Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Stones, Mother's Little Helper

by Hector Diego

This 1960s is when music lyrics began to get real, for when had you ever heard a song on the radio about what a drag it is getting old, and housewives getting high on pharmaceuticals?

My father's generation had a ton of great music when it comes to melody. But when it comes to lyrics, my father's music stank.

It was about nothing. What a drag, indeed.

The Animals, I'm Crying

by Hector Diego

Once I began to appreciate the more R&B style of the Stones, it was only natural that I would dig the Animals.

Dave Clark Five, Because

by Hector Diego

I could barely tolerate the Dave Clark Five when I was a kid. For me, it had to be the Beatles. I was fanatic about it, but my instincts on this were correct. Dave Clark had a few decent songs and that was it.

Now the Stones were a different thing altogether. It took me a full year to admit to myself that the Stones were great, and it helped when I realized they were not Beatles imitators, except for the hair.

But the Beatles ruled, and they still do.

Beatles LP Countdown, Roll Over Beethoven

by Hector Diego

"Roll Over Beethoven" is the first track on the second side of With The Beatles, the Beatles' second album. Harrison's version of "Roll Over Beethoven" defeats Chuck Berry's, in my humble opinion.

Here's a live version, I know not where or when. But I wish I had been there.

When You Gotta Go...

by Jay Allbritton

The Sarah Palin Pity Party

by Hector Diego

What's up with those goggles?

Sept. 30, 2008 | Is this the week that Democrats and Republicans join hands -- to heap pity on poor Sarah Palin?

At the moment, all signs point to yes, as some strange bedfellows reveal that they have been feeling sorry for the vice-presidential candidate ever since she stopped speaking without the help of a teleprompter.

Rebecca Traister at Salon.com, who ridicules the "zombie feminists" of the RNC, has pointed out that pitying Sarah Palin has become inevitable, but Palin does not deserve our pity.

Just our disgust.

Let's start with the square glasses that conservative women all over the country are going crazy for. I mean, why do you think they're square?

Getting Better

by Hector Diego

I'm having trouble with my professors right now, so I'm trying to have a better attitude. After all, it can't hurt to stay on the positive side.

As for my woman, I never beat her. She might win.

Chris Rock on Real Time

by Jay Allbritton
Chris Rock did pundit duty over the weekend promoting Barack Obama for President more than he promoted his HBO Special, about which I hear good things. Too bad I don't have the HBO. Not even the squiggly HBO. And they took it off YouTube. And I don't understand BitTorrents.

Here's Rock on Real Time With Bill Maher.

Head on over to Ice Station Tango to See Chris Rock on Larry King.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Three from Lucifuge

by Jay Allbritton
In retrospect the music of Danzig is a bit silly, but I sure did love it back in high school.

Here's three songs from his eggsellent 1990 album, Lucifuge.

Beatles Revolution Part Nine

by Hector Diego

One commentator declared that the Soviet Union lost their ideological war for an entire Russian generation to the Beatles.

I could believe that.

The Obama Revolution

by Hector Diego

Have You Met Bo?

by Jay Allbritton
Mollygood introduced me to 18-year-old Bo "The Greatest Rapper Ever" Burnham. He's going to be a star, because Jud Apatow is all over him. The prolific Apatow has already cast the young man as the lead in an upcoming film.

Burnham isn't exactly old school and lacks all street cred, but he is funny and clearly as well prepared as any YouTube preformer I've ever seen.

His deal with Apatow keeps him out of our talent contest, but Bo doesn't need us.

Let's Lighten Up The Election Coverage

by Hector Diego

Palin Not Supported By Tribal Alaskans

by Hector Diego

Alaska Inter-Tribal Council Chairman Mike Williams of Akiak said he's been seeking an audience with Palin to address tribal concerns ever since she was elected governor, but her staff keeps telling him that her schedule is full.

