Monday, December 31, 2007

Video (and lyrics): The Kinks' Apeman


Here is a video of one of my, say, top 20 Kinks songs (and the Kinks have to be in my top ten or 20 list of bands).






Apeman


I think I'm sophisticated
cause I'm living my life like a good homosapien
But all around me everybodys multiplying
Till they're walking 'round like flies man
So I'm no better than the animals sitting in their cages
In the zoo man
Cause compared to the flowers and the birds and the trees
I am an ape man
I think I'm so educated and Im so civilized
Cause I'm a strict vegetarian
But with the over-population and inflation and starvation
And the crazy politicians
I don't feel safe in this world no more
I don't want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore and make like an ape man
I'm an ape man, I'm an ape ape man
I'm an ape man I'm a king kong man I'm ape ape man
I'm an ape man
Cause compared to the sun that sits in the sky
Compared to the clouds as they roll by
Compared to the bugs and the spiders and flies
I am an ape man
In man's evolution he has created the cities and
The motor traffic rumble, but give me half a chance
And I'd be taking off my clothes and living in the jungle
Cause the only time that I feel at ease
Is swinging up and down in a coconut tree
Oh what a life of luxury to be like an ape man
I'm an ape, I'm an ape ape man, I'm an ape man
I'm a king kong man, I'm a voo-doo man
I'm an ape man
I look out my window, but I can't see the sky
Cause the air pollution is fogging up my eyes
I want to get out of this city alive
And make like an ape man
Come and love me, be my ape man girl
And we will be so happy in my ape man world
I'm an ape man, I'm an ape ape man, I'm an ape man
I'm a king kong man, I'm a voo-doo man
I'm an ape man
I'll be your tarzan, youll be my jane
Ill keep you warm and youll keep me sane
And well sit in the trees and eat bananas all day
Just like an ape man
I'm an ape man, I'm an ape ape man, I'm an ape man
I'm a king kong man, I'm a voo-doo man
I'm an ape man.
I don't feel safe in this world no more
I don't want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore
And make like an ape man.

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Video: Ruth Underwood is interviewed about her work with Frank Zappa (includes video clips of Ruth at the mallets)



Here is a YouTube video from a very moving interview with the great marimbist Ruth Underwood, along with clips of her playing and the great story of how Frank Zappa convinced her to "go electric. " Also includes a brief clip of Dweezil Zappa and Napoleon Murphy Brock:





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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Nice poster: the Hillary money machine by Linda Eddy


A nice poster by Linda Eddy of the possible democratic front-runner.
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The closer we get, the more spooked I become: The Democratic race for President could be over in a few weeks and we failed to nominate Joe Biden



The closer this contest comes to resolution—and it may be coming very soon— the more I regret that Sen. Joe Biden has not surged ahead. I wish we'd all realized sooner that he is the President we actually want. What a decent, thinking, sensitive, and funny man Joe Biden is and has been throughout his long career in Washington! He's almost always on the right side, he knows how to play hardball, and it's impossible not to like the guy. And he is up against congressional lightweights like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards—whose total congressional experience added up together doesn't even equal half of Biden's time. But, as correspondent Kev said, we know he doesn't have much of a chance...barring some tragedy or, say, a love child fostered between Hillary and Barack, Biden is pretty much dead in the water, with occasionally, hopeful, polling blips.

Unless things change dramatically, I will march off to my local caucus with the race decided. There will be pressure to go with the winner, but I'll vote for Biden and hope to convince enough other delegates to at least get one delegate from this state on his side.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

The return of Jenkem: a song by Tay Zonday: Chocolate Reign (a/k/a Choklit Reighn)

In this YouTube™ video, Tay Zonday performs his song Chocolate Rain/Choklit Reighn, a song about Jenkem. Jenkem is perhaps best described as an end-user delivery system for a psychotropic substance confected from human waste matter. We wrote about this earlier. . .here, and here, if you'd want to know more. On the whole, I think I'd prefer bourbon.




