Friday, November 30, 2007

It’s Friday night ... time to do the “Bombay Boogie”

This song by sitar master Ashwin Batish was a huge hit on my college radio station many moons ago. I still love the hell out of it. One of my greatest accomplishments in college was booking a show that featured Ashwin opening up for Half Japanese. Enjoy.

p.s. If anyone wants to know what I want for Christmas, pay close attention to what’s on Batish’s head in the video.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/30/07 at 05:01 PM
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BREAKING NEWS: Hostage situation and bomb threat at Hillary Clinton campaign HQ in Rochester, NH

UPDATED BREAKING NEWS: Man with bomb strapped to chest holding two hostages at Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters in Rochester, New Hampshire

Via MSNBC.  I’ll post more info when it becomes available. UPDATE: Here’s a direct link to MSNBC coverage.

MORE: Coverage from WMUR in New Hampshire. Live video coverage here.

ALSO: WBZ in New Hampshire has some limited coverage here.

2:05 PM ET: WMUR is reporting on their live broadcast that it’s a man in his 40’s with salt-and-pepper hair who allegedly has a bomb strapped to his body.  He asked a woman with a child in the HQ to leave and is holding two other people (campaign workers) hostage.

2:14 PM ET: WPTZ is mirroring the same information that’s currently on WMUR (including live video).  Apparently Drudge has linked to WMUR, so that site may start crawling soon.

2:26 PM ET: CNN has picked up the story.

3:09 PM ET: Two people have been released per WMUR.  Apparently, that’s all of the hostages. Good news.

3:45 PM ET: WMUR and MSNBC are backing away from earlier reports that two people have been released. Now it can only be confirmed that one hostage (a young woman) has been released.

4:55 PM ET: A press conference just concluded that released no info at all. The latest info from various news agencies is that the suspect’s name is Troy Stanley, that he’s mentally disturbed and that he’s apparently armed only with road flares. I’m signing off on this story.  Looks like it’s going to come to as good of a conclusion as possible.

FINAL UPDATE: I was out last night, but apparently during the crisis the suspect legally changed his name to Leeland Eisenberg.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/30/07 at 01:51 PM
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A pure conservative

I saw this post a couple of days ago by Paul Mirengoff at Power Line:

While many of you suckers were watching the Republican presidential debate,

I got to listen to a pure conservative tonight. The conservative was Ann Coulter; the occasion was the 30th anniversary of the National Journalism Center.


Coulter’s speech was witty, insightful, and deliciously mean-spirited. Although she came more to bury than to praise, Coulter did put in a nice word about Power Line.

C-Span has the Coulter speech online now and if you want to know what passes for a “pure conservative” these days, well, put on a gas mask and then read the following:

The only Democrat who can beat [Hillary Clinton] is B. Hussein Obama.  His strong point is he’s one of the least dangerous people I know named Hussein. Other than that he really seems to have been coasting since his first big accomplishment, which was being born half-black. [...] When asked at one of the debates ...  Obama was asked what he would do, how he would respond if he was president and two US cities were attacked simultaneously. He said he’d call an ambulance ... and John Edwards piped in, “Yes, and I’d be chasing it.” Yeah, I think we assumed you’d send in ambulances.  I think that sort of misses the point. Of course, my response would have been, “That depends, which two US cities?”

I know a lot of folks on my “team” like to look the other way when it comes to Coulter, but if you have the time you should really watch the whole speech and the Q&A that follows it to see what the definition of a “pure conservative” has degraded to in ‘07. It’s quite revealing. Basically, judging from her speech, being a “pure conservative” has two requirements: a) you must possess a deep, anger-fueled hatred for liberals and b) you must possess a deep, anger-fueled hatred for Muslims (or as Coulter pronounces it repeatedly, “Mooslims”).  That’s it. There’s nothing more left.  That’s all they’ve got. And you can see from their questions and Coulter’s answers that they know they’re completely fucked because of it.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 11/30/07 at 09:50 AM
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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players write and perform music based on slides they collect from tag sales, thrift stores and estate sales.  In a live setting, Tina (the mother) works the slide projector while Jason (the father) and Rachel (the way-too-adorable daughter) rock out. I haven’t seen them perform for several years but they used to put on a grin-a-millisecond show.  I hope you enjoy these two videos I just stumbled upon via YouTube as much as I did.

“Mountain Trip to Japan, 1959”

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Posted by Kevin K. on 11/29/07 at 10:33 PM

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If you want to get ahead of the curve when it comes to tracking the latest wingnut meltdown, look no further than this. I guarantee “Our Lady of Perpetual Outrage” (and a bunch of other bloggers) will be all over it by the end of the day.

