Thursday, July 31, 2008

DBT on Red State Update

Red State Update hearts Drive-by Truckers:

Go check out their new comedy record: - RED STATE UPDATE SINGS! - Murfreesboro, Tennessee - Country / Southern Rock / Americana -


Yeah, let's drill for more oil! That's the ticket.

Exxon Mobil 2Q profit sets US record, shares fall :

"HOUSTON - Exxon Mobil Corp. reported second-quarter earnings of $11.68 billion Thursday, the biggest quarterly profit ever by any U.S. corporation, but the results were well short of Wall Street expectations and its shares fell"

We dirty fucking hippies have, once again, been right all along.

RAND STUDY: War on Terrorism fundamentally flawed and doomed to fail:
"Today's Washington Post covers what amounts to a near complete repudiation of the Bush administration 'terrorism' policy since 9/11. The fact that the study is coming from the RAND Corporation (SourceWatch profile) is huge. RAND, while technically non-partisan, has a long history shaping a hawkish US strategic policy. (To get a flavor of just what type of organization RAND is, Donald Rumsfeld has sat on their Board of Trustees.)"

The Bush administration's terrorism-fighting strategy has not significantly undermined al-Qaeda's capabilities, according to a major new study that argues the struggle against terrorism is better waged by law enforcement agencies than by armies.

The study by the nonpartisan Rand Corp. also contends that the administration committed a fundamental error in portraying the conflict with al-Qaeda as a "war on terrorism." The phrase falsely suggests that there can be a battlefield solution to terrorism, and symbolically conveys warrior status on terrorists, it said.

"Terrorists should be perceived and described as criminals, not holy warriors," authors Seth Jones and Martin Libicki write in "How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al-Qaeda," a 200-page volume released yesterday.


In Muslim countries in particular, there should be a "light U.S. military footprint or none at all," the report contends.

Gnarls' kick ass new video.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ice, Ice, Baby.

This can't be good:

Huge chunk snaps off storied Arctic ice shelf:

"A four-square-kilometre chunk has broken off Ward Hunt Ice Shelf - the largest remaining ice shelf in the Arctic - threatening the future of the giant frozen mass that northern explorers have used for years as the starting point for their treks.

Scientists say the break, the largest on record since 2005, is the latest indication that climate change is forcing the drastic reshaping of the Arctic coastline, where 9,000 square kilometres of ice have been whittled down to less than 1,000 over the past century, and are only showing signs of decreasing further."

Yeah, watch:

Daily Kos: Watch for the Steal


Interesting read.

The Long Run - As a Professor, Obama Enthralled Students and Puzzled Faculty - Series -


Ah, alcohol.

Drunken passengers force flight to land in Germany:

"Two drunken British women went on a rampage on a charter plane, hitting one flight attendant with a bottle of vodka and trying to open a cabin door as the aircraft was cruising over Austria at 10,000 meters (32,800 feet), police said Saturday."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Leather and Lace

Can you imagine the converse of this happening? Can you imagine a liberal whose read Obama's Dreams of My Father, or any of Al Gore's books going into a conservative Christian church and shooting the place up.

Hard to imagine.

This isn't, though.

Words matter.

Knoxville, TN shooter targeted the "liberal movement" and "gays":

"A police spokesman said that the shooter expressed his 'hatred for the liberal movement,' according to a 4-page letter found by the police in the shooter's car."

Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity on accused shooter's reading list : Church shooting : Knoxville News Sentinel:

"Adkisson told Still that 'he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to office.'

Adkisson told officers he left the house unlocked for them because 'he expected to be killed during the assault.'

Inside the house, officers found 'Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder' by radio talk show host Michael Savage, 'Let Freedom Ring' by talk show host Sean Hannity, and 'The O'Reilly Factor,' by television talk show host Bill O'Reilly."

Myth of the 'liberal media':

In study, evidence of liberal-bias bias - Los Angeles Times:

"The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, where researchers have tracked network news content for two decades, found that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Obama than on Republican John McCain during the first six weeks of the general-election campaign.

You read it right: tougher on the Democrat."

Diamonds May Have Jumpstarted Life on Earth:

"One of the greatest mysteries in science is how life began. Now one group of researchers says diamonds may have been life's best friend."

Hilarity. For Jenn B. Some naughty word used so be careful at work:


Monday, July 28, 2008

Share one with a Friend

I saw this made up piece of crap floating around on MySpace bulletins a couple of days ago. Debunking bullshit as soon as it happens.

So when your dipshit conservative cousin drops this in your in-box, fire back with this article from the Army Times:

Officer: Part of anti-Obama e-mail was wrong - - Army Times:

"An Army officer’s negative e-mail account of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s visit with the troops in Afghanistan that set the blogosphere ablaze prompted Army officials to correct aspects of the e-mail and resulted in a statement from the message’s author that “some of the information that was put out in my e-mail was wrong.”

The e-mail, signed by Capt. Jeffrey S. Porter at Bagram Airbase, characterized Obama’s July 19 visit with soldiers"

The Army refuted the accuracy of the account of the Obama visit.

“These comments are inappropriate and factually incorrect,” Bagram spokesman Lt. Col. Rumi Nielson-Green told the New York Daily News

Hard work, y'all. Vapid light-weight.

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Shopping lures Rice after office:

"When Condoleezza Rice's term in office ends, she is looking forward to 'getting back to shopping', she says."

Kind of a 'Robin Hood' thing going on here. But I guess he still made them pay, so not really.

He hi-jacked someones job.

