Monday, September 29, 2008

Rosh Hashanah Greetings From Barack, Joe, John and Sarah

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from birthrightisrael on youtube

Sarah Palin: The Disney Version

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from college humor

Here's To Joe

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an excerpt from crooks and liars
Taking a break from politics for a minute. C&L readers know I’m a huge Yankee fan. I have been one since the 60’s when the Yanks were in last place and Mickey Mantle was my hero. Torre winning his division was a big ‘Suck on This” to the new generation of Steinbrenner’s. They had a huge tribute when the last game was played at Yankee stadium and there wasn’t even a mention of what Joe Torre did for this franchise. As long as he was the manager the Yanks won 4 world series titles and played in six World Series while making the playoffs every year of his management. To omit him was a very petty gesture and their claims that it was an oversight is ridiculous.

A Mets' Loss Takes On Biblical Proportions:

The World According To McPalin


Saturday, September 27, 2008

So Tell Us What You Really Think Jim Cafferty

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God bless him. Blitzer is nothing but a spineless hack

McCain And Obama In Agreement


The power of that AIPAC lobby!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Letterman Hammers McCain: The Way Obama Should

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from youtube user 1970oaktree from 9/24/08

The Russians Are Coming And Sarah's At The Gate Ready

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Now I understand what really happened with her daughter

from crooks and liars
COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land– boundary that we have with– Canada. It– it’s funny that a comment like that was– kind of made to– cari– I don’t know, you know? Reporters–
COURIC: Mock?
PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.
COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.
PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our– our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They’re in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia–COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We– we do– it’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is– from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to– to our state.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Chris Rock Takes On Clinton, Palin

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And Michael Vick is wondering, "Why am I in jail?"

Boy George She's Got It


From common dreams
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (left) talks with Republican vice-presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, on September 23, in New York City. Note Randy Scheunemann - neo-con war hawk, McCain advisor, and heir apparent to Kissinger - hovering in the background. (AFP/Getty Images/Chris Hondros
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Tis Autumn 3: Jackie Paris

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The trailer for the movie made about Jackie Paris. The Jackie Paris site