The Lyrics:

Some stay dry and others feel the pain
Chocolate Rain
A baby born will die before the sin
Chocolate Rain
The school books say it can't be here again
Chocolate Rain
The prisons make you wonder where it went
Chocolate Rain
Build a tent and say the world is dry
Chocolate Rain
Zoom the camera out and see the lie
Chocolate Rain
Forecast to be falling yesterday
Chocolate Rain
Only in the past is what they say
Chocolate Rain
Raised your neighborhood insurance rates
Chocolate Rain
Makes us happy 'livin in a gate
Chocolate Rain
Made me cross the street the other day
Chocolate Rain Made you turn your head the other way
(Chorus) Chocolate Rain History quickly crashing through your veins
Chocolate Rain
Using you to fall back down again [Repeat]
Chocolate Rain
Seldom mentioned on the radio
Chocolate Rain
It's the fear your leaders call control
Chocolate Rain
Worse than swearing worse than calling names Chocolate Rain Say it publicly and you're insane
Chocolate Rain
No one wants to hear about it now Chocolate Rain Wish real hard it goes away somehow
Chocolate Rain
Makes the best of friends begin to fight Chocolate Rain But did they know each other in the light?
Chocolate Rain
Every February washed away
Chocolate Rain Stays behind as colors celebrate
Chocolate Rain
The same crime has a higher price to pay chocolate Rain The judge and jury swear it's not the face
(Chorus)
Chocolate Rain
Dirty secrets of economy Chocolate Rain Turns that body into GDP
Chocolate Rain
The bell curve blames the baby's DNA
Chocolate Rain
But test scores are how much the parents make
Chocolate Rain '
Flippin cars in France the other night
Chocolate Rain
Cleans the sewers out beneath Mumbai
Chocolate Rain
'Cross the world and back it's all the same
Chocolate Rain
Angels cry and shake their heads in shame
Chocolate Rain
Lifts the ark of paradise in sin
Chocolate Rain
Which part do you think you're 'livin in?
Chocolate Rain
More than 'marchin more than passing law
Chocolate Rain
Remake how we got to where we are
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Video: Jesus celebrates his 2,007th birthday

I never got around to posting this YouTube video on Christmas Day, but here it is, a little late (like my Christmas cards):


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John Edwards takes a final swipe at Sen. Barack Obama, who he says may be living in never-never land


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Yesterday morning at a forum for undecided voters in Independence, Iowa—and there must be plenty of undecideds, the way the polls swing back and forth—Ex-Senator John Edwards repeated his criticism of Barack Obama, saying that any candidate who thinks he or she can invite corporate America to the table and achieve real results for Americans "is living in never-never land."

In a wide-ranging interview with ABC News Friday afternoon, the former North Carolina senator labeled as "ridiculous" the comments made by the Obama campaign linking Ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination to Sen. Hillary Clinton's vote to authorize the use of force against Iraq. On the other hand, he did embrace Sen. Barack Obama's politics over Clinton's, and said that an anti-Obama flier from a pro-Clinton union was "misleading" and "deceptive."

I like Obama, but I like him best for Vice-President paired with (in descending order) Joe Biden, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, or Bill Richardson. On the other hand, he's not a bad senator, missing plenty of votes this election season notwithstanding...
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The angels are weeping. . .

The angels are weeping today, for Benazir Bhutto, her family, and Pakistan itself, and for the six members of the Anderson family of Carnation, Washington (near Seattle), who were gunned down on Christmas Eve by their daughter/sister/aunt and her boyfriend


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"They were my family, too, you know?" Joe McEnroe told a Seattle Times reporter in a jailhouse interview. He may face death for the Carnation slayings.



And the angels weep for Benazir Bhutto, who was not perfect, but who had become a sort of JFK-figure of hope/beacon of light to the mess that is Pakistan.
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Friday, December 28, 2007

Benazir Bhutto: Two Paintings

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto Assassinated in Pakistan



Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally. The killer then blew himself up; at least he got that part right.



Like Benazir or not (and she admittedly has a whiff of corruption too), this is not good. Pakistan sits smack dab in the middle of the powder keg; situated between Afghanistan, Iran, India and China, Pakistan is the second largest Muslim country in the world, and stability there is central to world peace.



The prime ministerial elections are just around the corner, and the next government is crucial —especially with current president General Pervez Musharraf [US buddy and George Bush ally]accused of blocking two former PMs—Bhutto and rival Nawaz Sharif—from running with the use of controversial legislation. If you are Nawaz Sharif, this has to be a sleepless night.

A photo 30 seconds before Benazir Bhutto
was gunned down

Bhutto's death stoked chaos and a wave of "civil unrest" across Pakitstan. President Musharif, vowed to obtain justice. Of course he did...not long after he popped the cork on a bottle of Dom Perignon— However, we all know he was no fan of Benazir. Obviously no one wants rioting in an already volatile country that happens to be a member of the nuclear-capable club. They are a critical U.S. ally in the war on terror. President Musharraf has functioned as a George Bush lapdog, and it was clear Benazir would not be on the boat. Do I think President George W. Bush was involved in the assassination? Absolutely not. Do I think he took the same tact as Phil Leotardo's capos on The Sopranos? Maybe. Do I think George Bush said to Musharraf "You do what you gotta do?" Maybe.

