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Elizabeth Warren on what it’s like running for Senate in Massachusetts “I’m spending a lot more time in bars than I ever had before.”

Posted January 31, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Bill Maher “Republicans have created this completely fictional President.  His name is Barack X and he’s an Islamo-Socialist revolutionary who’s coming for your guns, raising your taxes, slashing the military, apologizing to other countries and taking his cues from Europe, or worse yet, Saul Alinski.  And this is how politics has changed.  You used to have to run against an actual candidate, but now you just recreate him inside the bubble, and run against your new fictional candidate.  That’s how Bush won in 2004, by running against John Kerry, a French war criminal.  And speaking of Bush, I know conservatives are saying, oh Bill, Democrats did the same thing to him.  No.  Say what you will about the lefts hatred of Bush, at least we were hating on the real guy.  We didn’t invent a bogeyman who tanked the economy, took us to war on false pretenses, and tortured prisoners.  That was the actual guy.  But, run down the list of complaints about fantasy Obama:

He wants to raise your taxes, even though he’s lowered them, confiscate your guns, even though he’s never mentioned it, and read terrorists their rights, yea, like he did Tuesday in Somalia. And look at what Newt Gingrich said about him this month:

Newt Gingrich at Fox debate “It tells you everything you need to know about the difference between Barack Obama and the five of us, that we actually think work is good.”

Maher “Yes, Obama is anti-work.  You remember the bill he championed, the grab a Corona and call in sick act.  You see, the difference is the Republicans hatred of Obama is based on paranoid feelings about what he might do, what he’s thinking, what he secretly wants to change.  Anger with Bush was based on what he actually did.  What Bush was thinking didn’t matter, ’cause he wasn’t.”


Richard (RJ) Eskow, Op-Ed: “The GOP presidential candidates continue to play their parts in an implausible story of a world that could never exist, acting out nonexistent conflicts while delivering dialog that insults the intelligence. That’s not because they’re stupid. It’s because they think you are.

It’s like watching a low budget science-fiction movie from the fifties: Dr. Strange vs. The Vulture in the Caverns of the Moon. It’s badly executed, even by the low standards of its genre, complete with cheap sets, bad special effects and wooden acting.

They’re counting on their audience to provide that state of mind which literature professors call ‘the willing suspension of  disbelief’. Three of the candidates are selling an nearly identical story of hardy earth people who are only able to save their planet once they’ve been freed from taxes and regulation.  The fourth, Ron Paul, is offering a different script, a 10,000 years BC scenario of unparalleled economic savagery.”

Posted January 30, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

Vedora live at Radio Bean Friday January 27, 2012   3 comments

Rocking out at Radio Bean

It was a slushy rainy evening, and I was finally able to see Caroline O’Connor and Matt Hastings trade the acoustic guitars for a little rock and roll.  Work ended at 6 which was plenty of time to go home and hang out for a bit.  I was ready to head out at 8:30, at the same time Mike was heading downtown, so off we walked, me towards Radio Bean, and Mike towards the Other Place.

It was crowded when I walked in, but not packed.  It looked like the previous band was in the final stage of loading out and Vedora were setting up.  Caroline grabbed the bass, Matt the guitar, and Jeff LaBossiere sat behind the kit.  Soon enough they started in,  The first song was a bit shaky, they played it through pretty well, but weren’t quite together.  Up next was a Matt song.  It was  a pretty upbeat finger picking rocker.  They weren’t quite there, but were improving.  I spent most of the next song getting another drink, but it sounded pretty good.  It was a Caroline song, so it had that nice cool mood.  Her voice was strong like always.  The band were starting to sound good.  All night the drumming had been pretty fervent, now that they were locking in, it was getting fun.

Up next was another bouncy, driving, rocking Matt song.  It was pretty fun, but paled compared to what was to come.  Caroline introduced a song called Dragnet.  It started slow, but had a nice build to it.  Not a real obvious build, but when you rock back and forth with the music and start to feel where it’s going to go, it just felt like it was going to explode.  It did.  I thought they might go for a full out towering over the world rock chorus, but they took the intensity of it into a more Crimson vein.  It was fantastic and they sounded wonderful playing it.