Tis Autumn 2: Jackie Paris

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from a live performance of Jackie Paris' just shortly before his passing. I can't believe I never heard of this guy. from wikipedia:
Jackie Paris (September 20, 1926 – June 17, 2004) was an American jazz singer and guitarist.
He was born Carlo Jackie Paris in Nutley, New Jersey to his father Carlo, mother Rose, and brother Gene. A bopper, Paris even toured with Charlie Parker. He also tap danced since he was young and into his years at the Army, entertaining his fellow men. He is best known for his recordings of "Skylark" and "Round Midnight" in the late 1940s. Paris performed and/or recorded with Terry Gibbs, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Gigi Gryce, Charles Mingus, and others. He won many jazz polls and awards, including those of Downbeat, Playboy, Swing Journal, and Metronome. A documentary, Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris, has been made.
• Jackie was born in Nutley, New Jersey to an Italian-American family; his uncle Chick had been a guitarist with Paul Whiteman's famous Orchestra.
• Jackie was a very popular child entertainer in vaudeville, a pint-sized song and dance man, who shared the stage with—and was encouraged by—such legendary black headliners as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and The Mills Brothers.
• After serving in the army during WWII, Jackie, inspired by his friend Nat King Cole, put together a trio featuring himself on guitar and vocals. "The Jackie Paris Trio" were a smash hit at the Onyx Club on New York's 52nd Street. They played at the club for an unprecedented 26 weeks, perhaps the longest-running residency in the history of Swing Street.
• The first song Jackie ever recorded was "Skylark", on one of two sessions made by his trio, for MGM Records in 1947. Composer Hoagy Carmichael once said of Jackie's rendition that "the kid sings the hell out of it."
• In 1949, Jackie was the first white vocalist to tour with the famous Lionel Hampton Orchestra. He remembered an occasion when he actually did 78 consecutive one nighters with the band. When he finally got off the road, he received an offer to join Duke Ellington's Orchestra, but at that time was too exhausted to take it. For years after, Ellington's son Mercer would tell him, "You're the only guy that ever turned down my old man."
• Jackie was the first singer to record Thelonious Monk's future jazz anthem "Round Midnight", which was produced by the famous critic Leonard Feather and featured a young Dick Hyman on piano.
• Jackie was the only vocalist, black or white, male or female, to tour as a regular member of the Charlie Parker Quintet. Unfortunately, no recordings exist of the Parker–Paris combination (although the "Round Midnight" session mentioned above features Parker's bassist and drummer, Tommy Potter and Roy Haynes), but there is a classic photograph of the two working together.
• In 1953, Jackie was named Best New Male Vocalist of the Year in the first ever Downbeat Critics Poll. The winning female vocalist was Ella Fitzgerald, who repeatedly named Jackie as one of her favorites.
• Charlie Mingus named Jackie as his favorite singer, and used him on several recording sessions over a period of many decades, including 1952's "Paris In Blue" (written expressly for Jackie) and the Mingus classic "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love," on the album Changes Two in 1974. Paris also worked extensively with the famous bassist-composer-bandleader in clubs.
• Likewise, Jackie was the only singer ever endorsed by the legendary comic and 20th Century iconoclast Lenny Bruce. Bruce not only split the bill with Jackie on many occasions, he shouted Jackie's praises to all who would listen, saying "I dig his talent. The audience loves him and he gets laughs. He is toooo muccchhh!"
• Other major musicians with whom Jackie recorded include Hank Jones, Charlie Shavers, Joe Wilder, Wynton Kelly, Eddie Costa, Coleman Hawkins, Bobby Scott, Max Roach, Lee Konitz, Donald Byrd, Gigi Gryce, Ralph Burns, Tony Scott, Neal Hefti, Terry Gibbs, Johnny Mandel, Oscar Pettiford, and many others.
• Some of his best-known albums include Songs By Jackie Paris (EmArcy), Jackie Paris Sings the Lyrics of Ira Gershwin (Time), The Song Is Paris (Impulse!), and many others.
• Jackie recorded consistently through the years, from the 1940's up to and beyond the millennium.
• In 2001, Jackie played to a standing room crowd—and to a standing ovation—at New York's Birdland, in Times Square. He was virtually the only performer to have appeared at every incarnation of the famed jazz night spot, from the legendary Birdland of the '50s up to the present.
Paris died in New York City.

Tis Autumn

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betty boop video with the great Stacey Kent soundtrack
Old Father time checked, so there'd be no doubt;
Called on the North wind to come on out,
Then cupped his hands so proudly to shout,
"La-di-dah di-dah-di-dum, 'tis autumn!"
Trees say they're tired, they've born too much fruit;
Charmed on the wayside, there's no dispute.
Now shedding leaves, they don't give a hoot -
La-di-dah di-dah-di-dum, 'tis autumn!
(Bridge:)
Then the birds got together to chirp about the weather
Mmmm-mmm-mmm-mmm.
After makin' their decision, in birdie-like precision,
Turned about, and made a beeline to the south.
My holding you close really is no crime -
Ask the birds and the trees and old Father Time.
It's just to help the mercury climb.
La-di-dah di-dah-di-dum, 'tis autumn.
It's just to help the mercury climb.
La-di-dah di-dah-di-dum, 'tis autumn.

SNL: John McCain's New Add Campaign

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text from crooks and liars with better video source from huffington
Announcer: Barack Obama plays basketball. Charles Barkley plays basketball. Is Charles Barkley qualified to lead our economy? He gambled millions away in Las Vegas. Don’t let Barack Obama gamble with our economy. No Way. No How. No Charack Obarkley.”
McCain: Excuse me, are those facts accurate?
Campaign Aide: Yes, the Senator does play basketball. Charles Barkley also plays. Charles Barkley lost money in Vegas.
McCain: Can’t argue facts. I’m John McCain and I approve this message.
Looks like Al Franken has a hand in writing the bit:
Al Franken, the former “Saturday Night Live” star now running in a high-profile Senate race in Minnesota, helped craft the opening sketch mocking John McCain that is slated to kick off the NBC comedy show tonight, according to two well-placed sources inside the network. Franken, who hasn’t been a staff writer on the show for 13 years, “phoned in” a spoof of McCain recording campaign ads in an edit booth, said an NBC source. Seth Meyers, the show’s current head writer, wrote it, but the sketch was hatched by Franken, a longtime liberal satirist and comedian.