"She's so busy that she doesn't have time for the tribes. There needs to be respect and a dialogue," said Williams, who is also Yup'ik Eskimo.

And the picture speaks for itself.

November 4th News, It Doesn't Have To Be That Way

by Hector Diego

It could very well be that way if every single person who is fed up with America's direction does not vote. This has happened in the past.

We should not let it happen again.

Gary Louris, True Blue

by Hector Diego

Derek recommended Gary Louris, and here he is. A true artist.

A Sweet Combination

by SadButTrue
What do you get when you combine blockbuster artists? Just listen.

Corrine Bailey Rae, John Legend and John Mayer

From the 2007 Grammy Awards

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paul: “John Lennon NOT Gay!”

by Hector Diego

I lifted this entire post from The Pondering Pig. I trust our porcine friend won't mind.

We interrupt this blog for important news. Turns out John Lennon wasn’t gay after all.

I’m sure you’ve all been waiting to lap up Phillip Norman’s new book, John Lennon: A Life when it becomes available in the States. It’s the one that claims John had a gay crush on his pal Paul. Well, that got Paul hot under the collar, I can tell you! Here’s his official statement:

“I slept with him a million times (on tour) I’ve seen him on tour roaring drunk, out of his mind in the early days before he sobered up and went to rehab. Roaring drunk and it was always with a female, never once [with a man]. If you’ve got a little gay tendency and you’re roaring drunk, I’d have caught him once.”

So ease your fears, or hopes as the case may be. And thanks to the folks at Powerline for this incredibly important factoid.

Now, back to our scheduled programming…

Eva Cassidy, True Colors

by Hector Diego

Neil Young And Crazy Horse, Rust Never Sleeps Part One

by Hector Diego

This is one of the best live albums of all time. Neil Young has melody, lyrics, that signature voice, guitar, and harmonica, and lots of soul. It is almost impossible to say too much about the greatness of Young's work.

Just beautiful.

Researchers Close in on Crown of Aleppo

by Jay Allbritton
Looks like more of the Bible is out there just waiting to be found.

From AP:
A quest is under way on four continents to find the missing pages of one of the world's most important holy texts, the 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible known as the Crown of Aleppo.

Crusaders held it for ransom, fire almost destroyed it and it was reputedly smuggled across Mideast borders hidden in a washing machine. But in 1958, when it finally reached Israel, 196 pages were missing — about 40 percent of the total — and for some Old Testament scholars they have become a kind of holy grail.

Researchers representing the manuscript's custodian in Jerusalem now say they have leads on some of the missing pages and are nearer their goal of making the manuscript whole again.

This story made me have two simultaneous, yet opposite, reactions.

1) Please, no more of that book. The bits we have now are quite enough.
2) Cool, I hope they find the part that makes it all make sense.

The truth is, no matter what they find, the churches of the world will either exploit it to their own ends or ignore it as apocrypha.

Debate Wrap from The Young Turks

by Jay Allbritton
This was the Turks take on the debate from the end of their coverage on Friday night.

The Turks will be covering the three remaining debates, starting with Thursday's Palin-Biden tangle. Word around the campfire is that Palin debates like chickens do brain surgery. Head over to their website for coverage that doesn't involve hearing from people who get paid by people who sell the shit that blows the shit we blow up up. You got that? It should be legendary.

Speaking of debate reaction, Nate Silver has some very perspicacious observations.

TV on the Radio -- Dancing Choose

by Jay Allbritton
Something else happened on Letterman this week, he had a bitchin' band on. This one:

Sorry to Report, She's Still A Joke

by Jay Allbritton
UPDATE: Pop over to Pandagon to read about how Sarah Palin inspired a spontaneous donations drive that has resulted in a windfall for Planned Parenthood. This could be that karma thing about which I keep hearing.

There are tons of YouTube clips attempting to mash up Sarah Palin's disastrous interview with Katie Couric and Miss Teen South Carolina's ill fated beauty pageant answer in 2007, which became a viral video power house. Here is but one of them.

