Wednesday Music Blogging – The Waterboys

An oft-overlooked but very influential band from the 80’s. Not easy to pigeonhole into one genre or another (mainly ’cause Mike Scott is a too free-spirited to be confined to just one musical style).

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September 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds

Letterman makes a joke about Sarah Palin’s 14 year old daughter getting pregnant.

ACORN is more than willing to help set up brothels for underage El Salvadoran hookers.

Hollywood elites line up to defend a convicted child rapist.

I’m sensing a pattern here. As Ian Fleming once said, once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.

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September 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Time for another blacklist

Big Hollywood has a list of names of Hollywood stars (and not-so-stars) who want to see convicted child rapist Roman Polanski skip out of his sentence.

Here they are:

Fatih Akin, Stephane Allagnon, Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Wes Anderson, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alexandre Arcady, Fanny Ardant, Asia Argento, Darren Aronofsky, Olivier Assayas, Alexander Astruc, Gabriel Auer, Luc Barnier , Christophe Barratier, Xavier Beauvois , Liria Begeja , Gilles Behat, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Marco Bellochio, Monica Bellucci, Djamel Bennecib, Giuseppe Bertolucci , Patrick Bouchitey, Paul Boujenah, Jacques Bral, Patrick Braoudé, André Buytaers, Christian Carion, Henning Carlsen, Jean-michel Carre, Mathieu Celary, Patrice Chéreau, Elie Chouraqui, Souleymane Cissé, Alain Corneau, Jérôme Cornuau, Miguel Courtois, Dominique Crevecoeur, Alfonso Cuaron, Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Jonathan Demme, Alexandre Desplat, Rosalinde et Michel Deville, Georges Dybman, Jacques Fansten, Joël Farges, Gianluca Farinelli (Cinémathèque de de Bologne), Etienne Faure, Michel Ferry, Scott Foundas, Stephen Frears, Thierry Frémaux, Sam Gabarski, René Gainville, Tony Gatlif, Costa Gavras, Jean-Marc Ghanassia, Terry Gilliam, Christian Gion, Marc Guidoni, Buck Henry, David Heyman, Laurent Heynemann, Robert Hossein, Jean-Loup Hubert, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Gilles Jacob, Just Jaeckin, Alain Jessua, Pierre Jolivet, Kent Jones, Roger Kahane, Nelly Kaplan, Wong Kar Waï, Ladislas Kijno, Harmony Korinne, Jan Kounen, Diane Kurys, Emir Kusturica, John Landis, Claude Lanzmann, André Larquié, Vinciane Lecocq, Patrice Leconte, Claude Lelouch, Gérard Lenne, David Lynch, Michael Mann, François Margolin, Jean-PierreMarois, Tonie Marshall, Mario Martone, Nicolas Mauvernay, Radu Mihaileanu, Claude Miller, Mario Monicelli, Jeanne Moreau, Sandra Nicolier, Michel Ocelot, Alexander Payne, Richard Pena, Michele Placido, Philippe Radault, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Raphael Rebibo, Yasmina Reza, Jacques Richard, Laurence Roulet, Walter Salles, Jean-Paul Salomé, Marc Sandberg, Jerry Schatzberg, Julian Schnabel, Barbet Schroeder, Ettore Scola, Martin Scorsese, Charlotte Silvera, Abderrahmane Sissako, Paolo Sorrentino, Guillaume Stirn, Tilda Swinton, Jean-Charles Tacchella, Radovan Tadic, Danis Tanovic, Bertrand Tavernier, Cécile Telerman, Alain Terzian, Pascal Thomas, Giuseppe Tornatore, Serge Toubiana, Nadine Trintignant, Tom Tykwer, Alexandre Tylski, Betrand Van Effenterre, Wim Wenders, Isabelle Adjani, Antoine Aronin, Paul Auster, Morgane Beauverger, Candice Belaisch-Goldchmit, Yamina Benguigui, Pascal Bruckner, Jessika Cohen, Philippe Corbé, Jean-Paul Dayan, Katarina De Meulder, Arielle Dombasle, Nathalie Faucheux, Corinne Figuet, Pierre Forciniti, Louis Garrel, Albert Gauvin, Johanna Gozlan, Davide Homitsu Riboli, Taylor Hackford, Isabelle Huppert, Neil Jordan, Thierry Kamami, Milan Kundera, Gaelle Lancien, Claude Lanzmann, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Sam Mendes, Camille Meyer, Patrick Mimouni, Yann Moix, Mike Nichols, Sandra Nicolier, Marie Nieves Perez Neël, Salman Rushdie, Carine Sarna, Ysabelle Saura Del Pan, William Shawcross, Olivier Soares Barbosa, Steven Soderbergh, Nil Symchowicz, Danièle Thompson, Eugenia Varela Navarro, Diane von Furstenberg, Scott Foundas, Margaret Walker, Elsa Zylberstein

Because what’s the drugging, raping and sodomizing of a thirteen-year old girl compared to the epic cinematic masterpiece that is Roman Polanski’s Pirates?

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September 29th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Pyrrhic Olympics

So what if the Celebrity-In-Chief is successful, and Chicago gets the 2016 Summer Olympics? Odds are, it’s going to be a massive PR failure for both Chicago and the U.S.

Let’s review the most-recent Olympic Games in North America:

The CBC has a great breakdown of the train wreck that was the 1976 Olympics. There’s a lot of comparisons between Jean Drapeau and Richard Daley Jr. that should seem disturbingly familiar.