Police: Man Stole Miami-Dade Buses, Drove Them On Routes:

"According to Miami-Dade police, Harris would take the buses from several Miami-Dade Transit bus depots in the county and drive the buses on their routes, picking up and dropping off passengers along the way. He would then return the buses at the end of the day."

When will this senseless gun on machinery violence end?!?

Angry man shoots lawn mower for not starting:

"MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee man was accused of shooting his lawn mower because it wouldn't start. Keith Walendowski, 56, was charged with felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed."

Best commercial ever.


Friday, July 25, 2008

DBT Week in Review - 7/25/08

I had the utter pleasure of seeing my first Glossary show last weekend.

What an incredible band.

You must go see them on their current tour.


Here are a few pictures that I took at the show. I'll have more edited with a write up early next week.

Glossary is currently on tour with: - Jessica Lea Mayfield - KENT, Ohio - Indie / Folk Rock / Ambient -

and - Lucero - MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - Rock / Indie / Southern Rock -



Patterson posted a great tour diary that's a must read. Here's one of many highlights.

Drive-By Truckers:

"The mood was, however, lightened up significantly a few hours before show time when Shonna broke into the room while Cooley was taking a shower, stealing all of his clothes and leaving in their place a red dress she had recently purchased. Cooley had been (has always been) playing a crude sort of practical joke on all aboard and had evidently violated a sort of ceasefire agreement they had struck so she retaliated, causing Cooley to have to ride down the elevator, walk through the lobby and proceed about two blocks wearing Shonna's red dress. Shonna, of course tipped us all off so we could have cameras, camcorders and various other recording devices ready to capture the moment for posterity. (Watch for it on YouTube).

The scariest part is how well Cooley actually looks in a red dress. It is definitely time for me to go home."

Didn't know this happened. Click the link for a nice picture of Cooley and Bettye:

Bettye LaVette and Drive-By Truckers Bring Soul, the South to Rothbury Fest : Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily:

"but the real highlight came when LaVette joined the Truckers for a smoldering take on “Jealousy” that left the normally verbose Hood speechless. “Bettye left us all a little flabbergasted,” he announced, shaking his head and trying to compose himself."

Via "Zip City". This is some obsessive shit that I would do. Just a sample: - Message Board • View topic - DBT Stats:

"Number of Bands/Musicians/Music People mentioned: 29
Number of Cities/Places mentioned: 63
Number of 'Shits': 14
Number of 'Fucks': 9
---Note: Every shit/fuck but one (in Zip City) is in a Patterson song"

Whither Southern Rock? | SONIC BOOMERS


Uptown Magazine Online - Winnipeg's Online Source for Arts, Entertainment & News:

"The best place to have spent Canada Day night 2008 in Winnipeg was nowhere near The Forks.

This was an evening much better spent in a half-empty movie house in the heart of a whisper-quiet downtown, where Drive-By Truckers delivered a thunderous display of rock 'n' roll vigour that was as pyrotechnic as anything any fireworks display could have offered.

Coolest MF'er on the silver screen:



Brent Best

Because everbody needs a daily dose of Brent Best:


Hornby and Marah

Nick Hornby has great taste in Music (Even mentioned DBT in one of his books).

Here is he with Marah:



Some very worthy watching here. Check back often for updates. - Shoals Music Films - 100 - Male - FLORENCE, Alabama -


Apparently Jackie and Dunlap are big DBT fans. I hear a DBT shout-out in one of their videos is in the works.

Go buy their new record! - RED STATE UPDATE SINGS! - Murfreesboro, Tennessee - Country / Southern Rock / Americana -

YouTube - Red State Update's Historic "How Freedom Sounds" Drops.


Jill Sobule: Give Me Credit:

"I pay for music. I use iTunes...a lot. It's just too easy, and I can do it from the iPhone. But you would think that for $0.99 along with the song you could also get information on, not only who the composer of the particular song is, but also on the musicians, producer, and yes, being the geek I am, the engineer. Oh... and I want the lyrics. I love to read them as I hear a song for the first time."

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The Good.

Berlin Awaits the 'Next JFK':

"The media can barely contain its excitement. 'Germany meets the Superstar' read the front page of the weekly Der Spiegel in reference to a popular TV show, while the tabloid Bild called Obama 'Berlin's New Kennedy!' and gushed: 'It's like 1963,' describing the presidential candidate as 'just as young, sexy and charismatic' as John F. Kennedy. And that's before he's even set foot here."

The bad. Very bad. Very bullshit. Where the eff is MY bailout.

Land of the Bailout

Congress Approves Housing Rescue Bill:

"WASHINGTON — Rescue legislation sailed through the House Wednesday aimed at helping 400,000 strapped homeowners avoid foreclosure and to prevent troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from collapsing."

The fucking ugly.

AP IMPACT: Big Oil profits steered to investors:

"HOUSTON - As giant oil companies like Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips get set to report what will probably be another round of eye-popping quarterly profits, just where is all that money going?

The companies insist they're trying to find new oil that might help bring down gas prices, but the money they spend on exploration is nothing compared with what they spend on stock buybacks and dividends."

Back to "The Good". The very good.

Gore Makes "Moon Shot" Environmental Challenge:

"WASHINGTON — Just as John F. Kennedy set his sights on the moon, Al Gore is challenging the nation to produce every kilowatt of electricity through wind, sun and other Earth-friendly energy sources within 10 years, an audacious goal he hopes the next president will embrace."

