Saturday, November 19, 2005

I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide

Hey what's this ? reads like Congress was almost brawling lasterday...things got a bit ugly when the newest member of Congress, a female Ohio Republican baited Dem Rep. Murtha, the elder Pennsylvanian Congressman who served in Korea & Vietnam and has now called for a troop withdrawl from Iraq. This story bit from the L.A Times makes it sound like a Detroit Piston's bench ...

At one point, Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. of Tennessee and other Democrats surged toward the Republican side of the chamber, after Rep. Jean Schmidt, an Ohio Republican, suggested that Murtha — the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee and the recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star — was a coward.

Democrats erupted in boos and shouts. "You guys are pathetic! Pathetic!" yelled Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D-Mass.).

"Take her words down," other Democrats cried, using the parliamentary language to demand that she retract what they considered a deep insult. "Take them down."

Schmidt stood up after several minutes of frantic negotiation and retracted her remarks.

Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) was assailed by a GOP House member on his call for U.S. troop withdrawal.
"This war cannot be won militarily. It has to be won politically. We ought to give Iraq back to the Iraqis."
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.)

Gee, sorry I missed the rhetoric-o-rama...

likely because yesterday I was out buying strobe lights & new x-mess Cds and running errands & later installing some new cable internet and playing with the connection all night...

So far it seems much more reliable than that old crappy DSL dis-connection shit that was bringing me down daily... f*ck SBC and their beyond lame customer dis-service...

After spending literally hundreds a month on the multiple lines we maintain around these parts, they wouldn't even honor a simple service request for over two weeks... in fact, the handy operator informed me my issue was dropped from the queue because they had called once, and no answered...

oh like, I get it, you have a virtual monopoly & now you just assume since I can't complain at ya daily, that I must be satisfied... i guess, the customer has the burden to literally beg & scream at em 24 - 7, so that some headset wearing idiot can hang up when ya finally get through their labyrinth of loops & prompts...

I'm sure Comcast will be no better some day, but for tonight... for now, I'm in broadband heaven.

Some of Today's News :

The US used & lied about chemical weapons in Iraq

ex-Senator outlines pre- Iraq War intel flaws

German agents say U.S exaggerated claims of Iraq informants

Inside Guantanamo. Photograph: Andres Leighton/AP 'They couldn't take my dignity'
Four former U.S Guantánamo detainees discuss their experiences w/ Amnesty Int'l.
MP3 Audio: Moazzam Begg
MP3 Audio: Ustad Badrauzzaman Badr
UN denied access to detainees
UK Guardian Special report: Guantánamo Bay

SF Bay Area busses to finally coordinate 24 hr BART station service

Terrell Owens argues his suspension with arbitrator

New Orleans Levee Warnings Went Unchecked By Army Corps.

St. Louis has worst gonorrhea rate in nation, 2nd in Chlamydia

Canadian's Get "Barenaked On A Stick"

Elvis' impersonator gets 15 years for holding hostages

Little Rascal to owe $30 million for Wife's Death
72 year old Robert Blake finds out murder ain't cheap, after being acquitted in criminal court, a civil jury finds him liable for the death of Bonnie Blakely...

so anyhow, to celebrate my getting uninterrupted access to the net, and finding out I've had over 20,000 page view over the last 6 months, here's some random tunes y'all...

This touring Texas trio of two beard-os and a guy named Beard have been choogling around all year, and of course crowd pleasing' em everywhere they go...

ZZ Top - I'm Bad , I'm Nationwide

ZZ Top - You Got Me Under Pressure

Listen as a still somewhat strapping young Ozzy rocks a loud New Jersey crowd, circa those crazy powdered daze of yore, just prior to the relase of the Sabotage album ...

Black Sabbath - Snowblind ( live 1975 in Asbury Park NJ)

Black Sabbath - War Pigs ( from same show originally recorded for King Biscuit Flower Hour Aug 75)

The photos are from and show the actual marquee from the date at the venue on the old boardwalk where Black Sabbath played in the summer of 1975. The grainy pic below was captured on a Kodak Instamatic by Kevin Papa -

We'll change it up here, with a cut from a recent collection of jams with Reggae legends, in which the U.K based group named after an unemployment form brings in the legendary leader of The Maytals

UB40 w/ Toots Hibbert -
C'est La Vie


Before he reclaimed his ancestral Mellancamp moniker, he was just a hungry rocker mis-managed by Tony DeFries' Mainman , the agency that raked up all the Bowie & T-Rex money, snorted it away and dubbed an Indiana boy Johnny Cougar...

here's his 1983 breakthrough hit that had an MTV video full of biker sleaze and white trash flava

John Cougar -
Hurts So Good

Mr. Beam gets down with Covertino and crew to bring a little of that Nanker Phlege magic to life from an Oct 22 05 stop in Seattle

Iron & Wine w/ Calexico - Wild Horses

Here's another cover , from a music veteran of a modern day classic tune I suppose, a real multi-generational dancefloor crowd pleaser as I suspected. This was confirmed through a test when I DJ'd a wedding recently... and as the sonic serendipity of a memorable moment from the late 20th Century drifted over the revelers, all was well and everyone was "entertained"...

Paul Anka - Smells Like Teen Spirit

East Bay Platinum Pop Punkers from their Nimrod album...

Green Day - Nice Guys Finish Last

Recorded live by the BBC at Glastonbury in June 2005, here's Meg & Jack White doing a little Dolly Parton number for the pleasure of several muddy tens of thousands in attendance, and now yers as well...

White Stripes - Jolene

And our last tune of the day feature's the Chocolate City's reigning Go-Go King who is apparently a country boy at heart...

Chuck Brown
(Chuck Brown - Country Boy

hey, enjoy, cuz I'm busy here, and gottta go !

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