Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mr. Fish

Here's reason #4,156 I didn't have children. No future for you.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Random Ten

Another Round -- Foo Fighters
Personality Crisis -- New York Dolls
Don't Push -- The Exit
No Time -- Colin Hay
Over My Head -- Pere Ubu
September Skies -- Brian Setzer Orchestra
Fruit Nut -- XTC
All Kinds Of Time -- Fountains Of Wayne
Fable Of Faubus -- Charlie Mingus
Glad -- Nellie McKay

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Housing Construction

I truly never even thought that expanding the size of the House of Reps was a possibility until reading this column.

Makes a lot of sense. Not saying it'll ever happen, but creative thinking nonetheless.

We're Number 2...

...and we don't even come close to trying harder.

I remember very clearly that on the afternoon of September 11, 2001, I said to Mr. Reed and the Blonde as we watched the aftermath in NYC, "well, now it's only a matter of time before the US will lose dominance to the Chinese as the leader of the world".

And that was a direct quote, go ahead, ask 'em.

I guess it's time to party like it's 2019!


Troubles at the Rock Hall

Cleveland Jeff is not going to like this news one bit...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bob Herbert

Apologies all around for the light posting of late. Clark Kent duty, (such as it is) has been very active this week so bloggity-blog goodness has taken a back seat to commerce.

And speaking of things fiscal, here's a great piece by Bob Herbert on the partisan hacks and fat cats trying to carve up your future as a senior citizen.

Let's you and I make a deal; they take away our hard earned social security, we get to burn D.C. to the ground.

Deal?...good, I thought so.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Aw, c'mon lady, lighten is funny.

Friday Random Ten

Get In Or Get Out -- Hot Hot Heat
Dancing In The Street--Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Safety -- The John Doe Thing
Someday My Prince Will Come -- Miles Davis
Dumb -- Nirvana
Night In My Veins -- The Pretenders
Remove This Doubt -- Elvis Costello
Claudette -- Dwight Yoakam
Piano Concerto #23 in A K488 Allegro Assai -- Mozart
What's Her Name Today? -- Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello

Bonus frigid weekend forecast cut:

Red Rabbits -- The Shins

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Health Care Debate


This is what a quality politician looks and sounds like. I'm proud on a daily basis that I dwell in the 10th Congressional district and Dennis Kucinich is my Representative.

They're going to work hard to close him out due to the redistricting that Ohio will experience due to the lastest Census results, so send him some of your dough or time if possible.

The First Rule of Calvin and Hobbes

For all you C&H and Fight Club fans (Mr. Reed), here's a most excellent mash-up of those two pieces of art.

Tip o' the chapeau to the Rooster for unearthing this gem.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011


Here's U2's song honoring Dr. King.

It's funny, Pride (In The Name Of Love) is getting so long in the tooth, The Edge actually has hair in this video...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cornel West

I always love what Cornel West has to say on any given topic. "Disproportionately poor"...the key to the problem.

David Pogue

Watch the full episode. See more NOVA.

Everybody's favorite science/technology dork, David Pogue, has a new NOVA series on PBS that premiers this month.

Friday Random Ten

Divorce Song -- Liz Phair
Clockout -- DEVO
It's Over -- Roy Orbison
Jane Says -- Jane's Addiction
This Time The Dream's On Me -- Chet Baker
Genitalia Of A Fool -- Glenn Tilbrook
Blue Spanish Sky -- Chris Isaak
Celebrity Skin -- Hole
Chinese Radiation -- Pere Ubu
Who Gave The Order -- Wyclef Jean

(Let's hope nobody in America get shot this weekend) bonus cut...

In A Sentimental Mood -- Duke Ellington Quartet

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Larry Wilmore

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Tom Tomorrow

The cartoon says it all...(clickin' it makes it does Crtl +)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Unfortunate truths

Bob Herbert on the Tuscon shootings.

I used to think that our gun culture would someday come to its senses. It never will.

I joined and volunteered for the National Coalition to Ban Handguns when I lived in NYC back in the early Eighties after John Lennon had been shot. My impetus was actually a post weekend column, circa 1983, in the Daily News that chronicled all of the extraordinary gun mayhem that had occurred over the previous 48 hours.

My recollection on the precise data is now long gone, but I remember this particularly jarring statistic. The deaths from that weekend's gun play in the 5 Boroughs was a total greater than the guns deaths from the previous year combined in England, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Australia and Japan.

One weekend, one American city versus 13 do the math.

I'm afraid I'll have to agree with Bob Herbert. Things will never change.

Hammer Time

In all of the media coverage of the automatic weapon murders in Tuscon, a milestone in American politics has been overlooked.

Although there is a liklihood that he'll be pardoned by Gov. Goodhair, I am pleased to announce that the Hon. Tom Delay has been sentenced to spend the next three years in a Federal penitentiary for crimes and misdemeanors he visited on his country while serving as head of one of the branches of our government.

Embrace the schadenfreude.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Max Keiser

Happy Monday. Spend 25 minutes and soak in the fabulous insanity that is Max Keiser. He's the only truth-telling journalist out there. Of course, hardly anyone knows who he is or where to watch him, but I love the dude.

This episode replete with Dr. Doom himself, Jim Kunstler.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Christina Talyor-Green

Read it and weep.

I dunno, perhaps this little girl will become the face of some sort of change for this wicked, wicked country of ours.

We have the vast majority of these kinds of senseless slayings within our borders as compared to the rest of the globe save perhaps the war torn nations we continue to arm and occupy. We are a violent and hate filled modern society. Maybe, just maybe, Christina will give death by handguns a real human feel for all of us.

What a devastating loss for her family. So terribly sad.

She was truly born into and died in violence. She's the poster child of our American culture.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Matt Taibbi

Shorter Matt Taibbi...

Crazy, weeping, orange clown from Ohio is bad for America...or something like that.

You can read the whole thing for yourselves here.

Friday Random Ten (New Year Edition)

The Greatest Man That Ever Lived -- Weezer
Handel/Concerto Grosso #7 in B Flat -- Slovak National Philharmonic
Powder Your Face With Sunshine -- Dean Martin
Pink Pussycat -- Devo
Stolen Car -- Sting
Leave My Kitten Alone -- Elvis Costello
Brain Damage -- Pink Floyd
You Can't Lose A Broken Heart -- k.d. lang & Tony Bennett
Ring Of Fire -- Johnny Cash
Stop This World -- Diana Krall

Obligatory bonus cut:

Ways & Means -- Snow Patrol

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Steve Harley

Here's a super swingin' and frequently forgotten power pop tune from Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel.

He was a big link from folk to pop to rock to glam. I saw him one time around November of 1990 in a little pub in Darmstadt, Germany. They were great.