Benazir Bhutto became the first female prime minister in the Muslim world when she was elected in 1988 at the age of 35. She was deposed in 1990, re-elected in 1993, and ousted again in 1996 amid charges of corruption and mismanagement. She said the charges were politically motivated...but in 1999 she chose, right or wrong, to stay in exile rather than go home and face the music.

Bhutto, 54, will be buried alongside the grave of her father, former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was removed from power in a 1977 junta and executed.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Painting--> President Bush: Hear No Evil


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At the Press Conference, President Bush indicates that he refuses to entertain any further questions.

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Are Obama and Huck in a tailspin?



In what has to be her best Christmas gift this year, an ARG poll released this week seems to show Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton with a comeback double-digit lead over Senator Barack Hussein Obama among likely caucus-goers.

Clinton and Obama were in a dead heat in last week’s American Research Group poll. In the new survey (December 20-23), she leads the Illinois senator by 15% (34 to 19). If you account for sampling errors, Obama is now in a statistical tie for second place with Ex-Senator John Edwards, who has 20 percent of the vote.

Last week, Mike Huckabee was ahead of Mitt Romney by an 11-point margin. . .but the new poll puts the two back in a statistical tie, 23 to 21 percent, followed by John McCain at 17%, Rudy Giuliani with 14 percent, and even Ron Paul has climbed to 10 %, up from 4 % last week. Man, if Ron Paul is doubling his numbers Huck, Mitt, Crazy John, and Rudy "Queeg" Giuliani must really be blowing it!
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Joseph not the father?

Modern DNA testing recently revealed what Joseph probably already knew: that he was not the actual father of Jesus Christ. Knowing she was a virgin might have been the big tip-off.



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Santa in repose


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Monday, December 24, 2007

A collection of some of The Onion's best "Weekender" parodies


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The Onion often published parodies of the "Weekender," a magazine based on the beloved/thoraway Parade Magazine. Here is a collection of some of their gems, and a recent cover as well...


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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Jeri Kehn Thompson On The Road/All This Is That's Comprehensive Jeri Kehn Coverage Continues With New Photos


Jeri Kehn charming The Heat



Fred intervenes, possibly to prevent a frisking

As you know, recently we've closely followed the campaign of Jeri Kehn Thompson and her husband Fred (or, at least some aspects of that campaign).


click to enlarge Fred, Hayden, Jeri
and Samuel Thompson


On Stage Together

Jeri Kehn Thompson (born September 30, 1966) is a former media consultant to a Washington law firm, who also worked for the Republican Senate Conference and the Republican National Committee. Ms. Thompson is married to Fred Thompson, ExSenator, attorney, actor, and struggling 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate. According to many reports Ms. Thompson is not a trophy wife, or arm candy. She urged her husband to run, helped recruit some of his key staffer, and according to Michelle Cottle (Jeri Rigged: The machinations of Mrs. Fred Thompson", The New Republic, 2007-10-22), has also been responsible for the dismissal of other staff members.


Jeri conducts a babe-off in Florida

On Stage Again


Jeri campaigns in Iowa in a cowboy hat


At the firemen's insistence, Jeri Kehn swaps her
cowboy hat for a firefighter's helmet

Although Jeri Kehn is 24 years younger than the Ex-Senator, most people don't consider it a deal-breaker. After all, Frances Folsom Cleveland was 27 years younger than President Grover Cleveland, and Julia Gardiner Tyler was 30 years younger than President John Tyler.
But that's not an issue, really. After it's almost criminally late start, Thompson has drawn fire for his anemic fund-raising and campaign schedules. It's now widely acknowledged that the senator is having a tough time conveying--and generating!--enthusiasm for his bid. The conventional wisdom says that Thompson's heart isn't in the fight. Even if she can sell herself to voters, can she sell them on a husband that seems to not much care about closing the deal?

Other recent appearances by Jeri Kehn on All This Is That:

Even Jeri Kehn can't resuscitate her husband's wheezing, tubercular campaign (but it's fun to watch while she tries)
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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Painting: The waterfall


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John Edwards/Andrew Young: Who's the father of the "love child"?