And again, "The Bad"

GOP cyber-security expert suggests Diebold tampered with 2002 election:

"A leading cyber-security expert and former adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says he has fresh evidence regarding election fraud on Diebold electronic voting machines during the 2002 Georgia gubernatorial and senatorial elections."

The butt ugly.

Desk rage spoils workplace for many Americans | Reuters

"People are coming to work after a long commute, sitting in traffic watching their discretionary income burn up. They're ready for a fight or just really upset," he said.

Added to that, he said, are financially strapped workers having to cut back on paying for personal pastimes that might serve as an antidote to work pressures.


And we'll end with "The Funny".


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Walk this Way

You know you wanna.

Send Karl Rove to Jail!


Very cool.

Alabama man turns 112, still spends days drawing:

"TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Bent over or sitting at a table, gripping a ballpoint pen, marker or crayon, Frank Calloway spends his days turning visions from his youth into lively murals — and at 112 years old, the images of his childhood are a window to another time.

Drawn on sheets of butcher paper and sometimes stretching to more than 30 feet long, the works mostly show rural agricultural scenes, with buildings, trains and vehicles straight out of the early 20th century. And his colorful creations are gaining more attention in the art world.

Number one, baby.

America's Most Walkable Neighborhoods - Walkability Rankings of the Largest 40 U.S. Cities


Texas is a head of the curve. Yes, Texas.

Texas Approves Big Plan To Transmit Wind Power


Dude, where's my car?! Dude, you're driving it.

RI cops arrest man with .491 blood alcohol level:

"State Police arrested a man early Tuesday whose blood alcohol level allegedly was .491, more than six times the legal limit, which they believe is the highest ever recorded in Rhode Island for someone who wasn't dead.

The man, 34, was arrested after he drove into a highway message board on Interstate 95 in Providence, Maj. Steven O'Donnell said."

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Insurance Company Rules

The Associated Press has been infected with the herpes virus that is the Republican noise machine.

Death to all Traditional Media. Long Live the Intertubes!

Fournier to Rove: "Keep Up the Fight":

"Buried in the 50-page report on Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch released today by the House Oversight Committee, is a priceless quote from none other than the new head of the AP's Washington Bureau, Ron Fournier."

Case in point:

AP cites Rush Limbaugh as expert on "fairness":

"It's simply bizarre. AP did a story today saying that the press is biased in favor of Obama. AP's sources? Rush Limbaugh, and a study showing that Obama recently got more coverage - not more positive coverage, just more coverage - than McCain. Yeah, and? I'm sure when the media was debating whether Obama loved the American flag or whether his priest passed the all-important George Stephanopoulos patriotism test, Obama was mentioned a LOT more than Hillary or McCain. And this is an indication that the media is too nice to him? Who in the media fawns over Obama as much as Mrs. Greenspan and her sidekick Bob Schieffer coo over McCain? The corporate media love McCain. As David Broder wrote, it doesn't really matter what inanity McCain utters, the media knows John McCain's soul and they deem it good. So spare us the 'it's unfair' whine. If the media wants to talk about unfair coverage, let's talk about the sycophantic coverage of Republicans from September 12, 2001 onwards."

Insurance Company Rulez


108 years old and still more tech savvy than McCain. I know, I know, she's a bit younger than McSame, but still.

World's oldest blogger signs off at age 108 :

"CANBERRA, Australia - An Australian woman renowned as the world's oldest blogger has died at the age of 108, with her last posting talking about her ailing health but also how she still sings a happy song every day.

Purity Balls. EwwwwWWWW. Creepiest shit ever.

Time Magazine hearts Purity Balls


Monday, July 21, 2008

But it's not the same when you're not here....

Everything I was going to blog about today got trumped by the following:

Knick-Knack paddy-whack give a dog a .......

Slobberbone - Dan's Silverleaf - July 08:

Barrell Chested:

That is All:


Billy Pritchard


In other Denton, TX related news....

Pizza clerk surprised to find robber is her dad:

"Police said they will not file charges against a clerk whose parents and husband were charged with robbing the pizza restaurant where she worked, officials said. Police said the clerk didn't know they planned to rob the Pizza Patron Friday night."

Friday, July 18, 2008

DBT Week in Review - 7/18/08

DBT WIR.... Hungover edition...... Oh my aching head.

Slobberbone.... Kickass..... via the awesomeness that is Jenn B.

Texas � Pointy Pointy


Barrel Chested
That Is All
Front Porch
Find The Out
Sober Song
Gimme Back My Dog
Billy Pritchard
Engine Joe
Lazy Guy
Pinball Song
Your Excuse
Placemat Blues
I'll Be Damned
Whiskey Glass Eye
Springfield, IL
Can't Hardly Wait
Get Gone Again
Haze Of Drink
I Can't Get Sober
Big Time


Boooo! Then "Yay"! Blogs - STOLEN GUITAR AT LUCERO SHOW! - BOTTLETREE MySpace Blog

The other night at the Lucero show we were greeted to the awesome surprise that someone had stolen one of Glossary's (the opening band) guitars. At first I was positive it was simply misplaced. We've never had anything stolen from our backstage. We have a clearly separated area for the bands with 3 signs marking to not come back there unless you are in the band, in their crew, or are part of our staff as well as security guards who patrol the club and our grounds. Mostly though, we don't have to worry about this stuff because our patrons are decent, cool, respectable people who would never dream of stealing something from the club. In fact much of our clientele are musicians who would
not at all take kindly to some nefarious deeds.

