Friday, August 31, 2007

DBT WIR 8/31/07

Patterson Hood

Patterson shows his environmental side with an interview by Black Warrior River Keeper:

Drive-By Truckers and Riverkeeper

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Isbell hops off the truck-

MyFox Birmingham | Jason Isbell LIVE at Stokin’ the Fire

Check Jason's ABAAC outtake Drop Your Weapon. Freakin' love this song.

YouTube - Jason Isbell - Psycho Killer

Jason and the boys will be play at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2007


Sons of Roswell

Go listen to Sons of Roswell on MyTracks


Skynyrd fan found in phone book |

"Where's Bernie There are times when you come across a discovery so colossal, so monumental that you have to drop everything you're doing and check it out. This occurred the other day, and it was in - of all places - the phone book. That's where I found the following name: Leonard Skynard. I kid you not. Granted, the spelling is different from the legendary Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, but I knew it couldn't possibly be a coincidence. So, I dropped everything I was doing. That's right, I dropped ... I dropped - OK, so I wasn't doing anything."

Shine A Light - Trailer

Posted Aug 20, 2007

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and the world's greatest rock 'n roll band, The Rolling Stones, unite to bring audiences the musical film event, "Shine A Light," a look at The Rolling Stones, the band that defined the very idea of what a rock & roll band is, live through the eyes of Scorsese.


Satellite radio adds Grateful Dead:

"A new channel devoted entirely to the Grateful Dead debuts Sept. 7 on Sirius Satellite Radio, beginning with the broadcast of a rare 1974 performance by the band at the Hollywood Bowl, the company announced Wednesday. 'This is gonna be one fun channel,' Dead guitarist Bob Weir said in announcing the station. 'We, the guys in the band, get to be involved as much as we can and we'll make sure it's fun. We want the fans to be involved as well.'"

CBGB Founder Hilly Kristal Dies at 75:

"Hilly Kristal, whose dank Bowery rock club CBGB served as the birthplace of the punk rock movement and a launching pad for bands like the Ramones, Blondie and the Talking Heads, has died. He was 75. Kristal, who lost a bitter fight last year to stop the club's eviction from its home of 33 years, died Tuesday at Cabrini Hospital after a battle with lung cancer, his son Mark Dana Kristal said Wednesday."

Northern New Jersey!:

"Bruce Springsteen will kick off his “Magic” tour with the E Street Band on Oct. 2, a tour that includes stops at both Continental Airlines Arena and Madison Square Garde

Pathologist: Doctor killed Beethoven

VIENNA, Austria - Did someone kill Beethoven? A Viennese pathologist claims the composer's physician did — inadvertently overdosing him with lead in a case of a cure that went wrong

Rock pioneer Bo Diddley suffers heart attack:

"LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ailing rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley suffered a heart attack while undergoing a medical check-up, and is in stable condition in a Florida hospital, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday."

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Pig on a Spit

I never realized that so many Republican Congressmen were stalking the public toilets of America.

If you've got to number 1 or number 2 or the dreaded number 3 fellas.... you better hold it til you get home... unless you live with a Republican Congressman then you're screwed.... literally.

Daily Kos: My Uncomfortable Experience in a Public Mens Room

Two weeks ago, the kids and I went on a trip to visit friends in San Antonio, Texas. On the way we stopped at a rest area just off the interstate. What happened next made me very uneasy...

I was drinking coffee heavily so that I would stay awake and needed to relieve myself pretty badly. I pulled into a rest area, locked the car doors, left the kids sleeping in the car, and went into the restroom. When I entered I noticed it was unoccupied except for a pair of sneakers visible under the second stall.

As I unzipped at one of the urinals and began to relieve my burning bladder I heard a voice say "Hey, what's up?". I looked around and there was no one else in the restroom. After a moments hesitation, I answered "Not much".

A little time went by and he says, "What ya doing?".

I didn't feel very comfortable talking to someone in a stall but I didn't want to be rude and answered, "Uh...we are heading to San Antonio to visit friends."

"Want to come over?", he says.

At this point I am really uncomfortable and I finish up and scoot over to the sink to wash up. "No I don't think so.", I replied. Wow, was this something else. I had never even had someone next to me with a wide stance before and now I've got someone in the stall asking me over!

As I reached for the paper towels to dry my hands I hear, "Hey man, can I call you back? There's some asshole in the bathroom answering every thing I say."


It's even worse across the pond where the Conservative Whirly Whigs or whatever the hell English Republicans are called are hardcore looking for some 'pig-on-a-spit' action.

Oh the humanity.


Enough about Republicans.

How about a very cool Democrats. The honorable Russ Feindgold (D-WI)

One of our best stating "My President Will be...."

Join in the fun.

He's a Dylan fan too.


Why Republicans should never be in power again:


Does what ever a spider can?

Boffins Net Secret To Real-Life Spider-Man Suit:

"Ever dreamed of scaling a city skyscraper like Spider-Man? Well, scientists say they are getting close to designing a real-life 'Spider-Man suit' which would allow the wearer to stick to the side of buildings. Coming to a skyscraper near you... Coming to a skyscraper near you... The breakthrough came after research into a microscopic 'velcro' used by real spiders, which allows them to cling to smooth surfaces while being easy to detach."


Any ladies looking to shack? I'll be homeless in a couple of months and I clean a mean toilet.

Boyfriends Do More Housework Than Husbands:

"Married men do less housework than live-in boyfriends, finds an international survey."


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Randy Mob

This movie promise much hilarity. I'm anxious to see it.

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.

Randy & the Mob


Three Down, Two to Go


This survey is bullshite. They list SF #1 and this is the WORST place if you are single and hetero and looking. If you're gay or single and not looking, maybe but who the hell ain't looking if yer single?

I love my city dearly but the dating scene sucks.

Best Cities For Singles



The hipster doofuseseses are out in the desert being dirty and artsy for the annual Burning Man festival.

Somebody wanted to get the party started a wee tad early.

Twirl the pain away my pretties, twirl the pain away.

Burning Man's icon goes up in flames, 4 days prematurely

My coworker sent me this email the other day in honor of BM:

  • Before eating any food, drop it in a sandbox and lick a battery.
  • Stack all your fans in one corner of the living room. Put on your most fabulous outfit. Turn the fans on full blast. Dump a vacuum cleaner bag in front of them.
  • Buy a new set of expensive camping gear. Break it.
  • Get so drunk you can't recognize your own house. Walk slowly around the block for five hours.
  • Have a 3 a.m. soul-baring conversation with a drag nun in platforms, a crocodile and Bugs Bunny. Be unable to tell if you're hallucinating. Lust after Bugs Bunny.
  • Cut, burn, electrocute, bruise, and sunburn various parts of your body. Forget how you did it. Don't go to a doctor.
  • Pay an escort of your affectional preference subset to not bathe for five days, cover themselves in glitter, dust, and sunscreen, wear a skanky neon wig, dance close naked, then say they have a lover back home at the end of the night.
  • _______

    All hail the mightiest, most wondrous... I'm getting a bit misty here... you'll have to excuse me... just read and by awed....

    Click through the link to see YouTubage on "The Device"

    Beer Machine Makes Beer - Geekologie


    Tuesday, August 28, 2007

    Heart ons and Mindlessness

    Fredo has left the building.... or has he?

    Maybe he doesn't recall?