Also, Tina Fey is back at it, ridiculing Tracy Flick, I mean, poor Sarah Palin. Ridiculing her at this point seems mean to me, but this is the business we have chosen.

Image from the flickr account of
this person.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Man In Black, Sunday Morning Coming Down

by Hector Diego

Johnny Cash is one of the most memorable figures in American music and culture. We would have been less of a people without him.

Elvis Presley, Kentucky Rain

by Hector Diego

Hank Williams, Lost Highway

by Hector Diego

She & Him - This is Not a Test

by Jay Allbritton
This is another day in your life. Do something. Quick!

Kinks, Twentieth Century Man

by Hector Diego

Harold And Maude

by Hector Diego

I just saw Harold and Maude again last night, the 1971 cult classic directed by Hal Ashby. Harold is a privileged teenager who falls in love with 80 year old Maude, who teaches him the real meaning of life--living fully every moment.

The film is a satirical comment on the uselessness of materialism, and the uselessness of acquiescing to existential despair. You make the best of each day and be as happy as you can.

Do not fail to see Harold and Maude. Station Agent, have you seen this film?

Soundtrack by Cat Stevens.

Paul Newman, 1925-2008, Free From The Chain Gang Now

by Hector Diego

I believe a country's level of civilization should be measured by the way it treats its prisoners. Cool Hand Luke is about a dude who gets drunk one night and vandalizes public property in a small Southern town. For this great offense, he lands in a chain gang for two years--but naturally, it is almost impossible to follow all the rules, so those two years are extended...and extended...you get the idea.

Don't say it couldn't happen in your country, or to you.

Crap like what happened to Luke is happening at this very moment...

I believe that Cool Hand Luke was Paul Newman's greatest role, among many great roles. Newman was a great man with a great conscience and great deeds; his company Newman's Own has donated over two hundred million dollars to great causes.

Newman was number 19 on Richard Nixon's enemies list, and let's face it-to make that list is a great honor.

Greatness has left us, and the guys who run The Walrus Speaks are sad.

McCain Not That Concerned About Nukes

by Hector Diego

In last night's Presidential debate, Barack Obama was very positive about his concern for nuclear war or nuclear terrorism with a dirty bomb in a suitcase, but McCain did not have much to say about it. I wonder why?

Could it be that McCain is a one-trick pony, stuck not in the 1960s, but in the 1950s? Does he think that with the collapse of the Soviet Union, all we have to worry about now is weaponised commercial aircraft, not nukes?

Obama has consistently discussed this topic, and McCain lags on it. Why?

Could it be that John McCain does not have the judgment to be the President of the United States? After all, he wanted the Iraq war in the first place, while Obama has consistently opposed it.

Obama has former Secretary of the Navy Virginia Senator Jim Webb as his friend and advisor, and Webb criticizes Bush's military policies.

On the other hand, it wouldn't matter who advises McCain because he is so stubborn and proud of his military experience that he tends not to listen to good advice. He supports Bush's disastrous decisions about how to use the US military.

John McCain does not have the judgment to be concerned about nukes. If he does, why don't we hear him talking about it?

Friday, September 26, 2008


by Hector Diego

You say that it's the institution, well you know, you better free your mind instead.

Michael Moore's Slacker Uprising

by Hector Diego

Click here to watch the trailer and download Michael Moore's free film, Slacker Uprising.

In my youth we talked about a revolution, and it was mighty unrealistic. Then McGovern came along and represented a compromise between "the revolution" and American politics.

McGovern never had a snowball's chance in hell. But Barack Obama has more than a good chance-he's our next President if every youth who is dissatisfied with America's direction registers to vote and then votes. Just remember what happened in 2004, and in 2000 when the election was stolen.

It's not over until the fat man sings. You can go back to slacking off after the election.