So anyway, the incident occurred at load out, and the guitar player in Glossary discovered his guitar (a left-handed Epiphone--not easily replaced) had been taken out of its case and taken. At first, I was sure this was either a practical joke by Lucero, the headlining band, or just a mere mistake. After searching the club at 2:30 AM for a solid half hour it was all too aware the guitar was indeed stolen. Right, so now near 3:00 AM after a 14 hour work day, the management on hand and myself had to stay and to review 3 ½ hours of security camera footage, one camera at a time. Exactly what anyone would want to do at the end of a long day working at a club. It took some time to find, but, yes, there it was: a drunken moron taking the guitar out of the case, walking out the back door with the guitar, and walking back in without it. Astonishing. What kind of low-level life form would take something from a small touring band trying just to make ends meet and pay $4 gas prices on the road? Only absolute scum with no regard for people's private property would even contemplate such a thing.

DBT Blogs - Nuci Space’s Camp Amped - Word from the Hood - Drive-By Truckers MySpace Blog

"World of Hurt" Drive-By Truckers


Whither Southern Rock? | SONIC BOOMERS


Music News

Remembering the '60s | | Times Daily | Florence, AL:

"When Cooper came to the Shoals in 1972 to work at the Florence Times/Tri-Cities Daily, he began covering local music and saw a different side of race relations.

'In the Shoals, there wasn't much racial prejudice,' Cooper said, referring to the area itself and especially the music industry.

He marveled at the fact that while racial tensions were high in Birmingham and Decatur, in the Shoals, Rick Hall was using white musicians to cut songs for black artists.

'It was the antithesis of what you'd find in Birmingham,' he said."

Barenaked Ladies' Singer Arrested On Drug Charges:

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, 61, 'runs away with 18-year-old Russian cocktail waitress' | Mail Online

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood enters rehab | Entertainment | Reuters

ABBA Star's Devastating Memory Loss: Remembers Little Of His Fame:

"Bjorn Ulvaeus, who was married to his blonde co-star Agnetha Faltskog at the height of their fame, cannot even remember the highlights of Abba's fame."

The Top 25 AOR Bands Of The 1970s-1980s - List Of The Day

Burnt Hendrix guitar to be sold in London - Yahoo! News:

"LONDON (Reuters) - One of Jimi Hendrix's favorite guitars, set alight on a London stage more than 40 years ago and thought to have been lost forever, is to be auctioned later this year.

The guitar, a 1965 Fender Stratocaster, was famously doused with lighter fuel and set alight by the rock legend during a one-off performance at London's Finsbury Astoria in March 1967.

Hendrix had to be rushed to hospital with minor burns to his hands after the stunt, and the guitar, slightly damaged along the neck and pickboard, was recovered by his staff."

News on Yahoo! Music:

"Death Row Records, the hip-hop label that released seminal gangster rap albums by Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, has been auctioned for $24 million.

The New York-based Global Music Group Inc. said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that on June 24 it purchased Death Row, including its enviable back catalog and current artist contracts.

The purchase concluded the roller-coaster saga of one of hip-hop's most famous labels. Under owner Marion 'Suge' Knight, Death Row sold tens of millions of albums in the heyday of early `90s rap — its artists often flashing the spoils of the high life in music videos — before collapsing in debt and mismanagement."
_______ - The Latest:

"LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Who was celebrated at a special concert by a few bands outside of their generation.

The legendary band was honored at the Saturday taping of the third annual 'VH1 Rock Honors,' which will air Thursday on the cable channel. Celebrity guests such as David Duchovny, Mila Kunis, Rainn Wilson and Adam Sandler introduced The Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters, Incubus, Tenacious D and Pearl Jam, who covered songs from such Who albums as 'Tommy,' 'The Who Sell Out' and 'Quadrophenia.'"

Dozens of ravers partially blinded at Moscow party after their retinas are burned by laser light show| News | This is London:

"Up to 30 partygoers at an outdoor rave have been partially blinded by a laser light show.

Health officials confirmed 12 cases of laser-blindness from the event, with reports suggesting up to 17 more.

Some of those affected have lost up to 80 per cent of their vision"

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Purity Rings False

Deep Thought:

I went to an Arizona bank yesterday with a check from Alabama, a check from California, and made the deposit in a North Carolina account. My ADD is out of control.

Deep Thought 2:

If you are a teenage boy seek out girls who wear 'purity' rings. In theory: Best Head Evah.

I hope Dick Cheney takes Miley Cyrus bird hunting some day.


Thank jeebus we haven't had a terrorist attack since 9/11..... Oh, wait....

Seven years on, no answer from White House on anthrax attacks


As one of the millions of uninsured in this nation this definitely struck a chord with me.

Health care doctors | Salon Life:

"July 16, 2008 | I don't remember many specific patients from my days as a resident. Like all doctors in training, I was overworked, underpaid and chronically fatigued. With that, details become murky.

What I do remember, though, are certain incidents that gave me pause and made me wonder what the hell I had gotten myself into. The kinds of situations that only residents -- who are the blunt business end of America's sloppy healthcare system -- can get stuck in."

Amazing, amazing, amazing pictures:

Mars Pictures From European Spacecraft Are Incredible (PHOTOS)


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

No Man Among Men

Did you hear the sonic 'boom' that came from the Denton, TX area of the U.S. of A. last night? That would have been Whiskey Glass Eye (a.k.a Slobberbone) pealing eye lids and permanently damaging ear drums as they tore through a set of some of the best Rock and Roll ever created.

