THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH:

All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.



Friday, November 29, 2013

‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’: VOTING CONTEST WINNER (Or, “THE ENVELOPE PLEASE...”)


First of all, I hope each and every one of you had a nice Thanksgiving. Now that we’ve passed through “The Gateway To Christmas”, I will be switching to nothing but Christmas music from now until my bedtime on December 25TH. (God knows I LOVE Christmas!)

If you are a fan of the ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ (‘BOTB’) concept, then you’re probably aware that there was a voting contest associated with it. My ‘BOTB’ installments concluded with the following:

Find  The  True  Meaning  Of  Christmas:  Win  Money!-Money!-Money!  Spectacular,  Super-Colossal  Neighborhood  Christmas  Lights  And  Display  Contest!

Find  The  True  Purpose  For  Voting  On  ‘Battle  Of  The  Bands’  Installments:  Win  Compact  Discs!-Compact Discs!-Compact Discs!  Spectacular,  Super-Colossal  Blogosphere  ‘Battle  Of  The  Bands’  Voting  Contest!

Here’s The Deal: By voting on the ‘Battle Of The Bands’ blog bits here and at the ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ and ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ blogs, you can win the compact disc of your choice. Every 4 months, FarAwayEyes, Arlee Bird and I will add up how many times you voted on our blogs, and the person who has participated most often (i.e., submitted the most eligible votes) will get to select one compact disc that contains any one of the songs that were included in any of our ‘Battle Of The Bands’ installments (“Super-Colossal” expensive boxed-sets, imports, and ‘out-of-print’ compact discs not included). In the event of a tie, the names will be put in a Stetson and the name drawn from the cowboy hat will win the CD.
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You may not be aware of it, but that first paragraph in red with the line drawn through it is a direct quote from the television special ‘A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’, my favorite of the animated Christmas classics.

Well, the votes have been counted and we have a winner. There was a total of 22 ‘BOTB’ installments connected to the contest. In other words, the highest number of votes that a person could collect was 22. Some voters got close to, but did not quite reach, that number. The ‘Honorable Mentions’ are Bryan of the blog ‘A BEER FOR THE SHOWER’, who recorded 18 votes; D.G. Hudson of ‘21ST CENTURY JOURNAL’, who recorded 16 votes; and SHEBOYGANBOY SIX, a non-blogger who probably would have had a genuine shot at winning the compact disc had he not refrained from voting on any of the ‘HAIR’ soundtrack songs in ‘BOTB #4’.

I thank all of the aforementioned for their loyal, steady participation in all of our ‘Battle Of The Band’ challenges.

However, four participants, by voting on every single eligible ‘BOTB’ contest, collected the 22 maximum number of votes. Those four were Robin of the blog YOUR DAILY DOSE, LC of the blog DISCCONNECTED, LUCKYMAMA13 of the blog MAKIN’ IT COUNT, and C.W. Martin of the blog TILTING AT WINDMILLS.
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So, as promised, I put those four names on equal sized pieces of paper, folded each paper once, and then dropped them into my brown Stetson cowboy hat:
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Then I had my brother, Nappy, mix up all the name cards, and holding the Stetson up high so I couldn’t see into it, I reached in and pulled out the first piece of paper my fingers made contact with:
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And the winner was:
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Brother Martin, you lucky dog, come claim your reward! You have a free compact disc coming to you, which I will purchase and send once you’ve made your selection. The only stipulation is that whatever CD you choose, it must include one of the songs featured in a ‘Battle Of The Bands’ contest at either FAR AWAY SERIES, TOSSING IT OUT, or here at ‘FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS’ (but it doesn’t matter whether the song won its battle or lost).
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I have made looking through my ‘BOTB’ blog bits easy by linking all of them at the bottom of each ‘BOTB’ post; you’ll need to do some backtrack searching, however, to reexamine all of the ‘BOTB’ installments at ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ and ‘TOSSING IT OUT’. Let me know when you’ve decided on a compact disc and I’ll purchase it and get it in the mail to you as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen complications and confusion, we have decided to discontinue the ‘BOTB’ compact disc voting contest. HOWEVER... FarAwayEyes and I are in the earliest stage of working out a plan for a POSSIBLE future ‘BOTB’ Compact Disc Voting Contest – one that will be simpler and much easier for us to manage. The idea I am currently entertaining would actually give voters who aren’t quite as diligent in participating in all of the ‘Battle Of The Band’ challenges a better chance of winning.