UPDATE: Well, the nuttersphere has let me down on this one.  I guess they’re too wound up about planting time at CNN to pay attention to this, but Doocy always delivers.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/29/07 at 11:41 AM
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Comment of the day

In the Navy
The haunting.

From Little Green Footfungus:

When I was in the Navy there were too many gays in my squadron as it was. The gays are even worse than the average Liberal, when it comes to sabotaging a guy because they don’t like him, don’t like his politics, etc.

They are even worse than Feminists, and the bad thing was, is that you couldn’t always see them coming.

The last thing we needed on the boat was some flamer reverting back to form at sea, and effecting the whole Truman Capote act, and tying their shirt up in a midriff showing halter top, and pulling the stitching out of their dungarees to tailor them and getting all up in everyone’s face with their “gayness.”

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/29/07 at 10:18 AM
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Democrats, this is where the throat is…

Judith Nathan Giuliani

Go for it.

It’s time to start referring to Judith Nathan Giuliani as the First Mistress of the United States. Or maybe just America’s Mistress. And don’t stop.

Do not let this story die:

As New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in security expenses amassed during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons, according to previously undisclosed government records.

The documents, obtained by Politico under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, show that the mayoral costs had nothing to do with the functions of the little-known city offices that defrayed his tabs, including agencies responsible for regulating loft apartments, aiding the disabled and providing lawyers for indigent defendants.

At the time, the mayor’s office refused to explain the accounting to city auditors, citing “security.”

The Hamptons visits resulted in hotel, gas and other costs for Giuliani’s New York Police Department security detail.

More from The New York Times and Newsday.

IN ADDITION: Digby has zeroed in on even more hypocritical sleaziness from the Noble Knight of Nineelevenstan.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/29/07 at 09:11 AM
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

We are taking sugar water shower

If I was held at gunpoint and asked to name one of my favorite music videos ever, Cibo Matto’s “Sugar Water” would be a probable selection.  In addition, if I was held at gunpoint and asked that question, I’d probably think to myself, “Jesus fuck, that’s a weird question to be asked at gunpoint.”

FYI, the video was directed by Michael Gondry and if you want to see how it was made, well, we’ve got that for you, too:

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You know, it’s not that I have anything against dissidents, it’s just that I can’t stand (and don’t trust) the loathsome douchebags who promote them:

ON A COLD MORNING last winter, I arrived at the home of Richard Perle outside Washington for a scheduled interview. I was about 10 minutes early, so I chose to shiver a bit on the front porch. Perle, the point man for the neoconservatives’ drive for regime change throughout the Middle East, had agreed to spend time me with for a book I was writing about his life and times. Just then, the front door opened and out stepped Perle and a robust young man who was obviously in a hurry.

“Oh, Alan,” Perle said with some surprise. “I’d like you to meet . . . ” But I already knew who his guest was.

“Yes, sir,” I said, extending my hand. “I recognize you from your photographs.”

My, my, I thought. Mr. Perle is at it again.

The exiting guest was Farid Ghadry, an exiled Syrian dissident who, like Perle, believes it’s past time to replace Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Ghadry, who heads a Washington-based group called the Syrian Reform Party, hopes to be the man in charge one day in Damascus. When I met him, he had already been granted audiences with David Wurmser, Vice President Dick Cheney’s top Middle East advisor and Perle protege, and with Cheney’s daughter, Elizabeth, who headed the State Department’s Iran-Syria desk from 2005 until last June. I asked Wurmser about Ghadry. Was he another Ahmad Chalabi, the checkered Iraqi exile whom the United States backed as a Saddam Hussein replacement in Iraq?

“He’s not asking for money, and we’re not advocating money for him,” Wurmser told me. “As for him wanting power, sure, he probably has an agenda. But it doesn’t matter. This is where you go back to the Soviet Union, because it’s the same question that we always work with, from Lech Walesa to Vaclav Havel: ‘Did they have an understanding of the malady and danger posed by the totalitarian regime in their country?’ “

If there’s one reason (I know, it’s hard to pick one) to keep Giuliani from being president, it’s to ensure that neocons, who Digby has succinctly (and repeatedly) pointed out are wrong about everything,  are forever discarded into the dustbin of history.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/28/07 at 08:42 AM
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People ... people who need endorsements

I mean, seriously, I get the Oprah thingee, but does anyone really give a fuck what Barbra Streisand thinks anymore (besides dickless wingnuts)? Even 82-year-old queens in Chelsea have pretty much forgotten about her, so why is my google news all aflutter?