I receive a few text message updates of the glory or Glossary opening up for WGE and a cell phone message of what might have been Placemat Blues being played.

Would have given a testicle to have attended this festival, but, alas, I've only one to give (lost the other in a fiddle dual with the Devil a few years back at a crossroads meeting in Mississippi).

Check the boards for any updates that come through today. I expect Jenn B. to write up a good blog with pics on Pointy Pointy, too.

The Drams Message Board

The Drams Yahoo Group

Slobberbone Yahoo Group


New Interest in Vertical Farms for Urban Areas -

"What if “eating local” in Shanghai or New York meant getting your fresh produce from five blocks away? And what if skyscrapers grew off the grid, as verdant, self-sustaining towers where city slickers cultivated their own food?"

Note to self: Set up an Orbitz fare watcher for Zakynthos, Greece.

Women arrested in sex competition | Oddly Enough | Reuters:

"ATHENS (Reuters) - Nine British women were facing prostitution charges after being arrested at the weekend for taking part in an oral sex competition in the Greek holiday island of Zakynthos, police said on Monday."

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

This Buds not for You

Almost missed this one due to Trojan King.

Fellow blogger Roger at Legal Schnauzer who works... or I should say worked... at my alma mater UAB was recently fired for expressing his First Amendment rights.

Alabama US Attorney denies any involvement in university editor's termination:

"The abrupt dismissal of a veteran University of Alabama employee who blogged about the firing of seven US Attorneys has added a bizarre new twist to allegations that the state's US Attorneys targeted political opponents for prosecution.

Roger Shuler -- a high-profile blogger and leading critic of Alabama's judicial system -- has written extensively about alleged corruption among U.S. Attorneys for over a year. In particular, Shuler focused on two US Attorneys from his home state: Alice H. Martin of the Northern District and Leura G. Canary of the Middle District"

Shuler's initial goal as a blogger -- at his personal blog, Legal Schnauzer -- was to expose the corruption of a local lawyer and his allies in the local judiciary, he says. His posts decried the tactics of Alice Martin, US Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Martin attempted unsuccessfully to prosecute Don Siegelman for allegations of attempted bid-rigging in 2004, only to have the case dismissed with prejudice.

Rogers doing great work and if you feel like supporting him he's got some names and numbers to call in his link below.

Legal Schnauzer: The Power of a Raw Story:

"If you ever hear anyone say something like, 'I don't really think Web sites and other forms of 'new media' make much of a difference in journalism,' please send them my way.

I will straighten them out.

Since Raw Story on Friday afternoon broke the story about my termination from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), traffic on Legal Schnauzer has more than tripled from what I would normally see on a Friday and Saturday. And that's on a weekend in the middle of summer vacation season."

Even the Chinese are taking Schnauzer off the menu

Dog meat off the menu during Beijing Olympics


In crappy American beer news.

This Bud Might Not Be for Them -

"ST. LOUIS -- Jordan Moore took the news that his beloved Budweiser could soon fall into foreign hands very personally: He decided he would scrap his plan to get the logo of the King of Beers tattooed on his right rib cage.

'I'll tell you one thing,' said the 21-year-old concrete worker during his lunch break at The Brick of St. Louis bar, in the shadow of this city's storied Anheuser-Busch Cos. brewery, 'if Budweiser is made by a different country, I don't drink Budweiser anymore. I'll go back to Wild Turkey.' (Wild Turkey, a Kentucky bourbon, is owned by French drinks giant Pernod Ricard SA.)"

But there could be an upside. I loves me some Stella.

U.S. beer drinkers could toast Anheuser takeover :

"NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Beer drinkers could reap some unexpected short-term benefits as Anheuser-Busch's 'King of Beers' becomes a vassal in a much larger empire run by Belgium's InBev.

Once InBev's $52 billion takeover of Anheuser gets approved, it will be able to use Anheuser's far-reaching U.S. distribution network to sell its own beers, introducing brews such as Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe and Staropramen to drinkers across the United States.

'That could be one of the secret upsides' to this deal, said Harry Schuhmacher, editor and publisher of Beer Business Daily. 'You can get a Stella anywhere in New York, but you can't get one anywhere in San Antonio"

Monday, July 14, 2008

Trojan Horse

Well, well, well. Seems like Alabama's anti-gay, anti-sex, anti-sex toy, false-imprisoning Attorney General has been caught with his pants down... and I mean WAY down.

First, a little back ground on Trojan King:

The Players - US Attorney:

"Troy King was a Republican Politician who helped indict Don Siegelman. Working closely with US Attorney, Alice Martin, King appeared at the press conference announcing Siegelman’s indictment because, “the investigation was a joint federal-state project conducted by Martin and state Attorney General Troy King's staff.”"

So, what, pray-tell, did Trojan get caught doing?

Wonkette: � Anti-Gay Alabama A.G. Caught Being Gay:

"This may come as a shock, but a prominent anti-homosexual Republican attorney general has apparently been caught having homosexual sex intercourse with his homosexual gay male assistant. Bonus: The dude’s wife caught him, in their bed. This is the rumor that the AG’s office has officially denied, so now of course everybody is spilling the sordid details.

AG in question is Troy King, who, of course, is only interested in outlawing homosexuality and sex toys. His gay lover is either a college “buddy,” or a very young youngster and “Homecoming King” from Troy University. What are the odds of a dude named Troy King getting caught in bed with a Homecoming King from Troy University? This seems like a wacky sitcom plot, on a gay porn channel. (Is this what that Will & Grace was about?)"