I can’t make any promises about this, but stay tuned for a possible upcoming announcement of a redesigned ‘BOTB’ Compact Disc Voting Contest.

Again, congratulations to C.W. MARTIN for his win, and I hope to see everyone back here on December 1ST, when my ‘Battle Of The Bands’ match-up will feature a well known Christmas song sung by two well known singers. It’s going to be Man Vs. Woman – a gender battle – a contest that I’m eager to post because I have no idea which way this battle is going to go, and I believe it will be a very, very close, competitive match-up.

Thanks again to FarAwayEyes for conceiving this BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ project, and thanks also to EVERYONE who participates in them. I heartily enjoy putting these musical  boxing matches together.

See all y’all again on 12/1/2013.

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

"JFK, LEE HARVEY OSWALD, AND NUTTY CONSPIRACY THEORIES" (Or, “HE CERTAINLY IS!”)


"As a dog returns to his own vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly."
~ Proverbs 26:11


Chauncey Holt –
News Blast From The Past




There was NO live TV coverage of the first [World Trade Center] attack. There COULD NOT have been. Video of that first plane hitting the tower taken by security cameras did not air publicly until DAYS AFTERWARDS.


NOTE:
We have received repeated claims by many that they 'remember' seeing the FIRST plane impact LIVE on The Today Show, Fox & Friends and/or CNN... but none of these news organizations lay claim to having been on LIVE when the first plane hit the first tower or feature any exclusive of first impact footage, other than amateur footage, retrieved AFTER the fact; not broadcast live at all. Many people appear to be layering their memories of the second impact, and replays of the first impact, out of sequence in time.

If anyone has definitive proof that any broadcasting news facility was on LIVE and aimed at the twin towers to catch the first impact, please send that proof here! We cannot find any such proof ourselves. Remember -- it has to have been a LIVE broadcast of the first plane impact and have been a national broadcast for Bush to have seen the first plane hit while in Florida.


9/11 was an Inside Job –
TOTAL PROOF (part 3)



Chauncey Marvin Holt Dallas Interview –
Lois Gibson Forensics - Dallas, TX



Psychologists Help 9/11 Truth Deniers
Accept The Facts



Spooks, Hoods & The Hidden Elite



9/11: Explosive Evidence –
Experts Speak Out
(Free 1-hour version)



"As a dog returns to his own vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly."
~ Proverbs 26:11

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

‘CRYSTAL CLEAR PROPAGANDA’ (Or, ‘MEET THE NEW BOGEYMAN’)


If you are going to maintain a large national security state, there must be a threat to justify its continued existence. … For the security state to continue, there must sometimes be large terrorist acts in the U.S. The last thing the national security state wants is peace and no enemies.
~ Gurudas [Ronald Lee Garman]
Treason: The New World Order’ – pg. 201

Originally, I was planning to make this blog bit a two-parter. In part one, I was going to attempt the impossible: count up how many lies Barack Obama has told the American People since he first campaigned for the presidency. But I ran out of fingers and toes to count on, so I switched to my calculator until it melted into a pool of plastic and little metallic bits due to overuse.

So, instead, I’m just going to post the second part, and this is it:

Where I work, the computer is blocked from visiting many websites. Unfortunately, most of the factual, trustworthy news sites (and there aren’t many of them) are included in the blocking, although I am able to view some of the mainstream propaganda news websites. Even that little bit of access, however, is good enough for a blog bit, as you shall see. But first, a little refresher history course.

You remember how right after 9/11, president George W(ish I had a brain) Bush said he was going to get Osama bin Laden dead or alive? It was a really important component of “justice” that we get the man most responsible for the terrorist attacks on New York City and The Pentagon. (Never mind the fact that Osama was NOT the man most responsible for them.)



Unfortunately for the “W” administration, Osama died not long after 9/11 occurred. But that information was not shared with the Americonned Sheeple because “W” and his boys needed to keep us (U.S.) inflamed about “the war on terror”.

When time passed and we heard no more (legitimate) messages from Osama, “W” was forced to downgrade the importance of “getting Osama”.



Sometimes a little bit of truth actually does leak out, even from the lips of liars. In this interview, we find “W” saying more than he probably should have (not that the Americonned Sheeple caught on, however).