John McCain's Cars

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story and images from huffington post and newsweek. I added a gaseous soundtrack
Newsweek has a story up comparing the number of cars owned by the presidential candidates. It's not even close. And certainly, it doesn't provide the type of man-of-the-people image that John McCain's handlers want to present in the current economic crisis.
As the magazine reports: "When you have seven homes, that's a lot of garages to fill. After the fuss over the number of residences owned by the two presidential nominees, NEWSWEEK looked into the candidates' cars. And based on public vehicle-registration records, here's the score. John and Cindy McCain: 13. Barack and Michelle Obama: one."

Windsor Terrace World War I Memorial Plaques

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This was referred to in the interview on the last post
I’ve always been curious about those plaques on PPW. I photographed them and did research on who these soldiers were and where they lived. In many cases their homes (from the 1910 census) are still intact. I took pictures of those homes (or sites) and combined them with the plaque images for this slide show
Johnnie get your gun, get you gun, get your gun,
Take it on the run, on the run, on the run,
Hear them calling you and me;
Every son of Liberty
Hurry right away, no delay, go today,
Make your daddy glad to have had such a lad
Tell your sweetheart not to pine,
To be proud her boy's in line.
Chorus:
Over There, Over There
Send the word, send the word,
Over There
That the Yanks are coming,
The Yanks are coming,
The drums rum tumming everywhere
So prepare,
Say a Prayer
Send the word,
Send the word to beware
We'll be over, we're coming over.
And we won't be back till it's over over there!
Johnnie get your gun, get you gun, get your gun,
Johnnie show the Hun, you're a Son-of-a-Gun,
Hoist the flag and let her fly
Like true heros do or die
Pack your little kit, show your grit, do your bit,
Soldiers to the ranks from the towns and the tanks,
Make your Mother proud of you and to Liberty be true.
Chorus:
Over There, Over There
Send the word, send the word,
Over There
That the Yanks are coming,
The Yanks are coming,
The drums rum tumming everywhere
So prepare,
Say a Prayer
Send the word,
Send the word to beware
We'll be over, we're coming over.
And we won't be back till it's over over there!

Sherman Street History

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part 1: from the block party of 9/20/08. More local history at my Windsor Terrace site
called Bell Of Confusion

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Palin Unveils 9/11 Firefighter Cousin, Reformed Lesbian Niece, Naturalized Mexican Half Brother


An excerpt from the Onion along with some sloppy photoshopping
CARBONDALE, PA—Less than two weeks after introducing to the nation her developmentally disabled newborn and her 19-year-old son preparing for military service in Iraq, Republican vice presidential nominee and conservative Christian woman Sarah Palin delivered a speech Monday flanked by three heretofore-unknown relatives, including a naturalized Mexican half brother, a formerly lesbian niece, and a New York City firefighter cousin who saved several lives during the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. "John McCain and I will take on the Washington establishment and give the government back to the people," said Palin, who several times gave the "thumbs-up" sign to her African-American coal-miner uncle seated in the audience.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ball Of Confusion 2

