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I am in the process of moving The Last Thing … .
New posts will be posted HERE and I will keep this site up as an archive for a little while longer while I decide whether or not I’m going to move the really, really outdated stuff or just kill it (actually there are linkbacks to this site, so those posts I can’t kill quite yet until I figure out what I am going to do with them).
Filed under: music, Oklahoma | Tags: "99 Red Balloons", 1980s, 7 Seconds, Amy Winehouse, Nena, old-geezerism, The Specials
Tremendous work and pretty comprehensive, an awesomazing primer on virtually all the stuff that today’s kids should be considering roots music. Although I chided (hopefully gently, I tried not to be mean, but that doesn’t always work) the author about one of my very favorite old bands not making the cut since their debut album was a relic from the bitter tail end of the 1970s (The Specials, whose debut came out in 1979. The link takes you to the song “Hey, Little Rich Girl,” which Amy Winehouse, in my view, utterly destroys despite her terrific voice. But you be the judge — I linked both versions).
I should have asked in my comment about my curiosity as to why 7 Seconds’ version of “99 Red Balloons” got listed there instead of Nena‘s version (the English version of the song appears to have been removed from YouTube). It was a one hit wonder, sure, but when it was up there I remember it being all over MTV (when it was still, you know, interesting. It certainly isn’t now) and the radio. Hell, I still have the 45 rpm single (English on one side, German on the other).
Sadly, it’s a song that still carries some resonance in the post-Nine Eleven world. OTOH, the end of the world as we know it was never quite so catchy and sung by such a sexy little pop-tart.
Anyway go read it and the rest of Oklahoma Lefty‘s blog.
I cannot make up my mind whether or not to join Twitter.
I follow a few Twitter feeds, but I am not sure it’s for me. One, I’m long winded. Two, it isn’t like I update this thing on a daily basis, what makes anyone think I’m going to log onto Twitter every day and answer the dear question, “What are you doing?”
So, what am I doing? I’m sitting on my ass at my desk in the kitchen at home which is redolent of Nag Champa and dinner that was eaten several hours ago (I took off work Friday). I have a cold, I’m kind of pissed off and I have a headache. The TV’s off (actually the TV’s about to be sold) and the BBC World Service is on. I may or may not rack out soon.
I think I’ll skip it.
This is what the Sooners get for playing conservative. What happened to that daring, dangerous, no-holds-barred offense? Did it overdose on sickly-sweet holiday munchies or something?
Oh, great (you’ve seen some of the video on Olbermann, you’ve read about it at about probably half a dozen other places too, but I’ll only link 2 and the first link, which is from feministing.com, is way way more interesting).
Now that Election ’08 (and ’08 itself) are history I was really hoping that Que Sarah Sarah would go back to Alaska and, I dunno, do her guv’ner thing, but I guess not. In fact the Cult of Sarah seems to have been emboldened (can’t help but notice you have to register and login to read a lot of the content. Is this perhaps the reason for that?)
But back to the first thing, the nine-minute video interview conducted by John Ziegler. Why does it not surprise me that someone who blames the “media” for her downfall would go cry about it to someone who is a member of the media (granted, a conservative-slanting documentarian, but still — media!)
We aren’t as dumb as we look, perhaps. When a sitting governor of a state can’t answer a *direct* question from CBS’ Katie Couric as to what newspapers she reads and which newspapers shape her worldview told most Americans that this perhaps shouldn’t be a person who would be a heartbeat away from the Presidency.
Why blame the media for dumping on Palin for coming off the way she did when all she had to do was open her mouth?
Maybe Palin *shouldn’t* go away from the limelight yet. She’s a very good illustration of the schism between “normal” Republicans and what the WaPo’s Kathleen Parker called the “evangelical, right wing oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP.”
She’s very good at “removing all doubt,” if you know what I mean. And by removing all doubt, maybe the continued exposure to sunlight will cleanse the nation of the aforementioned “oogedy-boogedy” ones.
[UPDATE: Meant to add this LINK last night (Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic). Old but worth it as a refresher!]
I’m sorry, I feel like being a bitch and saying I TOLD YOU SO. The post is called “Are Six On the Way Out?” Scroll past the trade stuff and read the bullet points … although the trade stuff isn’t really surprising either, except for Desmond Mason’s name being kicked about in trade speculation. But … but … he’s an OSU Cowboy! He’s one of us (even if his college days are now really really really small in the rearview mirror, and he’s not really “one of us” since he was born in Waxahatchie, Texas.
I can’t say I enjoy seeing the Thunder get absolutely clowned on ESPN every night (that is, if ESPN bothers to even show highlights of whatever team the Thunder is playing against) because, in the eyes of some, by clowning the Thunder, by extenstion you also clown Oklahoma City (I don’t feel that way, but I know a few people that do. I thought Oklahoma as a whole has clowned itself pretty badly by turning extra extra red, but this isn’t a political post). You had to know that this wasn’t going to be a picnic — or instant respect for Oklahoma’s capital city. I hate to say it but OKC has had it coming given how the Thunder — once the Seattle Supersonics* — got here.
Let’s face it. The only sport that the majority of Oklahomans still care about is OU Sooners football — which itself has a lot to prove in the BCS Championship Game in a week against Florida. Did the owners of the Thunder (at least one of whom is a bigtime donor to his alma mater) think they’d really undo generation upon generation of college football love by bringing NBA basketball here?
What were they thinking?
*Footnote: This post is quite old and assumes an Oklahoma City team would play in the Southwest Division. The Thunder, in fact, are still part of the Northwest Division despite the fact they are now geographically nowhere near the Northwest. But neither are division rivals Denver and Minnesota. The NBA — Where Geographical Confusion Happens, I suppose.
Filed under: mindless babble | Tags: Happy Holidays, Max Blumenthal, Seasons Greetings, The Daily Beast, War on Christmas
The origins of the “War On Christmas” according to Max Blumenthal. (The Daily Beast — two page article)
I’d like to know what happened to “Seasons Greetings” myself. That’s all-inclusive too (although it’s probably better for cards and signage … spoken, it sounds kind of awkward). And since “Happy Holidays” is demonized, maybe “Seasons Greetings” should come back?
However you celebrate the last week or two of December, enjoy yourself.