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Fri May 01, 2015 at 07:51 AM PDT

R.I.P Ben E. King


It is being reported that Ben E. King has died of natural causes. He was 76.

Bestest cover of Stand by me ever.


100 years ago the Gallipoli Campaign started. The results was 500,000 casualties. Fuck you Winston Churchill.

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Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 11:31 AM PDT

Sometimes the King isn't a fink


Earthday in the Kingdom of ID


Sun Feb 08, 2015 at 07:37 AM PST

3 people are idiots


Usually I don't look at the "likes" and "dislikes" of Youtube videos, however with the newest release on the Playing For Change channel, "Teach Your Children Well" from their Adelaide, Australia performance, there were 3 "dislikes" since it was uploaded on the 5th of this month.

Full disclosure: This is just an excuse to post another home run by the best band in the world -:)


Being a SNAG (Sensitive New Age Guy), I sometimes find myself tearing up when I see, hear about or read about some outrage that is making the news cycle. However, being a cynic, I most times shake my head and quote that oft times repeated response from the troops during Viet Nam; "Fuck it. Don't mean a thing." While in reality it means everything. We were tough guys.

Someone once asked me if I had learned anything from going to war so many times.
My reply:
Yes, I learned how to cry.

Joe Galloway

"Why must we go on hating, why can't we live in bliss"

Good question


But when there's too much of nothing, nobody should look.

Morning ear worm time again.

Too much of nothing seems to be a recurring theme these days when the 1% has it all and the rest are stuck with at lot of nothing.

Too much of nothing can:
... make a man feel ill at ease.
One man's temper might rise
While another man's temper might freeze.

...make a man abuse a king.
He can walk the streets and boast like most
But he wouldn't know a thing.

...turn a man into a liar,
It can cause one man to sleep on nails
And another man to eat fire.

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Fri Jan 30, 2015 at 08:53 AM PST

My Drill Sergeant was right after all


At least according to John McCain.

Although technically I don't remember if he ever called us "Low-life scum", but we were lower than whale shit, which is at the bottom of the ocean.

Me being scum



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Mon Jan 26, 2015 at 06:26 AM PST

I am - You are - We are Australians


Thanks to Bill in Portland Maine for alerting us that today is Australia Day

So why not some music by and about down under?

Besides I love Judith Durham's voice.

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Sun Jan 25, 2015 at 08:16 AM PST

Always a young finger to slap a trigger


Since the continuing discussion on the sniper movie will continue for a while, I might as well chime in with my 2 cents worth.

I have not seen it or read the book so my view is just on the effects that it is having on the public.

First and foremost is my concern that it is a recruitment tool the military must be drooling over. Hero, hero, hero, hero. Such an overused word.

Here it is used in a much different context.

“My personal hero is a little lady. She gets up in the morning, puts on her dress and her pearl white gloves, goes to a bus stop, gets on a bus, and sits in the seventh row. Some big guys get on the bus and say, "Go to the back." That lady reached down inside of herself, overcame all the fear in the world, and just said, "No." Rosa Parks changed this world, and nobody gave her a medal.”

Paul “Buddy” Bucha
Medal of Honor recipient

Up until now most of the use of the word "Hero" has been used to describe all of the returning service members who served in the latest clusterfucks. Now there is a personification up on the big screen to seduce the gullible and ignorant into the "glory" of combat and the righteousness of the Iraq invasion. (Or maybe not since I haven't seen it.) But from the push back of the war enthusiasts and that  Anti-Muslim threats skyrocket in wake of film’s release, it sure seem that way.

Will the young see this as their path to glory? Their chance to prove their manhood? Will the continued hero worship convince more cannon fodder to join up? A question I don't have the answer to but from past experience it seems it will.

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Tue Jan 20, 2015 at 05:04 AM PST

Hate, a word I seldom if ever, use.


Many years ago when I was legally blind, I was babysitting a friend’s young daughter and to keep us both entertained, we decided to make some chocolate chip cookies.  I think she was about 7 or 8 years old. I had her read the instructions and help me measure the ingredients. As we were doing this she piped up with; “I bet you hate not being able to see.” I replied; “No I don’t hate it. Hate is a wasted emotion; it doesn’t change anything and just makes you angry all the time.”  Wow! Words of wisdom from the old man.  

This interaction has stayed with me ever since and once I realized I had actually come up with a life lesson of my own, I have tried not to hate. I may despise, be disgusted, upset or angry but I cannot hate. All of those other emotions are transitory but hate eats you up. Hate usually comes from fear, fear that is taught, fear that is propagated and manipulated by others for their own ends.

The next time you use the word hate, think about it.


Mon Jan 19, 2015 at 05:55 AM PST

MLK Day music


Change one word and an anthem is born.

"I changed it to 'We shall'... I think I liked a more open sound; 'We will' has alliteration to it, but 'We shall' opens the mouth wider; the 'i' in 'will' is not an easy vowel to sing well...

Seeger, Pete, and Peter Blood (eds), Where Have All the Flowers Gone?: A Singer's Stories, Songs, Seeds, Robberies (1993).

What's movement without music?

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Thu Jan 15, 2015 at 08:24 AM PST

The Problem With High Speed Rail


Will anybody be writing songs about it? From Elizabeth Cotten's "Freight train" to Curtis Mayfield's "People get ready" and Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans", there has been a long tradition of songs about trains. Big rumbling beasts and sleek streamliners carrying passengers from coast to coast. Trains as metaphors of freedom and redemption.  The feel of big drive wheels pounding along the ground. Songs about getting the train number wrong. You get the picture.

Here in Portland we have the Southern Pacific 4449, a huge streamlined 4-8-4 steam engine. I've seen it a number of times and is impressive to say the least.

Big, loud, smokey and a whistle that can't be beat.

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