    Daily Kos: Gonzales Does Not Remember Resigning:

    "Washington, Aug. 27 (crAP) -- Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, five minutes after having submitted his resignation to President George W. Bush, was asked by a passer-by whether the rumor was true that he had resigned. 'I have no memory of having submitted such a letter or of having any conversation with the President about anything at all,' Mr. Gonzales replied. The former Attorney General immediately returned to his office at the Department of Justice, though he could not remember what he was supposed to do there."

    Why does Rove leave one week and Fredo leave the next? Could it be a little something called oversight? Hmmm? Maybe a little check and a little balance? Hmm, hmmm?

    Yeah, something is amiss.

    Fired attorney: Rove, Gonzales resignations 'absolutely linked':

    "Like President Bush's top political adviser, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned to avoid encroaching Congressional investigations, a fired federal prosecutor said Monday. During an appearance on CNN, former US Attorney David Iglesias said Gonzales's resignation is 'absolutely linked with Karl Rove leaving two weeks ago,' and speculated the two resigned 'for the same reason': Congressional investigators closing in on their suspected roles in the attorney-firing scandal. 'This is what happens when there is not check and balance' under a Republican-controlled Congress and White House 'and all of a sudden you have a new sheriff in town - so to speak - that wants answers to hard questions.'"

    What the hell is it with Republicans and anonymous, public-bathroom, gay sex prostitution?

    Its like a dog with cat shit.

    We should call it "Getting your Republican On".

    GOP Senator Larry Craig arrested in 'bathroom incident':

    "According to Roll Call (subscription required) Idaho GOP Senator Larry Craig was arrested in June in a Minnesota airport public bathroom during an investigation into 'lewd conduct' in the facility."

    But he's not gay and it was all a big misunderstanding, right?

    Here's what Craig said about Bill Clinton (Democrat who likes the ladies) back in the day.

    Election Central | Talking Points Memo:

    "MR. RUSSERT: Larry Craig, would you want the last word from the Senate be an acquittal of the president and no censure?
    SEN. CRAIG: Well, I don't know where the Senate's going to be on that issue of an up or down vote on impeachment, but I will tell you that the Senate certainly can bring about a censure reslution and it's a slap on the wrist. It's a, 'Bad boy, Bill Clinton. You're a naughty boy.' The American people already know that Bill Clinton is a bad boy, a naughty boy. I'm going to speak out for the citizens of my state, who in the majority think that Bill Clinton is probably even a nasty, bad, naughty boy. The question issue now is simply this: Did he lie under oath? Did he perjure himself and did he obstruct justice? And that's where we're trying to go now in this truth-seeking process."
    "Bad boy, Mr. Clinton"?!?

    Craig is practically masturbating in front of pumpkin head... I mean Tim Russert.

    Damn, repression and self hatred and living in a closet and the heights of hypocrisy will f a man up inside.

    Pretty sweet bigoted voting record you got their Craig.


    Not that there's a damn thing wrong with it. Been doin' it for years and years and years.

    Gay Unions Sanctioned in Medieval Europe:

    "Civil unions between male couples existed around 600 years ago in medieval Europe, a historian now says.

    Historical evidence, including legal documents and gravesites, can be interpreted as supporting the prevalence of homosexual relationships hundreds of years ago, said Allan Tulchin of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. If accurate, the results indicate socially sanctioned same-sex unions are nothing new, nor were they taboo in the past. “Western family structures have been much more varied than many people today seem to realize,' Tulchin writes in the September issue of the Journal of Modern History. 'And Western legal systems have in the past made provisions for a variety of household structures.”"


    Armed guard found asleep at nuke plant:

    "WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A federal inspector found an armed guard asleep at a gate inside the Indian Point nuclear power plants but officials said Monday there was no security breach. ADVERTISEMENT The inspector spent two minutes trying to rouse the unnamed guard Sunday afternoon before the guard 'stood up and opened his eyes,' said Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission."

    Ooooooy. Hearts and Minds, y'all.

    Could it be any more apparent that the folks in charge have absolutely no freakin' clue.

    US military regrets Afghan football 'insult':
    "The US military in Afghanistan expressed regret Monday after footballs it distributed kicked off a storm of protest because they bore Koranic verses as part of the flag of Saudi Arabia. The US-led coalition on Friday dropped toys, including soccer balls, into the eastern province of Khost from a helicopter as part of a goodwill gesture aimed at winning over support from the local population. The balls showed the flags of several nations, including the Saudi standard. A few dozen people protested Friday near the provincial capital, also called Khost, saying it was insulting for texts from the Koran to be put on the ground and kicked. The resentment simmered on Friday. 'It's an insult to our religion,' said one man, named only Palawan, who was one of the protestors. 'They insult our religion and call it a gift,' another man, Gilani Sanizai, said. The coalition regretted causing any unhappiness, said a spokeswoman, Captain Vanessa Bowman. The distribution of the toys was part of a 'hearts and minds' campaign, she said."

    Monday, August 27, 2007

    Sunday Bloody Dildo

    Plenty of dildos in Montgomery... and they can be bought.... confused as to what's the issue.

    Oral Arguments On Alabama Sex Toy Law May Reach Supreme Court:

    "In Alabama, you can sell guns on any street corner but you can’t sell sex toys. That’s right. Alabama is a vibrator-free state!"

    I can't believe the news today. Oh I can't close my eyes and make it go away.....

    How f'ing long....

    F**king genius. Via Crooks and Liars.


    I've been making this argument for some time now. Osama did more to bring down the USSR by bleeding them dry than Reagan ever did with any of his policies (other than fund bin Laden with cash and guns).

    The Raw Story | Author claims US invasion of Iraq 'fulfilled Osama bin Laden's wish'

    The only western journalist to interview al Qaeda's leader says the US invasion of Iraq "fulfilled Osama bin Laden's wish."

    In a recent interview with Australian television, Al Quds editor Abdul Bari Atwan claimed that the terror leader had sought to draw US troops into a fight in the Middle East.

    "He told me personally that he can't go and fight the Americans and their country. But if he manages to provoke them and bring them to the Middle East and to their Muslim worlds, where he can find them or fight them on his own turf, he will actually teach them a lesson," Atwan said. "It seems the invasion of Iraq fulfilled Osama bin Laden's wish. That's why the Americans are losing in Iraq."

    Atwan said al Qaeda did not have any connection to Iraq before the US invasion, which destabilized the country and allowed for an influx of foreign fighters who have pledged loyalty to bin Laden's group.

    "Iraq is a safe haven for Al Qaeda because it has about 50 million pieces of arms. It has about five million tonnes of ammunition left by Saddam Hussein regimes and also the Sunni community, which was deposed from power by the American invasion, and they were actually very, very frustrated, very humiliated," he said. "So it was the best environment for Al Qaeda to set up its bases there."

    In his 1996 interview, which was reprinted after 9/11, bin Laden told Atwan that "Iraq is not an option" for al Qaeda to establish a stronghold.

    Atwan said bin Laden hoped to get the US mired in a war in Somalia after al Qaeda shot down an American helicopter, killing 19 soldiers.

    "He regretted that the Clinton Administration decided to pull out their troops from Somalia and run away," Atwan said. "He was so saddened by this. He thought they would stay there so he could fight them there. But for his bad luck, according to his definition, they left, and he was planning another provocation in order to drag them to Muslim soil.

