Friday Music Blogging – Ray Charles


It’s Friday!

Get up and dance!

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July 31st, 2009 by exurbankevin

I beg your pardon, I never promised you a beer garden

Speaking of fermented beverages, the next Arizona blogger get-together will be at 4pm tomorrow out on the West Side at the Yardhouse.

RSVP at Vox’s.

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July 31st, 2009 by exurbankevin

A teachable moment on the merits of good beer

Kudos to Sgt. Crowley for his excellent taste in fermented beverages (and, quite frankly, Professor Gates’ beer of choice ain’t that bad either).

Obama, however, drank a Bud Light.


I’d rather have one of Joe Biden’s Buckler’s than a Bud Light: What a perfectly horrible “beer”.

It is no coincidence that the decline and fall of American civilization is directly proportional to the rise of Bud Light’s popularity.

And don’t EVEN get me started on that chelada stuff.

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July 31st, 2009 by exurbankevin

It’s only genocide if they’re not on your side

Taking a quick break from infuriating U.S. allies on four continents and one archipelago, the Obama administration is finally doing something (almost) right when it comes to foreign policy.

The Obama administration is supporting moves to implement a U.N.
doctrine calling for collective military action to halt genocide….

The doctrine calls on governments to resolve internal conflicts
before genocide occurs. If that doesn’t work, the international
community can step in. Among the options: The U.N. Security Council can
vote for sanctions, the International Criminal Court can threaten
prosecution, or the secretary-general can dispatch an envoy. After
diplomatic intervention is exhausted, the last resort is Security
Council-approved action by a multinational force. Nations would cover
the costs of the troops they contribute.

But remember, though, in Obama’s opinion, genocide or the threat of genocide is no reason to support a war you don’t agree with, so I’m not expecting Obama’s support for this idea to last very long.

Principles, after all, are so much more important than human life.

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July 31st, 2009 by exurbankevin

City of Ansel’s.

Gerard Vanderleun at American Digest comes across some wonderful insights into both war-era Los Angeles and one of America’s most storied photographers.

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July 31st, 2009 by admindude

Obama insults the Philippines (UPDATED)


How do you say “condescending jerk” in Tagalog?

Another day, another gaffe. A few minutes ago in a joint appearance with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines, Obama stepped in it again.David Jackson of USA Today provides the details in his White House pool report:

Obama praised Arroyo for her efforts to fight terrorism, and her help in dealing with the problems of Burma and North Korea. He noted the Philippines is hosting a conference next year on nuclear non-proliferation. “We’re going to have a busy agenda together,” Obama said.

He said the Philippines is a small country, but, to use a boxing metaphor, it “punches above its weight in the international arena.”

Ahem. The Philippines is the 12th largest country in the world. It is larger than France, Germany, Egypt, Italy, Canada & the UK. It also covers a vast area of the western Pacific including more than 7,000 islands.

Could someone tell me why Obama is now insulting the Philippines? Oh that’s right — they’re an ally. Nevertheless, I doubt that the proud Pinoy community enjoys the condescension.

The brief presser also provided evidence of the One’s self-professed “profound humility”:

A Philippine journalist asked each leader his or her impression of the other. Arroyo called Obama “cordial, warm, and welcoming.”

Obama joked, “I’m sure she thinks I’m much younger looking than she expected.”

In her response, Arroyo made her answer all about Obama. No one’s surprised that Obama did the same.

UPDATE: Lynn B. of In Context reminds me that this isn’t the first time Obama has slighted the Philippines.

To Obama, Philippines No Longer a Key U.S. Ally

The new U.S. secretary of state visited Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and China, but Filipinos were quick to note that her itinerary excluded the Philippines, which, together with Japan and South Korea, have security alliances with the United States.

Indonesia, which has no security alliance with the United States, was the only Southeast Asian country that Clinton visited…

As Clinton visited Asia, signals flared in the Philippines to remind her that its historic and strategic relations with the United States were being badly frayed.

These tensions have been exacerbated by Obama’s repeated snubs of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s attempts to seek a meeting with the U.S. leader or at least receive a return telephone call from him.

UPDATE #2 (6:20 p.m.): Reuters now has a full story up on the Obama/Arroyo meeting. Unlike USA Today‘s pool report, this one offers the complete Obama quote which, to be fair, doesn’t sound as bad as reporter David Jackson’s paraphrase.

Obama said: “Although the Philippines is not the largest of countries, it, using a phrase from boxing, punches above its weight in the international arena.” (The AFP confirms this version of the statement.)

The statement still diminishes the guest, which is a diplomatic no-no. Nevertheless, it is not nearly as gaffe-tastic as calling the Philippines “a small country.” Looks like Obama was ill-served by his MSM court stenographers.
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July 30th, 2009 by admindude

Obama readies White House for ‘Beer Summit’

Hey, the man knows how to win over the blue-collar crowd. (PS: The next issue of GQ will pronounce that lederhosen is the new fashion trend)

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July 30th, 2009 by admindude

Saturday Afternoons are right for meetin’

If you’re an Arizona blogger (musicblogger, gunblogger, whatever), please join us this Saturday at 4pm at The Yardhouse in Glendale.

Drinks are on me. If I spill them.

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July 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin

A special and unique flower, sitting on a dungheap

I had to do something today I’ve never had to do before in the history of this blog.

Delete a comment for foul language. And it came from another (alleged) conservative re: Obama’s birth certificate.


Let’s pause a moment to analyze why Obama is not responding to the birther’s demands.

Assuming Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. :

– He doesn’t release his birth certificate, and the birthers continue to make themselves (and everyone else on the right-wing) look like blithering conspiracy nuts. Net win: Obama

– He doesn’t release his birth certificate, and the controversy dies down: Net win: Obama.

– He releases his birth certificate and we get President Joe Biden (shudder). Net win: Birthers (sorta).

Assuming he was born in the U.S. :

– He doesn’t release his birth certificate, and the birthers continueto make themselves (and everyone else on the right-wing) look likeblithering conspiracy nuts. Net win: Obama

– He doesn’t release his birth certificate, and the controversy dies down: Net win: Obama.

– He releases his birth certificate and it shows that he was born in Hawaii. The birthers then move on to some other standard that might cast doubts on Obama’s citizenship (as all conspiracy theories do) and continue to make themselves look silly. Net win: Obama.

Obama has everything to gain and nothing to lose by keeping things the way they are. And by continuing to demand more and more evidence to counter something that is fait accompli, the birthers are digging themselves in deep and deeper.

Welcome to irrelevancy, birthers: Enjoy the solitude.

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July 29th, 2009 by exurbankevin

The 62nd Minute

Robb Allen has cracked the Obama birth certificate story wide open

Kudos for doing such a good job on this, Robb: You’re easily as good a journalist as the guys on TV. Now can somebody do an animated .gif of this memo comparing it to Microsoft Word?


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July 28th, 2009 by exurbankevin