Bob Dylan, Maggie's Farm

by Hector Diego

Could "Maggie's Farm" be a symbol for the Hindu concept of samsara? Just replace Maggie with Maya, and there you go.

And Maggie/Maya's brother? He hands you a nickel, he hands you a dime, then he asks you with a grin if you are having a good time, and fines you every time you slam the door!

Candidates' Tax Plan Simplified

by Hector Diego

There is no way anyone can claim a "liberal spin" for the information I have provided below because it's from a conservative publication, the Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2008.

Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, is campaigning on a strong anti-tax platform. That includes extending President Bush's income-tax cuts, raising the exemption for dependents and cutting the corporate income-tax rate. [In other words, the standard Republican platform-just like George Bush.]

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, is calling for higher taxes on high-income Americans -- families making more than $250,000 a year and singles making more than $200,000. But he is also proposing tax cuts for lower- and middle-income households.
[Sounds like a viable plan. Let's do it.]

Now take your pick.

Traveling Wilburys

by Hector Diego

I never met him, but I have to love this man.

Jefferson Airplane, Somebody To Love

by Hector Diego

Liz Phair, Why Can't I ?

by Hector Diego

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Rilo Kiley, Silver Lining

by Hector Diego

Yoko Ono, What A Bastard The World Is

by Hector Diego

A feminist rant worth listening to. I think Yoko Ono is a great artist.

Winner Of KTWS Radio Campaign Ad Contest, I'm Voting Republican

by Hector Diego

I don't see how Obama can win. The Republicans are all over it.

Beach Boys, Good Vibrations

by Hector Diego

San Diego's Balboa Park

by Hector Diego

I grew up with this park, and just felt like sharing it with you.

Moody Blues, New Horizons

by Hector Diego

He knows he's going to find his peace of mind someday. I really hope he does.

The Dalai Lama Is Backward But Not The Chinese Government?

by Hector Diego

If China's official communications to the world were not so malicious, they would be highly amusing. OK, I admit that I am highly amused regardless of their malicious content.

I find two possibilities for their apparent lack of sophistication and insight. Either the Chinese government is 100% cynical, or they are as anachronistic and goofy as they sound. In spite of all the advances China has made in defeating abject poverty through communism-and we should give credit where credit is due-on the one hand, and its more relaxed policy of social restrictions, on the other, its style of official business at the government level has not budged an inch since I started observing it more than forty years ago.

They say the most errant nonsense without discrimination. Perhaps more telling is that even if they are partially right in what they have to say about the Dalai Lama, what they cannot fathom is that no one believes them, no one finds them credible, no one thinks they have any validity at all. On top of their totalitarian way of dealing with their own people--what to speak of their dealings with Tibet--there is only one word that describes China's official communications and perhaps (because it is difficult to peer through the density of the ludicrous nature of these communications) their actual perception of the likelihood of anyone agreeing with them (except perhaps North Korea). That word is


Do they really think the world will take their word over the Dalai Lama's?


Station Agent, why are they so square?

Here is the article from Yahoo News.

"The 14th Dalai Lama and his clique's clamor for 'cultural autonomy of Tibet' is essentially a political conspiracy to restore theocratic rule over the culture of Tibet and other Tibetan-inhabited regions, and thus realize the 'independence of Greater Tibet,'" it said.

OK, perhaps; probably not. But here's the kicker.

China issued a government report Thursday praising its rule over Tibet and accusing the Dalai Lama of wanting to restore a backward feudal system in the Himalayan region.

Right...nothing backward about the Chinese government, nothing at all...

Read more.

Sir Paul's Historic Israel Gig Threatened By Islamic Cleric

by Hector Diego

Paul McCartney listens to a guide during a
to the Church of the Nativity in the
West Bank city
of Bethlehem on September
24, 2008. McCartney
arrived in Israel today
ahead of his first-ever
concert in the Jewish
Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty

the report of a threat against McCartney's life is credible, I must say that this cleric is an extremely bad PR man for Islam. The Beatles have always been messengers of peace and would never privilege any religion over another. They more or less saw the good in all of them while pointing out the bad. I think most Muslims who know anything about the Beatles know that. Unfortunately, most Muslims probably don't know that much about the Beatles-including the violent cleric-and that is only a small part of a much larger problem.