Indeed, it’s often necessary for ‘The Wizards Behind The Curtain’ to create new monsters, new bogeymen for us to imagine we are fighting against as we move step-by-step closer to the ‘New World Order’ global tyranny that The Wizards have planned for us. And now that our pseudo-government has killed off Osama (again), Barack Obama (the president who ordered the assassination of a dead man) needs a new bogeyman to frighten us with so that we will give up more of our liberties and overlook the un-Constitutional spying on us that Uncle Sam has done and will continue to do.

The other night, I was surfing the MSN News website and came across the article...

A  Glimpse  At  The  Next  Bin  Laden?
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This article was such BLATANT PROPAGANDA (right down to the "dangerously" red photograph) that I would have laughed out loud while reading it except for the fact that 98% of the Americonned People are going to fall hook, line and sinker for this bullshit. Below are some excerpts:

Al-Qaida's new mastermind favors small, opportunistic strikes over spectacular attacks. Are we scaling back the NSA at the very moment we need it most?

Ever since the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama and his senior lieutenants have been telling war-weary Americans that the end of the nation's longest conflict is within sight. "Core al-Qaida is a shell of its former self," Obama said in a speech in May. "This war, like all wars, must end." That was the triumphal tone of last year's reelection campaign, too.

The truth is much grimmer. Intelligence officials and terrorism experts today believe that the death of bin Laden and the decimation of the Qaida "core" in Pakistan only set the stage for a rebirth of al-Qaida as a global threat. Its tactics have morphed into something more insidious and increasingly dangerous as safe havens multiply in war-torn or failed states—at exactly the moment we are talking about curtailing the National Security Agency's monitoring capability.

And the jihadist who many terrorism experts believe is al-Qaida 's new strategic mastermind, Abu Musab al-Suri (a nom de guerre that means "the Syrian"), has a diametrically different approach that emphasizes quantity over quality. ...

Whereas bin Laden preached big dramatic acts directed by him and senior Qaida leaders, al-Suri urges the creation of self-generating cells of lone terrorists or small groups in his 1,600-page Internet manifesto. They are to keep up attacks, like multiplying fleas on a dog that finds itself endlessly distracted—and ultimately dysfunctional. (A classic Western book on guerrilla warfare called The War of the Flea reportedly influenced al-Suri.) The attacks are to culminate, he hopes, in acts using weapons of mass destruction. ...

"It's harder to track. Future attacks against the homeland will be less sophisticated and less lethal, but there's just going to be more of them," says Michael Hayden, the former NSA director who steered the agency after 9/11 toward deep dives into Internet and telephonic data. Adds Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, "I think al-Qaida's capabilities for a strike into the United States are more dangerous and more numerous than before 9/11." For better or worse, the only hope to track them all is an exceptionally deep, organized, and free-ranging intelligence apparatus, experts say. ...

All of which means that despite very legitimate questions about whether the National Security Agency is going beyond what the law and Constitution allow, Americans probably need the NSA now more than ever.

Within the next few days, I hope to post a long-planned major blog bit about WHO is MOST responsible for Barack Obama’s presidency. (And it’s NOT who you think; it’s not “ign’ant voters”.)

M-I-C, See you real soon! K-E-Y. Why? Because I like you
M - O - U - S - E.

EXTRA  CREDIT:
For bonus points, watch the following video. Alex Jones cracks me up sometimes. I really do like this “ranting” dude:



~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ #8 (Or, ‘SATCHMO VERSUS DARIN’)


Republican Vs. Democrat, Male Vs. Female, War Vs. Peace, Light Vs. Dark, Good Vs. Evil, Man Vs. Machine, Love Vs. Hate, Dog Vs. Cat, Sun Vs. Moon, Brain Vs. Brawn, Oscar Vs. Grammy, Angel Vs. Demon, Laurel Vs. Hardy, Beer Vs. Wine, TV Vs. Radio, Pitcher Vs. Batter, Paper Vs. Plastic, Reality Vs. Fantasy, Yeshua Vs. Beelzebub, Conservative Vs. Liberal, You Vs. Me, House Vs. Senate, Offense Vs. Defense, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Spy Vs. Spy, Fischer Vs. Spassky, W.C. Fields Vs. Sobriety, Harold Gimpy, Jr. Vs. Sheldon J. Pismire, Rock Vs. Paper Vs. Scissors, Islam Vs. Everything, Singer Vs. Singer, Band Vs. Band...
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THE  BATTLE  OF  THE  BANDS!
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Shoop-Shooby –
Shooby-duh-Dooby-Doop-Dooby-Dooby-Doo-Wah –
Buh-Doo-Wah!