    "And it seems President Bush did not actually give him a lot of hard work to plan for this," Atwan continued. "Immediately after the bombardment of Afghanistan - which actually destroyed 85 per cent of Al Qaeda infrastructure, personnel, deprived them of a safe haven - after that huge success against Al Qaeda, President Bush made terrible mistakes when he sent his troop to invade Iraq, one of the most difficult countries to be invaded, to be occupied, the worst land for democracy, human rights. And we can see the outcome."


    Shell game... snake oil... the suckers are the only one who buy them.

    White House Shell Game:

    "The Bush administration’s obsession with secrecy took another absurd turn this week. The administration is claiming that the White House Office of Administration is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act, even though there are some compelling reasons to think it is. Like the fact that the office has its own FOIA officer. And it responded to 65 FOIA requests last year. And the White House’s own Web site, as of yesterday, insisted the office is covered by FOIA."

    Pelosi, you better get your shite together and quick. I'm tired of calling your office weekly to berate you for the shitey job yer doin'.

    Pelosi's Stand Blocking Impeachment in the House is Killing the Democratic Party:

    "It's just the Constitution that's suffering because of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's nutty and unprincipled 'impeachment-off-the-table' position blocking any effort to impeach President Bush or Vice President Cheney for their many crimes and abuses of power. Her position on impeachment is killing the Democratic Party too, by driving away not just progressived members of the party, but independents who voted for Democrats last November expecting some action in defense of the Constitution. I see this anger welling up among progressives and independents everywhere I travel, as people say they've simply had it with the Democrats. The support of the party for a bill continuing funding for the war through September was terrible. The Democrats' rush to pass a bill granting Bush the authority to spy without a warrant on Americans, and to expand the power to spy domestically well beyond phones and internet to even include break-ins was a last straw."

    Ummm.... d'uh?

    This study seems to be a bit redundant.

    Viagra 'also acts as love potion':

    "Viagra may make a man more loving as well as improve his physical performance, new research suggests. Scientists have discovered the impotence drug can boost levels of a 'cuddle chemical' in the brain."

    You can't fool a stripper with fake money. C'mon, man!

    Good effort, though, good effort.

    Now get back out there and find some other ways to see chicks nekkid for free! Do use proud, son!

    Fake Money Didn't Fool Strippers:

    "A man who authorities say used his computer to make fake $100 bills to buy lap dances at a strip club has pleaded guilty to counterfeiting charges, federal prosecutors said. Strippers at Deja Vu in Nashville were suspicious of the bills and called police after Damon Armagost spent $600 of the fake money April 16, authorities said. When officers arrived, Armagost first told them he got the money when he sold gold coins for $1,400 to an unidentified person."

    Friday, August 24, 2007

    DBT WIR - 8/24/07

    Weekend words from Jenn B.

    Nine Bullets

    Man, if I wasn't here already, I'd be on my way here. This weekend is gonna be awesome.

    First off though, we gotta start with good news for our homies in Birmingham tonight - Mr. Patterson Hood will be entertaining at the Birmingham Museum of Art - Art On The Rocks show. I believe he'll have the fabulous Messrs. John Neff and The EZB with him. You might see a Cooley there, who knows. Can't ever tell.

    Saturday night back in Athens, Patterson is playing over at The Melting Point with Neff and The EZB. Get there early though 'cause Bo Bedingfield is opening, and most of his great band The Wydelles will sit in. Neff also plays in The Wydelles, so he's doing double duty. Can't get too much Neff tho, can ye?

    Stick around for Sunday night - cause if you haven't been to the coolest little bowling alley in Athens, Kingpins, then you gotta go - not for bowling this time, though. Southern Bitch and Centro-fucking-Matic are playing there! In the bowling alley! (Hopefully people won't bowl during the show...)

    Mind you, I will be missing the Sunday show because I've had a long-planned vacation starting that day, Which kills me, just KILLS me, since Centro-Matic is one of my favorite bands ever and Southern Bitch are a rock and roll wet dream... but it's my Mama's birthday, and Mama wants to go to the beach, and believe it or not, I love my Mama more than Centro-Matic. I know, I know, but that's just how it is.

    I might, however, be back in time for the Brent Best show at Flicker on Thursday. If not I may have to follow him up to ATL for the Larry Brown Tribute at Eddie's Attic... What a week for shows, boys and girls!

    In the famous words of Outkast:
    "You got to get up, get out and get somethin'.
    Don't let the days of your life pass by.
    You got to get up, get out and get somethin'.
    Don't spend all your time trying to get high!"

    Mama loves Outkast.


    My little hometown is growing up.... finally.

    New business brewing | | Times Daily | Florence, AL:

    You can't help but pause a moment when your eyes reach an area behind the bar at Mug Shots, a downtown Florence pub.

    Four sets of 11 beer taps stand out. They're topped with handles of various shapes and sizes representing the wide variety of draft beer Mug Shots will be offering Sept. 1, the day when draft beer becomes legal in Florence.

    "Representatives of Hooters have been in negotiations with Florence officials about possibly bringing a restaurant to a site on Florence Boulevard just east of Cox Creek Parkway. They reportedly wanted to see how the draft beer legislation for Florence progressed before taking negotiations to a higher level."

    Go help a great band. Read Bulletin

    Today begins the final two-week contest of the Atlantis People Choice Showcase. Please go to our myTracks and listen to all the songs as previously requested. Add them to your profile, and spend a little to download the songs. This is between the six weekly finalist. Help us achieve two more showcases and a hotel suite while we're at the conference!

    We put the new tracks under CD's, so you should be able to listen to them easier now!


    Go check out Audra Brown!

    Hey there friends!!! I have a couple things for ya...First, I have a couple of shows coming up that I am excited about..first, this Saturday in Jackson, TN at the Fairgrounds, I will be performing from 11:30am until 12:30pm as a part of Kidsfest 2007. This is to benefit the wonderful Star Center in Jackson!! I am honored to be a player and will be selling cds with half the proceeds going to the Star Center, Lets sell lots!!

    Then on Tuesday nite Aug 28, I will be playing at the Downtown Tavern in Jackson,TN. It is located at 208 N. Liberty. It is an OPEN MIC but I am scheduled to play around 9pm. This is a cool place so come out, have a few cold ones, tip the bartender and have fun. We might get loud!!

    And then I am gonna be on TV again, Channel 5, Memphis, Oct 5, 2:30 am...stay up late!!!!

    Check It Out...



    The coolest gall-dang motherfucker....

    Ferrari once owned by Steve McQueen sells for $2.3 million:

    "NEW YORK ( -- A Ferrari sports car, once owned and raced by the actor Steve McQueen, sold for $2.3 million, twice its originally estimated auction value, at a Christie's auction in Monterey, California. McQueen purchased the car, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, in 1963. Only 350 cars of this type were produced. McQueen kept his for a decade, trading it away in 1973."

    In 1991 The Chronic ruled my world. Dre is rap... period.

    SFGate: Daily Dish : Dr. Dre Sues Death Row:

    Rapper Dr. Dre is suing his former record label Death Row over the rights to his groundbreaking 1992 album The Chronic."

    Dentist buys Elvis Presley's crown:
    "EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — A dentist has purchased an unusual bit of Elvis memorabilia — a porcelain crown that covered a gap in the King's teeth and the plaster mold used to make it. ADVERTISEMENT 'He had nice teeth,' said Dr. Jim McCarthy, 58. 'From a dentist's point of view, I find it interesting."

    Rednecks wet dream.

    Extreme Aerial Bowfishing - Viral Videos - SPIKE Powered by IFILM


    Thursday, August 23, 2007

    Keepin' it Light

    Wise words from a wise lady.... damn, I am such a fool.

