hay
Thou Swell -- Nat King Cole
Barbara H. -- Fountains Of Wayne
The Human Touch -- Joe Jackson
Narrow Daylight -- Diana Krall
Like U Crazy -- Mates Of State
Lie To Me -- The Pretenders

Independence Day Bonus Cut:

Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye -- Audioslave

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Same As it Ever Was

Ted Rall gives us his review of a cheery new book out concerning the current affairs of our police state. Now keep moving and get back to your programmed activities.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Heavy Metal -- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Crawling From The Wreckage -- Dave Edmunds
Violin Concerto In F Minor (The Four Seasons) -- Vivaldi
Glory -- Liz Phair
Debra -- Beck
She Said She Said -- The Beatles
Doginabag -- The Fratellis
Love Is Expensive And Free -- Fastball
We're All Mad Here -- Tom Waits
Put It On -- Bob Marley

Bonus cut for no good goddamn reason...

Teenage Pregnancy -- Cake

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Matt Taibbi

Okay, I admit, I've been all wrong about Sarah Palin. Matt's spot on in his new piece about Michelle Bachmann. She's the real threat.

Take a few minutes and read his article.

It's funnier than shit and scarier by more than half.

The money quote for me was..."Bachmann's anti-gay rhetoric at times features a campy, over-the-top quality that makes it hard to tell her apart from a tranny cabaret act.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

News I Can't Use

I was driving around this morning and heard a piece on the WCLV noon news that has released its top Metropolitan Statistical Areas for jobs and growth and Cleveland came in fifth. What the what?!

I'm fast approaching my 4th anniversary of non permanent employment. I've got a B.A., a Masters in Management, a killer resume with some big name corporations and tons of tangible real world experience. Plus, I'm charming as all fuck. Yet...nothing.

I got home and found the story that I had heard on the news. Here it is.

While I was looking about for this news release on the inner Tubes, I came across Prof. Krugman's recent post which has a vastly different take on things that seems to align far more closely to my reality. Sigh.

All I want is a job to go to everyday where someone will pay me a living wage to be the best and most enthusiastic employee in their office. Evidently that's just far too much to ask in today's free fall Depression 2.0.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Juan Cole

I don't know if anyone saw this elsewhere, but it turns out Juan Cole was a person of interest for Cheney's goons a few years back.

Here's the good doctor's terse response to the potential spying on his private life.

Criminal stuff, indeed.

However, as Paul Newman was famously quoted after discovering that he was on one of Nixon's Enemies Lists, "Being on President Nixon's enemies list was the highest single honor I've ever received. Who knows who's listening to me now and what government list I'm on?

In that light, I congratulate Dr. Cole for being a burr under the saddle of the Cheneyites. Regardless, I'm still calling Sherrod Brown's office and voicing my complaints about the Patriot Act.

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

This is pretty friggin' stupid.

Listen, I was never as much a fan of Obama as I was a fan of whomever won the presidency of NOT being George W. Bush. For that, I am grateful that Obama got elected.

Had Hillary Clinton not been married to the Clenis, I was vastly more fond of her moxie and political savvy than Obama, but I'm still certain that Hannity, Rushbo and their ilk would've made more hay with her persona than they've done to Obama.

Either way, hes' gonna get my vote in 2012. And besides, WTF did I know, look who I initially supported way back when...

Friday Random Ten (Birthday Weekend Edition)

No Future Shock -- TV On The Radio (best album of the year)
Cracking Up -- Rockpile
No One Listens -- Ray Davies
Red Rain -- Peter Gabriel
King Penguin -- Home & Garden
Beautiful Dreamer -- Mates Of State
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto #2 In C Minor -- San Francisco Symphony
The Beast In Me -- Nick Lowe
Smoke Along The Track -- Dwight Yoakum
Theme To Wendell Stivers -- Spoon

Bonus Nearly Summer Solstice Cut:

I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement -- The Ramones

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Feel Again -- Nick Lowe
Conditioned Soul -- Eurythmics
Whatever It Takes -- Fleshtones
Floaty -- Foo Fighters
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa -- Vampire Weekend
Scumbag Blues -- Them Crooked Vultures
Paint It Black -- Rolling Stones
No Language In Our Lungs -- XTC
Post Rock Defends The Nation -- Bon Savants
Bob -- Drive By Truckers

No bonus cut. Just because.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Mr. Fish

Your American tax dollars at work. (clickin' it makes it bigger.)

