Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
You can find the original song on the Beatles WHITE ALBUM (1968).
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I got a Gibson
Without a case
But I cant get that even tanned look on my face.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Each of you will have the chance to make your own discovery in the years to come. And I say “chance” because you won’t have to take it. There’s no community service requirement in the real world; no one forcing you to care. You can take your diploma, walk off this stage, and chase only after the big house and the nice suits and all the other things that our money culture says you should buy. You can choose to narrow your concerns and live your life in a way that tries to keep your story separate from America’s.
But I hope you don’t. Not because you have an obligation to those who are less fortunate, though you do have that obligation. Not because you have a debt to all those who helped you get here, though you do have that debt.
It’s because you have an obligation to yourself. Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation. Because thinking only about yourself, fulfilling your immediate wants and needs, betrays a poverty of ambition. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential and discover the role you’ll play in writing the next great chapter in America’s story.
-Barack Obama at Wesleyan (Commencement speech)
Monday, May 26, 2008
May 26, 2008
The Wars We Choose to Ignore
By DAVID CARR
Even as we celebrate generations of American soldiers past, the women and men who are making that sacrifice today in Iraq and Afghanistan receive less attention every day. There’s plenty of blame to go around: battle fatigue at home, failing media resolve and a government intent on controlling information from the battlefield.
Buckley and Chomsky discussing this 39 years ago! Good stuff.
Cameron Crowe deleted this scene for the obvious reason of time. But this is classic! It made my day :). Give yourself 10 minutes! You won't regret it!
In this scene William is trying to convince his mom that rock music has a more deeper meaning than just sex and drugs.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
A Times analysis provides a portrait of the state's military personnel who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Some were immigrants, most were young, but many were also parents.
By Hector Becerra
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 23, 2008
Nearly 500 Californians have lost their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At least 58 were immigrants; more than 160 were parents and left behind more than 300 children. One descended from two presidents; another was a Guatemalan street orphan taken in by a U.S. family as a teenager. One high school lost six of its graduates.
The findings come from a detailed analysis by The Times. A database of California's war dead will be available Sunday at latimes.com.
At age 7, Victor H. Toledo-Pulido was smuggled from Mexico through rugged mountains into California. He and another soldier were killed in May 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle southeast of Baghdad.
"They judge us, and they say we just come to take their jobs and positions, but we also make sacrifices. Victor worked since he was little, in the fields and in restaurants," his mother, Maria Gaspar, said after the 22-year-old was killed. "He was Mexican, but he thought like an American. And he gave his life for this country."
FIND THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE - http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-wardead23-2008may23,0,5888990.story
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Clintons know no respect for rules or propriety or restraint in the pursuit of power. But Clinton's latest speech in Florida should cause even veteran Clinton-hating jaws to drop some more:
How do you respond to a sociopath like this? She agreed that Michigan and Florida should be punished for moving up their primaries. Obama took his name off the ballot in deference to their agreement and the rules of the party. That he should now be punished for playing by the rules and she should be rewarded for skirting them is unconscionable.
I think she has now made it very important that Obama not ask her to be the veep. The way she is losing is so ugly, so feckless, so riddled with narcissism and pathology that this kind of person should never be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
YOU CAN FIND FULL ARTICLE HERE - http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/opinion/20herbert.html?_r=2&ref=opinion&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
May 20, 2008
NEW YORK TIMES
Let’s Be Serious
By BOB HERBERT
The general election is about to unfold and we’ll soon see how smart or how foolish Americans really are. The U.S. may be the richest country on earth, but the economy is tanking, its working families are in trouble, it is bogged down in a multitrillion-dollar war of its own making and the price of gasoline has nitwits siphoning supplies from the cars and trucks of strangers.
Four of every five Americans want the country to move in a different direction, which makes this presidential election, potentially, one of the most pivotal since World War II.
And yet there’s growing evidence that despite the plethora of important issues, the election may yet be undermined by the usual madness — fear-mongering, bogus arguments over who really loves America, race-baiting, gay-baiting (Ohmigod! They’re getting married!) and the wholesale trivialization of matters that are not just important, but extremely complex.