    Harper Lee Speaks at Ala. Ceremony - The Huffington Post

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee is a woman of few words and generally avoids media interviews and public appearances.

    But the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" broke her silence briefly Monday at a ceremony inducting four new members, including former home-run king Hank Aaron, into the Alabama Academy of Honor. Lee, who lives in Monroeville, is a member of the academy, which honors living Alabamians, and was in the audience for Monday's ceremony.

    At the end of the ceremony, Academy of Honor chairman Tom Carruthers joked with Lee, saying he knew she had something she wanted to say to the crowd.

    "Well it's better to be silent than to be a fool," Lee said.


    So very awesome. Click the like to check out some renderings :

    Japan's Plan For World's Tallest Building - Geekologie:

    "Inspired by Mount Fuji, Taisei Construction Corporation has completed designs for construction of the world's tallest building. The X-Seed 4000 (no idea where that came from) would stand at approximately 13,123 feet (4 km), nearly 700 feet (213 m) taller than the real Mount Fuji. The next tallest buildings don't even break 2,000 feet, how puny! While likely to never be built, the X-Seed would have up to 800 floors, and be capable of housing between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people."

    Again, the Japanese are kicking ass:

    Brain Games - Video Game Feature

    Just three years ago, the suggestion that a video game could somehow make you smarter would have been laughed out of a room faster than Dustin Diamond. Then along came the future people of Japan, who convinced everyone that games could not only teach you something, but could also berate you into thinking that your brain was about 74 years old.

    How? By unleashing Brain Age: Train your Brain in Minutes a Day upon an unsuspecting world of dummies. The game was a smash hit, topping DS sales charts worldwide and proving once and for all that, contrary to what they teach at that weird, hippy private school in your town, people actually love standardized testing.


    There's absolutely nothing I can say that would enhance this:

    Dwarf's penis gets stuck to vacuum cleaner - World -

    "A dwarf performer at the Edinburgh fringe festival had to be rushed to hospital after his penis got stuck to a vacuum cleaner during an act that went horribly awry."



    Wednesday, August 22, 2007

    2 Years of Ass Whuppin

    Two years to the day I started this blog with the following:

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': August 2005:
    "First Post This will be all things political, ridiculous, Drive-by Truckerish, Crimson Tide footballable, and whatever the hell else I decide to do with it."

    A year later I posted this:

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': 12 Months of Ass Whuppin':
    "It all started with a trip to Palau. From there it became a forum for me to discuss politics, religion, music and most importantly The Drive-by Truckers. And for someone with a short attention span it has been an almost daily committment and ,well, I'm kinda proud of that."

    Thanks to everyone who has visited (almost 18,000 unique individuals since November, 2005).

    Another year has past and I'm still here and a lot more of y'all have stopped by (an additional 43,000 unique visitors since this time last year). I appreciate all y'all and the comments, emails and mailbox goodies y'all send.

    I continue to meet some incredibly cool folks because of AAW and that makes every moment I work on this blog worth it.

    The past year has been a great one in which I've gotten to do some very cool things in relation to this blog.

    I got to go to Cooley's surprise birthday party where I met The Drams for the first time:

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': DBT Week in Review - 9/15:

    "43 hours of consciousness that included 4 4 hours of airplane stasis (doesn't count as sleep) and 13 hours of Rock and Roll fantasy camp was the result of a whirlwind trip to Birmingham, Al last Saturday night for Mike Cooley's surprise birthday party."

    Posted another DBT Lyrics tour...

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': DBT Lyrics Tour - Metropolitan Buttholeville or.....

    Bought a new camera and got to photograph some amazing concerts by DBT...

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': DBT WIR - Shut up and Get on the Plane

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': DBT Alabama Theatre 11/25/06

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': DBT @ The Alabama Theater Part 2

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': Dirt Underneath SF Preview

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': DBT TDU - Great American Music Hall - SF - Night 1

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': DBT TDU - Great American Music Hall - SF - Night 2

    ...and The Drams...

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': The Drams in San Luis Obispo Part I:
    "The car was rented (Impala, baby) the Canon SLR battery charged, fresh panties packed in a little ol' overnight bag... It was 230 miles to San Luis Obispo, we had a full tank of gas, Richard Pryor CD, it was over-cast, and we were wearing sunglasses. We were going to see The Drams and we were happy."
    Alabama Ass Whuppin': The Drams in San Francisco Pt II

    ...and Jason Isbell....

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': Sirens of the Ditch CD Release Show - 7/7/07

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': The Opening Acts - Sirens CD Release Party

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - SF, CA 8/4/07 Pt. 1

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - SF, CA 8/4/07 Pt. 2

    ... and an Eddie Hinton Documentary and tribute concert...

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': Eddie Hinton - Dangerous Highway

    Got to work with MaddyC on an interview with Patterson and Cooley...

    YouTube - DBT Interview by MaddyC - Mobile, AL 4/21/07

    Got to email with an author of one of my favorite reads of the year:

    Drive Like Hell

    My good damn friend and world traveler David Shipper contributed a couple of stellar posts:

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': Boat Loads in Palau

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': I'm Turning Japanese.....

    I followed Stephen Colbert as he did a couple of segments from Colbert County, Al:

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': Colbert County Values

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': The Perfect Holiday Gift:

    "Night 2 of the Colbert Report in Colbert County aired last night. They've done a great job with the skit. You know how skittish we Southerners are about being made fun of. C.R. has struck a perfect balance so far and the community in Tuscumbia has really let their sense of humor shine."

    I participated in our Democracy on a daily basis and watch some sanity return to our government.

    I also learned that a lot of work is still to be done...

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': The Terrorist Have Won - Woo-Hoo!:

    "Three cheers for the Terrorist! Way to get out there and vote my fellow Terrorist. Let's kick open those borders and legalize gay abortions! Woo-hoo!!! Party time!!!! Stephen Colbert, when he bitterly called the House for the Dems last night, said 'We should just give the country back the goddamn Indians'. And then this jewel, 'We were this close (thumb and forefinger held inches apart) to Jesus coming back'. It really has to be a rough day for the kool aide drinking Republicans. Let's take a look at some of the responses on a popular conservative posting board:"

    Finally, I lost my granddad, a man I miss sorely

    Alabama Ass Whuppin': Billy Neal Haddock - 1924-2007

    These are just a hand full of the events I documented on this blog.

    Keep on coming back because there could be some interesting changes occurring in the near future.

    You never know what another year might bring.

    Cheers to all y'all that come by. I really do appreciate every single one of you.



    Tuesday, August 21, 2007

    The Artificial Intelligence of Patraeus

    Marketing does not equal governing.

    Republicans market. Democrats govern. There's your difference.

    I'm glad the traditional media is catching up.

    Veteran CBS newsman 'suspicious' of ghostwritten Petraeus report:

    "Veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer offered a commentary Sunday on the upcoming report from General Petraeus on conditions in Iraq, observing, 'When I ask a question and guests start laying out conditions ... I know that we're headed down the old rabbit trail.'

    'Excuse me for getting a little suspicious,' Schieffer said, pointing out that 'the White House want[s] the general to deliver the report to Congress behind closed doors while Cabinet officers do the talking in public. And suddenly we're told the general won't actually write the report, but that his thoughts will be included in a summary prepared by the White House.' 'This is the report the president has said over and over that he will use to decide where we go from here in Iraq,' concluded Schieffer. 'Maybe it's because I've been dragged down the old rabbit trail too many times by too many people with something to hide, but this does not sound like we're headed to a straight answer.'"