Friday Random Ten

Hang On In There -- John Legend & The Roots
L'Espirit D'Escalier -- JET
Where's My Everything? -- Nick Lowe
Black -- Pearl Jam
I Dig You -- The Iguanas
She Really Wants You -- Aimee Mann
Pop Song 2006 -- Razorlight
Shake That Devil -- Joan Osborne
Stop The World And Let Me Off -- John Doe and The Sadies
I Need To Know -- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Bonus 70 and Sunny cut:

Guns Of Navarone -- The Skatalites

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

No Take Backs

According to our friend young Matt Yglesias over at Think Progress, many of the voters from a scant 7 months ago want a "do-over" on their vote for Governor and such.

Gosh, if only these folks would consult with me in advance of pulling that lever, we wouldn't have these funky mix-ups. Call me, people!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Juan Cole

Dr. Cole provides his take on Muqtada al-Sadr's hootenanny he threw yesterday with a few hundred thousand of his close personal frineds. As I've been saying for years, this dude holds an enormous sway over a lot of Shiites in Iraq and Iran.

Muqtada could make whatever exit strategy the US is planning from Iraq a very different and very ugly situation with a quick directive to his personal Army.

Obama should heed my words and get the fuck outta there tout suite. al-Sadr is not a person to be toyed with, and seriously, if someone else's Army invaded your neighborhood and pushed your entire region around for nearly 10 years, wouldn't you take up arms and want to kill every last one of them?

Yes, you would.

Friday Random Ten (Noah's Ark edition)

It's been raining for 40 days and nights. Let's see if the Pod offers any respite...

Everybody's Happy Nowadays -- The Buzzcocks
Uncle Remus -- Frank Zappa
Oh, George -- Foo Fighters
Bag It Up -- Oasis
Testify -- Nellie McKay
One Chance -- Modest Mouse
Shopping For Blood -- Franz Ferdinand
Whole Wide World -- The Proclaimers
Honey Hush -- Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Women vs. Men -- David Byrne

Bonus Memorial Weekend cut:

Roadrunner -- Backbeat Band

There, that's better, huh?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

David Brooks

It would appear that Needle-Dick, The Bug Fucker has crafted another book to bore the life out of us. Again.

David Brooks is representative of the worst characteristics of modern American life. He's consistently wrong about nearly everything and I dislike him intensely. I did, however, really enjoy the review in The Nation of his "book".

Charlie says...

love my Good and Pawlenty...

I guess I have no choice but to opine about these pinheads queuing up to lose to Obama in 2012. Pawlenty seems particularly dull to me. He's like some kind of Regional Sales Manager type who swings through the office once a quarter to cut some heads and high five the sorry saps still working there, who, not so secretly, loathe his pasty ass.

Tim Pawlently. The most boring guy ever to run for President. And that's the Truth.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Mr. Reed, Mr. Penick and I went out and played golf this morning to enjoy the chronically wet Spring weather and to also honor the memory of our pal, Bernie Zofcin.

It's three years today since he left our foursome. I shot an 83 and I wish he would've been there to better that number. He is sorely missed.