Obviously this alleged John Edwards scandal is based on some pretty flimsy evidence. . .wouldn't it have erupted in the mainstream press if there was even a whiff of an affair? Even Matt Drudge backed away from the story. The enquirer does lay out a plausible story, wth many notable gaps, including another man, Andrew Young, claiming paternity of the "love child:"

"Presidential candidate John Edwards is caught up in a love child scandal, a blockbuster ENQUIRER investigation has discovered.The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Rielle Hunter, a woman linked to Edwards in a cheating scandal earlier this year, is more than six months pregnant — and she's told a close confidante that Edwards is the father of her baby!The ENQUIRER's political bombshell comes just weeks after Edwards emphatically denied having an affair with Rielle, who formerly worked on his campaign and told another close pal that she was romantically involved with the married ex-senator.The ENQUIRER has now confirmed not only that Rielle is expecting, but that she's gone into hiding with the help of a former aide to Edwards. The visibly pregnant blonde has relocated from the New York area to Chapel Hill, N.C., where she is living in an upscale gated community near political operative Andrew Young, who's been extremely close to Edwards for years and was a key official in his presidential campaign.
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Video: The Doors "When the music's over..."

This live video is not quite up to their recorded version, but fascinating nonetheless.


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Friday, December 21, 2007

Wow! The Beatnix video: Stairway To Heaven

This is one reason YouTube is great, despite all the not so great stuff. Here is a video from the early 90's Australian TV show, The Money Or The Gun, by The Beatnix, a Beatles Tribute Band.


End of the Juggernaut--> Almost There In No Time Reports On The Tragic Withdrawal of Tom Tancredo From The Presidential Race


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Almost There In No Time (a blog for The People) reports on Congressman Tom Tancredo's withdrawal from the Presidential sweepstakes. Tom who?
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Some quotes from the film American Beauty



I recently watched American Beauty again, and remembered what touched me about it the first time I saw the film. It is a flawed jewel, but it works. You can read/download the script here. I have witnessed people in my life make incredible transformations. At least one of them nearly identically echoes the plot of American Beauty, sans the killing. The central thrust of the film is: "It's never too late to get it back." Some quotes from the movie:


Lester: (amused) Look at me, jerking off in the shower. (then) This will be the high point of my day. It's all downhill from here.

Lester: Both my wife and daughter think I'm this gigantic loser, and they're right. I have lost something. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but I know I didn't always feel this sedated. But you know what? It's never too late to get it back.

Lester: It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you've forgotten about.

Carolyn: Lester, you're going to spill beer on the couch.

Lester: So what? It's just a couch.
Carolyn: This is a four thousand dollar sofa upholstered in Italian silk. This is not "just a couch."
Lester: It's just a couch! This isn't life. This is just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts.

Lester: Remember those posters that said, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life?" Well, that's true of every day except one - the day you die.

Lester Burnham: I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up.

Brad Dupree: Man, you are one twisted fuck.

Lester Burnham: Nope, I'm just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.

Carolyn Burnham: Your father and I were just discussing his day at work. Why don't you tell our daughter about it, honey?

Lester Burnham: Janie, today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go fuck himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus.
Carolyn Burnham: Your father seems to think this type of behavior is something to be proud of. Lester Burnham: And your mother seems to prefer I go through life like a fucking prisoner while she keeps my dick in a mason jar under the sink.
Carolyn Burnham: How dare you speak to me that way in front of her. And I marvel that you can be so contemptuous of me, on the same day that you LOSE your job.
Lester Burnham: Lose it? I didn't lose it. It's not like, "Whoops! Where'd my job go?" I QUIT. Someone pass me the asparagus.

Lester Burnham: I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.

Lester Burnham: Brad, for 14 years I've been a whore for the advertising industry. The only way I could save myself now is if I start firebombing.

Lester Burnham: [narrating] I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time... For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars... And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined my street... Or my grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper... And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's brand new Firebird... And Janie... And Janie... And... Carolyn. I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday.

Lester Burnham: My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood; this is my street; this is my life. I am 42 years old; in less than a year I will be dead. Of course I don't know that yet, and in a way, I am dead already.

Lester Burnham: [narrating] Janie's a pretty typical teenager. Angry, insecure, confused. I wish I could tell her that's all going to pass, but I don't want to lie to her.

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Danger Dog! The New Homeland Security Threat Rating System



Someone at Wired (a magazine I haven't read for about 10 years) came up with a hot-dog based security threat rating system. The last time I flew to Texas, about two weeks ago, we were at Orange. But that was really the Chicago Dog level.