If religion would just exit the world stage for a bit, take a time out, I think that would be a good idea. But nobody listens to me.

Here's the article from Time World, September 25, 2008.

Beatlemania was a little late getting to the Jewish State, thanks to the cultural conservatism of its founding leaders. Indeed, Thursday's Tel Aviv gig by Sir Paul McCartney marks a long-delayed concert debut in Israel by the former Beatle, who has endeared himself to a new generation of Israeli fans by going ahead with the show despite death threats from a radical Islamic cleric in Lebanon who vowed that "If he values his life, Mr. McCartney must not come to Israel. He will not be safe there. The sacrifice operatives will be waiting for him."

He added: "I think that most people understand that I'm quite apolitical and that my message is a global one and that it is a peaceful one." Or, as McCartney once sang, let it be.

Read more about his concert in Israel, a Beatle first.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ozomatli - Como Vez

by Jay Allbritton
Love a good horn section. These guys are amazing. Give this song a little time to get going, there's some space on the recording.

Campbell Brown Goes Off!

by Jay Allbritton
Get the head-bobbing under control and CNN might have a star on their hands. Since the only people on cable news getting any attention are the ones who actually side step the fair and balanced fallacy and take swipes. Fox nukes the Democrats for over a decade now and they get all the ratings. MSNBC finally figures it out and starts hitting Republicans and suddenly they're on the board. Brown and CNN might as well join 'em because they sure as hell are not going to beat them with this lame, Wolf Blitzer-style say nothing crap. Journalism is dead. Pretending it's not is dead too.

Rep. DeFazio On The Bailout

by Jay Allbritton
U.S. Representative Pete DeFazio breaks down the investment banking jack move going on in this country. Watch this video and you will see an honest representative of the people speaking truth to power. We can not do this. This is Shock and Awe on Wall Street.

He's On The Tank

by Jay Allbritton
Make no mistake, John McCain's campaign committed suicide today. I no longer have the slightest trepidation about the outcome of the election. Running away from a fight is the least presidential thing you can do. This will enhance all the other flaws.

David Letterman hammered home the final nail:

If they thought the Palin sketch was bad, that's nothing compared to getting shut down by David Letterman. It is appropriate that this campaign would end with his absence from Letterman, since that is where it began, back in February of 2007, when we were all much younger and up to the challenges ahead.

By the way something, Dave, you're still pretty sharp, but Paul's an ass, please can him.

Carly Simon, You're So Vain

by Hector Diego

Paul McCartney, Too Many People

by Hector Diego

Rod Stewart, Maggie May

by Hector Diego

Don't Pass Me By

by Hector Diego

Bill Monroe, Rocky Road Blues

by Hector Diego

You'll never miss your water until your well runs dry, you'll never miss your woman until she says goodbye.

The Great Big Sea, Captain Kidd

by Hector Diego

This one is dedicated to my very able and congenial teaching assistant, Carly.

Take it Easy on 8-Year-Old Song Writers

by Jay Allbritton
Kimya Dawson reminds reviewers not to take her new album too seriously.
I have been reading some reviews of Alphabutt. It's funny. Some are nice and seem to get it. Some say it's all scat and seem to miss the point. Poop just throws some people off I guess. And there was one reviewer that just slammed the "Wiggle My Tooth" song! Lord have Mercy!!! That is my favorite!!! That song was written by my friend Macalister, who is 8 years old!!! That in itself is amazing!!! Reviews Schmeviews.

I made these songs with little kids. Why do some people want to take it sooooo seriously?

Jeez Louise.