Yes, it’s time once again for ‘Battle Of The Bands’ ('BOTB').
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EUGENE  MARTONE  VS.  JACK  BUTLER
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I was lucky to have been introduced to so many good ol’ “Standards” when I was just a little kid, thanks to having parents who both loved music but had somewhat different tastes. I learned about Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, Louis Prima, and Roger Miller from my Pa; I heard Cannonball Adderley, B.B. King, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and The Temptations [“Psychedelic Shack, that’s where it’s at!”] from my Ma’s records. I was fortunate. I’m still fortunate - I know and own good music!
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In this installment of ‘BOTB’, I have decided to again lean toward a famous Standard. Also, I have decided to give Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong a second chance to win a “Battle”, seeing as how he (shockingly) lost in ‘BOTB #7’ to both Bocephus and Fats Waller. Let’s see how he does against Bobby Darin with a song that is arranged so drastically different and played at such different tempos that you might actually find it difficult to believe Satchmo and Darin are really singing the same song!
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‘(Up A) LAZY RIVER’, composed by Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin and published in 1930, is today considered a Jazz and Pop standard that has been recorded by too many singers and musicians to name.
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I was familiar with the song at a very young age because it was one of those that my Pa frequently sang to himself around the house. Recalling that my Pa was a fan of The Mills Brothers and Phil Harris, knowing that both recorded the song, and thinking back on the tempo and style that my Pa would sing ‘LAZY RIVER’ in, I’m going to guess that he was attempting to imitate Phil’s or The Bros’ version.
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But here, we are going to compare Satchmo’s 1931 recording with a Jazz combo to Bobby Darin’s 1960 ‘Big Band’ version. Then you can tell me in the comment section which version you prefer and WHY.
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Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the Satchmo recording:

Armstrong's radical re-working of Sidney Arodin and [Hoagy] Carmichael's "LAZY RIVER" (recorded in 1931) encapsulated many features of his groundbreaking approach to melody and phrasing. The song begins with a brief trumpet solo, then the main melody is stated by sobbing horns, memorably punctuated by Armstrong's growling interjections at the end of each bar: "Yeah! ... "Uh-huh" ... "Sure" ... "Way down, way down". In the first verse, he ignores the notated melody entirely and sings as if playing a trumpet solo, pitching most of the first line on a single note and using strongly syncopated phrasing. In the second stanza he breaks into an almost fully improvised melody, which then evolves into a classic passage of Armstrong "scat singing".

As with his trumpet playing, Armstrong's vocal innovations served as a foundation stone for the art of jazz vocal interpretation. The uniquely gritty coloration of his voice became a musical archetype that was much imitated and endlessly impersonated. His scat singing style was enriched by his matchless experience as a trumpet soloist. His resonant, velvety lower-register tone and bubbling cadences on sides such as "Lazy River" exerted a huge influence on younger white singers such as Bing Crosby.

“Take it, Satch...”


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GODZILLA  VS.  KING  KONG
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On August 18, 1960, popular singer Bobby Darin recorded a “Big Band” version of ‘LAZY RIVER’. Yes, THAT Bobby Darin! The same guy who sang ‘Splish Splash’, ‘Queen Of The Hop’, and ‘You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby’.

You can think and say what you want about Bobby Darin, but you MUST admit that the man certainly did NOT lack courage and confidence. To record and release a “Big Band” record so long after the heyday of Big Band music took confidence... and maybe a touch of craziness as well. Imagine someone releasing a Bee Gees-ish song like ‘Stayin’ Alive’ today!

Well, guess what. Apparently our crazy boy Bobby knew what he was doin’ after all, because his Big Band version of ‘LAZY RIVER’ climbed all the way up to #14 on the Billboard music charts. That’s right – it was a hit. Here’s to the crazy dreamers!

See how this take on the song tastes to yer ears:


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RIDDLER  VS.  BATMAN
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Alright now, you know the gig... I welcome EVERYONE to vote for their favorite of these songs in the comment section below. And feel free to tell us WHY you chose one song over the other. (NOTE: Comment Moderation is activated. All submitted comments that do not transgress "Ye Olde Comment Policy" will be posted as soon as possible. Thanks for taking the time to comment.)
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After voting here, I suggest - actually I insist - you pop over to FAE’s ‘Far Away Series’ and Arlee Bird’s ‘Tossing It Out’ blogs to see which songs they have chosen and vote there also. (If their BOTB blog bits aren’t posted yet, pour yourself two shots of ‘Grand Marnier’ over ice – do it twice – and then return to ‘Far Away Series’ and ‘Tossing It Out’ to vice your voice ...vote your vice ...voice your vote.)

Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.

Find  The  True  Meaning  Of  Christmas:  Win  Money!-Money!-Money!  Spectacular,  Super-Colossal  Neighborhood  Christmas  Lights  And  Display  Contest!

Find  The  True  Purpose  For  Voting  On  ‘Battle  Of  The  Bands’  Installments:  Win  Compact  Discs!-Compact Discs!-Compact Discs!  Spectacular,  Super-Colossal  Blogosphere  ‘Battle  Of  The  Bands’  Voting  Contest!

Here’s The Deal: By voting on the ‘Battle Of The Bands’ blog bits here and at the ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ and ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ blogs, you can win the compact disc of your choice. Every 4 months, FarAwayEyes, Arlee Bird and I will add up how many times you voted on our blogs, and the person who has participated most often (i.e., submitted the most eligible votes) will get to select one compact disc that contains any one of the songs that were included in any of our ‘Battle Of The Bands’ installments (“Super-Colossal” expensive boxed-sets, imports, and ‘out-of-print’ compact discs not included). In the event of a tie, the names will be put in a Stetson and the name drawn from the cowboy hat will win the CD.

Rules For Voting: FAE, Arlee Bird and I post new ‘Battle Of The Bands’ blog bits on the 1st and 15th of each month. We also post our own personal votes for the respective blog bits on the 7th and 21st of each month (i.e., six days later). For your vote to be counted, it must be submitted in our comment sections BEFORE we post our own votes (BEFORE we make our own votes known on the 7th and the 21st).

Every 4 months there will be a new compact disc winner. In other words, ‘Battle Of The Bands’ #1 was posted on August 1, 2013, so at the end of November, one of you lucky voters is going to win a CD that includes one of the songs we’ve featured in our ‘Battle Of The Bands’ installments (you get to choose, and it doesn’t matter if the song won or lost its battle – if you like it, it’s YOURS!)

Alright, now... VOTE ON and ROCK ON! (while we 
‘Count On...’)

And be sure to return here in December when my ‘BOTB’ installments will feature CHRISTMAS  SONGS!

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

POSTSCRIPT: If you are a blogger participating in the BOTB posts but are not involved in the vote-counting for the compact disc prize, please be sure to mention your BOTB blog bit in my Comment Section, so that others (including li’l ol’ me) will know to visit your blog and cast a vote.

Links To Previous 'BOTB' Installments:
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

“THERE IS NO AMERICA; THERE IS NO DEMOCRACY” (Or, ‘ON RARE OCCASIONS, HOLLYWOOD TELLS THE TRUTH’)


Following is an excerpt from one of my 2009 blog bits. It’s being re-posted here and now for both Loose Dogs and Lemmings to think about.

The movie ‘NETWORK’ hit the theatres in 1976, and it is most remembered today for the oft repeated Howard Beale (Peter Finch) line, which became a popular American slogan for a few years:

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
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NETWORK’ was critically acclaimed, winning Academy Awards for ‘Best Actor’, ‘Best Actress’, ‘Best Supporting Actress’, and ‘Best Screenplay’.

Most noteworthy to me is the scene were Arthur Jenson (Ned Beatty) is dressing down Howard Beale (Peter Finch). Beatty’s delivery of this monologue in terms of timing, voice modulation and gestures is about as close to perfect as it could get; at one point even interjecting a moment of comedy:



"You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won't have it! Is that clear? You think you've merely stopped a business deal. That is not the case. The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back! It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity! It is ecological balance!

"You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multi-national dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, Reichmarks, Yen, Rubles, Pounds, and Shekels.

"It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and YOU WILL ATONE!"

"Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale?"

"You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today.

"What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state — Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business.

"The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that perfect world in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality — one vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock, all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused."

Hokey-Smoke! Other than that nonsense about “no oppression or brutality” and “a common profit” and “all men holding a share of stock”, that is one of the best descriptions of the ‘NEW WORLD ORDER’ conspiracy mentality that I’ve ever encountered. The ‘NEW WORLD ORDER’ is really of the Elite, by the Elite, and for the Elite (who are primarily represented by International Banking) and when it is finally instituted in its “totalitarian totality”, it will make a hell of Earth – as if Earth isn’t wretched enough already.

