Magical 2nd Track

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Living Colour circa 1988

When you have your first certified hit as track #1 on your first album, track #2 becomes really important.  Track 2 = What else can this band do?

If track 2 sounds like track 1 – probably a 1-trick pony. If track 2 sounds like a totally different band, well that’s confusing. If track 2 is nice but clearly not a hit, you think one hit wonder.

I Wanna Know, track 2 on Living Colour’s debut is nearly perfect. It counters the track 1 megahit Cult Of Personality with playfulness right off the bat. It isn’t driven by a monster riff and political lyrics but a bouncy bass line and sugar coated setup for a lovey vocal and cutesy guitar riffs in the verses.


Here’s a smoking live version from 2013:


The short cheesy verse moves quickly into the dramatic but nearly monotone hook, then back into a longer verse 2. It’s addictive by the time the 2nd chorus comes around.

When the bridge opens into new parts, including a 50’s style walking bass and a vocal break, I find myself thinking about Cult of Personality and how different that is from this.


 

Here’s a crap mp3 of the original (which you must own):


As the tight formula for I Wanna Know plays out and the musicians add more flavor, you start to hear the chops behind this song. The solo starts to wail, the rhythm section locks into a funk groove, then begin the long fade out, and concludes a nice little piece of pop/rock /metal.

The monster staccato riff of Middle Man then jumps up and you are sold on this Living Colour. Great album. Vivid indeed.

 

Undercover At A Trump Rally

This brave guy donned a trucker hat and a dumb t-shirt and attended a Trump rally.

It’s no surprise what he found – a mass of fat, uneducated flesh salivating at any pro-wrestling style fake punch that Trump threw.  Code words, chants, intimidation, and lots of lies.

We get angry old man blaming Brown vs Board of Education. We get camo-covered potato heads. We get yellow-toothed angry mommas. We get it all – the worst of america at a Trump rally.

10 separate, well timed interruptions by – and ejections of – protesters kept Donny looking tough, strutting around the stage, while his nonsensical rants fired up the crowd.

They are so happy they have somewhere to go to be openly racist.


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I’ve been watching WWII In Color and have been mesmerized by the faces of the citizens supporting Hitler before the war. Trump crowds seem scarier and more unhinged than even nazi crowds. No hindsight.


With all this data tracking going on, any day now the data will mark us politically and I believe our economy will suffer greatly. Most of us will shop and do business politically when armed with this data.

I know I wouldn’t spend a penny with a single business any of those Trump people own or work at. Although I have a feeling most are unemployed or already taking their gov’t disability/retirement check.

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Living For The Live

There’s a lot going on in this clip. It’s pretty good.

Ray Charles + Stevie Wonder, doing one of Stevie’s funk songs, with neither of their bands, for an awards show. It looks like the late 80’s with plastic keyboards and big hair but the talent is so great it works out just fine.

Also since Ray’s R&B big band really doesn’t do the early 70’s funk groove that this song was originally cut in, for this era they turned into a disco-tempo gospel style romp. It’s reframes the song nicely.

Imagine if these two ever did a full record together….

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Battle of Tributation

Stevie Wonder is a monster musical genius, capable of perfection at every angle. Tribute shows are the big thing now, and I’m not complaining. Anytime someone can throw down the cash needed to properly work these songs up and make other famous artists step up to the plate and deliver some classic material, magic can happen. This ain’t a laptop DJ.

So I found two great Stevie tributes online. Both feature amazing lineups, great setlists, perfect playing, Stevie himself lending a hand or two, and plenty of amazing moments.

I can’t decide which one is better.

Apple Is Fighting For Our Digital Future

The FBI is doing a criminal investigation on a mass murder committed by americans. Some call it a terrorist attack, some don’t. Either way it’s a high profile case for the Obama justice department.

The couple that committed the crimes worked for the county government in California. The investigation has requested and received all of their online records, cloud data, phone records, work data, SMS, banking, housing, and travel receipts.

The one thing the FBI hasn’t been able to get into is their work-assigned iPhones. The now deceased users had enabled full security with encryption on the most recent iOS and did not turn on cloud backup. They put in a 4-pin code like all of us and went about their business.

The FBI now wants to know what business those iPhones might have stored. Makes sense. Problem is they lost their chance to bypass the full lockdown mode, against Apple’s advice, and now they are locked out for at least a very long time, if not forever. It’s estimated it would take 20+ years to crack the iPhone using brute force, due to all of the layers of security iOS has in place in both hardware and software.

So the FBI is now attempting to force Apple to create an insecure version of iOS that could be installed on the phones that would then allow the FBI to crack the phones.

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Apple is arguing that doing so would destroy the established security of every iPhone on the planet. They say it’s akin to building the master key to decrypt even the most heavily secured iPhone and they won’t do it. It’s software’s version of cancer, says Tim Cook, and he’ll fight the FBI all the way.

It’s important to note that had the FBI followed Apple’s instructions they could have forced those iPhones to do a cloud backup and then decrypted most of the data. But instead, someone at the FBI ordered the phone be reset with no backup, leaving it in a decrypted, locked, and defensive state, and they now regret that decision.