R.I.P. Bern.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Random Ten (End of the world Rapture edition)

Story Song -- JJ Magazine
Edible Flowers -- The Finn Brothers
Ouo -- Andrew Bird
River Of Love -- T Bone Burnett
No Language In Our Lungs -- XTC
Bennie And The Jets -- Elton John
Nobody Gets Me But You -- Spoon
The Gulf Of Mexico -- Steve Earle
All We Have Is Now -- The Flaming Lips
The Lover's Face -- The Proclaimers

It all ends Saturday bonus cut:

Elevation -- Television

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Just Because -- Jane's Addiction
Speed Racer -- DEVO
Safety -- The John Doe Thing
Ghetto Racine -- Wyclef Jean
Close Your Eyes -- Nellie McKay
She's A Saint Not A Celebrity -- Foxboro Hot Tubs
Cattle And Cane -- The Go-Betweens
Rewind -- Sterophonics
Days -- Elvis Costello
Lost In The Harbour -- Tom Waits

Blogger was done all morning extra cut:

Stick It Out -- Frank Zappa

Thursday, May 12, 2011


You know, I used to limp to get out of gym class when we had to do stuff (wrestling, rope climbing) that I hated. Looks like some things never fall out of fashion.

And given a couple of practice rounds, I could likely shoot a 42 on the front nine on a TPC course. Just sayin'.

It is to chortle.


Looks like Mike Huckleberry Hound has found a way to travel back in time and tell the real truth about what happened thirty years. Whew, that's a relief.

Seriously's an actual website.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Birthday Girl

D'oh! I missed Jack the Dog's birthday last week. He woulda been 18 this year!

It was also Bailey's 13 birthday this past weekend so I thought I'd post a picture of her (on top for you neophytes) as well for the auspicious occasion!


I'm no big fan of The Ed Show. It's the other side of Faux News' filthy lucre as far as I can tell. However, Ed Schultz does occasionally bring some great guests on the show and Larry Wilkerson is no exception.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Rumsfeld is a War Criminal and should be prosecuted accordingly. Col. Wilkerson is entirely correct that waterboarding is torture and that Rummy, Doug Feith, David Addington, Wolfowitz, Cheney, John Yoo and the rest, including Chimpy, should be indicted, prosecuted and jailed.

Saturday, May 07, 2011


I saw that Seve Ballesteros died today. What a shame. For those of us of a certain age that love the game, he was a major force of our era.

His spirit will be greatly missed.

Friday, May 06, 2011


A friend emailed me a dead bin Laden joke yesterday...

A guy walks into a bar and says to the barkeep, "Hey buddy, gimme a bin Laden", The bartender replies, "I don't know that one, how's it made?". The guy replies, "It's two shots and a splash and it tastes like victory".

Now, those of you old newshounds, and yes, I'm looking right at you Brother Dave, might remember that this is nearly the same joke (save the victory part) that they used several years ago when Palestinian terrorists stormed the Achille Lauro, shot and killed an old man named Leon Klinghofer and then threw his body overboard.

In light of that recycled chesnut, I give you some of my favorite bon mots from the past several evenings of late night talk show humor once again proving that Jon Stewart and David Letterman have the more of the funnier writers in the bidness. I've obviously included the clip from TDS.

From Dave's monologue:

"It seems that there was a big mix-up on the 72 virgins things...turns out, it was 72 vegans".

And from the "Osama bin Laden's last words" Top Ten list of the same Late Night broadcast:

"I need a house full of Navy SEALs like I need a hole in the head."

And finally, a paraphrase from Mark Twain (he doesn't have a talk show):

"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."

Friday Random Ten

Baby Plays Around -- Elvis Costello
Pretty Girls -- Neko Case
Throughout -- Bill Frisell & Petra Hayden
Jackson -- Johnny Cash & June Carter
Colorado Girl -- Steve Earle
I'm A Mess -- Nick Lowe
Guiding Light -- Television
Temptation Waits -- Garbage
Don't Feel Right -- The Roots
Give Me Flowers When I'm Dead -- The Knitters

Bonus Dead bin Laden cut:

Humdrum -- Peter Gabriel