And coincidentally, Max Schumacher’s (William Holden) dressing down of Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) is not a bad representation of how I think of these Elite people who work behind the scenes in bringing us this SATANIC ‘NEW WORLD ORDER’:

"You are … indifferent to suffering, insensitive to joy. All of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality. War, murder, death are all the same to you as bottles of beer. The daily business of life is a corrupt comedy. … You are madness, virulent madness, and everything you touch dies with you. Well, not me. Not while I can still feel pleasure and pain and love. … I feel lousy about the pain that I've caused... I feel guilty and conscience-stricken, and all of those things you think sentimental, but which my generation calls simple human decency."

... Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay is filled with disgust and rage. His disgust, I share 24/7; the rage, I experience when sober. So, for the benefit of those around me, I try not to make a habit of sobriety.

"I need a cold mojito."

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

HOME, SWEET HOME (Or, PHOENIX, AIRHEADZONA: A SERIOUSLY SICK CITY AND STINKY STATE)



THE  AIRHEADZONAN  ARCHETYPE
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People sometimes ask me why I want to move to Reno, Nevada, as soon as possible. There are several answers I could give, but the simplest answer is almost as good as any of the others...

Because Reno, Nevada, is NOT Phoenix, Arizona.

You’ve heard me complain before... about the low wages, the lack of education and sophistication, the slow thinking and slow moving and slow driving people of Airheadzona.

Well, I knew I was overdue in getting something fresh posted here at ‘Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends’, so I decided to run with this thang because I can knock it out very quickly before I have to leave for work again.

I am pulling these 8 PM to 6 AM “graveyard shifts” for my employer, and during the night / early morning hours we have very limited computer access; most websites are blocked, but a small handful of them we are permitted to view.

Last week, when I moaned that we didn’t have access to much in the way of news sites, a veteran co-worker told me of a site where I could find some local news. In exploring that website, I discovered that they post, month by month, some of the more unique police mug shots – all of them from the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

So, for 2.5 “graveyard shifts” I kept myself occupied by looking through a year’s worth of strange Phoenix police mug shots. (Each photo has an arrow to the left and right of the person’s image, allowing you to click forward or backward. And all of the mug shots are categorized by month.)

I hadn’t seen too many of these mug shots before I knew this was going to be a future blog bit at ‘F-FFF’. Maybe all y’all could show mug shots of similar characters from your neck of the woods, I don’t know. But somehow I get the feeling that most states couldn’t match Airheadzona in sheer numbers and bizarreness. I mean, here we are yakkin’ not about “dumb and dumber”, but about “dumber and dumbest”. Phoenix is a very, very special place, if you catch my drift.

Below are a few “special” police mug shots from just the month of October but, really, none of the other pictures are to be missed:

2013 – OCTOBER:
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As the website states: “Isn't this a merry group? [They] have all been indicted on bestiality charges. They're accused of engaging in sex with a dog.”
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Frankly, I think perhaps the man on the left and the woman on the right should have been charged with having sex with TWO dogs!!
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Just the other night, Brother Nappy and I watched ‘HIS GIRL FRIDAY’, a 1940 black and white movie starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy. It was really funny and the creative storyline was extremely clever. (Probably, today, only the writers of the TV series ‘Frasier’ would be capable of writing something as intelligently crafted as ‘His Girl Friday’ was.)

So, I don’t go in much for the really modern movies of today. Therefore, I never did see the 1993 movie ‘DAZED AND CONFUSED’, but perhaps you did. Apparently some dude named Jason London was in the movie and played a character named “Pink” Floyd. Well, “Pink” Floyd shows up in the FOX 10's Mug Shot Gallery for December 2012 & January 2013.

Here’s what the website commentary noted:

“Jason London was one of the stars of the movie ‘Dazed and Confused’, and according to police, it's also the best way to describe his night in Scottsdale. Now he's accused of defecating in a squad car.”
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Mr. London, “Dear boy, you look absolutely awful.” The next time you want to appear foolish, “why don't you try ‘acting’? It's so much easier.”

