Thursday, October 08, 2015


A few years ago HERE I rolled my eyes at the fan-created doc Springsteen & I, although it had one scene that got me:
Springsteen & I is a documentary that needs to explain why it exists, but I thought of this when I saw the great scene when the kid tells Bruce's he's been dumped, and Bruce gives him a hug. And he fucking means it.
 Of course that made me think of the famous 1980 story of him visiting a random fan's house:
Springsteen lore has it that Bruce was once spotted in a movie theater watching Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (which comments on artist/fan relations). The fan who saw him challenged Bruce to prove he didn't regard his own fans with the contempt as the Allen stand-in in the movie by coming to meet his mom and have dinner. Bruce did so and supposedly still visits the fan's mother every time he's in St Louis.
What this doesn't mention is Bruce was in awe that the kid opened HIS life up to him, just like the many, many kids who did every day:
"You meet somebody and it's like an open well. In ten minutes I'll know more about him than his mother and father do, maybe his best friend. All the things it usually takes for people to know each other just go away, because there's this feeling that it's so fleeting. They tell you the thing that's most important to them right away. It's just a real raw, emotional thing; it's like the cleanest thing you ever felt. You have a communication, a feeling, and I don't know, you just gotta love the guy. If you don't there's something the matter with you.

And it ain't some starry-eyed thing, and it ain't some Hollywood thing, and it ain't some celebrity thing. This guy, he loves you, and what's more, he knows you in a certain way. That's the thing that makes me strong. I get strong when I meet somebody like that."
And then for all my turning up my nose at the Springsteen & I doc, he drops this, hich is fucking amazing.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

This Guy...

My thoughts on Steve Rannazzisi, the guy from The League, which I've never watched, who recently had to admit he'd lied about being downtown on 9/11 are you know what, move on. He seems to genuinely be horrified at what he did, which was let a lie slip out for no discernible reason and then get sucked into having to to live out the lie for the next 14 years. I'm sure we've all done lesser, less famous versions of a lie like this. I'm sure the guilt that's eaten him up is greater than any animus from people who really did suffer because of that day could serve to him. And if you're upset that he's cutting into your share of the grief, then to me that says more about you than him. There's a lot of people out there like the guy from SNL who get to feel magnanimous and pat themselves on the back for forgiving Rannazzisi. He fucked up, and in the end it's not like it changes anything about 9/11 for the better or worse. There have been bigger monsters throughout history than this guy.


Nice story from Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, who was the Yankees backup for a coupla years but always seemed to get hurt (twice, I believe, on his birthday.) Every Yankees fan loved him; can't imagine any of us not happy for his success with the Pirates.

Children at Play

In 2008 I wrote, probably rather sexily, this:
But one thing that still sticks in my craw is being reminded of Bush as a dress-up cowboy wannabe pretender. What did we expect, after all – this a guy that dresses up to play cheerleader, dresses up to play pretend oil man and dresses up to play cowboy on his “ranch.” His tea party dress-up Lorenzo Charles moment being, of course, putting on his flight suit costume for “Mission Accomplished.” I’m surprised nobody’s walked in on him in the Oval Office in full KISS makeup wailing air guitar to “Detroit Rock City.”
Te right's fascination with being movie tough guys with guns may be sort of the same thing, a dress-up fantasy:
While Trump and Carson may have personalities that are polar opposites in terms of temperament, they do have a couple of important things in common (besides crackpot politics).  They are both outrageously arrogant and they both see themselves as Hollywood-style heroes. This notion they are personally so tough that if anyone threatened them with a gun, they’d either out-draw them or inspire everyone to run straight into a hail of bullets, is ludicrous. Neither of these men are trained military veterans or have any professional experience with firearms — except in their own Walter Mitty fantasies. These comments are embarrassing for both of them... They see themselves as heroes like Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson protecting themselves and society at large from violent predators. In fact, Dirty Harry and Bronson’s vigilante were criminals.

On an aside, this is right on too:
Ben Carson, the Republican presidential candidate, said on Tuesday that victims of mass shootings should not be timid during attacks, imagining that if he were facing a raging gunman, “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.”
The remarks on Fox News came a week after a gunman entered a community college classroom in Oregon and opened fire on students after asking them about their religion. Mr. Carson said that he would defend his faith at any cost and that if he had been in that classroom he would not have cooperated.
“I would say: ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all,’” Mr. Carson, a conservative who has been rising in recent polls, said.
That’s very impressive. I’m sure Carson had a lot to teach the victims about how they should have behaved more bravely in the face of an armed madman bent on killing them.   One of them, a veteran who tried to keep the shooter out of the room, did live, so perhaps Carson can tell him all about what he did wrong when he’s out of the hospital.  As for defending his faith at any cost and committing suicide rather than cooperate, well let’s just say that makes him someone who has more in common with Islamic fundamentalists than he might be comfortable with.
Fucking idiot.
The Gaslight Anthem’s classic (?) The ’59 Sound is over-the-top overwrought almost to a comical point, but it gets me every time and a great chorus is a great chorus and OMG look who also likes it my bff Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen!!!

