May 31 2008
Dear Mr. Nelson:
I have a fucking BONE to pick with you.
I am one of the original Principals. I hipped to you back when you had a song that kind of stood out from the rest of the polyethylene mirrored ball disco that was all over the HAA HAA HAA HAA stayin alive stayin alive radio at the time. It was called, “I Wanna Be Your Lover.”
It was all rock star idol city a while after that, when you reminded me of your existence with “Controversy.” I went back and caught “Dirty Mind”, that was – and is – a “Dark Side/Sgt Pepper’s” level album with me. So is “1999.” I rode in the Little Red Corvette. I was Delirious. I GOT what you meant by “Lady Cabdriver.” How many people can make that claim? I fucking GOT it.
You dropped thousands of flowers on my head at the Cow Palace. You probably gave me a touch of permanent hearing loss that night.
You were my fucking HERO.
What the fuck, dude?
WHY YOU WANNA TREAT ME SO BAD?
You done fucked up. You’re fucking me over, and I do NOT take kindly to it.
But I’m here to tell you – there’s something else.
I’m gonna go all Scotty on your ass.
Below the fold.
May 08 2008
It may sound trite, but it is true, and is at the forefront of my mind these days:
Be careful what you wish for – you might get it.
I did a piece the other day that got a lukewarm reception. I have to wonder whether anyone wondered WHY I blogged that.
It wasn’t because it was representative of a normal day on the air, a normal topic selection…not at all.
That was precisely what it WASN’T.
May 05 2008
Fall River –
Before Saturday night, Bruce Hebert wondered why God kept him on Earth.
By 7:30 p.m., he had his answer.
Police are describing Hebert and Pedro Davila as heroes after they rescued a 21-month-old baby girl from a watery storm drain in the area of Fourth and Morgan streets.
Hebert said he was cooking on a grill outside his Fourth Street home when a minivan pulled up nearby.
“Then a lady was flipping out and running around,” he related.
After learning that a baby had fallen into a storm drain, Hebert said he got a lug wrench from the back of the van and someone handed him a hammer.
Davila and Hebert used the tools to flip open the storm drain cover.
“(Davila) jumped inside (the drain) and picked up the baby,” Hebert said. “He climbed out and tried to do CPR, but he was doing it wrong.”
Hebert said he politely advised Davila and then resumed CPR, which he learned many years ago as a lifeguard at a Fairhaven beach.
“The second time I blew into her lungs, she started spitting up water and stuff,” he said.
Officer David Lafleur arrived and took the baby. She was rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital, and later transferred to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence.
“Unfortunately, she was in the water for one to two minutes,” Hebert said. “But the last I heard, she was crying and fussing, so that’s a blessing from Jesus.”
Both men are unemployed. Bruce Hebert has many medical problems, and Pedro was unable to obtain treatment for his foot that he injured in the course of the rescue, due to…you got it…lack of health coverage.
Next time you see somebody down on their luck, remember that there is good in just about everyone.
Apr 26 2008
(Crossposted from Cobalt6)
I noticed a huge amount of anger in the blogosphere over the remarks of, as Keith Olbermann is fond of calling him, “comedian Rush Limbaugh”.
He was not seen as funny.
By me, or anyone else that I know of on our side of the aisle.
Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is sparking controversy again after he made comments calling for riots in Denver during the Democratic National Convention this summer.
He said the riots would ensure a Democrat is not elected as president, and his listeners have a responsibility to make sure it happens.
“Riots in Denver, the Democrat Convention would see to it that we don’t elect Democrats,” Limbaugh said during Wednesday’s radio broadcast. He then went on to say that’s the best thing that could happen to the country.
The question that repeatedly came up:
How is this legal?
How can a nationally syndicated, hugely popular talk show host incite this kind of violence on his show and not end up in shackles?
The answer is below the fold.
Apr 03 2008
A brief interview with intelligence community apostate and former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter yields some interesting stuff. As always, the man pulls no punches:
We are in a war: Over 4000 of our servicemen have died. And it’s not just Congress or the elected officials that failed to perform; it’s the entire nation collectively, from the president, the congress, the media and the people. So, yeah, I’m a little bit harsher in my critique, because I think the circumstances warrant it.
I think people need to recognize and understand that when you turn on TV [or] buy a newspaper, you cannot view this as a singular source of information upon which to base your own independent point of view – you’re getting propaganda.
It’s not fatal to a society to have a biased media. Take a look at England, where they have a plethora of newspapers, all of which possess strong bias: All you need to do is put on your bias filter, and you can get to the kernels of fact. Here in the United States, we try to pretend that there isn’t a bias – you know, that it is “All the news that’s fit to print,” that it is “Fair and Balanced.” That’s garbage, and we need to understand that.
And those are the soft blows. Not a long read, but a worthy one.
Check it out.
Mar 03 2008
Healey died Sunday evening in a Toronto hospital, said bandmate Colin Bray, who was in the room with Healey’s family when the guitarist died.
The Grammy-nominated Healey rose to stardom as the leader of the Jeff Healey Band, a rock-oriented trio that gained international acclaim and platinum record sales with the 1988 album “See the Light.” The album included the hit single “Angel Eyes.”
Healey had battled cancer since age 1, when a rare form of retinal cancer known as Retinoblastoma claimed his eyesight.