Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Continuing Crisis, Continued...

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Apparently, this principal in a NY intermediate (middle) school went on some crazy rant about blowing up the school, because he was mad at the students.  (It's from November, just FYI). The NYPD determined that the threat wasn't credible, and wasn't a terrorist threat, though complaints at the school are ongoing, but the process takes something like three years to complete.  Maybe I should start a bloggers' union.  

What I find bizarre is that everyone is up in arms about his "blow up the school" tirade, which to any intelligent human is simply rhetoric (I mean, seriously, he's been around this long without blowing up a school yet?), while no one has filed a federal lawsuit for his violation of the laws requiring a separation of church and state.  The photos in the article make it pretty clear that his religious leanings have bled over into his public school work.  

I wonder what the NYPD would determine if they spent taxpayer money to investigate the torching of Barbie Ken dolls?  For all their craziness about the guy who put up the drone posters in NYC, they do seem a bit more rational than some other law enforcement agencies I can think of.  

Oh, the link:  Principal crazy as a loon, probably from reading too many bible parables

Monday, June 24, 2013

Well, That's a Surprise

B of A Employees Told to Lie

A little factoid for BofA brass:  Just because they are disgruntled former employees, that doesn't mean the allegations are false.  In fact, what axe do they really have to grind otherwise?

As someone slandered and libeled by a supposed "colleague" and repeat offender, those lies in turn believed by toothless, gutless "management," this totally makes sense to me.

Hopefully This Won't Have the Same Stupid Backlash as Blazing Saddles, but I Always Count on Intellectual Elitism for Its Own Share of Utter Stupidity

How to Make Money Selling Drugs

See this movie.  It opens Wednesday.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

One of the Most Under-Rated Songs of All Time...

For better or worse, this is actually my favorite Cheap Trick song, and one many people have never even heard...

And since you'll be forced to click to YouTube to actually view that one, here's a cover you can watch directly (it also includes hot chicks singing, albeit in still shots)....


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bang the Drums

I recently published my interview of Jean-Paul Gaster, the drummer for rock band Clutch (Jean-Paul Gaster InterviewClutch Live Review, Earth Rocker Tour).  While trying to maintain some semblance of objectivity, I failed to add two things to that interview, which I will try to rectify now.  First, just for the record, Jean-Paul Gaster happens to be one of the most kick-ass drummers in the world.  If you don't believe me, ask a friend who drums.  And B, I've included some video/songs from the new album that best epitomize Jean-Paul Gaster's work.  He can also be found on Five Horse Johnson's two most recent albums (The Taking of Black Heart, released earlier this year, also includes a track with guest vocals from Robin Zander of Cheap Trick.  I'm sure that tidbit has failed to register with nearly everyone, but one never knows for sure).

"The Wolfman Kindly Requests" (included as much for its funny video style as anything else):

as well as the studio version, simply because it's cleaner for hearing the offbeats and some of the brutal cymbal work going on in the background...

"Cyborg Bette:"

"D.C. Sound Attack!:"

Taking the Plunge

Man Jumps from Cruise Ship After His Girlfriend Takes Plunge

Hey, I'd take the time to consider the plight of these two, presumably dead now.  But I didn't know them, and besides, they were outside of my sphere of influence before, and most assuredly are now.  So instead I'd like to make the observation that the authorities have made a big leap of faith (pun intended) in assuming this guy jumped merely because his girlfriend did.  If I suddenly found myself trapped on a Carnival Cruise ship, with or without life partner, I'd jump, too.

Photo © Carnival Cruise Lines