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September 29th, 2009 by exurbankevin


President Barack Obama is temporarily shelving his efforts on economic recovery, the war in Afghanistan, Iranian nukes, record unemployment and health care reform to concentrate on bringing the Olympics to his home town.

The Celebrity-in-Chief will jet with wife Michelle and Oprah Winfrey to Copenhagen, Denmark, where the power trio will kowtow to the corrupt IOC for their mixed blessing.

To sweeten the pot, Obama has redesigned the Olympics brand to better reflect his image. Not only will the Olympics rings be replaced with Obama’s ubiquitous campaign iconography, several new sporting events will be added to provide a more “Chicago” feel.

Track and field events will include Bail Jumping, Legal Hurdles, Blame Throwing and the always popular Graftathalon. Secondary competitions include such Chicago favorites as Freestyle Corruption, Under-the-Table Tennis, Greco-Roman Racketeering and Fencing. (Due to the recent ineligibility of ACORN, Ballot Boxing and Synchronized Vote Fraud have been cut from the program.)

Once the quadrennial games have been granted to The Second City, Chicago Olympics Committee Chairman Rod Blagojevich will ensure that all multibillion-dollar construction contracts are managed in a fair, ethical manner.

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September 28th, 2009 by admindude

Boots on the ground

When The New Republic and The Weekly Standard agree on the same thing, you know it’s a bad idea.

Not surprising. Once this strategy for Afghanistan became known as  “The Biden Plan“, it was obviously doomed to fail.

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September 28th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Leaving work, quickly

The History Channel had an amazing re-telling of 9/11, showing home video, news camera outtakes and cellphone video of what it was like to be in downtown New York on September 11th, 2001 in a way that was very gripping and very real. If you haven’t seen it, do so: It’s the best 9/11 documentary I’ve seen in quite a while.

It also got me thinking about preparing for disaster at work: We spend 8+ hours a day at our jobs, what if something should happen while we’re at our day jobs?

First off, know your exits, not just from the building, but from the immediate area. If your car was trashed and there were no mass transit, how would you get home? Could you? If not, plan on a Plan B.

Secondly, who can help you? If the worst happens and you need to leave your workplace out of fear for your life, you’re going to need help. Who are the people around you that can rely on? Is there anyone in your office who’s ex-military, an EMT or has some form of disaster training? Find out now, before you have to turn to someone for help when your life is on the line.

Thirdly, keep your mobile phone charged and take it with you wherever you go. Sure, the cell towers may be out and the traffic on the networks will mean that getting a connection is spotty at best, but you’ll want to try, and you’ll want the camera along with you to record anything of note.

Fourthly, make a go-bag with the essential items to keep you safe and sound for 24 hours after a disaster. It doesn’t have to be over-the-top or all tacticool, all you need is an inexpensive pack that you can keep in a desk drawer that won’t raise a lot of questions if someone sees it amongst the paper clips and TPS report cover sheets.

This list assumes you work in a typical white-collar office, just like the buildings that were hit on 9/11, and it’s just a suggestion, so modify it as your needs and wants dictate.

  • Fanny Pack – $20. You’ll want your hands as free as possible and you’ll need to carry a bunch of stuff, and a runner’s fanny pack won’t look out of place in the office. Nothing flashy or outrageous, but something with an external water bottle holder that’s big enough to hold everything else on this list.
  • First Aid Kit – $10. There’s plenty of different brand names and prices of first aid kits out there, but yours should have multiple bandages of various sizes, gauze, tape, pain reliever, burn ointment for minor burns, tweezers, antiseptic wipes, antihistamine, rubber gloves, etc. Again, nothing fancy and nothing too big: all this needs to fit inside your fanny pack.
  • Medications. Pack spares of anything you need on a regular basis.
  • Dust mask. At least one, but the more, the better.
  • Flashlight – $10. A small LED flashlight is perfect, and be sure to pack at least one spare set of batteries.
  • Chemlights – $5. Get 2-3 of the small ones to use as a backup for your flashlight.
  • Multitool – $20. Here’s where things get a little weird if your office has a “no weapons” policy: Your manager may freak out if you bring anything that looks like a knife to work, but most offices should be ok with a Leatherman or something similar. Leave the Rambo knife at home, and get something that you can justify as being needed for small repairs around the office.
  • Work gloves – $10. Get a couple of lightweight canvas gloves and stick ’em in your pack in case you need to do any heavy lifting.
  • Food – $1. Pack a couple of cereal bars and some hard candy, just enough to keep you going for a couple of hours.
  • Water – $1. A small water bottle should do for the first few hours: It won’t be enough to keep you going for a whole day, but it will be enough to clean wounds and hydrate you until you reach safety.

So for about $60-70, you’ve set yourself up with a simple, inconspicuous kit that’ll help you get out alive in case the worst happens at work. Hope that it never does, but be ready for it just in case.

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September 28th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Let’s call them “White Recycables”

The people of Wal-Mart.

And let this be a reminder to each and every one of us that Spandex is a privilege and not a right.

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September 28th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Saturday Movie Blogging – The Blues Brothers

Egad, how could I have gone this long and not mention one of the best movies of all time?

If this isn’t my favourite music number from the movie, then the scene with Ray Charles is. Or Cab Calloway. Or James Brown. Or the country bar. Or maybe it’s something else.

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September 26th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Friday Music Blogging – Otis Redding

If this doesn’t get your pulse pounding and feet tapping, see a doctor immediately, because you may be dead.

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September 25th, 2009 by exurbankevin