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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Lenny Bruce

Dateline October 13, 1925 - Leonard Alfred Schneider is born in Mineola, New York. By the time Lenny Bruce died in 1966 he had changed the face of comedy forever. However, more importantly, he changed the face of The First Amendment and Free Speech forever.
“I rode with him in a taxi once,only for a mile and a half. Seemed like it took a couple of months”
– Bob Dylan about Lenny Bruce

Friday, October 12, 2012

Chow Mein and Bolling 9 ► A Vice Presidential Debate Review

Put down Bully Boy Bolling as another bullshit artist from Fox "News" who didn't much like Vice President Joe Biden's debate performance. 

The so called "Fair and Balanced" network has spent plenty of time since the end of the debate alleging Biden was drunk, rude, disrespectful, an unhinged cranky old man, and even attacked him for things he didn't say. However, leave it to Bully Boy Bolling to take it so far over-the-top that it barely resembled what the rest of the country saw. However, before Bully Boy weighed in, The Five played a greatest hits package of Fox "News" personalities criticizing the Vice President.

Nostalgia Ain't What It Used To Be ► Vice Presidents We Have Known

It seems only fitting this morning, after last night's Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congresschild Lyin' Ryan, to remind people that on this day in 1973 President Richard Nixon nominated Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as VP. Agnew was forced to resign ahead of pleading nolo contendere (no contest) to charges that he accepted bribes as governor of Maryland and tax evasion before becoming Nixon's one-breath-away-from-the-presidency pick as Veep.

After Richard Nixon resigned in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Gerald Ford, who had been a Congressman, was elevated to the office of the presidency, despite having not been elected to either office.

"Some people say" that Ford's massive gaffe during the Presidential Debate against Jimmy Carter doomed his reelection. There are others that say it was his own clumsiness, or perception thereof, that doomed his reelection. Then there's a whole passel of people who blame Chevy Chase's portrayals of Ford on Saturday Night Live as the reason Ford wasn't reelected. I've never listened to those "nattering nabobs of negativity" because I've always believed Ford lost reelection because he pardoned Richard Nixon.

This turn of events made Gerald R. Ford the only appointed President of the United States, until George W. Bush in 2000.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chow Mein and Bolling ► A Musical Interlude

Unretouched photo of Bully Boy Bolling taken off my tee vee screen
I get email. Several people have asked me me how I came up with such an odd name for a series that (quite rightly) skewers Bully Boy Bolling for being the supreme asshole that he is. While I explained in the first episode of Chow Mein and Bolling, I guess it would be hubris for me to expect my faithful readers to go back that far.

The truth of the matter is I stole the name from Mike Nesmith, my favourite Monkee, who named a terrifically funny song "Chow Mein and Bolling."

Now I guess I need to apologize to Mike Nesmeth, Nez to his fans, because my popular series Chow Mein and Bolling has knocked Nesmith off the top of the Google listings. I'll do that my treating my fans to another great Mike Nesmith song, which helps put Bully Boy Bolling's tee vee bullshit into the proper perspective.

Does that answer your question?

Chow Mein and Bolling 8 ► Bully Boy Bolling: Hypocrite

Unretouched photo of Bully Boy Bolling
taken directly from my tee vee screen
It's become something of a truism that if you find Bully Boy Bolling taking a stand on something, you can probably find him taking the opposite position at some time in the past. He's like Mendacious Mitt Romney that way.

Lately he has been railing against Big Bird. That's just another way he's like Mendacious Mitt. On The Five -- which could be a serious show with serious discussions about serious issues, except that it's on Fox "News," so all bets are off -- Bully Boy Bolling compared the big yellow bird from Sesame Street to Dora the Explorer, even though one is on a non-profit network and the other is not. However, Bolling doesn't mind comparing apples with oranges. To him it's just an example of the "takers" versus the "makers." According to Media Matters:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Musical Appreciation ► Thelonious Monk ► A Jazz Great

Dateline October 10, 1917 - Thelonious Sphere Monk is born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. When he was 4 years old his family would move to the "San Juan Hill" area of Manhattan. A year later he would start playing piano after listening to his sister's music lessons. By the time of his death in 1982, he would be one of only 5 Jazz artists to appear on the cover of Time Magazine (the others being Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck). Today he's generally considered The Father of Bebop music.

