Chris Matthews is a fraud, not a journalist and he is very balanced toward the GOP but not when it comes to Democrats. Howard Dean points out (and handles the situation easily) that Matthews obsession with the Clinton's personal life is silly and gossip and nothing else. I wonder if Chris is going to be as interested in John McCain'spersonal life? Like having an affair while married? Nah, why would Matthews be interested in that it's just gossip about a Republican. Or if McCain is so close to his wife why didn't he know she had an addiction?
I personally don't care what a politician does between the sheets, or doesn't do for that matter, but it does show how the "liberal" media (one of the most idiotic terms ever invented) really do have a double standard and bias. As for conservatives calling the moderate Bill and Hillary Clinton liberal, that would be funny if they didn't actually believe it was true.
From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for George Harrison featuring Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Prince playing a ripping guitar solo at the end. Well worth viewing if you haven't seen it yet.
One of my favorites, George Carlin, explains his views of organized religion. If you are easily upset and are a follower of one of the three Middle Eastern "Sky God" religions as Gore Vidal calls them then I wouldn't watch it.
When was the last time you heard about a terror alert? It just popped into my mind today that we haven't had one in quite a while. Maybe I have just missed them. Here is a great report Keith Olbermann aired last October on the subject.
Movie trailer for the Nick Cave penned Australian western The Proposition starring Guy Pearce, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Emily Watson.
Although I am a huge fan of Nick's I would still be going to see the film even if he had nothing to do with it because I like westerns and it is getting excellent reviews. Besides having it set in Australia is just a plus.
Here are some of my favorite westerns: The Wild Bunch Little Big Man Once Upon A Time In The West Open Range Unforgiven The Missouri Breaks Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid The Good, The Bad & The Ugly The Ox-Bow Incident Dances With Wolves
My brother says Kevin Costner should only make westerns and nothing else while I don't go that far I do think there is some merit to it.
From the SF Chronicle here is a short interview with Nick Cave promoting the film.
Love and loss. Retribution and redemption. Violence and death. All these are familiar themes to Nick Cave, who has explored them in dark dirges, howling cris de coeur and tender ballads for the better part of his 48 years. It's also the territory that the singer-songwriter mines in the screenplay he wrote for "The Proposition," the stark morality play/Western that's set in late 19th century Australia.
Cave isn't a stranger to films. He performed in Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire" (1987) and co-wrote and acted in "Ghosts ... of the Civil Dead" (1988). Fellow Australian John Hillcoat, who directed "Ghosts," again paired up with Cave for "The Proposition."
Cave spoke with The Chronicle from a studio in London, where he is recording music for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," directed by Andrew Dominik (who also directed "Chopper") and starring Brad Pitt as the notorious outlaw.
Q: How would you compare writing songs to writing a screenplay?
A: This screenplay seemed a lot easier to me, mostly because it was just something that I was doing for somebody else, I think. I felt like I was just realizing someone else's ideas, and that's always a lot easier than realizing your own (laughs).
Q: What do you think distinguishes your story from other Westerns?
A: The films that were made in Australia about that era were usually kind of biopics about known bush rangers, as the Irish outlaws are called, people like Ned Kelly and Mad Dog Morgan. So this, for an Australian film, is actually something that Australia's never seen before. It's very much, to me, about how Australians see their history, and it's a very conflicted, muddled view of history that we have. Especially certain aspects of it, like our treatment of the indigenous population.
Q: You're a singer-songwriter, you've written a novel, scripts, plays, poems, you've acted and you've studied painting. Professionally, is there anything that strikes your fancy that you haven't done yet?
A: It's not that I sit around and try to think of new things to do. Basically, most of those things that you're talking about are kind of accidental and are really people asking me to do things, so I give it a shot. Even being a musician started off that way. I had no interest in being in a band or anything like that -- I was just asked at school when I was 15 or something to sing in a band. No one wanted to be the singer, so they got me to do it. I don't really have any idea of where things are going from one day to the next. I'm very much dedicated now to songwriting and being a musician, especially after this excursion into the film world has left me kind of scurrying back to music (laughs).
Q: Why is that?
A: Well, because I feel like I have a little bit of control over my career in music. I kind of call the shots and can do what I like.
Q: Still, it seems that you have taken a liking to scriptwriting.
A: I have written another script, yeah, for John Hillcoat. It's about a sexually incontinent hand cream salesman played by Ray Winstone. It's very different from "The Proposition" in every way except that it may possibly have some of the same cast.
Q: Is this a welcome change for you, to move away from something so dark?
A: Oh, it's dark. It makes "The Proposition" kind of look like, I don't know, a comedy (laughs). It's not violent, but it's pretty sad. It's a weepie.