    "The War On Drugs Cannot Be Won":

    "No, it can't. A 'drugfree world,' which the United Nations describes as a realistic goal, is no more attainable than an 'alcoholfree world'--and no one has talked about that with a straight face since the repeal of Prohibition in the United States in 1933."

    This looks interesting. What is art? What is beauty?

    Apple - Trailers - My Kid Could Paint That - Trailer


    The found it stuck under an ancient school desk.

    Scientists find ancient gum in Finland:

    "HELSINKI, Finland - Finns, who introduced a birch-tree sweetener for gum, have found that the habit of chewing sticky lumps dates back thousands of years. Last month, students in western Finland found a piece of Stone Age birch-bark tar, believed to have been used for chewing and to fix broken arrowheads or clay dishes, archaeologists said Monday. 'Most likely the lump was used as an antique kind of chewing gum,' said Sami Viljamaa, an archaeologist who led the dig near Oulu, some 380 miles north of the capital, Helsinki. 'But its main purpose was to fix things.'"

    Will it be able to get me a beer?

    Artificial life likely in 3 to 10 years:

    "WASHINGTON - Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer. Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of 'wet artificial life.' 'It's going to be a big deal and everybody's going to know about it,' said Mark Bedau, chief operating officer of ProtoLife of Venice, Italy, one of those in the race. 'We're talking about a technology that could change our world in pretty fundamental ways — in fact, in ways that are impossible to predict.'"

    Maybe I'll skip that beer.

    Bears eat man at beer festival:

    "BELGRADE, Serbia (Reuters) -- A 23-year old Serb was found dead and half-eaten in the bear cage of Belgrade Zoo at the weekend during the annual beer festival. The man was found naked, with his clothes lying intact inside the cage. Two adult bears, Masha and Misha, had dragged the body to their feeding corner and reacted angrily when keepers tried to recover it. 'There's a good chance he was drunk or drugged. Only an idiot would jump into the bear cage,' zoo director Vuk Bojovic told Reuters. Local media reported that police found several mobile phones inside the cage, as well as bricks, stones and beer cans."

    Monday, August 20, 2007


    Thank Zeus we still have journalist like Bill Moyer.

    Bill Moyers: 'Greed and God won four elections in a row' for Rove

    What struck me about my fellow Texan, Karl Rove, is that he knew how to win elections as if they were divine interventions. You may think God summoned Billy Graham to Florida on the eve of the 2000 election to endorse George W. Bush just in the nick of time, but if it did happen that way, the good lord was speaking in a Texas accent.

    Karl Rove figured out a long time ago that the way to take an intellectually incurious draft-averse naughty playboy in a flight jacket with chewing tobacco in his back pocket and make him governor of Texas, was to sell him as God’s anointed in a state where preachers and televangelists outnumber even oil derricks and jack rabbits. Using church pews as precincts Rove turned religion into a weapon of political combat -- a battering ram, aimed at the devil’s minions, especially at gay people.

    It’s so easy, as Karl knew, to scapegoat people you outnumber, and if God is love, as rumor has it, Rove knew that, in politics, you better bet on fear and loathing. Never mind that in stroking the basest bigotry of true believers you coarsen both politics and religion.


    Appalling. This is supporting the troops?!?

    Short of Purple Hearts, Navy tells vet to buy own:

    "PEARLAND — Korean War veteran Nyles Reed, 75, opened an envelope last week to learn a Purple Heart had been approved for injuries he sustained as a Marine on June 22, 1952. But there was no medal. Just a certificate and a form stating that the medal was 'out of stock.' 'I can imagine, of course, with what's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, there's a big shortage,' Reed said. 'At least, I would imagine so.' The form letter from the Navy Personnel Command told Reed he could wait 90 days and resubmit an application, or buy his own medal. After waiting 55 years, however, Reed decided to pay $42 for his own Purple Heart and accompanying ribbon — plus state sales taxes — at a military surplus store."

    Terrifying. This is the United States of America?!?

    Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial Law Ever Declared:

    "Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us. Charleton Heston's now-famous speech before the National Rifle Association at a convention back in 2000 will forever be remembered as a stirring moment for all 2nd Amendment advocates. At the end of his remarks, Heston held up his antique rifle and told the crowd in his Moses-like voice, 'over my cold, dead hands.'"

    First.... ow. Second.... I would tattoo them immediately with their initials.

    Woman has rare identical quadruplets:

    "HELENA, Mont. - A 35-year-old Canadian woman has given birth to rare identical quadruplets, officials at a Great Falls hospital said Thursday.

    Karen Jepp of Calgary, Alberta, delivered Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia by Caesarian section Sunday afternoon at Benefis Healthcare, said Amy Astin, the hospital's director of community and government relations. The four girls were breathing without ventilators and listed in good condition Thursday, she said. 'These babies are doing grand,' said Dr. Tom Key of Great Falls, the perinatologist who delivered the girls."

    Dammit! Why didn't I come up with this.

    People of the Web - Hooter Heaven:

    "Jason Grunstra's 'eureka' moment did not occur while sitting under an apple tree like Newton — nor while flying a kite in the rain, like Franklin. Then again, Grunstra wasn't busy discovering the law of gravity or the conductivity of electricity.

    Grunstra's 'discovery' was this: Americans are obsessed with breasts. Ashley, a.k.a. Minxie, trades photos for donations to her next implant procedure. Appropriately enough, his eureka moment came in Las Vegas, at a bachelor party, in the company of strippers. One of the strippers had recently gotten breast implants. Another was sad because she could not afford them. So Grunstra did what any gentlemen would do — he started raising cash for the flat-chested one. 'I said, 'I've got five on it!'' he recalls. 'And everybody else said, 'I've got five on it, too.' By the end of the night we had $70 bucks.' That's a long way from the cost of a breast implant operation, which can run $4,000 and up. But for Grunstra, this was more than just crumpled dollar bills stuffed in a thong. This was a big idea."

    Friday, August 17, 2007

    DBT Week in Review - 8/17/07

    A couple of pictures and a show review from Tequila Brad.

    Sunday night, workweek looming on the horizon, but Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are finally in Denton, and there is no way I am gonna miss this one. Yeah, it's at Hailey's, but I'm going anyway. For those of you not familiar with this particular venue, let me try and explain. Most of you do know, that I try and video record the shows I attend. Hailey's is NOT video friendly. Imagine, if you will, trying to video, in a cave, with only nightlights for illumination. They DO have some spots, but they are trained at about groin level. So either they regularly have "little people" performing there, or perhaps they were having a "package parade" across the main stage, at some earlier point. Who knows?

    All that aside, it was Jason Isbell, I HAD to go!! Centro put on a hell of a show, with Jason on guitar for their entire set. When it was time for Jason, he started with Down in a Hole, but the sound was awful. Did I mention that the sound at Hailey's usually sucks too? Then, after they fixed the low hum, they kicked into Grown, Never Gonna Change, Goddamn Lonely Love, and Try. Then Jason played In A Razor Town, and Dress Blues. He then turned the mic over to Browan Lollar for (I believe) Run Runaway. Then over to the keys for Chicago Promenade, with Scotty Danbom taking over about midway through the song, and then staying on for Danko Manuel. We were also treated to Outfit, Please Be With Me, Brand New Kind Of Actress. Jason sang a song by himself, but I didn't recognize it. If anyone else was there, and knows what it is, please let me know. Then Jason called up Scott and Brent for a rocking rendition of Atlantic City. Then they closed with a 10 minute long Decoration Day.