Not that there's anything wrong with that.... except he's married.... to a women... and he's made a career out of bashing gays.... and he was a major player in the false imprisonment of Siegelman.... and he's an all around douche-baggette.... and he was probably in line to be the next governor of Alabama.

You may say, 'Why, JPW, this is all heresay'!

Might be, might be.

But McSame 86'd him from his campaign website.... cause McCain is all about the 'straight-talk'.

Alabama Attorney General Caught in Gay Sex Scandal Removed from McCain Website:

"Now to add fuel to the fire, King, the chairman of John McCain’s Alabama Leadership Team, has been removed from the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's website."

More on Trojan.

Troy King’s Greatest Hits | Daily Dixie

Left In Alabama:: Alabama Attorney General Troy King -- Heckuva Job!


Trojan would think this is icky.

I think it is beautiful.

What the world needs now... Is protesting-strippers, sweet protesting-strippers. La-da-da-da-da, dum-dah-dum. daaaaah dum-dum.

Stripper arrested for subway pole dances:

"SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A stripper who danced on the poles of Santiago subway trains to challenge the prudishness of Chilean society was arrested on Thursday during one of her lightning performances.

Monserrat Morilles, 26, surprised subway riders all week stripping to skimpy underwear, but she refused tips."

Friday, July 11, 2008

DBT Week in Review - 7/11/08

Big Ass Congrats to the Swampers/Spooner et al.

They've been know to pick a song or two.

Pick me when I'm feeling blue... how 'bout you?

Just a Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T | | Florence, AL:

"The legendary Muscle Shoals music sound will be center stage again in October when the 2008 Musicians Hall of Fame class is inducted."

Kudos are rolling in for our boys and girl. Some stiff competish. But it's gotta be pretty damn cool to be nominated along side Plant and Krauss.

Yo, Allison.... call me!

Plant/Krauss disc snares multiple AMA nominations on Nashville City Paper:

"The seventh annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards show will be held Sept. 18 at the Ryman Auditorium. Once again the show will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale and feature a house band led by Buddy Miller.

Steve Earle joins Lauderdale, Helm and McMurtry as Artist of the Year nominees. The Drive-By Truckers, The Avett Brothers, and the tandem of Kane Welch Kaplin are the other Duo/Group of the Year nominees along with Krauss and Plant."

Via Will @ Nine Bullets

Tenacious D 'One-And-A-Half Songs' Into Next Album:

"Gass is spending part of the summer with General Motors' GMnext Plug In program, for which he's traveling to music festivals around the world to shoot 'hilarious video clips' of him interviewing and jamming with bands, which are then put up on the Web site.

He was most recently at the Rothbury Festival in western Michigan, where he hosted 311, Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood and the Wailers, among others, and he next goes to Lollapalooza in Chicago."

Not sure if I posted this before so I'm posting it again.

The Media Equation - Live Music Thrives as CDs Fade -

"“The collapse of the record business has been good for us, if anything. It’s leveled the playing field in a way where we can keep slugging it out and finding our fans,” he said while toweling himself off after the set."
_______ - Message Board • View topic - Help needed getting DBT into Rock Band

Here's the deal boys and girls...these a damn amazing game out there that I'm sure most of you have heard of - Rock Band. For the uninformed Rock band is a Xbox 360/PS3 game where each player plays specific parts of a song (think karaoke on steroids) with custom guitar/mic/drum controllers...Each week there are new songs (almost all are the actual original recordings) from bands big, medium & small added that you can download and play. The company closely watches it's messages boards to gauge interest in what songs to add...which is where I hope those interested on here might be able to help....

The thread, which isn't even mine, is already 5 pages long and there are a lot of fans sorta coming out of the woodwork over there - I thought some of you who play games might be interested in hopping over and sharing the love...registration is easy, and theres not even a activation email link or anything.

It would be great for both parties involved and certainly expand the DBT reach (the game and its community are huge)...again, not trying to spam or anything, just thought some of your might be interested

Bit of a Weeds fan. I've always thought DBT would be a great choice to cover the theme song.

Went to do a little research on the tune and found out something cool.

Little Boxes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"'Little Boxes' is a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962 that lampoons the development of suburbia and what many consider its bourgeois conformist values. It is best known through Pete Seeger's performance of the song. The group, The Shins, also recently covered the song.

Little Boxes was inspired visually by the houses of Daly City, California. Nancy Reynolds, daughter of Malvina Reynolds, explains:

'My mother and father were driving South from San Francisco through Daly City when my mom got the idea for the song. She asked my dad to take the wheel, and she wrote it on the way to the gathering in La Honda where she was going to sing for the Friends Committee on Legislation. When Time Magazine (I think, maybe Newsweek) wanted a photo of her pointing to the very place, she couldn’t find those houses because so many more had been built around them that the hillsides were totally covered.”[1]"

A 'Tube of 'Wallace' via Marina.


Newbie fan that couldn't wait to put up a cover.

YouTube - Suhnami Sings Self Destructive Zones:

"I've recently discovered the drive by truckers and they are the sho' fizzle."


Great article on Lauderdale in Flagpole.

