Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Radio Kills

From a 10/30 Roger Friedman piece for Fox news:

"Bruce Springsteen should be very happy. He has the No. 1 album, a possible Grammy for Best Album of the Year for "Magic," an album full of singles and a sold-out concert tour.

Alas, there’s a hitch: Radio will not play "Magic." In fact, sources tell me that Clear Channel has sent an edict to its classic rock stations not to play tracks from "Magic." But it’s OK to play old Springsteen tracks such as "Dancing in the Dark," "Born to Run" and "Born in the USA."

Just no new songs by Springsteen, even though it’s likely many radio listeners already own the album and would like to hear it mixed in with the junk offered on radio.

Why? One theory, says a longtime rock insider, "is that the audience knows those songs. Of course, they’ll never know these songs if no one plays them."

"Magic," by the way, has sold more than 500,000 copies since its release on Oct. 2 and likely will hit the million mark. That’s not a small achievement these days, and one that should be embraced by Clear Channel.

But what a situation: The No. 1 album is not being played on any radio stations, according to Radio & Records, which monitors such things. Nothing. The rock songs aren’t on rock radio, and the two standout "mellow" tracks — "Magic" and "Devil’s Arcade" — aren’t even on "lite" stations.

The singles-kinda hits, "Radio Nowhere" and "Living in the Future" — which would have been hits no questions asked in the '70s, '80s and maybe even the '90s, also are absent from Top 40.

What to do? Columbia Records is said to be readying a remixed version of "The Girls in their Summer Clothes," a poppy Beach Boys-type track that has such a catchy hook fans were singing along to it at live shows before they had the album. Bruce insiders are hopeful that with a push from Sony, "Girls" will triumph.

I’m not so sure.

Clear Channel seems to have sent a clear message to other radio outlets that at age 58, Springsteen simply is too old to be played on rock stations. This completely absurd notion is one of many ways Clear Channel has done more to destroy the music business than downloading over the last 10 years. It’s certainly what’s helped create satellite radio, where Springsteen is a staple and even has his own channel on Sirius.

It’s not just Springsteen. There is no sign at major radio stations of new albums by John Fogerty or Annie Lennox, either. The same stations that should be playing Santana’s new singles with Chad Kroeger or Tina Turner are avoiding them, too."


Saturday, October 20, 2007

My Art Requires

Brown people to understand I have no obligation to look through their eyes at me.

My Art Requires

Brown people to understand why they are taken into custody for several minutes or hours just because I am frightened by them.

My Art Requires

All brown people to be tortured if white people feel threatened.

Friday, October 19, 2007

As always ...

All written communications to me must begin with a clause expressing the point of the topic message in terms of how it compares or contrasts to what “Osama Bin Laden would want.”

Thank you,


Operation Hate Yourself

A lot of Native Americans hate themselves and ridicule their family, tribe and entire culture. That was the idea from day one. Destroy the culture from within. Make brown people hate themselves. Make people hate their native language. Make brown people hate themselves and wish to be accepted by white people. And once they have destroyed their own cultural connections, then white people say, get the fuck outta here you nigger, you can't ever be like us.

Racism is always a steel toed boot in the face, with teeth and blood and face splattered on the walls of a white room.

The Health Care Debate

Europe: Hey, look at our invention, the round wheel !!!

U.S. Americans: We don’t need your steenkin’ round surrender monkey wheel. Once perfected, our square wheel will be proven far superior !!!!

Ha ha

"Libertarians, generally, are conservatives who want to smoke weed with hookers."

-- Dave J. | Homepage | 10.19.07 - 1:51 pm | #

Thursday, October 18, 2007

If You Don't Vote

You can't complain.


This slogan needs to do the dirt sleep.

The purpose of voting is not to give you the right to complain.

Voting is not the only way to influence your future.

That's like saying the only way to influence my child is to wait until he has dropped out of school and robbed a liquor store and then to go into court and plead to the judge for leniency.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

They're thinking of theirs ...

Then there's the 'then than' thing.

The Gumby Prize Committee Nominates ...

"While I am writing this, exactly how do we know CO2 is a greenhouse gas? There isn’t a hell of a lot of it in the atmosphere - 0.036% of the global atmosphere - so how does this minuscule proportion affect the global temperature? And as human exhalation accounts for 38 billion tonnes of CO2, and animals probably the same again, what remedies do the warmers have in mind for this? Mass genocide? Oh Gosh, I forgot the plants. There are apparently 1877 billion tonnes of biomass, half of which is carbon. Virtually all of this is presumably expressing CO2 during the hours of darkness, and oxygen in daylight, due to photosynthesis. What’s the green answer to that? Cut down all the forests?"