    Every ass was thoroughly kicked, and sent home bruised and bleeding. Make sure to get out for your abuse, when Jason comes through your town, you deserve it!

    Tequila Brad

    Thankee, Brad!


    Via Nine Bullets

    Reverend Guitars:
    "What are your top 5 favorite records? That's a tough one. In no particular order: 'Layla' by Derek and the Dominos 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea' by Neutral Milk Hotel 'Exile on Main Street' by The Rolling Stones 'Led Zeppelin IV' 'Love You Just the Same' by Centro-Matic"

    Tubage covers:

    Goddamn Lonely Love


    Decoration Day


    Hilarity on the boards re: Zip City

    Nine Bullets:

    "OK... Price of gas in 1984: $1.21/gallon Round trip: 52 miles Total: $6.92 And she ain't puttin' out???!!!

    Damn, when you look at the numbers like that, the price of not getting laid has SKYROCKETED!"

    dbts : Message: Re:Allmans, DBTs and MOFRO
    During the ABB band show, I looked over behind me and Shonna was standing there watching the ABB. Patterson showed up some few minutes later. I said thanks to Shonna for the DBT's keeping the spirit of real rock n roll alive and she returned the thanks. I also told her I would post to the list about the show and she said they keep up with the list as best they can from the road.

    As for some of the other points, the DBT was strictly limited to the time they had on stage. Also, there is a noise ordinace and the ABB had to end at 11 PM. It was a great show all around as the ABB sounds as good as they have in years. Jessica was a tour de force with all elements of rock, blues, jazz and drumming integrated seamlessly. I'd love to see a date where the DBT and ABB would split up a 6 hour show. Now, that would be heaven.



    Gravity's Gone tubage cover:


    The Drams

    Upcoming tour dates:

    the Drams:

    8/18/07 Springfield MO- The Snorty Horse
    8/19/07 Newport KY- Southgate House
    8/21/07 Nashville, TN- Five Spot (change of venue)
    8/22/07 Knoxville, TN- Barley's Taproom
    8/23/07 Huntsville, AL- Crossroads Cafe
    8/24/07 Baton Rouge, LA- Chelsea's Cafe"
    _______ Read Bulletin:

    "So, this week we won the Atlantis People's Choice contest. They will decide another winner this week and starting next have a two week contest that will decide if we play in the Industry Face Off and/or play the showcase. In other news: This past weekend we played three shows in GA (Columbus, Macon & Harrison). We can't even thank EVERYBODY enough! Every time we go to GA it just gets better. We'll be seeing you guys all again in September. Again.... THANK YOU!"
    _______ Read Bulletin:

    " We're playing the 1st Ever Gateway Music Festival in Mt. Sterling, KY on September 28, 2007. It's a new 4-day music/camping festival. Tickets for Thurs/Fri or Sat/Sun is $30 presale | $45 at the gate. 4 day passes are $50! There are a ton of bands playing, mostly up & coming artists, but also Seven Mary Three and Nappy Roots. Check out their MySpace through our Top Friends or go to their website at for more information on the location, other artists, etc."
    _____ Read Bulletin:

    "Hey everybody, If you live in the ATL area, let us know. We're playing a show at Smith's Olde Bar next month and have some tickets that we can send you. The more people we have there, the better. They'll be asking for feedback about the bands, so if we have a bunch of people there to see us it would help us out. Also, our friend Paul set us up with a page on I've read about it before, but never used it until this week. It's cool software that tracks what you listen to in your audio players (Itunes, Winamp, Windows Media Player, etc). It will show you which artists and songs you listen to the most in a given week and give you recommendations of other artists to check out. So if you use, it will now track Lauderdale! One last thing... we got a van last week, so we're gonna be booking some more shows out of town in the very near future. Let us know if you think you can help set us up with something in your town. Thanks! Corey -Lauderdale"

    Creative News

    " Want to donate to Nu�i's Space but don't have the $$? Here's how you can raise money without spending any of your own! SunTrust Bank will donate $100 to Nu�i's Space every time someone opens a new Personal or Business Checking account from now until October 12, 2007. Here's how it works: # Go to a SunTrust branch office and open your NEW SunTrust account # You must make at least one purchase on your new check card by November 15th. # After you've made at least one purchase, visit # Click on 'MyCause Redemption Form.' You have to fill this form out by November 15th. # Select 'Make $100 donation' # In order to select Nu�i's Space as your cause, in the Keyword field enter the word: Nuci # The Nu�i Phillips Memorial Foundation Inc will show up. # Click on Nu�i Phillips Memorial Foundation Inc. # Click on DONATE NOW Congrats! You've just donated $100 to Nu�i's Space without spending a DIME! "

    dbts : Message: No DBT - Movie Spam:

    I just got an email from our friend Walton Goggins (from The Shield, and The Accountant) that says to check out this movie:

    I did, and it looks good, so I thought I'd share. It's good to support. -Jenn"

    Nirvana's 'Nevermind' baby feels like a porn star:

    "LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Nearly two decades after becoming the music world's most famous naked swimming baby, California high school student Spencer Elden says he feels like a porn star. ADVERTISEMENT The 17-year-old Los Angeles teenager was the centrepiece of one of the most iconic record sleeves of all time in 1991, when a photo of him swimming underwater graced the cover of Nirvana's hit album 'Nevermind.'"

    Graceland Makes Way for Elvis Clones:

    "MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Finally welcomed by Graceland after all these years, Elvis Presley impersonators need to keep one basic rule in mind _ respect the King. Managers of Presley's home in Memphis plan to anoint their first-ever official Elvis 'tribute artist' this week, as they mark the 30th anniversary of his death there. But they don't want tacky, they don't want kitschy and they don't want a ridiculous spoof."

    Elvis fan dies during Graceland commemorations :

    "MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) -- A woman was found dead near Graceland on Wednesday as thousands of fans filled the tourism complex to mark the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death"

    Violent Femmes embroiled in NY lawsuit:

    "NEW YORK - Fresh off their latest tour, 1980s folk-punk favorites the Violent Femmes are headed for a surprise gig in federal court. ADVERTISEMENT Bassist Brian Ritchie sued lead vocalist Gordon Gano on Wednesday, saying he was deprived of credit for some of the group's songs and a proper accounting of its earnings. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, also accuses Gano of trashing the band's reputation by allowing its signature hit, 'Blister in the Sun,' to be used in a Wendy's commercial"

    Pitchfork: Wu-Tang Cover Beatles With George Harrison's Son!?:

    "Turns out the biggest Beatles news today isn't the John Lennon catalog going digital. It's the latest tidbit from the ever lively camp Wu. As the RZA revealed in a recent conversation with Rolling Stone, the Wu-Tang Clan will tackle a freakin' Beatles tune on their forthcoming longplayer, 8 Diagrams. And not just any Beatles tune-- 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', which, last time I checked, doesn't exactly bring the motherfuckin' ruckus. Still, lest you think this some idle flight of Wu fancy, the Clan have stepped their game up, enlisting none other than Dhani Harrison-- the 29-year-old son of 'Guitar''s late scribe, George Harrison-- to play acoustic on the track. 'He's the biggest Wu-Tang fan in the world,' RZA enthused to Rolling Stone. 'He knew all the kung fu shit! That's deep! I told him I would be honored if he played his father’s song.'"