The GOP's favorite "Democrat" Senator, Joe Lieberman, is being challenged by Ned Lamont. Lamont got more than enough votes at the state convention to challenge ol' smoking Joe in the primary. This video is Joe's waking nightmare. Enjoy it.
These so called "moderate" Democrat's or as most people would call them Republican Lite's want a top down Democratic party. All they do is lose elections and stand for almost nothing of real Democratic party values.
We are the party of FDR. They seem to forget that as they chase that illusionary "center" that is not as right wing as they think it is.
T. Rex mania swept the U.K. in 1971 after the release of this record featuring the classic (much overplayed on radio even though I never seem to tire of it) song Bang A Gong (Get It On) which jump started the glam rock craze of the early 70's.
Judging by the cover of the record you would think it was an all out electric assault but it is filled with quite a few mellow songs and many acoustic guitars, strings and heavenly back up vocals. Marc Bolan took the spirit of 50's rock & roll threw in some hippie cosmic mystical imagery, an unencumbered confidence and a healthy dose of sexual swagger all wrapped in a glorious production job by Tony Visconti (who would go on to produce many classics for one David Bowie) to make himself a star with Electric Warrior.
My background: For 22 and 1/2 years I worked as an AT&T technician, first in New York and then in California.
What I observed first-hand:
In 2002, when I was working in an AT&T office in San Francisco, the site manager told me to expect a visit from a National Security Agency agent, who was to interview a management-level technician for a special job. The agent came, and by chance I met him and directed him to the appropriate people.
In January 2003, I, along with others, toured the AT&T central office on Folsom Street in San Francisco -- actually three floors of an SBC building. There I saw a new room being built adjacent to the 4ESS switch room where the public's phone calls are routed. I learned that the person whom the NSA interviewed for the secret job was the person working to install equipment in this room. The regular technician work force was not allowed in the room.
In October 2003, the company transferred me to the San Francisco building to oversee the Worldnet Internet room, which included large routers, racks of modems for customers' dial-in services, and other equipment. I was responsible for troubleshooting problems on the fiber optic circuits and installing new circuits.
While doing my job, I learned that fiber optic cables from the secret room were tapping into the Worldnet circuits by splitting off a portion of the light signal. I saw this in a design document available to me, entitled "Study Group 3, LGX/Splitter Wiring, San Francisco" dated Dec. 10, 2002. I also saw design documents dated Jan. 13, 2004 and Jan. 24, 2003, which instructed technicians on connecting some of the already in-service circuits to the "splitter" cabinet, which diverts some of the light signal to the secret room. The circuits listed were the Peering Links, which connect Worldnet with other networks and hence the whole country, as well as the rest of the world.
One of the documents listed the equipment installed in the secret room, and this list included a Narus STA 6400, which is a "Semantic Traffic Analyzer". The Narus STA technology is known to be used particularly by government intelligence agencies because of its ability to sift through large amounts of data looking for preprogrammed targets. The company's advertising boasts that its technology "captures comprehensive customer usage data ... and transforms it into actionable information.... (It) provides complete visibility for all internet applications." My job required me to connect new circuits to the "splitter" cabinet and get them up and running. While working on a particularly difficult one with a technician back East, I learned that other such "splitter" cabinets were being installed in other cities, including Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego.What is the significance and why is it important to bring these facts to light?
Based on my understanding of the connections and equipment at issue, it appears the NSA is capable of conducting what amounts to vacuum-cleaner surveillance of all the data crossing the internet -- whether that be peoples' e-mail, web surfing or any other data.
Given the public debate about the constitutionality of the Bush administration's spying on U.S. citizens without obtaining a FISA warrant, I think it is critical that this information be brought out into the open, and that the American people be told the truth about the extent of the administration's warrantless surveillance practices, particularly as it relates to the internet.
Despite what we are hearing, and considering the public track record of this administration, I simply do not believe their claims that the NSA's spying program is really limited to foreign communications or is otherwise consistent with the NSA's charter or with FISA. And unlike the controversy over targeted wiretaps of individuals' phone calls, this potential spying appears to be applied wholesale to all sorts of internet communications of countless citizens.
Just for some background information, I am on SBC DSL and I live in the SF bay area, it goes without saying that many of the sites I have visited, emails I have sent and posts I have made would fall into the category of "subversive", to put it mildly, to the Bush/Neo-con administration currently destroying the country.
There is no doubt that there are millions of people in this country that would be considered "subversive" as well.
I am presenting the first ever Sheer Golden Hooks unintentionally hilarious video award to this woman. I have no idea who she is but she is very deserving. She displays the "deep" and "informed" thought that passes for intelligent and critical thinking of conservatives today. The question can now be answered, in part at least, about what kind of people still support George Bush. She is the poster child of the 29% and still falling poll numbers.