A  YEAR’S  WORTH  OF  STRANGE  PHOENIX  MUG  SHOTS:

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

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Friday, November 1, 2013

‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ #7 (Or, ‘FATS VS. SATCH VS. BOCEPHUS’)


[First things first... this ‘Battle Of The Bands’ blog bit is dedicated to The Countess (you know who you are). Why? Because it’s ‘ALL  SAINTS  DAY’ of course!]
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Republican Vs. Democrat, Male Vs. Female, War Vs. Peace, Light Vs. Dark, Good Vs. Evil, Man Vs. Machine, Love Vs. Hate, Dog Vs. Cat, Sun Vs. Moon, Brain Vs. Brawn, Oscar Vs. Grammy, Angel Vs. Demon, Laurel Vs. Hardy, Beer Vs. Wine, TV Vs. Radio, Pitcher Vs. Batter, Paper Vs. Plastic, Reality Vs. Fantasy, Yeshua Vs. Beelzebub, Conservative Vs. Liberal, You Vs. Me, House Vs. Senate, Offense Vs. Defense, Kramer Vs. Kramer, Spy Vs. Spy, Fischer Vs. Spassky, W.C. Fields Vs. Sobriety, Harold Gimpy, Jr. Vs. Sheldon J. Pismire, Rock Vs. Paper Vs. Scissors, Islam Vs. Everything, Singer Vs. Singer, Band Vs. Band...
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THE  BATTLE  OF  THE  BANDS!
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Shoop-Shooby –
Shooby-duh-Dooby-Doop-Dooby-Dooby-Doo-Wah –
Buh-Doo-Wah!

Yes, it’s time once again for ‘Battle Of The Bands’ ('BOTB').
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EUGENE  MARTONE  VS.  JACK  BUTLER
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Back in 1929, a Jazz piano player named FATS WALLER composed and recorded a song that has since become one of the all-time most highly recognized ‘Standards’ of American music. The song? AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’. In 2001, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ was one of 365 Songs of the Century selected by the RIAA. It is one of the most recorded songs ever, having been covered by an incredibly diverse number of singers and musicians, as mentioned at Wikipedia:
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GODZILLA  VS.  KING  KONG
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Fats Waller later performed the song in the 1943 film ‘Stormy Weather’, and this later version I find more interesting than the original recording, particularly due to the wild Jazz improvisation right at the song’s conclusion. Although this ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ (‘BOTB’) contest is primarily between a Black Jazzman (who isn’t named Fats Waller) and a White Country-Western singer, I am inviting all of you to cast your vote for the Fats Waller version of the song, if you’d like to. Listening to the Fats version is totally optional, but if you prefer it to the two featured versions I’m posting below, you can vote for it and your vote will be counted as valid in this contest. Here’s a link to the Fats Waller version from the movie ‘Stormy Weather’. Click on it if you’d like to hear the songwriter’s take on his own famous tune:
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Undoubtedly, I first heard AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ when I was a kid and my Pa would play his records. He owned a Fats Waller album that I’m sure must have included AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’. But Pa’s favorite female vocalist was Dinah Washington, and he owned and played ‘Dinah Washington Sings Fats Waller’ periodically, and that’s likely how I first became acquainted with the song. But I was too young and stoopid to appreciate it then; all I cared about back then was loud, fast electric guitars turned “up to eleven”.
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Over the decades, my taste in music changed drastically, and today I absolutely LOVE Waller’s AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (like, way more than I love ‘Come Sail Away’ by stinky Styx!)

Today’s ‘BOTB’ match-up is between LOUIS “SATCHMO” ARMSTRONG, the Jazz genius, and HANK “BOCEPHUS” WILLIAMS, JR., the Country music outlaw.

First thing you need to understand is that no musician’s shadow looms larger over the American Musical Landscape than Louis Armstrong’s shadow does. (His nickname, “Satchmo” was actually a combination of the words Satchel Mouth – because of his tremendous trumpet playing.)

SATCHMO was the single most influential musician in American history, and that’s not just my opinion but the consensus of American music scholars all across the country. Regardless of whether or not you like Jazz, you can be sure that your favorite musical genre and your favorite artists were influenced by Louis Armstrong, even if they never heard of him or a single note he ever played.

For all intents and purposes, JAZZ begins with LOUIS "SATCHMO" ARMSTRONG. It is impossible to overestimate his importance in American music. It is he who is responsible for transforming the musical genre into a virtuoso soloist's improvisational medium. It was SATCHMO who invented the vocal "scatting" technique ('HEEBIE JEEBIES') which has been employed at one time or another (with varying degrees of success) by nearly every Jazz vocalist since. It was SATCHMO who opened the door for the singers from every musical genre whose voices may have necessarily substituted "uniqueness" for classic purity and polished tones. And as far as I know, SATCHMO was the first to conceive of a "battle" between two musical instruments ('CHINATOWN, MY CHINATOWN').

