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Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Beatles Meet Brian Epstein ► Throwback Thursday

On this day in 1961 The Beatles meet with Brian Epstein to discuss whether he would manage them. And, nothing was ever the same again.

According to This Day In Music:
Brian Epstein invited The Beatles into his office to discuss the possibility of becoming their manager. John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best arrived late for the 4pm meeting, (they had been drinking at the Grapes pub in Matthew Street), but Paul McCartney was not with them, because, as Harrison explained, he had just got up and was "taking a bath".
McCartney, bathed and dressed, eventually showed up and The Beatles decided to let Epstein become their manager. Over the next few years he helped take them to the "toppermost of the poppermost" as the most successful boy band of all time.


As the WikiWackyWoo tells us:
Epstein first discovered the Beatles in November 1961 during a lunchtime Cavern Club performance. He was instantly impressed and saw great potential in the group.[1] Epstein was rejected by nearly all major recording companies in London, then he secured a meeting with George Martin, head of EMI's Parlophone label. In May 1962, Martin agreed to sign the Beatles, partly because of Epstein's conviction that the group would become internationally famous.[2]

The Beatles' early success has been attributed to Epstein's management style, and the band trusted him without hesitation. In addition to handling the Beatles' business affairs, Epstein often stepped in to mediate personal disputes within the group. The Beatles' unquestioning loyalty to Epstein later proved detrimental, as the band rarely read contracts before signing them.[3] Shortly after the song "Please Please Me" rose to the top of the charts in 1963, Epstein advised the creation of Northern Songs, a publishing company that would control the copyrights of all Lennon–McCartney compositions recorded between 1963 and 1973. Music publisher Dick James and his partner Charles Silver owned 51-percent of the company, Lennon and McCartney each owned 20%, and Epstein owned 9%.[4] By 1969, Lennon and McCartney had lost control of all publishing rights to ATV Music Publishing. Still, Epstein's death in 1967 marked the beginning of the group's dissolution and had a profound effect on each individual Beatle. In 1997, Paul McCartney said, "If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian."[5]

That's not all that happened to The Beatles on this day. Today in Beatles History gives us the full lowdown:

1938: Marriage of Alfred Lennon and Julia Stanley. After the ceremony, they go to the movies and then to their respective houses.

1963: Concert at the Guild Hall, Portsmouth ('The Beatles Autumn Tour') (postponed 12 November).

1964: Brian flies from Los Angeles to London.
1964: Appearance on BBC-TV's 'Top Of the Pops'.

1965: Start of UK tour, with the Moody Blues and The Kobbas & Beryl Mardsen. Concert at the Odeon Cinema, Glasgow.
1965: UK single release: 'We Can Work It Out'/'Day Tripper'. First single officially released as double A side.
1965: UK LP release: 'Rubber Soul'.

1966: 'Yesterday'... And Today', 24th week in the Top 200 (Billboard).

1971: UK LP release: 'Fly'.

1977: Start of 'London Town' LP sessions at AIR London Studios.

1980: John and Yoko's apartment, Dakota Building. Photographic session of John and Yoko, with Annie Leibovitz.

1988: 10th episode of a BBC series, essentially based on 'The Beatles At The Beeb' collection.
1993: Paul's concert at the Pacaembu Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil ('The New World Tour').


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Annotated Bill O'Reilly Talking Point Memo #1

I've read and watched so many of these Talking Point Memos, I could probably write one. All one needs do is use as many of the 7 types of propaganda techniques as possible.

With this post the Not Now Silly Newsroom tests the watters [geddit?] for a new series of Annotated Bill O'Reilly Talking Point Memos. Aunty Em used to do this over at NewsHounds with Glenn Beck's Comedy Caliphate when he was still slinging the crazy over at the Fox "News" Channel. It's a lot of fun and it usually got a good reaction. Let me know what you think. Weigh in and let me know whether I should continue.

In order to win the presidency in 2016 both the Republican and Democratic candidate will have to get a good amount of votes from Hispanic Americans.

But the leading GOP is doing everything in his power to drive them away. Therefore, you've got to make people afraid.

On Thanksgiving the New York Times ran an editorial that pretty much laid out what the liberal viewpoint is on people coming to live in America.

Of course, almost all the other times O'Reilly, or Fox "News," mentions the NYTs it is to trash it. But, do go on. I'm fascinated to learn where this is going.

Point number one: The left no longer distinguishes between illegal aliens and those who come here legally.

Of course, you can show where the NYTs said exactly that, right? I thought not. I've done several searches and while this is not conclusive proof, I couldn't find it. But, I'd be happy to link it HERE if anyone points it out to me.

All foreign nationals who enter are now described by the Times and others as immigrants.

All? That's a sweeping statement. Even I hedged above when I said, "...almost all the other times O'Reilly, or Fox "News," mentions the NYTs..." But, things are just Black and White to you, no pun intended.

And if you use the term illegal alien, you are a bigot.

Uh, oh! Someone must have called Loofah Lad a bigot recently.

Point two: The left believes that any fence on the southern border is nativist bigotry that is a hateful action towards non-Americans, especially Hispanics.

Any fence? Again, a sweeping statement. I don't know anybody who is against a border fence. But, you're just calling it a "fence" to cover for the GOP's head bigot, Donald Trump, who wants to build a yuuuuuuuge wall to keep out all the rapists and criminals he talks about.