Keep this in mind as you enjoy the video.....
Cognitive dissonance: The theory of cognitive dissonance holds that contradicting cognitions serve as a driving force that compels the mind to acquire or invent new thoughts or beliefs, or to modify existing beliefs, so as to reduce the amount of dissonance (conflict) between cognitions.
I had this video of Open Your Eyes by The Lords Of The New Church on a couple of months ago and it was pulled from youtube.com really quickly so here it is again. More timely than even that short time ago I would say.
Video games train the kids for war. Army chic in high-fashion stores. Law and order's done their job. Prisons filled while the rich still rob. Assassination politics. Violence rules within' our nation's midst. Well ignorance is their power tool. You'll only know what they want you to know. The television cannot lie. Controlling media with smokescreen eyes. Nuclear politicians picture show. The acting's lousy but the blind don't know.
Open your eyes see the lies right in front of ya. Open your eyes.....
They scare us all with threats of war. So we forget just how bad things are. You taste the fear when you're all alone. They gonna git'cha when you're on your own. The silence of conspiracy. Slaughtered on the altar of apathy. You gotta wake up from your sleep. 'Cause meek inherits earth...six feet deep. Open your eyes see the lies right in front of ya. Open your eyes.....
I remember this video when it first came out it got a decent amount of airplay on MTV.
Grant McLennan of the Go-Betweens was found dead on Saturday, May 6th, he apparently died in his sleep at the age of 48. Very sad news. Although I like the Go-Betweens I don't have any of their albums, but I do have Grant's solo record Watershed and the two albums he did with Steve Kilbey as Jack Frost which I like very, very much.
I happened to catch Ebert & Roeper last night just in time to hear them review John Hillcoat's new film The Proposition written by Nick Cave. They mentioned that he wrote the screenplay and the wonderful atmospheric score while giving it two thumbs up. They also mentioned that it was a violent western with great acting and cast, with no real "good guys."
I am looking forward to seeing it but it doesn't seem to be distributed very well as it isn't coming close to my area until May 26th. Ebert did mention on the show he gets many emails from people saying that if it weren't for dvd they wouldn't be able to see many of the movies he recommends. He said something about multiplexes of stupidity in response and how horrible film distribution is in this country.
I am a big Doors fan so it was interesting to read that they are taking a page out of the Beatles playbook by releasing a book called The Doors by The Doors compiled with Ben Fong-Torres, a theatrical documentary produced by Dick Wolf of Law & Order fame and apparently this also:
"In October, Rhino will release a new box set. The box will contain two-disc sets of every studio album--a CD with new stereo mixes by Botnick as well as freshly remastered classic mixes, and a DVD with 5.1 and 96k stereo mixes of the album along with outtakes, alternate takes and video clips."
I don't like new mixes of old material, I think it is like coloring black and white films which is really stupid and ridiculous looking as well, it was mixed that way for a reason and quite frankly there is no way to improve them in my opinion. They hold up very well as does the production by Paul Rothchild which is why the group doesn't sound dated like many others from that era. What are they going to do add more bass to make it sound "contemporary" as some might call it?
I have the newest remasters of all the studio albums that were done in 1999 by Bruce Botnick who was the original engineer on the records and they sound fantastic (because they were done with the original masters rather than a copy of a copy of a copy of an LP master and with better techniques as well) so I see no need to buy them all over again. I will be buying the book however and if it is as good as the Beatles Anthology I will be very happy.
Transglobal Underground make a nice fusion of electronic "dance music" with Arabic, African and Asian world music influences. I like this cd quite a bit and have had it since it came out in 96'. I also have a few cd's of the Six Degrees Records label out of the bay area which specializes in electronic/world fusion records.
Here is Boss Tabla featuring the vocals of Natacha Atlas for you to check out.
Greg Kihn was the popular bay area artist who was a constantly recording/touring cult act signed with Beserkley Records until the top 20 hit The Breakup Song (They Don't Write Em') in 1981 and then he really hit the big time with the 1983 number two hit Jeopardy. He wrote really good, mainly 60's influenced melodic guitar (power?) pop that holds up quite well over twenty years later. Nuthin' fancy...just good music. Try it you might like it.
Sheer Golden Hooks is primarily a music blog but I do comment on movies as well as current events and politics more than occasionally. With Bush and the Neo-Cons in office the occasion arises by the minute. All music is put up for sampling purposes only.
If you hear something you like purchase it at your local record store or online just like I do. Comments and feedback are appreciated. Email Scott at sheergoldenhooks at yahoo dot com.