ARMSTRONG was unquestionably a musical genius; years ahead of the Jazz curve, and an ideal ambassador for this genuinely American form of music.

It is my opinion that every single American ought to own at least one Louis Armstrong album, even if that album is just ‘DISNEY SONGS THE SATCHMO WAY’ (which, incidentally, I own and love!)
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Alright, let’s hear Armstrong’s version of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, eh?

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and the All Stars 1955 
Ain't Misbehavin'



When Hank Williams Jr., son of the Country-Western music legend Hank Williams, was just a little kid, his famous father nicknamed him “Bocephus”, which was the name of a then-popular ventriloquist’s dummy. Pretty funny, huh? Anyway, the nickname stuck.

BOCEPHUS made a name for himself as well in Country music because he was one of the earlier pioneers (along with the likes of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson) of what came to be called “Outlaw Country”. This was a style of Country music that bucked the Nashville trend at the time and combined Country music sensibilities with a more Rock ‘N’ Roll energy and attitude.

In 1985, Hank Williams Jr. released his album ‘FIVE-O’, which included his take on the famous Fats Waller tune, and he was nominated for ‘Best Male Country Vocal’ for his version of Ain't Misbehavin'.
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Let’s hear it:

Ain't Misbehavin' by Hank Williams Jr


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RIDDLER  VS.  BATMAN
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Alright now, you know the gig... I welcome EVERYONE to vote for their favorite of these songs in the comment section below. And feel free to tell us WHY you chose one song over the other. (NOTE: Comment Moderation is activated. All submitted comments that do not transgress "Ye Olde Comment Policy" will be posted as soon as possible. Thanks for taking the time to comment.)
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After voting here, I suggest - actually I insist - you pop over to FAE’s ‘Far Away Series’ and Arlee Bird’s ‘Tossing It Out’ blogs to see which songs they have chosen and vote there also. (If their BOTB blog bits aren’t posted yet, pour yourself two shots of ‘Grand Marnier’ over ice – do it twice – and then return to ‘Far Away Series’ and ‘Tossing It Out’ to vice your voice ...vote your vice ...voice your vote.)

Voice Your Vote @ ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ by clicking HERE.
Voice Your Vote @ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.

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Find  The  True  Purpose  For  Voting  On  ‘Battle  Of  The  Bands’  Installments:  Win  Compact  Discs!-Compact Discs!-Compact Discs!  Spectacular,  Super-Colossal  Blogosphere  ‘Battle  Of  The  Bands’  Voting  Contest!

Here’s The Deal: By voting on the ‘Battle Of The Bands’ blog bits here and at the ‘FAR AWAY SERIES’ and ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ blogs, you can win the compact disc of your choice. Every 4 months, FarAwayEyes, Arlee Bird and I will add up how many times you voted on our blogs, and the person who has participated most often (i.e., submitted the most eligible votes) will get to select one compact disc that contains any one of the songs that were included in any of our ‘Battle Of The Bands’ installments (“Super-Colossal” expensive boxed-sets, imports, and ‘out-of-print’ compact discs not included). In the event of a tie, the names will be put in a Stetson and the name drawn from the cowboy hat will win the CD.

Rules For Voting: FAE, Arlee Bird and I post new ‘Battle Of The Bands’ blog bits on the 1st and 15th of each month. We also post our own personal votes for the respective blog bits on the 7th and 21st of each month (i.e., six days later). For your vote to be counted, it must be submitted in our comment sections BEFORE we post our own votes (BEFORE we make our own votes known on the 7th and the 21st).

Every 4 months there will be a new compact disc winner. In other words, ‘Battle Of The Bands’ #1 was posted on August 1, 2013, so at the end of November, one of you lucky voters is going to win a CD that includes one of the songs we’ve featured in our ‘Battle Of The Bands’ installments (you get to choose, and it doesn’t matter if the song won or lost its battle – if you like it, it’s YOURS!)

Alright, now... VOTE ON and ROCK ON! (while we 
‘Count On...’)

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

POSTSCRIPT: If you are a blogger participating in the BOTB posts but are not involved in the vote-counting for the compact disc prize, please be sure to mention your BOTB blog bit in my Comment Section, so that others (including li’l ol’ me) will know to visit your blog and cast a vote.

Links To Previous 'BOTB' Installments:
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t Amazon.com, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.