Comment by David Kelsey — 16 October 2007 @ 7:06 AM

from www.realclimate.org

Moe sez:

From the "Tucker Carlson" tee vee show:

TUCKER CARLSON: "Gene, this is an amazing statistic: 94 percent of women say they'd be more likely to vote if a woman were on the ballot. I think of all the times I voted for people just because they're male. You know? The ballot comes up, and I'm like, 'Wow. He's a dude. I think I'll vote for him. We've got similar genitalia. I'm -- he's getting my vote.' "

MOE SZYSLAK: In fact, he would feel that way if the only candidates ever in the history of the nation had been women.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Rudee !!!

It just cracks me up that the leading GOP candidate is pro-abortion, pro-gay, pro-gun control, a 3 time divorcee who committed adultery in the NYC emergency headquarters, is surrounded by certifiably insane warmongers, and has mob connections through his pal Bernie Kerik, a bought and paid for guy he forwarded to head Homeland Security. Does it get any better?

mrs. ibrahim al-jafaari

Not to mention that he looks FABULOUS in a ball gown.
Terry C, Edwards/Kucinich 08 | 10.16.07 - 9:43 pm | #

Well said ...

As we see across Blogonia, the denialists now are moving on, to explain that climate mitigation is going to be economically damaging. They are going to lose that argument too... They will have to defend themselves for believing that there is only one path to economic growth, and defend themselves for believing that economic models are better at prediction than climate ones. The reverse is true in both cases. They really don't know much about climatology or economics, it would appear... Worse from their own viewpoint, they don't think humans are creative and rise to challenges. So they don't know science, and they are putting themselves into an untenable psychological position. -- Posted by: Lee A. Arnold



Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Well said

"We go from selfless to cynical pretty damned fast in the mortgage industry. Six months ago we were helping the downtrodden reach the American Dream, now we know they're just a bunch of deadbeats who cannot be trusted."

Nothing like having your ass in a financial sling to liberate your inner jerk, I guess."


Tanta, calculatedrisk.blogspot.com

Monday, October 08, 2007

Hmmm ...

I find it amusing that many people who would never drive a small car because they are so "unsafe" have no problem driving a $12,000 Harley on the weekends to "relax."


From writer Dennis Perrin:

"I recall a relative of mine arguing in favor of extensive war in the Middle East, saying that if we didn't bomb the Arabs into submission, they would come over here and "fuck us in the ass." That's a direct quote, by the way. I remember that line well because I had no real come back to it. I mean, what do you say to that: "To the contrary, they won't fuck us in the ass"? Not exactly Oxford debate material. Still, the rightwing fascination with homosexual rape and queer-tinged scenarios in general says more about their confused psyches than the actual politics of the real world. I've run into this time and time again. Hell, twenty years ago I heard similar violent and gay-oriented rhetoric from the ex-Dartmouth Review editors and writers I had gotten to know. Back then, it was the Sandinistas who wanted to fuck us in the ass. You'd think that the U.S. has the most tantalizing rear the planet has ever seen, given how many countries desire cramming their dark, uncircumcised pricks deep inside our cheeks. This is why we must kill them before they drop their pants and pull out the bad news. Call it the Tucker Carlson school of international diplomacy."

Loomings, but not of Ishmael's

With the price of natural gas, I'm going to get a wood stove this winter and heat my house with credit card offers.

-- Comment on the financial blog Calculated Risk.

With the Red Sox post-season and the Patriots doing so well, I have started listening to quite a bit of sports radio.

What amazes me is that a large proportion of advertising on sports talk radio is from companies promising to help me get out of crushing credit card debt. During some hours, this stuff comprises half of all the ads.

And all of the local car ads assure me that I can buy a car no matter how bad my credit might be.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Stupidity, in a concentrate.

It is rare to find so much stupidity concentrated in such a small package, but the comment section of the Bangor Daily News delivers:

Paul of Brewer, ME - 10/03/07

I'm sorry, I do not understand why the nurses at EMMC think they can tell their employer how much to pay them, how much insurance to provide them, how many days off to give them, or how many to hire. I believe the United States operates under something called Capitalism. Capitalism allows people to own businesses, hire employees, and produce goods for sale or offer services for sale. In a capitalist society, anyone with the knowledge, interest, and passion can open a business. If these nurses want more money, then perhaps they should open their own medical facility to compete with EMMC. Unions are socialistic organizations. Unions believe in rewarding everyone equally. Unions believe, as is evident here, that workers should run the company, set the wages, dictate policy, etc. Unfortunately, America's congress has decided to side with unions more than once, based upon the vast amount of money unions hand to politicians. Perhaps these nurses should consider the following: 1. Why did they get into nursing? Was it for money? If so, get out, NOW. 2. What makes union members more important than other hard working people? About the time I went in and told my boss how how I was going to be paid, is about the time I'd be speaking with the nice people at 45 Oak Street in Bangor. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for thinking you are above the people who hired you. If you want more money, earn it. If you want more nurses working with you, recruit more. If you want more health insurance, pay for it. If you want more time off, work part-time. If you want something, earn it, don't tell someone how it'll be, then complain because they didn't do what you said.