Monday, October 05, 2015


To guys like me the numbers 2541 have always meant a lot; The Replacements' Tim was recorded there along with Husker Du's New Day Rising, the Minneapolis one that started it all, The Trashmen's Surfin' Bird, and so much more. And of course Grant Hart summed its ending up perfectly at the end:
Hart, in surveying the demise of his band, isn’t looking at particular people or recounting specific actions, but taking inventory of the packed moving boxes by the front door. “Now everything is over, now everything is done,” he sings. “Everything’s in boxes at twenty-five forty-one.”

Awesome du Jour

NASA's released 8,400 hi-res photos from the Apollo program.

In America, Cont. Again.

Yesterday HERE I opined, as much as someone like me can opine, this:
t some point we have to wonder if this is yet another racist dog whistle that we’re all inured to, “The fabric of our culture” being a percentage of white males who like being white males & staying in power. 
Today a writer over at Salon said kind of the same thing: 
For conservatives, hanging onto guns is a way to symbolically hang onto the cultural dominance they feel slipping from their hands.
I've also been arguing on the sidelines that the total removal of guns has no opportunity cost since they serve one purpose and one purpose only, killing. Which the Salon guys agrees with:
The point of this rhetoric is to distract from the fact that guns were invented for the sole purpose of killing. Instead, Huckabee is invoking the framework where  the gun is actually a symbol of all that conservatives hold dear instead of what they really are, which is weapons that have no use outside of being weapons.

People who wear a homburg ranked, from l-r.

Sunday, October 04, 2015


Each remastering of Beatles albums reveals that, incredibly, Paul McCartney was an even better bass player than we'd thought. Wow.

In America, Cont.

I’d like to revisit the idea of “oh fuck it, it’s part of the fabric of our culture" when it comes to guns in America.  I think it’s just become something we automatically say without actually thinking about it. I don’t feel like it’s a part of who I am. And I bet there’s a lot of people out there who would say the same (I don’t wanna be sexist here, but how many woman are really pumped up about guns?) I’d wager that the number of people who actually feel that guns are a big part of their culture and what America means to them would not be big enough to label it as being such a large part of the fabric of America. But there’s somehow an implication that a guy in Idaho taking a selfie with his rifle is more American than I am. He is not. The guys waving their AK-47s around at Chipolte are not more “American” than me. At some point we have to wonder if this is yet another racist dog whistle that we’re all inured to, “The fabric of our culture” being a percentage of white males who like being white males & staying in power. I’m not sure the white guy in Idaho is as willing to fight for the Chicago black guy’s right for a gun.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

In America, Cont. $$$

At this point the NRA looks like a billionaire miser desperate to do anything to not lose a nickel, all while even more billions pile into their bank account. With a gun count over 300 million and rising in America, your spidey senses should be tingling to tell you that it's not about people protecting themselves, and our rights, and America's culture, but about exactly one thing: selling guns.

In America

One day, probably not in our lifetime, enough mass killings will have added up to make America finally abolish guns. And the irony will be that it won't be because of pinko-commie liberal hippies like me, but because of so-called "responsible" gun-owners who demanded the rights of extremists be protected in the form of mass proliferation, automatic weapons, "everyone should be armed everywhere" beliefs so that the killings kept occurring.  But hey, they're the "good guys", of course.

Only Fools and Horses du Jour

This has to be the funniest longish scene without Del Boy; the way Boycie says "Ghostbusters" kills me every time.

In America.

Prayers in the aftermath of a mass shooting are wasted; even worse, they're silly. Particularly when there is in fact a fairly clear-cut way to prevent those very shootings.

Friday, October 02, 2015

In America.

Our devotion to guns is a unique thing. Plenty of people love cars, but I’ve never heard anyone say “hey, as a safe, responsible driver there’s no way I’m gonna let you take away a person’s right to drive 100mph completely wasted.”

Thursday, October 01, 2015

"Man's Assault on Freedom, Jesus and Jesus' Scrappy, Lovable Sidekick Baby Jesus Continues."

"This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are...
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Only Fools and Horses du Jour

I could listen to Del say "there is a rhino loose in the city" over and over all day. Kills me.

Theres A Rhino Loose In The City by em011

Monday, September 28, 2015

In America

The VICE thing on HBO about prisons is totally depressing. After slavery and Jim Crow, the War on Drugs comes off as a younger sibling’s screeching, “hey, I wanna be racist too!”

Oh, Curt

If you were worried Curt Schilling hasn't been acting like a jackass since his suspension, you can relax now.

Live Forever

The rumor mill has Oasis getting back together.  I don't consider myself nostalgic for the 90's but this does take me back.