Apple losing this case could kill the iOS and it’s ability to safely store your financial, credit card, location, and health data. Apple could no longer promise you it’s your data to secure.

The ends do not justify the means.


 

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That user could have nuclear plans encrypted on his iPhone. I support any brute force, seizure or other legal means available to the FBI to get the data.

But the FBI better not be able to compel Apple or any tech company to ship insecure products under the guise of security. The actions of one customer, no matter how heinous, cannot and should not destroy the security of millions of other innocent customers.

 

Draft Dodging Bastards

The most republican thing about Donny Drumpf is his draft avoidance.  Seems the guys that talk the toughest are the biggest weasels, as usual.

Dick Cheney: “I can’t go to army, daddy! I’ll go to college, get married, and start popping out kids asap, then complain of chest pains to keep those deferments coming. No Vietnam for me!”


I love guns. I hate commies. I want to go home.

I love guns. I hate commies. I want to go home.


Rush Limbaugh: “I can’t go to army, daddy! I’ll complain about a sore butthole and keep those deferments coming. Maybe some infections, some minor surgeries, that should do the trick. No Vietnam for me!”


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Rush home with a sore ass.


George W Bush: “I can’t go to army, daddy! Since I can’t find anything physically wrong to trump up I’ll just hide in plain site. Join the Texas national guard and train on a previous-era jet that is being retired soon. Lay low, not sign up for a thing… maybe they’ll forget about me? Oh my, it worked!  No Vietnam for me!”


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Looking good, soldier. Bet you could really help the war effort. Nope, hiding in plain site.


Donald Trump (nee Drumpf): “I can’t go to army, daddy! Too rich. I have a sore foot. I’m not sure which one, or where it hurts, but it does, and with your money… that should do the trick…. hey it worked, like magic. Being a Trump is great!  No Vietnam for me!”


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Drumpf in military school, so proud of his bowling trophy. You’re officer material, son. No? OK go home then.


Then there’s guys like my father and his crew – just coming out of high school, facing a life of toil in the factories, and the draft starts.

Them: “I can’t go to army! I’m a pacifist / free-thinker / entrepreneur / family man…  my family needs my income and my assistance, my community needs my production! I can’t go to Vietnam!”

Too bad, get your ass on the bus or face prison.


Over 3 million americans served in the Vietnam war. 2.2 million were drafted.

58,000 of our soldiers were killed, over 150,000 injured.

Republican politicians are sleazy bastards. When it really matters, with lives on the line, they are ghosts. Sore asses and bad feet and migraines.

Some things never change.

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Mein Drumpf

He has studied. He can read both words and people. He is not foolish.

Demagogue. Look it up if you don’t know the word.

The body language is the same. The slogans similar. The crowd control identical.

The argument is similar. The media complicity.

America is suffering oversteer. Obama 08 showed racism was outmoded. Mein Drumpf is showing it’s stronger than ever.

Oversteer can lead to a crash. I hope not. White knuckle time.

Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on Apr. 7, 1936. (AP Photo)

Trump and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on Apr. 7, 1936.

 

Louis CK On Trump

Executive producer Louis C.K. participates in a panel for the FX Networks series "Baskets" during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Cable Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian - RTX22P7F


 

Louie just went on a long rant about donny and what’s going on out there in his fan email list. As usual he nails it 100%, down to the last excruciatingly personal detail about how we are all feeding the beast. We all have the monkey on our back:

And that voting for Trump is a way of saying “fuck it. Fuck them all”. I really get it. It’s a version of national Suicide. Or it’s like a big hit off of a crack pipe. Somehow we can’t help it. Or we know that if we vote for Trump our phones will be a reliable source of dopamine for the next four years. I mean I can’t wait to read about Trump every day. It’s a rush. But you have to know this is not healthy.  — Louie “CK” Szekely

 

Here’s the full text:

P.S. Please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s. Do you think they saw the shit coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.

And I’m not advocating for Hillary or Bernie. I like them both but frankly I wish the next president was a conservative only because we had Obama for eight years and we need balance. And not because I particularly enjoy the conservative agenda. I just think the government should reflect the people. And we are about 40 percent conservative and 40 percent liberal. When I was growing up and when I was a younger man, liberals and conservatives were friends with differences. They weren’t enemies. And it always made sense that everyone gets a president they like for a while and then hates the president for a while. But it only works if the conservatives put up a good candidate. A good smart conservative to face the liberal candidate so they can have a good argument and the country can decide which way to go this time.

Trump is not that. He’s an insane bigot. He is dangerous.

He already said he would expand libel laws to sue anyone who “writes a negative hit piece” about him. He says “I would open up the libel laws so we can sue them and win lots of money. Not like now. These guys are totally protected.” He said that. He has promised to decimate the first amendment. (If you think he’s going to keep the second amendment intact you’re delusional.) And he said that Paul Ryan, speaker of the house will “pay” for criticizing him. So I’m saying this now because if he gets in there we won’t be able to criticize him anymore.

Please pick someone else. Like John Kasich. I mean that guy seems okay. I don’t like any of them myself but if you’re that kind of voter please go for a guy like that. It feels like between him and either democrat we’d have a decent choice. It feels like a healthier choice. We shouldn’t have to vote for someone because they’re not a shocking cunt billionaire liar.

