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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Judge Not 8 ► Bob Costas Control

Totally unretouched pic of Judge Nap
taken directly from my tee vee set
Not even Bob Costas making an obvious statement about gun violence was enough to goose Judge "Andy" Nap's output any higher this week. At 31 posts, Judge Nap's bluster was only slightly higher than last week's tally. It's still within the margin of error, however.

TO BE FAIR: Judge Nap was not the only Fox personality to jump on Bob Costas' gun remarks during the week; He was just the most hypocritical. Let's get right to this exciting episode of Judge Not:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Me and Flo and Eddie and Mark and Howard ► A Musical Appreciation

"I’d like to clean you boys up a bit and mold you.
I believe I could make you as big as The Turtles"
~~~~~Noted L.A. disc jockey
A mere 3 days ago I wrote about Frank Zappa, one of my musical heroes. Today I want to tell the story of how I met Flo & Eddie. 

I'm telling this story because I am sure Howard Kaylan left this chapter out of his forthcoming book, "Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc." That's why it has been left to me to tell the unabridged story. Get comfortable, kiddies.

Three days ago, when writing about the Zappa LP Freak Out, I said: 
Not to brag, but I was there from the beginning. I discovered Frank Zappa some time in 1966 when I first set eyes on the cover of Freak Out at my local Kresge's record department. As one descended on the escalator into the basement, a gap opened in the wall revealing Kresge's 2-rack record department. The farther one descended, more of the record department was revealed in the expanding triangle of the record department. As teens we'd crane our heads into that crack to see what was new each week.

One day in 1966 my eyes spied what was the ugliest record cover I had ever seen. I had to own it.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Montgomery Bus Boycott ► Nostalgia Ain't What It Used To Be

Dateline December 5, 1955 - Rosa Parks and E.D. Nixon began the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It lasted for just over one year. 

This is something that happened within my lifetime. It's not all that long ago: a mere 57 years.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott didn't end racism, of course. It's just not institutionalized and is far less overt. Hell, President Obama's reelection hasn't ended racism. It's just done through dog whistles these days.

Some years later my father had a store on 12th Street in Detroit, the city to which Parks had moved in 1957. Twelfth Street was at the epicenter of the 1967 riot and was eventually renamed Rosa Parks Boulevard.

Rosa Parks died in Detroit on October 24, 2005.

Further reading:

Unpacking My Detroit; Part Five ► The Detroit Riots

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Frank Zappa ► A Musical Appreciation

Dateline December 4 - On this day in 1971 Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention were on stage in Montreax, Switzerland when the casino caught fire. The night was immortalized in Deep Purple's song "Smoke on the Water." On the same date 22 years later Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode 28

Bizarro is owned by DC Comics
The only thing that separates Fox "News" World from Bizarro World is the fact that Bizarro World is a totally made up place. Oh! Wait! So is Fox "News" World. Let me try that again.

The only thing that separates Fox "News" World from Bizarro World is the fact that Bizarro World is a totally made up world of pen and ink. Try doing that, Steve Doocy!

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle is a leisure time activity of the Aunty Em Ericann Blog. Let's get right to it, shall we?