Friday, January 16, 2015

Overheard at Table 3: Nous ne sommes pas Charlie He(retic)bdo


Lucky Moran: Is this truly an act of war?

Otis Redwing: To some, it is.

Lucky: But seriously, how can a cartoon make so many people so angry?

Otis: Heresy.

Lucky:  Heresy?

Otis:  Heresy.  In a strict interpretation, any visual representation is heresy.

Lucky: But how can cartoonists be heretics if they're not Muslim?  You can only be a heretic if you actually believe in that particular religion.

Otis:  It's because the heresy IS on the people who follow that strain of Islam.  It's heresy if they ALLOW the disrespect to continue.  That's why the one guy was screaming, "The prophet is avenged" instead of "I just greased the heretics."  By avenging the prophet,  HE was no longer a heretic and thus could get gunned down in peace.

Lucky:  You mean in a hail of gunfire.

Otis:  TomAY-to, tomAH-to.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Soundtrack for the First Week of January 2015

I've made a mix Soundtrack for this week, to be played against the images of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, to the bodies that line the village lanes in Nigeria from those slain at the hands of Boko Haram, to the gloating Republicans making legislation to sodomize what's left of the working class Americans, to the gaiety of Floridians . . . there are joys and there are trials, there is new hope and there is new terror.   The songs that have come to my mind this week, in this soundtrack, seem more like an escape to a "happy place" rather than a full-on tackling of these images.  

But then, you can hear for yourselves:

Madmen in Seine

ARTIST                             SONG

Silverchair Madman  

Natasha Bedingfield
Pocketful of Sunshine

Utah Saints
Something Good
Thunderclap Newman Something in the Air We have got to get it together - now!
Tree63  Let Your Day Begin
John McCucheon 
You Can't Take it With You
The Gorillaz Get that Cool Shoeshine It's the music that we choose
The Mars Volta Cut That City

Bob Dylan

Chimes of Freedom
Bob Marley  Redemption Song
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
Pet Shambrook God of Mine
Need Your holiness to rest upon me
The Orb Little Fluffy Clouds

Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon

You Got to Wet It

Fort Knox Five

Blowing Up the Spot

The Beach Boys

Wouldn't It Be Nice
Maya Angelou Still I Rise

It's a dirty world we've been living in/it's time to get ourselves clean
Dave Alvin  Gospel Night


Dear God

Jackson Browne

Rock Me on the Water

Crosby Stills and Nash

Wooden Ships

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Overheard at Table 3: Daughters and College

I was looking for a book for my daughter as a Christmas present to send her off to college, you know, one of those college survival guides, man I must be way out of it, getting old, because I was thinking they were gonna have stuff about how to stretch Ramen noodles out for an entire month and how to cram for midterms, but HELL NO!  I look through these books and they're all about how to make your roommate's bedsprings stop squeaking and how to hide your bongs when your parents come over for a surprise visit and I'm freaking HORRIFIED!

... so you're telling me you have no memory of what it was like when you went to college?

HELL no!  I was stoned out of my mind most of the time!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Overheard at Table 2: The Doctor's Advice


Two women sitting at a table.


“… and so after they’ve got me all prepped for the operation, right before they put the sedative in the IV to knock me out and roll me in there, the doctor is going over the post-op instructions again, and then she just pops out, ‘and no intercourse for two weeks’


“and I look over at my husband and I swear to God that man has a look in his eyes that is saying, ‘The doctor is saying my WIFE can’t have intercourse for two weeks!’


“I so wanted to punch him in the sack.  But there was the doctor and these prep nurses all around me.”


The woman’s friend said.  “You should have said something.  One of them would’ve probably punched him in the sack for you.”