Flagpole: Lauderdale

"Let’s use this space to advance the notion that the Drive-By Truckers have single-handedly raised the Southern rock bar to heights other like-minded artists will never attain, and in doing so have rendered their contemporaries obsolete. To be fair, after immersing in the DBT catalog, even the most irrefragable redneck appetite would be satiated, no? It could be argued that the Athens-by-way-of-Muscle Shoals band is responsible for the renaissance and simultaneous marginalization of the genre… But that was before Lauderdale, their 20-something neighbors from the Shoals, independently released their self-titled debut in 2007.
_______ Blogs - lauderdale MySpace Blog

And last, but not least, we will start tracking next week for our second album which has yet to be titled. I speak for all of us when I say that we're very excited about this one. We're very proud of our firstborn, but feel like the second effort will be a much greater depiction of who Lauderdale is as a band and a live show. Right now we've got somewhere between 15 to 20 song ready to record. Of course, all of those will not make it to the album, so we're planning on giving out some freebies that won't be released. Check back often, because those might be popping up real soon. Untill then, which will hopefully be around the new year, we're gonna take it a little easier for the next couple of months so we can record an album and do some "real world" stuff like pay bills, and work ourselves to death.

In the meantime, we'd love to meet you at a show; so check our calendar, let us know where we need to be, and support independent music!


Check out this embarrassment of talented riches on stage together.

I could watch Jason Isbell play the guitar for hours upon end. He may just be my favorite guitar player ever.


Speaking of Mr. Isbell and the 4-hunnerd Unit

Jason Isbell | Tourdates


Finest guitar maker in the U.S. Blogs - guitars, movies, and rock - Scott Baxendale MySpace Blog:

"I have been light on the bloggin' lately as I have been very busy trying to build 6 guitars, film two movies, score one other film, and play rocabilly with the Velvet Elvis.

I have a new updated website for

And I have posted two new songs 'Prison Song' and 'String Changin'

Lots of new pictures as well"

Music I Like

Via Jenn. I dig this band. Weekend Tongue is a fun summer tune. - Donora - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Pop / Indie / Rock -

They do a kick ass cover of Hot Blooded. Also a version of M.I.A.'s Paper Airplanes. Post-Secrets used a song for one of their videos.

Here's Hot Blooded.


Here's some pretty bluegrass that caught my ear via a MySpace friend request. If the Friday gets too long give her a listen at the end of the day. Assuredly will make things much better. - Carleigh Nesbit - IVY, Virginia - Americana / Folk / Country -


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Southern Strategy Part Deux

Sign it.

FireDogLake - ACLU:

"We want Congress to stand up for our freedom, but they keep caving in to fear mongering! Help the ACLU spell it out for them.

The ACLU is preparing to challenge the unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act in court and protect your right to privacy.

In addition, the ACLU will be taking out a full-page ad in a major national newspaper announcing the lawsuit and expressing outrage at this abandonment of our Constitutional principles. Their goal is to run an ad containing the names of tens of thousands of Americans who believe in the Constitution and want Congress to hear our message loud and clear: next time, stand up for our rights.

There has never been a more important moment to demonstrate to our leaders that we believe in freedom – not fear."

Join it. - Alabama for Obama - 46 - Male - CHICAGO, Illinois -


Dig it.

GOP Rep: Obama Could Destroy Us In The South


Smack it up, flip it, rub it down.

Brothel offers customers gas rebate:

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Nevada brothel is trying to stimulate business by offering free gasoline."

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Grandpa McOnion Belt has gots him a genius plan.

"I love the smell of paying down the deficit. Smells like 'Victory'!

Bullshit like this would have worked in 2000 and 2004. Folks are a little to savvy to swallow this load in 08.

McCain: "Victory" Savings Will Pay Down Deficit


Meanwhile in the war you never hear much about on the TV......

We're like the shitty party guest that just won't leave. But instead of throwing up on the carpet we throw up carpet bombs on the entire country.

"Uhh, you guys need to, like, leave now".

Iraq raises idea of timetable for US withdrawal:

"BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister said Monday his country wants some type of timetable for a withdrawal of American troops included in the deal the two countries are negotiating."

Almost as good as McSame's plan for paying down the deficit.... McSame's plan for dealing with Iran.

Diplomacy, y'all.

McCain jokes about killing Iranians with cigarettes


One step closer.

Initiative would allow pot sales at liquor stores:

"Relax it and tax it."

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Get My Goat

Hells on both ends of it,
A goat, a dog, a Mercedes in between.
This highway's mean.

Ala. police nab Mercedes-climbing goat:

"The goat was arrested, the Mercedes-Benz was assaulted and the dog came along for the ride.

It happened Sunday when a woman driving the Mercedes saw a goat and dog playing on U.S. 72 in northern Alabama, Sheriff Mike Blakely said."

Count me in with the libertarian, free-marketers on this one. If you bought a house way beyond your budget with a flim-flam mortgage interest rate or you tried to flip it before your payment balloned then tough titty.

I didn't buy a house because I couldn't afford it and I was smart enough not to get suckered into one of those crappy loans. Ain't nobody bailing me out.

Kill all the Republican flavored loans and let house prices free fall for another year.

And I don't ever want to hear another bitch about 'welfare mothers'. Banking, the Airline industry, oil companies and now not-so-savvy consumers suck more from the 'welfare' teat than any single mom with 3 kids.

Fed study says home price drop 'necessary':

"Large-scale government intervention in the US housing crisis would be counterproductive and prevent a 'necessary' correction in home prices, according to a Federal Reserve study released Monday."

After Prince, Metallica and Rascal Flats will be performing a laser show. (Would someone shoot Rascal Flats in the face. I'm not even sure I know of a song of theirs but I must hate them on principle.)

Seriously, doh, this will be a sight to behold.