Point number three: The left wants open borders, no restrictions on those who come here, no detention, no physical barrier, no deportation proceedings unless a serious crime other than illegal entry is committed.

I have yet to hear anyone advocate that. Which orifice are you pulling your facts from?

And if you disagree with that you are a promoting an anti-immigrant police state.

We already have a police state. That's what ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ is all about.

Point four: The left says all immigrants -- again illegal and legal -- should be welcomed and assimilated.

Again, I have yet to hear anyone advocate for that. Altho', I have heard people with good hearts talk about welcoming Syrian refugees. Is this what this is really about? Syrian refugees?

And not only that, the government should give them money to settle in and they should be immediately eligible for all the entitlements Americans can secure.

An earlier Talking Point Memo delivered without a hint of irony
You're really pushing every negative and already debunked trope you can think of, ain't you?

Point five: All illegal aliens already here should be put on a pathway to citizenship.

What is your proposal, Falafel King? You can't deport them all. And, you can't have a second tier of U.S. resident, where some immigrants are allowed to become citizens and others are not. I'd love to hear your proposal.

The left wants full amnesty.

The Rabid Right wants deportation. What's the 'Merkin thing to do? You're a Catholic, Bill O. What would Jesus do?

And finally point number six: The left wants free lawyers for all immigrants so they can gather up the entitlements and citizenship requirements.

Actually, the Constitution requites lawyers. That whole "You have a right to remain silent" speech ends with an acknowledgment of that.

At the end of the editorial in the New York Times, the paper asks is that so radical?

Okay, I just went and looked again. I've not found the editorial you speak of. Could you just point it out to me so I can see how you've misquoted it, if it even exists at all.

The answer of course is yes, open borders, full amnesty, complete entitlement access is indeed radical and dangerous to public order and safety.

Be afraid! Be very Afraid!!

But that is the vision of the Democratic Party.

WAIT! I thought you said it was the entire Left Wing, but now it's just the Democratic Party?

Not everyone, but you will not hear many Democrats go up against that, as the Kate's Law debate demonstrated.

WAIT!!! You just said it was the entire Democratic Party. Which is it. Who are you talking about?

Now many believe this is a pure political strategy, that flooding the nation with foreigners -- many of whom will get the right to vote -- strengthens the Democratic Party.

An earlier Talking Point Memo delivered without a hint of irony
Call me crazy, but I think immigration strengthens the nation. But that's just me.

But there is much more in play.

And, you'll let us in on the secret of this Left Wing Cabal, right? I'm breathless with anticipation.

The radical left immigration vision would profoundly change all of America’s traditions, all of them.

WAIT!!! Now it's just the radical left. Make up your mind. You can't keep moving the target like this.

And that's what the left wants because that ideology sees the American Judeo-Christian tradition as oppressive, exploitative and a white-privilege legacy.

Now this screed makes sense. I get it now. You're worried about your precious White Privilege being taken away, ain't you? You're downright scared, ain't you?

Thus, the uber-left wants traditional America wiped off the face of the earth.

WAIT!!! Now it's just the uber-left? That's the fringiest of the fringe. You're scaremongering about those crazy outliers?

That's what is truly going on and if Americans don't wise up quickly, the left-wing vision of immigration may very well become a reality.

That's not what's going on at all. You pulled all of that out of your ass to create a strawman you've conditioned your brain-dead viewers to believe is their enemy.

And that's the memo.

One of the biggest piles you've ever crapped out, which is why I decided to annotate it.



Not a single word of Loofah Lad's has been omitted or changed. For comparison, the entire Talking Points Memo without annotation can be found here, because I show my work, unlike Loofah Lad. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Bing Crosby's Last Christmas Special ► Monday Musical Appreciation

On this day in 1977 (as The Music History Calendar tells us): Bing Crosby's last Christmas special airs. The show was recorded in September, and Crosby died that October. The show is remembered for Crosby's unusual duet with David Bowie, where they sang a modified version of "Little Drummer Boy," with Bowie singing the new "Peace On Earth" lyrics composed by the show's writers.

For many decades -- and for millions of people around the world -- Bing Crosby meant Christmas. His rendition of Irving Berlin's White Christmas has been certified by Guinness World Records as the best selling single in history, with well over 150 million copies. According to the WikiWackyWoo:
The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941; a copy of the recording from the radio program is owned by the estate of Bing Crosby and was loaned to CBS News Sunday Morning for their December 25, 2011, program.[5] He subsequently recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers for Decca Records in just 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on July 30 as part of an album of six 78-rpm discs from the film Holiday Inn.[5][8] At first, Crosby did not see anything special about the song. He just said "I don't think we have any problems with that one, Irving."[9]
Crosby reprised the tune in the 1954 movie White Christmas, which was virtually a remake of Holiday Inn.

One of my earliest posts here was called "Okay, I’ll Confess. I Love Bing Crosby!" It is a paean to one of my favourite vocalists, and one I used to make jokes about. However, as I explained, it took Louis Armstrong to make me appreciate Bing Crosby, who rocketed up to the top of my personal hit parade.

Here is the last time the country was able to celebrate Christmas with Bing Crosby.


Long may he sing.