They took a bit of a Spanish theme for a song and followed up with another fast Matt rocker.  It was a jumping good time.  Tonight was the first time I’ve seen Matt play electric, and all night long he had some pretty sweet leads.  Caroline then set down the bass, picked up the guitar, and the band played a very cool version of Once Upon.  I have always love hearing her play that on acoustic, and having a band wrap itself around it was a treat.  Caroline’s voice was sultry.  Matt’s guitar was searing and sultry, the song just oozed with beauty.  I was sure they would do that one and could not be happier with the way it was played out.

They closed with another song I don’t know called Terrarium.  It was a pretty cool song with lots nice rocking guitar.  I need to get to know this song better.  That was the last song on the setlist and they got ready to pack up, but the audience wanted more.  They pulled out another classic that they always do called Mary and Johnny.  It’s an old Osange Orange song.  Again, I was used to Matt and Caroline playing it on acoustics, but tonight played on electrics, with Jeff happily driving it on, it was clear how much fun this band can be.  I’m so glad I went!

Posted January 30, 2012 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Bill Maher “How about that Seal Team Six?  They did it again this week.  Wow, these guys, same guys who got Bin Laden.  There was a hostage situation in Somalia, the most dangerous country in the world.  They jumped out of a plane at high altitude, parachuted down, rescued the hostages, and then quickly, methodically killed all of the pirates.  A story, by the way, that Obama recounted to Jan Brewer (Gov-R-AZ) on the tarmac, and then said now stick your finger in my face one more time.”

Posted January 29, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has called on the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to refer Mitt Romney to the Department of Justice for having filled an inaccurate campaign disclosure form last year.

In a letter (pdf) sent on Friday to the acting director of the OGE, the watchdog group stated, “The 2010 tax return Mr. Romney released earlier this week includes numerous assets not included on the personal financial disclosure form Mr. Romney filed in August 2011. … According to OGE’s website, ‘when ethics officials find evidence that an employee has violated an ethics criminal statute or regulation, they must refer that evidence to the appropriate authority for action.’”

Romney’s tax return included income from at least 23 funds and partnerships that were not cited in the campaign disclosure form, including interest income from a Swiss bank account and shares in offshore companies located in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere.

A Romney spokesman has described the errors as “trivial” and “inadvertent,” but CREW finds that explanation unsatisfactory.

“Mr. Romney says the errors are minor, but then again he also claims earning $374,000 in speaking fees isn’t much money,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan stated. “In reality, filing an inaccurate disclosure form can be a criminal offense. As a result, the Office of Government Ethics should forward the matter on to the Department of Justice to determine whether Mr. Romney deliberately withheld information.”

Posted January 28, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Jon Stewart “So what exactly are we supposed to do with a moon base?”

Newt Gingrich “When we have 13,000 Americans living on the moon, they can petition to become a state.”

Stewart “13,000?  That’s not a state, that’s like a condo development.  That’s not a state.  You want to be a condo developer on the moon.  You want to be a lunar Trump.  And, may I say this, like Earth Trump, you will not be President.”

Posted January 27, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

Two great days for politics in the United States   Leave a comment

Wow, what a great couple of days for politics in America.  The first real Republican debate gave the candidates a chance to clearly differentiate each other.  It was the first one where the audience was there to listen instead of putting themselves into the debate.  Great job Brian Williams!

Yesterday was the State of the Union, and Obama knocked it out of the park.  If you don’t know if you want to vote Democratic or Republican, over the last two days you had a chance to see exactly what you are getting.  Such clarity makes the last two days some of the best two days in politics in a while.

Posted January 25, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics

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Newt Gingrich at the debate Thursday 1/19/12 “I am appalled that you would begin a Presidential debate on a topic like that…I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country….To take an ex-wife and make it two days before the primary, a significant question in a Presidential campaign, is a close to despicable as anything I can imagine.”