videoThe Sister Act version, from wikipedia
"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" is a 1970 hit single for the Gordy (Motown) label, recorded by The Temptations and produced by Norman Whitfield. Like "Psychedelic Shack" before it, "Ball of Confusion" delves head-on into psychedelia, this time with a strong political message. The lyrics list a multitude of problems that were tearing the world apart in 1970: the Vietnam War, segregation, white flight, drug abuse, crooked politicians, and more. "Round and around and around we go", the Temptations sing, "where the world's headed/nobody knows." The end of each section of the Temptations' lists of woes is punctuated by bass singer Melvin Franklin's line, "And the band played on."
"Ball of Confusion's" lyrics are delivered over an up-tempo instrumental track with two drum tracks (one for each stereo channel), multitracked wah-wah guitars, and an ominous bassline by Funk Brother Bob Babbitt that opens the song. Norman Whitfield's dramatic count-in, always recorded at the very start of a recording for synching purposes only, was left in the mix for this record.
Despite its strong political themes, the record consciously avoids implying a definitive point-of-view or a defiant stance. This is because the Temptations song "War", which Norman Whitfield intended as a spring 1970 single release, was not released due to Motown's concern the song's forward message could alienate more conservative listeners. Whitfield took "War" and reworked it as a single for Gordy solo artist Edwin Starr (for whom it became a #1 hit), while he and lyricist Barrett Strong wrote the more subtle "Ball of Confusion" for the Temptations.
When they first saw the sheet music for the song, The Temptations didn't think they would be able to pull off the rapid-fire delivery required for the song. Lead singer Dennis Edwards had the quickest tongue in the group, and was assigned to deliver the more difficult lines in the song. Eddie Kendricks was given a rare chance to sing in a tenor voice for his verses.
"Ball of Confusion" is among the Temptations' most covered songs, with versions by the Neville Brothers, Tina Turner (see below) Love and Rockets, Widespread Panic, Duran Duran, Anthrax, Tesla (on Real to Reel), among others. It was used to anchor the 1970 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 LP. The song reached #3 on the US pop charts and #2 on the US R&B charts. The song was also sampled on UNKLE's Never, Never, Land album in the song "Eye for an Eye".
It was famously covered by Whoopi Goldberg, Mary Wickes, Kathy Najimy, and other actresses in the film Sister Act 2. HBO used the song as the basis of a televised promo for the fourth season of its drama The Wire. It was also used in the intro of the film Tropic Thunder.
* Lead vocals by Dennis Edwards, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, and Melvin Franklin

Ball Of Confusion

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I've reconstituted my Windsor Terrace History blog for an upcoming block party.
It's called Bell Of Confusion
1, 2... 1, 2, 3, 4, Ow!
Eddie: People moving out, people moving in. Why, because of the color of their skin.
Run, run, run but you sure can't hide. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Vote for me and I'll set you free. Rap on, brother, rap on.
Dennis: Well, the only person talking about love thy brother is the...(preacher.)
And it seems nobody's interested in learning but the...(teacher.)
Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to our nation.
Ball of confusion. Oh yeah, that's what the world is today. Woo, hey, hey.
Paul:
The sale of pills are at an all time high.
Young folks walking round with their heads in the sky.
The cities ablaze in the summer time.
And oh, the beat goes on.
Dennis:
Evolution, revolution, gun control, sound of soul.
Shooting rockets to the moon, kids growing up too soon.
Politicians say more taxes will solve everything.
Melvin:
And the band played on.
So, round and around and around we go.
Where the world's headed, nobody knows.
[Instrumental]
Oh, great GoogaMooga, can't you hear me talking to you.
Just a ball of confusion.
Oh yeah, that's what the world is today.
Woo, hey, hey.
Eddie:
Fear in the air, tension everywhere.
Unemployment rising fast, the Beatles new record's a gas.
Dennis:
And the only safe place to live is on an Indian reservation.
Melvin:
And the band played on.
Eve of destruction, tax deduction, city inspectors, bill collectors,
Mod clothes in demand, population out of hand, suicide, too many bills,
Hippies moving to the hills. People all over the world are shouting, 'End the war.'
Melvin:
And the band played on.
[Instrumental]
Great GoogaMooga, can't you hear me talking to you.
Sayin'... ball of confusion.
That's what the world is today, hey, hey.
Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya.
Sayin'... ball of confusion.
That's what the world is today, hey, hey.
Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya.
Sayin'... ball of confusion.
1, 2... 1, 2, 3, 4, Ow!
Eddie: People moving out, people moving in. Why, because of the color of their skin.
Run, run, run but you sure can't hide. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Vote for me and I'll set you free. Rap on, brother, rap on.
Dennis: Well, the only person talking about love thy brother is the...(preacher.)
And it seems nobody's interested in learning but the...(teacher.)
Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to our nation.
Ball of confusion. Oh yeah, that's what the world is today. Woo, hey, hey.
Paul:
The sale of pills are at an all time high.
Young folks walking round with their heads in the sky.
The cities ablaze in the summer time.
And oh, the beat goes on.
Dennis:
Evolution, revolution, gun control, sound of soul.
Shooting rockets to the moon, kids growing up too soon.
Politicians say more taxes will solve everything.
Melvin:
And the band played on.
So, round and around and around we go.
Where the world's headed, nobody knows.
[Instrumental]
Oh, great GoogaMooga, can't you hear me talking to you.
Just a ball of confusion.
Oh yeah, that's what the world is today.
Woo, hey, hey.
Eddie:
Fear in the air, tension everywhere.
Unemployment rising fast, the Beatles new record's a gas.
Dennis:
And the only safe place to live is on an Indian reservation.
Melvin:
And the band played on.
Eve of destruction, tax deduction, city inspectors, bill collectors,
Mod clothes in demand, population out of hand, suicide, too many bills,
Hippies moving to the hills. People all over the world are shouting, 'End the war.'
Melvin:
And the band played on.
[Instrumental]
Great GoogaMooga, can't you hear me talking to you.
Sayin'... ball of confusion.
That's what the world is today, hey, hey.
Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya.
Sayin'... ball of confusion.
That's what the world is today, hey, hey.
Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya.
Sayin'... ball of confusion.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Letterman On Cheney