Monday, May 19, 2008
I HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT TO JOHNNY Q. DURING EASTER VACATION THE FAMOUS JOHNNY Q. MADE A COMPILATION FOR ME. THIS IS THE ONE SONG THAT STOOD OUT. DON'T MIND THE VIDEO. . . JUST LISTEN TO THE SONG. . . THANKS JOHN.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
SO HERE I AM A YEAR LATER THINKING, "UNCLE TUPELO MAN. UNCLE TUPELO." THANKS CHROMEBOY. . . I CAN'T FORGET ATOMICTATA. . . HE'S THE ONE THAT LET ME BURN THE DISCS! AND SCHOOLED ME ON THAT WILCO ROADTRIP TO SANTA BARBARA! THAT WAS THE KICKER!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
THIS IS THE EARLIEST DEMO OF STRAWBERRY FIELDS. ITS JUST LENNON AND HIS GUITAR. YOU CAN FIND THIS ON THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY VOL. 2.
THIS WAS PART OF THE SGT. PEPPER RECORDINGS. BUT, IT WAS RELEASED AS A DOUBLE A-SIDE SINGLE ALONG WITH PENNY LANE. IMAGINE IF THOSE TWO SONGS WERE PART OF THE ORIGINAL SGT. PEPPER ALBUM . . . WOW. YOU CAN FIND THIS SONG ON THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR ALBUM . . .
Friday, May 16, 2008
THIS IS FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE:
SINGLETARY'S MESSAGE: The 49ers linebackers said one day a year ago that reporters should get a chance to hear linebackers and assistant head coach Mike Singletary speak. He addresses the entire team often and his speeches are memorable. Singletary knows when to pause, when to inflect, when to speak in a hushed tone. He's captivating.
When he addressed the coaches last weekend, he spoke about the influences of his coaches all the way back to Pop Warner. After finally convincing his mother to let me play, he joined the team late, and he received equipment that was too big for him. He said his first assignment was to tackle a kid named, "Cookie." He did everything wrong, and Cookie ran him over, cleating him in the process.
But the coach noticed a willing spirit and Singletary was put at middle linebacker, the position he played for the rest of his football life.
"All my coaches were encouraging," Singletary said, and he said without them he wouldn't have won a Super Bowl, appeared in Pro Bowls or been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He stays in touch with three or four of his former coaches, including Buddy Ryan. He recently flew to Arizona, where Ryan was, and spoke with him for 45 minutes before flying back again. Singletary said it was worth it.
He also said that he was on a plane flight about a decade ago and starting talking to the man next to him. They talked business, family and finally got to football. At that point, the man broke down.
"I hate football," he told Singletary, "Absolutely hate it."
He told Singletary about scars left from the demeaning, know-nothing coaches of his youth. For Singletary, it emphasized how influential a coach can be, particularly in football, and how the game can impact lives.
He ended his talk with these remarks:
"Ask yourselves, 'What are you doing? Are you blessing or cursing? Whatever you're doing, you're writing it down on their hearts. Make them better, build them up and prepare them for their next coach."
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
TATA YOU'VE MIGHT HAVE HEARD THIS SONG ALREADY. AROD - YOUR WORLD IS CHANGING EACH DAY YOU VISIT ACUFFROSE. . . :) . . .
Monday, May 12, 2008
JEFFREY GOLDBERG Q & A WITH BARACK OBAMA.
JG: You’ve talked about the role of Jews in the development of your thinking
BO: I always joke that my intellectual formation was through Jewish scholars and writers, even though I didn’t know it at the time. Whether it was theologians or Philip Roth who helped shape my sensibility, or some of the more popular writers like Leon Uris. So when I became more politically conscious, my starting point when I think about the Middle East is this enormous emotional attachment and sympathy for Israel, mindful of its history, mindful of the hardship and pain and suffering that the Jewish people have undergone, but also mindful of the incredible opportunity that is presented when people finally return to a land and are able to try to excavate their best traditions and their best selves. And obviously it’s something that has great resonance with the African-American experience.
A MUST READ! HERE'S THE LINK TO THE WHOLE Q & A - http://jeffreygoldberg.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/05/obama_on_zionism_and_hamas.php#more
ALSO - I DELETED LENNON'S "WOMAN" VIDEO BECAUSE I DIDN'T REALIZE IT WAS THE "2ND" VIDEO OF "WOMAN." THE FIRST ONE HAS A LOT MORE FOOTAGE OF JOHN LENNON NOT "OH YOKO."
Saturday, May 10, 2008
She said to me, over the phone, she wanted to see other people.
I thought, "Well then, look around, they're everywhere."