Stewart “As close to despicable as you can imagine?  You imagined your wife when she was dealing with having MS would be open to you having sex with another lady you’d already been having sex with for six bleeping years.  I think you’ve got a pretty good imagination despicabilitywise.  How dare you sir?  How dare you, in front of all of the good people of South Carolina ask me about something as tawdry as my three somewhat overlapping marriages?  How dare you? Oh my God, John King is going to crush this guy.  All he’s got to do is point out the hypocrisy of a family values crusader, who presided over Congress at the time the Republicans Clinton penis scavenger hunt, suddenly finding that kind of questioning of a Presidential candidate unseemly.  Point out the hypocrisy of a man who insists that gay people would sully the sanctity of marriage, whilst being a career marriage sanctity sullier.  It’s a chip shot to get you into the Super Bowl of moderators.  A 32 yarder, if you will.”

CNN’s John King “As you noted Mr. Speaker, this story did not come from our network.  As you know, it’s also the subject of conversation on the campaign.  I get your point.  I take your point.”

Gingrich “John, John, it was repeated by your network.  You chose to start the debate with it.  Don’t try to blame somebody else.  You and your staff chose to start this debate with that.”

Stewart “Oh my bleeping God.  He shanked it.  King shanked it…We’ve got the moderator of the debate evading questions now.  We’re through the looking glass.”

Posted January 24, 2012 by tmusicfan in Quote of the Day

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The Dirty Blondes Friday January 20, 2012 at Nectars in Burlington, VT   Leave a comment

In my mixed up world, Friday is my Monday, so a killer show on a Friday is not always the best.  That said, there’s no way I’m going to miss the Dirty Blondes.  The fact that they were the opening band just made it easier and easier.

I got out of work at 6, went home, ate dinner, and waited.  Time moves as it usually does when waiting.  Soon enough the clock was on 9, and it was time to head out.  I put the Blondes pins on the suit coat, except for the evil ex-bass player one, and headed out the door.  It was a lovely walk downtown.

I settled in, said hi to Diane briefly and met her family members.  Happily, it was not long until they hit the stage.  The Dirty Blondes charged out of the gate with fire and passion.  The two blondes balanced the vocals while the power trio unleashed ferocious music.  The songs are short and simple and full of fire.  They always instantly knock me out of my normal reality and make my body move to the flow.  Songs such as Whore, Easy Rider, Cry Baby and Burn fired bolts of pure energy through the crowd.  Oh, Dirty Blondes was fun to sing along with.  So was Drunk. We all did the dance move for Kung Pao.  Ornan’s song was just wonderful.  It’s a list of why some of the great drummers in rock and roll are not the drummer for the Dirty Blondes.  More importantly it’s also about why Ornan will always be the drummer for the Dirty Blondes.  I need to go through the lyrics sometime.   Yayo kicked the night in furious fashion.

They played a frantic hour or so, then left the stage.  The audience called for more, and the band wanted to give it.  The club owners said no, it was time to set up for the main band.  Rats.  I think they were going to play That New Guy is not James Bond next.  Oh well, maybe next time.  I’m feeling pretty good about saying that, since they have played several times in the last few months.

Earlier in the night I had run into Eric from Swale who thanked me for showing up.  I was a bit puzzled until he let me know that he and Jeremy were playing with the headliner, Led Loco.  I decided to wait it out and stay for a couple of songs.  They opened with some AC/DC then played a pretty good version of Good Times, Bad Times.  Since I had to work early the next day, I did not stay long.  Covers are cool, but original music is the best.  I can’t wait for the next time I get to see Swale, now that’s some beautiful music.  And as much as I love their ability do play anything and their wonderfully elegant sound, Friday was all about the volume, the fire, the power, and glory of the Dirty Blondes!



Posted January 23, 2012 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Bill Maher “New Rule: The NAACP must take Newt Gingrich up on his offer to stand in front of their convention and tell them why black people should want jobs instead of food stamps.  This way I can finally answer a question that’s been bugging me for years.  Can Newt Gingrich run?”

Posted January 23, 2012 by tmusicfan in Quote of the Day