Obama to accept nomination before 75K-strong crowd:

"Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will formally accept his party's nomination before a crowd of 75,000 people at Denver's football stadium, breaking the mold of party conventions that traditionally have included only party delegates and activists."

You really couldn't make anything up that was funnier.

Mini-Me's ex breaks the silence on making amateur midget porn: A woman's journey:

"On why midget's prefer sex on dry land:

'I thought it would be fun to do it in the tub,' she said. 'Sadly I almost killed him. While Verne was watching TV I ran the bath, emptied a bottle of bubbles in it and called him in. But the bubbles were so thick and high that once he climbed in he got lost under the water and I couldn't see him.'"

Monday, July 07, 2008

Epic Battle

An epic battle. I watched it.... then I had some hotdogs. Good stuff.

Joey Chestnut Defeats Takeru Kobayashi In Hot Dog Contest After Eat-Off


I'm no longer JPW.... I'm JHW. The blog will be AHW.

Great idea.

Obama Supporters Take His Middle Name as Their Own:

"Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.

“Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads."

I would love to tool around SF in one of these.

Laugh at High Gas Prices With a 282-MPG VW

"With gas prices going through the roof and regulators requiring cars to be ever more miserly, Volkswagen is bringing new meaning to the term 'fuel efficiency' with a bullet-shaped microcar that gets a stunning 282 235 mpg."

Bad dog. Bad, bad dog. A h0t-dog, but a bad dog.

See how I bring it full circle First article is about people eating hot-dogs. Last article is about hot-dogs eating people. Is that Alanis irony? Is this like rain on my wedding day? I always get confused.

Anyway, I should receive some type of literary award for such genius.

Miniature dachshund gnaws off diabetic owner's toe:

"An Illinois woman says her beloved miniature dachshund gnawed off her right big toe while she was asleep. Linda Floyd told the Alton Telegraph for a story Wednesday that her beloved Roscoe was euthanized because of safety concerns."

Friday, July 04, 2008

4th of July

Why are you in front of a computer? Go outside and grill some flesh then blow up things with explosives.

Patriotism in action: Americans express love of country in many ways: "

'Patriotism is not simply supporting whatever those in power say, but also articulating a willingness to oppose for the sake of the country,' said Marc Kruman, director at Wayne State University's Center for the Study of Citizenship, which he founded in 2003 with a kickoff conference themed 'The Many Faces of Patriotism.'"

Americans are finding many ways to demonstrate their love for country, from joining political campaigns to organizing peace rallies and venting in the blogosphere. From a former war chaplain to a new U.S. citizen, here's how five Michigan residents show their patriotism:

Patriotism is being waterboarded for an article.

Should have held Hitchens under longer.

Oh, and I had to stick my hand on the oven eye last night and leave it there for 5 minutes to determine that the stove top was hot.

The Raw Story | War cheerleading journo is waterboarded:
"Christopher Hitchens, the British journalist who is among the staunchest defenders of the war in Iraq, was waterboarded for a recent article in Vanity Fair.

'Believe Me, It's Torture' is the article's title."

This is patriotic as hell. Go Utah!

Utah is going to a 4-day workweek to save energy


U.S.A! U.S.A.!

Ten Great American Flag Bikini Moments (PHOTOS)


Thursday, July 03, 2008

Pants Surge at the Pump

Surge!..... in my pants.... but not in the wallet.

Bush Stimulates The Porn Industry With His Economic Package:

"It sure has led to “higher consumer spending,” but not where Bush had probably hoped. The adult pornography industry reports that has seen a huge uptick in business thanks to Bush’s package. According to a press release from the Adult Internet Market Research Company:

Bush is teh suck.

The 10 Most Awesomely Bad Moments of the Bush Presidency


I've made this argument before. Some truth to this I believe.

Dennis Haysbert: I Helped Pave Obama's Way:

"RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Dennis Haysbert likes to believe his portrayal as the first African-American U.S. president on Fox's '24' may have helped pave the way for Barack Obama."

She confused the 'ass, grass or cash' part.

Its all getting to much like Mad Max.

Woman charged with trading sex for gas


Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Losing Your Head

12 hours... 750 miles on some great American roads.... 200 dollars in gas.... a rental Volvo that drove like a champ.... top temperature outside.... 122 degrees.

Still needing a couple of days to recoup.

Easiest road trip I've ever taken, though. Gas prices have cleared the roads out West, no doubt.


How to make a Republican's head explode.

9/11 canine hero to be cloned: California lab:

"WASHINGTON (AFP) - A dog that sniffed out survivors from under the rubble of New York's World Trade Center after the 2001 terror strikes is to be cloned, the California-based firm conducting the procedure said."

We're #1! U.S.A! U.S.A.!

How much money do we spend fighting this and how many people do we lock up?

War on drugs is going about as well as the War on Terra.

Americans are world's top drug users: study


"Hey y'all, watch this"

SC teen struck, killed by Six Flags coaster in Ga:

"AUSTELL, Ga. - A teenager was decapitated by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area Saturday at Six Flags Over Georgia, authorities said."


Brain scientists discover why adventure feels good:

"LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have identified a primitive area of the brain that makes us adventurous -- a finding which may help explain why people routinely fall for 'new' products when shopping."

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Gone Gone Gone

Ladies, 'for the bible told me so'.

Better have my money, too!

Southern Baptist scholar says spousal abuse stems from wife’s refusal to submit to husbands.


'cept for Alison Kraus. I'll give her all my money.


Kinda NSFW but funny.