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from 6/10/08 when he had on Scott McClellan.
Cheney and Bush couldn't care less about Americans

Obama & Letterman: Part 3

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from 9/10/08. again from youtube user mango7774

Obama On Letterman: Parts 1&2

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you've got to love letterman
videos from youtube user mango7774
excerpt from transcript from swampolitics
Dave: "Let me ask you a question here. Have you ever actually put lipstick on a pig?"
Obama: "You know," (audience laughs) "the answer would be no. But I think it might be fun to try."
Dave: "I know the reaction to that was, 'You were overreacting.' You stand by that?"
Obama: "Absolutely." (audience applauds) "Look, this is - if you - this is sort of silly season in politics - not that there's a non-silly season in politics." (Dave, audience laugh) "But it gets sillier. But, you know, it's a common expression in at least Illinois, I don't know about New York City. I don't know where you put lipstick on here." (audience, Dave laugh) "But in Illinois, the expression connotes the idea that if you have a bad idea, in this case I was talking about John McCain's economic plans, that just calling them change, calling it something different, doesn't make it better, hence, lipstick on a pig is still a pig."
Dave: "Now what I like about this scenario is because they demanded, the Republicans demanded an apology."
Obama: "Yes, they did."
Dave: "So that means there had been a meeting at some point somewhere along the line."
Obama: "All of them."
Dave: "Yeah, they got together and they said, 'You know what? He called our vice presidential candidate a pig.'" (audience laughs) "Well, that seems pretty unlikely, doesn't it?"
Obama: "It does. But keep in mind that, technically, had I meant it that way, she would have been the lipstick, you see?" (audience, Dave laugh) "But now we're..."
Dave: "I don't know, you're way ahead of me." (audience laughs)
Obama: "Yeah, the failed policies of John McCain would be the pig."
Then Letterman asked Obama about what some have called the Palinomenon, the way the Alaska governor has become a national celebrity in a matter of weeks.
Dave: "The fact that we're talking about this now, do you feel like within the last week and half or so, there's been - you're derailed a little bit and now you're campaigning against, not necessarily the Republican ticket, but John McCain, not him, but Sarah Palin?"
Obama: "Well, I - look, there's no doubt that she's been a phenomenon. I mean, you know, as somebody who used to be on the cover of Time and Newsweek, you know." (audience, Dave laugh)
Dave (laughs): "Those were the days." (audience applauds)
Obama: "Those were the days. I had a recent offer with Popular Mechanics." (audience laughs)
Dave: "Take it, take it." (audience laughs)
Obama: "Said they had a centerfold, yeah, with a wrench, you know." (audience, Obama laugh) "But, no, look, she's on a wild ride and there's no doubt that she's energized the base. But ultimately what we've seen over the last week is a concession on the part of the McCain campaign that this election is going to be about change. You'll recall, you know, for the last two years, we've been talking about needing to change how Washington works, how the country is managed and people were saying, 'No, it's about experience, experience, experience,' and over the last week and a half I think they recognized that, no, the American people want something fundamentally different and for a good reason. Because when you travel, it doesn't matter whether you're here in New York City or a tiny hamlet somewhere in the Midwest, what you find is people are just having a tough time right now. The economy is not working for middle class families, incomes have gone down, people don't have healthcare, you've got foreclosures all across the country, and so people want something different, and whoever makes the better case that we have had enough of the last eight years, we need something fundamentally new, whoever makes that case to the American people will be the next President." (audience applauds)