    Amy in rehab for heroin - Latest - Showbiz -
    "Amy, 23, was taken to hospital in the early hours after taking a cocktail of heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, the horse tranquilliser ketamine and booze."

    Gigantic Flying V - Viral Videos - SPIKE Powered by IFILM


    Thursday, August 16, 2007

    Mississippi Monkey

    Man, this September 'surge' report is becoming the most ludicrous display of marketing spin containing no factual data pony show evah.

    Patsy... I mean Patraeus is already stating that he will recommend some troops being pulled out. First, if you believe that then your part of the 25%'ers and any troops leaving 'before we've achieved victory (whatever the fuck that is) probably pisses you off. But yer not pissed off because you saw the 'wink-wink'. Smoke and mirrors.... and not the sexy kind.

    Bush has already jacked up the troops levels this year so he could pull a few back come September to 'fool' folks. If you get fooled by this then you are a fool.

    Fool me once......

    Democrats, quit sucking your thumb and pull the plug on this meat grinder. I look forward to voting out the fake Democrats as much as I look forward to tossing Republicans

    White House is writing General Petraeus' September progress report on "the surge" in Iraq:

    "Incredible. Absolutely incredible. These people have no shame. The 'big' report coming this September, the one Bush has been telling us we should wait for before making any decisions about what to do next in Iraq. Well, the White House is writing the frigging report. From today's Los Angeles Times:.....

    And special brownie points to the LA Times for burying this huge revelation at the end of the story where no one would see it."

    From what you've sown....

    Suicide rate in Army at a 26-year high:

    "WASHINGTON - Ninety-nine U.S. soldiers killed themselves last year, the highest rate of suicide in the Army in 26 years, a new report says."

    No fucking shit, Obama. And the rest of the Dem candidates need to realize that Bush ain't running again. Fuck using Bush. It's the entire Republican party. Ignore Bush on the campaign trail. Hammer Republican ideology.

    I am digging what Obama is saying below. I want my government more open than a 7/11.

    Obama says Bush not solely to blame:

    "To make the government more accountable, Obama said he would post all non-emergency bills online for five days before he signed them into law, allowing Americans a chance to weigh in on the legislation. In addition, he said he would post all meetings between lobbyists and government agencies online. Obama said he would require Cabinet officials to speak to Americans via national broadband town-hall style meetings to discuss issues at their agencies. He also pledged to issue an executive order that information about the government's operations must be released to those seeking it unless it could harm a protected interest"

    Didn't realize Rove was going into comedy after he resigns.

    What-the-fuck-ever, Rove. Yeah, Bush is one of the best-read people you've ever met?!?

    What kind of losers do you hang out with?

    Rove: Bush’s critics are ’snobs’ who hate his ‘common sense.’:

    "In his interview with Rush Limbaugh this afternoon, Karl Rove claimed that the people criticizing Bush are “sort of elite, effete snobs who can’t hold a candle to this guy. What they don’t like about him is that he is common sense, that he is Middle America.” Limbaugh suggest that Bush critics are frustrated the the President “outsmarts ‘em.” Rove argued Bush is far more intelligent than people give him credit for, and is “one of the best-read people I’ve ever met” whose “passion is history.” Listen to a portion of the interview:"

    These aren't terrorist, they're soldiers of jesus.

    Killing in jesus' name is cool!

    jesus loves me this I know, for the doctor killer told me so.

    Daily Kos: Right-wing terrorists threaten bombing in Alabama:

    "If al Qaeda threatened to blow up a building anywhere in the United States how long do you suppose it would take before Michael Chertoff and George Bush and Dick Cheney were screaming at the top of their lungs on TV about it? Probably less time than it takes the Pentagon to spend $1 million in Iraq. But apparently home-grown racist extremists can threaten to blow up a buildingwith nary a peep from our valiant leaders in the War on Terror.

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Southern Poverty Law Center, which filed suit against the nation's second-largest Ku Klux Klan group, has increased security following threats from white supremacists to blow up its building. The Montgomery-based center filed suit July 25 against the Imperial Klans of America in Kentucky's Meade County Circuit Court over the beating of a 16-year-old boy of Panamanian descent. 'The latest case against the IKA promises to be as dangerous as anything we've faced,' SPLC co-founder Morris Dees stated in an e-mail Monday. 'We won't back down from these threats, but we'll have to increase our security to ensure the safety of our staff.'"

    Unfair and unbalanced.... oh yeah.

    Daily Kos: Fox News Scrubs Wikipedia


    I have deep empathy for the extremely bored.... *yawn*.

    Empathy can spark contagious yawning: study:

    "LONDON (Reuters) - Showing empathy can make for a lot of yawning. ADVERTISEMENT A study of autistic children has bolstered evidence that people who identify better with others are more prone to contagious yawning, Japanese researchers say. Scientists have long known that one yawn often leads others to follow suit but what triggers the phenomenon is not as clear, said Atsushi Senju, a researcher at the University of London who worked on the study. Some believe it is simply a reflex. Others suggest the same mechanisms in the brain that make people feel empathy also cause them to yawn when they see others doing the same, he said."

    Sooooo, close. If she were a MILF you might have gotten away with it.... Not a MILF.

    Mom Sentenced for Posing As Son's Wife:

    "A woman was sentenced to 30 days in jail for claiming in court that she was her son's wife. Christopher Crowe, 25, was in court recently to plead guilty to four felony counts including residential entry and domestic battery. During the hearing, the judge asked if Crowe's wife agreed with the plea deal. Crowe's mother, 47-year-old Rebecca Crowe, stood up, said she was Crowe's wife and said the plea agreement was OK. Later, Vanderburgh County Deputy Prosecutor Anna Clutter discovered Rebecca Crowe's identity when she saw a picture of Christopher Crowe's wife, a much younger woman. Courtroom personnel later admitted they thought the woman looked too old."

    Uh, baby, I uh......


    US Florist sued after red roses lead to divorce:

    "Leroy Greer is a bit of a romantic. He sent a dozen roses and a teddy bear to his girlfriend, with a card reading 'Just wanted to say I love you'. Unfortunately the florist sent the receipt to his wife. Now the luxury car salesman from Missouri City is suing the firm for $1 million for 'mental anguish' caused by the mix-up and his resultant divorce."

    Great band name.

    Mississippi Monkey Escapes Again:

    "Oliver apparently has learned to pick locks, making his second breakout from behind bars in less than a month. On Wednesday, however, the white-faced capuchin monkey was back at the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo, and this time his cage has been secured with triple chains and locks. 'There's one on top, one on the bottom and one in the middle,' park manager Kirk Nemecheck said. 'If he gets out again, someone is letting him out.'"

    Wednesday, August 15, 2007

    Sober One-legged Squirel Biker Aliens

    Meanwhile...... SURGE!!!!!

    Dozens killed in multiple suicide attacks in Iraq:

    "BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Suicide bombings in a northern Iraqi town Tuesday targeted a religious minority and left at least 120 people dead and 150 wounded, according to police officials, who said there were three bombings in three locations. art.Iraq.Qahtaniya.gif The suicide bombers struck in at least three different places in the Yazidi town of Qahtaniya. Iraqi army officials, however, said there were four blasts that killed at least 175 and wounded 200."

    ...And our pipes aren't even made out of lead.