According to The Monk Zone:
With the arrival Thelonious Sphere Monk, modern music — let alone modern culture simply hasn’t been the same. Recognized as one of the most inventive pianists of any musical genre, Monk achieved a startlingly original sound that even his most devoted followers have been unable to successfully imitate. His musical vision was both ahead of its time and deeply rooted in tradition, spanning the entire history of the music from the “stride” masters of James P. Johnson and Willie “the Lion” Smith to the tonal freedom and kinetics of the “avant garde.” And he shares with Edward “Duke” Ellington the distinction of being one of the century’s greatest American composers. At the same time, his commitment to originality in all aspects of life — in fashion, in his creative use of language and economy of words, in his biting humor, even in the way he danced away from the piano — has led fans and detractors alike to call him “eccentric,” “mad” or even “taciturn.” Consequently, Monk has become perhaps the most talked about and least understood artist in the history of jazz.
The WikiWackyWoo says, "Monk is the second-most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is particularly remarkable as Ellington composed over 1,000 songs while Monk wrote about 70."

It wasn't just his own compositions. When Monk covered another artists' song, he had a way of turning it inside out and creating his lovely dissonance, where it none had before.

Clint Eastwood, when he's not berating empty chairs, is a great aficionado of Jazz. He produced this 1988 documentary, directed by Charlotte Zwerin that can say far more than I can:

If that has whetted your appetite, here's a Thelonious Monk Jukebox I put together:


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bully Boy Bolling Is A Coward ► Chow Mein and Bolling 7

Unretouched pic of Bully Boy Bolling
taken right off my tee vee screen
Like most bullies, Bully Boy Bolling has proven himself to be a supreme coward -- and one with a thin skin to boot. The other day he tweeted at me how disinterested he was in my Chow Mein and Bolling series, but not so disinterested that he couldn't NOT respond. See how that works?

So thrilled was I that Bully Boy Bully recognized little ol' me, and my little ol' blog, that I created an entire post around his tweet.

Nostalgia Ain't What It Used To Be ► Happy Birthday, John Lennon

Dateline October 9, 1940 - John Winston Lennon is born in war time Liverpool. December 8, 1980 John Ono Lennon is assassinated in New York City. There's nothing left to say; his music still speaks for him, as it will do here: 

This John Lennon Tribute Jukebox for Spotify
has 112 tracks. Hit Random Shuffle and it will
move the air in your space for more than 6 hours.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode 20

Bizarro World is owned by DC Comics
After another week of Fox "News" bullshit, it's time for The Fox "News" Spin Cycle to gear up, wade through all the craziness, and deconstruct it for my faithful readers.

It was an exciting 7 days in Bizarro World. Early in the week Fox "News" tried to promote a 5 year old video, which was extensively covered 5 years ago, as an EXCLUSIVE, EXPLOSIVE new video, which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt President Obama is a ANGRY BLACK MAN! Be afraid, be very afraid.

Then came the Presidential Debates. After Mendacious Mitt lied his way through the debate, Fox "News" felt they had to WHITEwash his debate lies by pretending it's unseemly for Democrats to call out a candidate for lying. Granted President Obama's debate performance was lackluster, but that doesn't mean that Mendacious Mitt didn't lie every time he opened his mouth.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Andy's Gang ► Another Magical Tee Vee Moment

Dateline October 7, 1905 - Andrew Vabre "Andy" Devine is born in Flagstaff, Arizona. With his trademark raspy voice, Andy Devine went on to become one of the great character actors in Hollywood. He appeared in more than 400 hundred flicks, often playing the sidekick. He was Cookie alongside Roy Rogers and appeared in several John Wayne movies, including the original Stagecoach, Island in the Sky, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, where he played the cowardly marshal. Among his other movie credits are Romeo and Juliet, the original A Star Is Born, the original Geronimo, the Jack Benny comedy Buck Benny Rides Again, Pete Kelly's Blues, and dozens of others.