Sarah's Dark Secret


I wonder whether Sarah can still see Russia from her tanning bed
An excerpt from narconews
The story is familiar: a politician emerges, we are told, from humble roots and pledges to restore America’s small town family values and represent the common man and woman. Late last month, the Republican Party offered the United States just such a leader in Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, or so they said. “Mother. Moose hunter. Maverick,” announced the video with which the GOP introduced this candidate so far unknown to the rest of the nation. Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has a darkening secret in the Alaska Governor’s Mansion.It’s the same Cinderella story line that Democrat John Edwards had hoped to ride to the top: the son-of-a-mill-worker from the Carolinas, embodiment of and friend to the just-plain-folks, with all-American good looks and a postcard perfect family in tow. He was going to be a contender… until the smallest little fact began to claw at his authenticity: that he paid $400+ per haircut to his Hollywood stylist to maintain the shine in his bouncy mop.

Play Sarah Palin Bingo


from you are dumb

Monday, September 15, 2008

I Like To Be In America: Karaoke

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Sunset Park : I Like To Be In America

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I biked over to the Sunset Park area to take a picture of a WWI veteran's house. In Sunset Park I took pics for some panoramic movies. It was alive with dozens of immigrant groups. When I bought some ices from a cart the woman said in Spanish, "I thought you were a cop."

Sunday, September 14, 2008

SNL: Sarah And Hillary

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video clip from nbc via truthdig
partial transcript from crooks and liars
Amy Poehler brings back her Hillary Clinton with Tina Fey’s eerily accurate Sarah Palin to castigate the media for their sexist coverage of the presidential campaign. Like Clinton, I’m a little surprised that this has become an issue now, especially after how much grief I got for complaining about it six months ago.
PALIN: Good evening, my fellow Americans. I was so excited when I was told Senator Clinton and I would be addressing you tonight.
CLINTON: And I was told I would be addressing you alone.
PALIN: Now I know it must be a little bit strange for all of you to see the two of us together, what with me being John McCain’s running mate…
CLINTON: And me being a fervent supporter of Senator Barack Obama, as evidenced by this button.
PALIN: But tonight, we are crossing party lines to address the now very ugly role that sexism is playing in the campaign.
CLINTON: An issue that I am frankly surprised to hear people suddenly care about.
PALIN: You know, Hillary and I don’t agree on everything…
CLINTON: Anything…I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy.
PALIN: And I can see Russia from my house.
CLINTON: I believe global warming is caused by man…
PALIN: And I believe it’s just God huggin’ us closer.
CLINTON: I don’t agree with the Bush Doctrine…
PALIN: And I don’t know what that is.
CLINTON: But Sarah, one thing we can agree on is that sexism can never be allowed to permeate an American election.
PALIN: So please, stop Photoshopping my head on sexy bikini pictures.
CLINTON: And stop saying I have cankles.
PALIN: Don’t refer to me as a MILF.
CLINTON: And don’t refer to me as a “FLIRJ”. I Googled what it stands for and I do not like it.
PALIN: Reporters and commentators, stop using words that diminish us, like “pretty”, “attractive”, “beautiful”…
CLINTON: …”Harpy”, “shrew”, “boner-shrinker”…

Friday, September 12, 2008

Mel Torme: Oldsmobile Jingle, 1948

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What a thrill to take the wheel
Of a rocket Oldsobile
In performance it's a star
It's a rocket engine car
Hydra-matic drive is new
Futuramic styling too
Yes the going's great in an 88
It's a drivers dream come true

