Hm…

“Right here! Get Set! Point! Fire!”

Sounds like bullshit to me.  Bonus points to anyone who can figure out WHY I say that.

Studs Turkel is still our kind of troublemaker

Who knew the old guy was still kicking up so much dust?

On May 22, 2006, Terkel, along with other plaintiffs, filed a suit in federal district court against AT&T to stop them from giving customer phone records to the National Security Agency without a court order.
“Having been blacklisted from working in television during the McCarthy era, I know the harm of government using private corporations to intrude into the lives of innocent Americans,” Terkel said in a statement. “When government uses the telephone companies to create massive databases of all our phone calls it has gone too far.”

If you don’t know who I am talking about, you need to read some of his stuff.

There’s plenty to choose from:

• Giants of Jazz – 1957
• Division Street: America – 1967
• Hard Times (an oral history of the Great Depression) – 1970
• Working – 1974
• The Good War – 1984
• Chicago – 1986
• The Great Divide: Second Thoughts on the American Dream – 1988
• Race: What Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession – 1992
• Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who’ve Lived It – 1995
• Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times – 1995
• My American Century – 1997
• The Spectator: Talk About Movies and Plays With Those Who Make Them – 1999
• Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Reflections on Death, Rebirth and Hunger for a Faith – 2001
• Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times – 2003
• And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey – 2005

see? Pick one. Pick several.

Sometimes I crack me up

Found this old entry while creating a new category for my entries.

Someone pointed out to me that there are five-eight videos online at Launch.com. Here is a link to the artist page.

What’s so flattering is the “People who liked this album also liked…” list.

Four REM albums? London Calling? Two Radiohead records? I am flattered beyond my most egoistic imaginings. That’s pretty strong company. I love ALL of those albums.

Geez.

What I expected to see was “People who like this album also liked:

•Rubbing their faces with dirt and rocks.
•Drinking cheap gin and drunk-dialing ex-girlfriends at 2am.
•masturbating furtively.
•Torturing other people with their agonizing poetry.
•Crap.”

Still in Indiana

It’s kind of nice up here. Hotter than usual, they tell me, which feels just like home, so I am not complaining too much.

Still running around seeing as much of the missus’ family as time will allow.

There’s a whole slew of them, y’know.

And yes, today is my birt’day. And I am planning on having some Peruvian food for supper and watching a movie with my lovely wife.

Probably light posting as we criss-cross the Indianapolis metro area seeing cousins and stuff. Have a good one, folks.

I bet you didn’t know this…

How did San Francisco become such a gay-friendly city?

The military?

As it turns out, the military is the main reason so many gay men settled in San Francisco. During World War II, the United States armed forces “sought out and dishonorably discharged” homosexuals. Many men who were expelled for being gay were processed at San Francisco bases.

There’s more and there are links at the site of the original article. Who knew?

Torture in Tennessee

I got an email from a trusted friend the other day. I am posting it here. That audio link is broken and I am trying to track down another.

Forgive me if you’re already familiar with this story, as it’s over a year old. It involves a surreptitious tape recording and transcript of police in Tennessee torturing an alledged drug dealer as they demand a signature on a search consent form.

If you have the stomach for it I recommend that you listen to the linked MP3 while reading the (PDF) transcript:

http://wms.scripps.com/knoxville/siler/siler.mp3
http://web.knoxnews.com/pdf/silertranscript.pdf

Just to give full credit, here’s the path that led me to this vignette of life in America:

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2006/05/07.html#a8193
http://gaelicstarover.blogspot.com/2006/05/torture-comes-home.html
http://www.theagitator.com/archives/026505.php#026505