Notes on the Hot Dog System:

1. Fried, Bacon-Wrapped Tijuana Danger Dog. In the Mexican States of Nayarit and Jalisco (where I have visited several times), and, possibly in Baja, these are called Tocino Dogs. Our old pal and restaurateur, Jorge, often peddled these in Bucerias from a cart at fiestas. I have also seen Tocino Dogs sold on the streets of Los Angeles, around Staples Center when I have attended E3.

2. Chicago Dog With Everything. Have you ever had a Chicago Dog? A Hot Dog on a nice roll, with mustard, that neon green relish they use, a slice of pickle, celery salt, sport peppers (a pickled chili of medium hotness), mustard, and tomatoes.

3. Hebrew National Kosher Dog With Relish and Onions. Not quite a traditional NYC dog, which usually has chili onions, mustard, and sauerkraut.

4. Microwaved Oscar Meyer Wieners on White Bread Roll with Ketchup. A really bad American dog.

5. Steamed Tofu Pup on Sprouted Wheat Roll. Often called a Not Dog in the vegie/vegan world. Yuk!

Here is the current, laughable, National Security Threat Level System:



And, finally, the Sesame Street threat level system:


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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Enquirer John Edwards Affair Story...


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John Edwards caught in an affair/"love child" scandal?



This is a mindf**ker of all mindf**kers, to quote John Sebastian at Woodstock. John Edwards, close to the last person of either party I would have pegged, seems to be caught up in a "love child" scandal.

The Drudge Report reported this late Tuesday (but Drudge's developing story has been taken down). In short, The National Enquirer *seems* to be about to break a story on John Edwards having an affair and now, apparently impregnating his paramour, who has either come forth, or whose friends have now leaked (or sold!) the story to the National Enquirer. Sure, it is a P.O.S. periodical, but on the other hand, they have broken a lot of real scandal news (along with Matt Drudge) over the last few years.

The story, as I understand it, will appear in the National Enquirer print edition (and their website) tomorrow. It seems to have appeared earlier today on Drudge, but I can't tell, since their story, too, is now a dead link.

Drudge now has a link that goes to a dead Enquirer page. If Matt Drudge has backed off from the story, he was either hectored with the threat of a King-hell lawsuit, or he had doubts about the story himself. And if Matt Drudge has doubts about the story, it has to be pretty flimsy.



According to ogpaper.com: "The National Enquirer is brewing the latest political scandal, John Edwards accused of having a love child."

"The National Enquirer is like an alligator - once the jaws lock, there is no way out. Earlier this year the NE reported on John Edwards and his affair with an unnamed woman from his campaign (follow the links below to read that story). Now, the latest John Edwards scandal - a love child. According to reports, the John Edwards love child scandal will run as part of the front cover of the National Enquirer on Wednesday, the picture was found on the Drudge Report. According to the cover, a woman is pregnant with John Edwards baby and is hiding. The story has not been confirmed or denied by the National Enquirer yet, watch for the magazine tomorrow and keep an eye on further developments in the John Edwards love child scandal. "

I did snag the bitmap above online, but have no way to determine its veracity in this paucity of information. It may be a spoof, or a mockup, or the real thing, of tomorrow's National Enquirer.

You may remember, I always thought both John Edwards and Mitt Romney would surge ahead from their positions at 3rd place, or further back, in the pack. If these allegations have even a whiff of authenticity, we can expect John Edwards to bail out of this race like he was hopping in the first lifeboat off the Titantic. John may have been able to weather this one had it just been another tawdry affair. But Ex-Senator Edwards happens to be married to probably the best-loved spouse among all the G.O.P. and Democratic candidates (except for maybe Bill Clinton), who also happens to have incurable breast cancer. If he is guilty, he, naturally, deserves every bit of ignominy that has been and will be heaped, upon him. If he is just a victim of rumor mongering (as was his running mate John Kerry...remember the stories of the young woman he had a tempestuous affair with? They all turned out to be false), well, then, long may he run! I did support him for President previously, but not this time around, although I would have supported him had he become viable (which so far in this race, he never really has).

If you did have this affair, well then drop out ASAP John, and give a decent guy like Joe Biden a chance! And if you did have the affair, well, then you are a sub-human piece of dogsh*t, and I am embarrassed that I supported you in 200o and 2004.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

painting: the dream is over


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Ron Paul video: 'When fascism comes it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross'...

Presidential candidate (this year's dingbat, filling in for Ralph Nader, Ross Perot, and George Wallace) Ron Paul recently told Fox News (quoting Sinclair Lewis) that "When fascism comes it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Like many dingbats, he is sometimes correct.