-Eddie Vedder, "I'm Still Here"
It's Not Just Sad, It's Unavoidable
DOES DEMOCRACY WORK? HERE'S ANDREW SULLIVAN DISCUSSING THE REALITY OF AMERICAN VOTERS AND THEIR PERCEPTION OF OBAMA.
Neil Gillies, an Obama supporter who runs a local environmental nonprofit group, glumly recounted the gibes that his wife, a schoolteacher, hears regularly from her students. “They’re convinced [Obama] is a Muslim, a terrorist, a guy who’s coming to take away their guns,” Gillies said. “It’s just sad.”
THIS IS FROM DANIEL LARISON (ONE OF THE BEST CONSERVATIVE JOURNALIST) RESPONDING SULLIVAN'S COMMENT.
I tend to agree, but I find it sad mostly because of what it says about the deplorable ignorance of vast numbers of voters and the inevitability of such ignorance in a mass democracy. Why we should want to export this kind of government to other parts of the world has never been clear to me, when it isn’t clear that it contributes to either good government or healthy politics in this country. Democracy is identitarian and necessarily so. Democracy is dangerous to liberty for several reasons, but one reason is that it contributes to collectivist attitudes and what Kuehnelt-Leddihn called “nostrism,” one form of which is nationalism.
No one who has been paying attention for more than an hour to this campaign could conclude that Obama is a Muslim, but that’s just the problem: millions and tens of millions of voters haven’t paid and won’t pay that much attention until later this year, and by then these memes will have spread far and wide through chain e-mails and word of mouth, by which time it will be too late and attitudes will have become settled.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
"I was once like you are now, and I know that its not easy,
To be calm when youve found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not."
-CAT STEVENS "FATHER AND SON"
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Here's what now seems obvious: African-American voters killed the Clinton candidacy. It is a fitting end to the Clintons' campaign and an almost Shakespearean coda to their career. The Clintons were exposed in their long-running exploitation and reliance on minority votes. No group was more loyal to them than African-Americans; and in the end, like everyone else, African-Americans realized that the Clintons are frauds, disloyal to the core, cynical to their finger-tips, and finally, finally, returned the favor.
Post-War Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths, U.S. Says (Update1)
By Avram Goldstein
May 5 (Bloomberg) -- The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U.S. government's top psychiatric researcher said.
Community mental health centers, hobbled by financial limits, haven't provided enough scientifically sound care, especially in rural areas, said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He briefed reporters today at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in Washington.
Insel echoed a Rand Corporation study published last month that found about 20 percent of returning U.S. soldiers have post- traumatic stress disorder or depression, and only half of them receive treatment. About 1.6 million U.S. troops have fought in the two wars since October 2001, the report said. About 4,560 soldiers had died in the conflicts as of today, the Defense Department reported on its Web site.
FIND THE REST OF ARTICLE HERE - http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601124&sid=a2_71Klo2vig&refer=home
Monday, May 5, 2008
05 May 2008 11:16 am
"Jesus was not some Nazarene carpenter who was picked at random. He was selected and tortured in a manner that was designed to destroy the community carrying His message...Torture is generally used to attack and suppress civil society. This is why it is aimed at the monks in Burma, the political leaders of Zimbabwe, the playwrights of Czechoslovakia, the journalists of Russia, the students of Chile, or the union leaders of Uruguay. In this use, torture is a strategy to maintain the corrupt against the civic minded, the empowered over the disenfranchised, and the best fed in lands where most are poor and hungry. Torture is government by intimidation, horror, fear and division. It is antithetical to those who would create societies to flourish by loving kindness, justice, and inclusion," - Steven Miles.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
May 4, 2008
The All-White Elephant in the Room
By FRANK RICH
BORED by those endless replays of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright? If so, go directly to YouTube, search for “John Hagee Roman Church Hitler,” and be recharged by a fresh jolt of clerical jive.
What you’ll find is a white televangelist, the Rev. John Hagee, lecturing in front of an enormous diorama. Wielding a pointer, he pokes at the image of a woman with Pamela Anderson-sized breasts, her hand raising a golden chalice. The woman is “the Great Whore,” Mr. Hagee explains, and she is drinking “the blood of the Jewish people.” That’s because the Great Whore represents “the Roman Church,” which, in his view, has thirsted for Jewish blood throughout history, from the Crusades to the Holocaust.