On The Street Where You Live: Mel Torme

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Torme was great. from vervemusic
Mel Tormé (1925–99) was easily the greatest of all scat singers this side of Ella Fitzgerald. At the same time, he amounted to one of the finest dramatic interpreters of the great American popular song to emerge after Frank Sinatra. No other singer can embody the tenderest poetry of Cole Porter or Ira Gershwin one minute and then, one song later, ditch the words altogether to fly off into the scatosphere.
Melvin Howard Tormé got his start as a child entertainer who sang in nightclubs and on the radio in his native Chicago; he also learned to play piano, drums, and compose. His career as composer took off shortly before he got his first big break as a singer: Harry James recorded his "Lament to Love" (when Tormé was fifteen), and the next year comedian Chico Marx and impresario Ben Pollack hired Tormé as boy singer for the big band they were forming. In 1943, the young star made his first of many film appearances in Higher and Higher, and shortly after that he introduced his own vocal group, the Mel-Tones. Easily the most musical jazz-pop singing unit of the 1940s, the group specialized in ingenious harmonies, witty song juxtapositions, and relentless swing, all of which soon became trademarks of Tormé’s solo work.
When Tormé disbanded the Mel-Tones for a career as a solo singer, he was, for a time, packaged as a crooning rival to Frank Sinatra, nicknamed the Velvet Fog. However, by the turn of the 1950s, Tormé had decided the pop star’s life wasn’t for him. He longed to control his own musical destiny, and launched a series of now-classic jazz vocal albums for such concerns as Coral and Verve Records.
These discs covered the entire spectrum of jazz and classic pop, celebrating the Swing Era (Musical Sounds Are the Best Songs and I Dig the Duke/I Dig the Count), the great songwriters (My Kind of Music), show music both contemporary (Broadway, Right Now!) and classic (Swings Shubert Alley), a live album ("Live" at the Crescendo With the Marty Paich Dek-tette ), a collection of ballads (Tormé), a reunion of the Mel-Tones (Back in Town), a Latin album (Olé Tormé), and even a collection of songs about the moon (Swingin’ on the Moon). Tormé’s usual collaborator was the brilliant orchestrator Marty Paich, about whom he said, "I immediately knew where he was coming from and I understood that he was a complete arranger, not just a jazz arranger."
Tormé is so inimitable that no one has tried to flat-out copy him, but any number of younger artists have learned plenty from him, particularly Betty Carter, Mark Murphy, Cassandra Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, and Kurt Elling. The late Steve Allen said: "Since nobody else has ever had that sound, there was no point in trying to sound like Mel Tormé. But, as I’ve often said, Mel could, literally, give singing lessons to all the other good singers."
Will Friedwald, Excerpted from: Mel Torme’s Finest Hour

On The Street Where You Live: Dino

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an excellent youtube version from user ladyknight72 where a clips of Dean were matched to the song

On The Street Where You Live: Scavenger Hunt Full Version

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the number of pics required two sound tracks-the full dino and bobby darin's
I have often walked down this street before;
But the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before.
All at once am I Several stories high.
Knowing I'm on the street where you live.
Are there lilac trees in the heart of town?
Can you hear a lark in any other part of town?
Does enchantment pour Out of ev'ry door?
No, it's just on the street where you live!
And oh! The towering feeling
Just to know somehow you are near.
The overpowering feeling
That any second you may suddenly appear!
People stop and stare. They don't bother me.
For there's no where else on earth that I would rather be.
Let the time go by, I won't care if I
Can be here on the street where you live.

On The Street Where You Live: Scavenger Hunt Template Version

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The template is for filling in the answers for the scavenger hunt. I abbreviated the Dean Martin sound track since the timing would have been too long for each slide
I have often walked down this street before;
But the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before.
All at once am I Several stories high.
Knowing I'm on the street where you live.
Are there lilac trees in the heart of town?
Can you hear a lark in any other part of town?
Does enchantment pour Out of ev'ry door?
No, it's just on the street where you live!
And oh! The towering feeling
Just to know somehow you are near.
The overpowering feeling
That any second you may suddenly appear!
People stop and stare. They don't bother me.
For there's no where else on earth that I would rather be.
Let the time go by, I won't care if I
Can be here on the street where you live.

Sarah On The Bush Doctrine

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She got confused. She thought Charlie was asking a question on sex education.
Charlie says he got lost in her blizzard of words, aka her bs.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Oops She Did It Again

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Reflections Of An Angry Yankee Fan

two great images from nomass

Sarah And The Iditarod

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You can be sure Sarah did a rod too.

Slamming Pam

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This is what Hillary should be doing, but she doesn't because she sucks too.