I like these songs. Panda likes these songs. Our neighbors dog Louie likes these songs.

Mission accomplished.
It's called Alphabutt. Come on people.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Shannon Campbell - Landslide

by Jay Allbritton
Hold onto your wallets, here comes the crash.

Beatles LP Countdown, Please Mr. Postman

by Hector Diego

"Please Mr. Postman" is the last track on the first side of the Beatles' second album, With The Beatles. And it's great.

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Congressional Representative Democrat Barney Frank Introduces New Marijuana Decriminalization Bill For 2008

by Hector Diego

If the federal laws are overturned, state laws prevail
The green states have already decriminalized cannabis.

Hey there, visitors to TWS--did you know about this? You probably did not hear about it on the evening news, that's for sure. Have you ever wondered how the press could be "liberal" as the conservatives always claim, but you do not hear of news such as HR 5843 ?

Most likely it will never make it out of committee. However, if you contact your local Democratic representative, the bill's chances improve. If you contact your local Republican representative, chances are you are just wasting your time.

HR 5843 IH
2d Session
H. R. 5843
To eliminate most Federal penalties for possession of marijuana for personal use, and for other purposes.
April 17, 2008
Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts (for himself and Mr. PAUL) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To eliminate most Federal penalties for possession of marijuana for personal use, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the `Act to Remove Federal Penalties for the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults'.


Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no penalty may be imposed under an Act of Congress for the possession of marijuana for personal use, or for the not-for-profit transfer between adults of marijuana for personal use. For the purposes of this section, possession of 100 grams or less of marijuana shall be presumed to be for personal use, as shall the not-for-profit transfer of one ounce or less of marijuana, except that the civil penalty provided in section 405 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 844a) may be imposed for the public use of marijuana if the amount of the penalty does not exceed $100.

Rilo Kiley, The Execution Of All Things

by Hector Diego

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Beatles Revolution # 8

by Hector Diego

Monday, September 22, 2008

Stones, Time Is On My Side

by Hector Diego

Animals, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

by Hector Diego

Yardbirds, Heart Full Of Soul

by Hector Diego

Allison Crowe - Hallelujah

by Jay Allbritton
Another fine version of the Leonard Cohen classic.

Surging Against Ghosts

by Jay Allbritton
Dr. John Agnew of UCLA led a study that showed the reduced violence in Iraq that has been widely credited to "the surge", explains the real reason why the violence abated. "Essentially, our interpretation is that violence has declined in Baghdad because of intercommunal violence that reached a climax as the surge was beginning."

In other words, there was no one left to kill.

From Reuters:
Satellite images taken at night show heavily Sunni Arab neighborhoods of Baghdad began emptying before a U.S. troop surge in 2007, graphic evidence of ethnic cleansing that preceded a drop in violence, according to a report published on Friday.

The images support the view of international refugee organizations and Iraq experts that a major population shift was a key factor in the decline in sectarian violence, particularly in the Iraqi capital, the epicenter of the bloodletting in which hundreds of thousands were killed.
The vast majority of the American people still have not comprehended the enormity of what our current government did. I do not know what will get through to these people.

The people responsible are still getting choice gigs right here in the U.S. Even Tony Blair is coming over here to teach at Yale. To quote Bill Hicks, "Christ, what balls."

Amy Kuney - Viva La Vida

by Jay Allbritton
Amy Kuney covers Coldplay.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sarah Palin--Reward For Mediocrity

by Hector Diego

Hell, I could do that...

The rise of Sarah Palin affirms the dumbing down of America that has been going on for several decades. I'm not saying Palin is dumb--just uniformed. It's her admirers who don't care whether she knows anything or not who are dumbernshit.

Read about it.

Bob Dylan, Man Of Peace

by Hector Diego

You can feel that tender touch of the beast...

Byrds, Turn! Turn! Turn!

by Hector Diego


Antique walrus print courtesy of FineRarePrints.Com