    Senior US official likens challenges facing America, Roman Republic:

    Though I do have to take umbrage with his 'declining moral values' forced parallel. When tha Hell were Romans ever known for their high moral standard? I'm sayin' what constituted a 'decline' in their moral standards?

    "'Throughout history, many great nations have also failed to survive,' Walker told an audience in Chicago last week. 'I should point out that the longest standing republic and the major superpower of its day no longer exists, and that's the Roman Republic.' He warned of “striking similarities” between the current crises facing America and the factors toppled Rome, including “declining moral values and political civility at home, an over-confident and over-extended military in foreign lands and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government.'

    'In my view,' he added, 'it's time to learn from history and take steps to ensure the American Republic is the first to stand the test of time.' America's top government inspector didn't stop there. He also bemoaned US fiscal policy, underfunded healthcare, poor public schools, lack of retirement benefits, a worsening environment, Iraq, aging infrastructure and immigration policy. His remark about 'aging infrastructure' came just days before the Minneapolis bridge collapse"

    Damn, after that one I think I need a drink....

    Ala. city considers end to alcohol sales:


    Here's your declining moral values. It ain't right to deny a man a drank.

    "ATHENS, Ala. - Voters have a chance on Tuesday to return this northern Alabama city to the days of Prohibition. A measure to end the sale of alcohol in Athens is up for a citywide vote, a rare instance where voters could overturn a previous vote to allow sales. Business interests are against repeal, but church leaders who helped organize the petition drive that got the measure on the ballot are asking members to pray and fast in support of a ban."

    Prohibition. 21st century style.

    Scientist searches for anti-alcohol drug:

    "OCATELLO, Idaho - Fred Risinger never gives his eastern Idaho bar patrons a last call — but then his customers are mice. Some are teetotalers who eschew the mouse-sized shots of alcohol they can obtain at any time simply by pressing a lever in their cage. Others Risinger describes as 'your wine with dinner mice.' And some are raging alcoholics, downing, in human terms, several fifths of liquor each day."

    Since Rome... I mean, the U.S. is headed towards a fall and I can't get a drink on the inside or outside, maybe I'll go hop on my bike and cruise my worries away....

    Japanese biker fails to notice missing leg:


    "TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- A Japanese biker failed to notice his leg had been severed below the knee when he hit a safety barrier, and rode on for 2 km (1.2 miles), leaving a friend to pick up the missing limb.

    The 54-year-old office worker was out on his motorcycle with a group of friends in the city of Hamamatsu, west of Tokyo, on Monday, when he was unable to negotiate a curve in the road and bumped into the central barrier, the Mainichi Shimbun said. He felt excruciating pain, but did not notice that his right leg was missing until he stopped at the next junction, the paper quoted local police as saying. The man and his leg were taken to hospital, but the limb had been crushed in the collision, the paper said."

    Maybe I'll go fuck with that squirrel in the park then....

    Calif. squirrels heat tails for defense:


    "WASHINGTON - California ground squirrels have learned to intimidate rattlesnakes by heating their tails and shaking them aggressively. Because the snakes, which are ambush hunters, can sense infrared radiation from heat, the warming makes the tails more conspicuous to them — signaling that they have been discovered and that the squirrels may come and harass them, explained Aaron Rundus, lead author of a study in this week's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

    Shit, then, I guess I'll go hide in Haiti till it all blows over....


    It's gonna be a long day....

    Tuesday, August 14, 2007

    "Winning is Fun and Makes you Strong"

    They'll say anything....

    Bizarro world.


    Honestly, I'd rather have Rove where I can see him.

    Some interesting conjecture on Rove and what made him leave.

    "Don't piss off the boys from Alabama, you know we won't let it slide...."

    Daily Kos: Rove Done in by 'Bama Case:

    So, just like Al Capone, Rove has been felled by the smallest of his peccadillos.

    It's a story of intrigue, injustice and backroom influence peddling: The case has now attracted attention across the United States and around the world. Forty-four former attorneys general from across the nation—Democrats and Republicans—have petitioned Congress asking that a special investigation be undertaken to examine the now obvious gross irregularities associated with the case. Here is the case in a nutshell:"

    More Bama malfeasance. It may be legal due to a loop hole but it ain't ethical.

    I make myself laugh sometimes... like these people know what the word 'ethical' means. They know the 'profit', though:

    Katrina Aid Goes Toward Football Condos:

    "TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — With large swaths of the Gulf Coast still in ruins from Hurricane Katrina, rich federal tax breaks designed to spur rebuilding are flowing hundreds of miles inland to investors who are buying up luxury condos near the University of Alabama's football stadium.

    Hey Democrats! What Atrios says:


    "Winning is Fun and Makes You Strong One of the things Rove always understand is that. The most fun the Democrats had in this entire decade is when they stood firm on Social Security, not only refusing to support some version of the non-existent Bush plan, but also refusing to put up an 'alternative' so that some middle ground compromise could be found which was 90% what the president wanted. They defied the pundits, they stood together, they beat Bush and the Republicans. As Josh Green explains in his Atlantic Monthly article about Rove (no link sorry), out now at a timely moment, killing Social Security wasn't just a plan to kill Social Security, it was a key part of the plan to destroy Democrats. Miraculously, they didn't let themselves be destroyed. Sadly, they seem to have forgotten how fun that was. -Atrios 10:36"

    The difference....

    The Plank:

    "Anyway, I thought the most interesting anecdote in the article reflected on President Bush, not Rove: Dick Armey, the House Republican majority leader when Bush took office (and no more a shrinking violet than DeLay), told me a story that captures the exquisite pettiness of most members of Congress and the arrogance that made Bush and Rove so inept at handling them. 'For all the years he was president,' Armey told me, 'Bill Clinton and I had a little thing we'd do where every time I went to the White House, I would take the little name tag they give you and pass it to the president, who, without saying a word, would sign and date it. Bill Clinton and I didn't like each other. He said I was his least-favorite member of Congress. But he knew that when I left his office, the first schoolkid I came across would be given that card, and some kid who had come to Washington with his mama would go home with the president's autograph. I think Clinton thought it was a nice thing to do for some kid, and he was happy to do it.' Armey said that when he went to his first meeting in the White House with President Bush, he explained the tradition with Clinton and asked the president if he would care to continue it. 'Bush refused to sign the card. Rove, who was sitting across the table, said, 'It would probably wind up on eBay,'' Armey continued."

    Hey Wal-Mart executives....

    China Toy Boss Kills Self After Recall:

    The head of a Chinese toy manufacturing company at the center of a huge U.S. recall has committed suicide, a state-run newspaper said Monday."


    Researchers develop bendable battery:

    "WASHINGTON - It's a battery that looks like a piece of paper and can be bent or twisted, trimmed with scissors or molded into any shape needed. While the battery is only a prototype a few inches square right now, the researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who developed it have high hopes for it in electronics and other fields that need smaller, lighter power sources. 'We would like to scale this up to the point where you can imagine printing batteries like a newspaper. That would be the ultimate,' Robert Linhardt a professor at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at RPI said in a telephone interview."

    Extra botox, please.

    New 'anti-wrinkle' pizza causes a stir with pie purists in Italy:

    "A so-called 'anti-wrinkle' pizza created by a nutritionist in southern Italy has caused a stir, with pizza purists protesting against the desecration of the national dish. The 'primula' pizza is made up of three times the amount of fibre found in a classic pizza and boasts that it contains more magnesium and iron, thanks to its ingredients, including wholemeal flour, La Stampa newspaper reported Monday."

    Tasmanian devil....

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