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Monday, December 17, 2007

Video: Dake Wakeling and The English Beat perform "Save It For Later"

The English Beat perform their song "Save It For Later" from their final great album, Special Beat Service. Dave Wakeling and The English Beat are still touring (I saw them two weeks ago in Austin, Texas. . .click here to read that post.).


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It Can Happen Here: Japanese Relocation Camps, 1942-1946

Almost immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941, most Japanese-Americans were rounded up and transported to concentration camps across the United States. Nearly every Japanese family in my home town of Kent, Washington was removed. Less than half returned following World War II. I am not proud to say that one of the most famous images of Japanese relocation was this photo, taken in Kent, in January, 1942:



In our war hysteria, we didn't want any Japanese Americans near the west coast. They would form cells and assist soldiers and pilots from the motherland in attacking The Pacific Coast. The number of Germans and Italians placed in the camps is only a fraction of their total population compared with the Japanese, virtually all of whom were locked up.

After the war only about thirty families returned to the valley area. I remember the Miyoshis, Yamadas, Nakaharas, Koyamatsus, Hiranakas, and Okimotos. Some of them got back into farming (not on their old farms, which had been confiscated and sold). I worked on the Yamada's farm a couple of springs, cutting and boxing rhubarb, and I worked for a couple of weeks on Kart Funai's farm one summer, bunching radishes and scallions.

Sinclair Lewis wrote a well-known novel "It Can't Happen Here," and Frank Zappa penned a song by the same title. As you can see, and as you just read, it can 't happen here. This is the map of the Japanese-American concentration camps run by the W.R.A.:




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Link to an earlier, and far more detailed, post on the internment camps, and the story of the Japanese-Americans in Kent, Washington. A link to an article here explaining how this might have happened (Growing Up In Kent, Washington: Tarheels, Hayseeds, Hicks, Hillbillies, and Crackers).
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Even Jeri Kehn can't resuscitate her husband's wheezing, tubercular campaign (but it's fun to watch while she tries)

Following are some recent photos of Jeri Kehn Thompson on the campaign trail, visiting VA hospitals in South Carolina and Virginia, on the set of Neil Cavuto's TV show, at an endorsement dinner, and various other stops. She is on the campaign trail, attempting to breathe life into ex-Senator Fred Thompson's moribund and flailing campaign. Following the photos are links to other Jeri Kehn photo roundups on All This Is That).


Jeri orates to a women's group


Photo opportunity with Nevil Cavuto (he's the one on your right)


The Thomson's pose with a supporter.


Another photo-op



Jeri Kehn and daughter at the V.A. Hospital


Jeri on the beach with another lady in red (notice the 100
watt smile is utterly absent)

Jeri makes a cameo appearance on stage...


Jeri and daughter in matching outfits.


"I kid you not," Jeri Kehn tells a supporter


Jeri in another photo-op.


Jeri Kehn smiles for the win in a babe-off with two other women.


Other recent Jeri Kehn photograph round-ups on All This Is That:

Photomontage: Jeri Kehn pressing the flesh (includes one photo of her husband) and links to Jeri Kehn photo motherlode
Latest Jeri Kehn sightings and photographs
Two more Jeri Kehn Thompson Photos
Latest Jeri Kehn sightings and photographs
Jeri Kehn Thompson photo update No. 12--eleven new Jeri Kehn photographs
Two more Jeri Kehn Thompson Photos
A Jeri Kehn Thompson cameo appearance in a Fred Thompson campaign video, four new Jeri Kehn photographs, and a Mrs. Fred Thompson photo roundup
Three additional photos of Mrs. Fred Thompson a/k/a Jeri Kehn
Meet the Thompson Twins: Fred Thompson's wife, Jeri Kehn (with photos)
One More Jeri Kehn Thompson photo
Jeri Kehn Photos, Part 3: Three more photos of Mrs. Fred Thompson
More Jeri Kehn photos--> A follow-up to "Meet the Thompson Twins: Fred Thompson's wife, Jeri Kehn (with photos)
Not Jeri Kehn: people who are not Mrs. Fred Thompson, yet who often turn up in search engine searches on "Jeri Kehn"
Three new Jeri Kehn photos; links to Jeri photos; and Fred Thompson describes the beauty of having a hot first lady;"
New photographs of Jeri Kehn Thompson on the campaign trail (and a couple of her husband Fred too)---o0o---