She does look very patriotic these days, though:

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Posted by Kevin K. on 11/28/07 at 06:58 AM
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Giuliani: Pedophile This Under “More Great Judgements in Character”

Alan Placa
Hey, at least he’s not Bernie Kerik…

From Inside Catholic:

Since 2002, Msgr. Alan Placa has worked for Rudy Giuliani as a consultant at Giuliani Partners. In 2003 a grand jury report of Suffolk County, NY, accused Placa of sexually abusing multiple victims.
A spokeswoman for Giuliani Partners told Salon Magazine that the former New York City mayor believes Placa was “unjustly accused.” The grand jury report contains accusations from three alleged victims, including two children (Placa is named as “Priest F” in the report.) According to testimony before the grand jury, “Everyone in the school knew to stay away from Priest F.”
Placa and Giuliani have known each other since they attended Loughlin High School in Brooklyn. They became close friends and occasionally double-dated. After high school, they attended Manhattan College and joined the same fraternity, Phi Rho Pi.
Placa was ordained a Catholic priest in 1970. He served in various parishes and a preparatory seminary on Long Island before working for Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Rockville Centre. At Giuliani’s first wedding, Placa was the best man. Placa helped him get his annulment in 1982 before he officiated at Giuliani’s wedding to Donna Hanover in 1984. Placa also officiated at funeral services for Giuliani’s mother and father and baptized both of his children.
Because Placa has a law degree from Hofstra University, he became a legal consultant to the diocese and was part of a three-person team reviewing charges of sexual abuse by priests. According to Newsday, Placa was the “chief architect” of the Rockville Diocese sexual abuse policy.
In addition to containing accusations against Placa, the Suffolk County grand jury claimed that the evidence “clearly demonstrates that diocesan officials agreed to engage in conduct that resulted in the prevention, hindrance, and delay in the discovery of criminal conduct by priests.”
The grand jury report includes excerpts from a letter in which Placa brags about his ability to settle multi-million dollar clergy abuse claims for “$20,000 to $100,000.”
During the 1980s, Placa was the legal advisor to the House of Affirmation in Worchester, MA, which offered counseling services to priests accused of sexual abuse. One person who worked at this facility called it a “pedophile boot camp.” An abuse victim referred to it as a “breeding ground for sexual predators.”
In June 2002, Giuliani called Placa “one of the finest people I know.”

(via Sullivan)


  • Brian Ross covered this story back in October.
  • Two stories from The New York Times: here and here.

RELATED: Ross has info on another dirty Giuliani crony here.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/27/07 at 12:32 PM

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Freeze your hard drive for data recovery?

I woke up this morning to hear that horrible clacking noise (unfortunately, I’ve heard it before on an older computer) coming from my external hard drive and see a “delayed write failed” error message on my computer.  Fortunately, I don’t have anything critical on the external ... mostly just a lot of MP3s. I was hunting around the innertubes for data recovery options when I came across this blog post that says that freezing your hard drive works as a short-term solution for data recovery.  Judging from the comments on the blog post (and on other message boards I found afterwards) this appears to have worked for some people. I don’t think Rumproast gets a lot of geek traffic, but has anyone successfully tried this?  Also, can I just put the whole external hard drive, case and all, into the freezer or do I have to crack it open and take out the disk (or disks)?

We now return to our regular non-geek programming.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/27/07 at 08:45 AM
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Just add pork

Just Add Pork

There’s a coffee shop for sale in Maspeth, NY:

Listing Description

Low Rent $2000 5 year lease - Landlord willing to extend Basement No other restaurant nearby. Busy commercial area. Schools, offices, retail, lodging and industrial all nearby. Large Irish, Italian and Hispanic base. High breakfast/lunch traffic. Full inventory included. Ready to go! Smooth transition. Currently open at 8am, close at 7pm six days. Increase earning potential by adding pork products such as ham. Also beers. Motivated seller. Please call to schedule appointment. SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY.

(Thanks for the tip, Colin!)

UPDATE: I guess we were driving a little too much traffic to the listing because Restaurants For Sale Online has pulled it.  Or, I guess, someone with an excess of pork pouring out of their pockets might have bought it. You can view the Google cache here or check out our screencap.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/27/07 at 06:20 AM
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Monday, November 26, 2007

What up, G?

According to The Brooklyn Paper, the G train will start running to Park Slope and on through to the F’s Church Avenue stop (Kensington) permanently once construction begins at the Smith-Ninth Street stop.  This is great news for folks like me who have been struggling with frequent Slope to Williamsburg/Greenpoint trips.  The G still sucks, but it is considerably less sucky now.  Bravo.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/26/07 at 12:21 PM
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Cox Sausage

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