We should choose based on what direction the country should go.

I get that all these people sound like bullshit soft criminal opportunists. The whole game feels rigged and it’s not going anywhere but down anymore. I feel that way sometimes.

 And that voting for Trump is a way of saying “fuck it. Fuck them all”. I really get it. It’s a version of national Suicide. Or it’s like a big hit off of a crack pipe. Somehow we can’t help it. Or we know that if we vote for Trump our phones will be a reliable source of dopamine for the next four years. I mean I can’t wait to read about Trump every day. It’s a rush. But you have to know this is not healthy.

If you are a true conservative. Don’t vote for Trump. He is not one of you. He is one of him. Everything you have heard him say that you liked, if you look hard enough you will see that he one day said the exact opposite. He is playing you.

In fact, if you do vote for Trump, at least look at him very carefully first. You owe that to the rest of us. Know and understand who he is. Spend one hour on google and just read it all. I don’t mean listen to me or listen to liberals who put him down. Listen to your own people. Listen to John Mccain. Go look at what he just said about Trump. “At a time when our world has never been more complex or more in danger… I want Republican voters to pay close attention to what our party’s most respected and knowledgeable leaders and national security experts are saying about Mr. Trump, and to think long and hard about who they want to be our next Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world.”

When Trump was told what he said, Trump said “Oh, he did? Well, that’s not nice,” he told CBS News’ chief White House correspondent Major Garrett. “He has to be very careful.”
When pressed on why, Trump tacked on: “He’ll find out.”

(I cut and pasted that from CBS news)

Do you really want a guy to be president who threatens John McCain? Because John McCain cautiously and intelligently asked for people to be thoughtful before voting for him? He didn’t even insult Trump. He just asked you to take a good look. And Trump told him to look out.

Remember that Trump entered this race by saying that McCain is not a war hero. A guy who was shot down, body broken and kept in a POW camp for years. Trump said “I prefer the guys who don’t get caught.” Why did he say that? Not because he meant it or because it was important to say. He said it because he’s a bully and every bully knows that when you enter a new school yard, you go to the toughest most respected guy on the yard and you punch him in the nose. If you are still standing after, you’re the new boss. If Trump is president, he’s not going to change. He’s not going to do anything for you. He’s going to do everything for himself and leave you in the dust.

So please listen to fellow conservatives. But more importantly, listen to Trump. Listen to all of it. Everything he says. If you liked when he said that “torture works” then go look at where he took it back the next day. He’s a fucking liar.

A vote for Trump is so clearly a gut-vote, and again I get it. But add a little brain to it and look the guy up. Because if you vote for him because of how you feel right now, the minute he’s president, you’re going to regret it. You’re going to regret it even more when he gives the job to his son. Because American democracy is broken enough that a guy like that could really fuck things up. That’s how Hitler got there. He was voted into power by a fatigued nation and when he got inside, he did all his Hitler things and no one could stop him.

Again, I’m not saying vote democrat or vote for anyone else. If Hilary ends up president it should be because she faced the best person you have and you and I both chose her or him or whoever. Trump is not your best. He’s the worst of all of us. He’s a symptom to a problem that is very real. But don’t vote for your own cancer. You’re better than that.

That’s just my view. At least right now. I know I’m not qualified or particularly educated and I’m not right instead of you. I’m an idiot and I’m sure a bunch of you are very annoyed by this. Fucking celebrity with an opinion. I swear this isn’t really a political opinion. You don’t want to know my political opinions. (And I know that I’m only bringing myself trouble with this shit.) Trump has nothing to do with politics or ideology. He has to do with himself.

And really I don’t mean to insult anyone. Except Trump. I mean to insult him very much. And really I’m not saying he’s evil or a monster. In fact I don’t think Hitler was. The problem with saying that guys like that are monsters is that we don’t see them coming when they turn out to be human, which they all are. Everyone is.

Trump is a messed up guy with a hole in his heart that he tries to fill with money and attention. He can never ever have enough of either and he’ll never stop trying. He’s sick. Which makes him really really interesting. And he pulls you towards him which somehow feels good or fascinatingly bad. He’s not a monster. He’s a sad man. But all this makes him horribly dangerous if he becomes president. Give him another TV show. Let him pay to put his name on buildings. But please stop voting for him. And please watch Horace and Pete.

Fox News Paid For By Fracking

FoxNews is a trip these days. The republican party is split and they are stuck in the middle of it. Ratings are up and every single commercial break is the energy industry – shale fracking in particular – taking over from the boner medicines that used to propel fox’s revenue.

The hosts are openly picking sides for or against Drumpf and throwing all previous versions of their principles out the window. They still live in the false reality where Obama is an unpopular president, a muslim, and George W Bush caught Osama Bin Laden. Also everyone hates Hillary, and her husband is a disgraced, failed president.

Frack away, live off fast food, and get ready for your boner medicine – Fox News reality.

Also – I like the pack of legs spread across the screen on The Five.  5 women in the same dress in different colors, each trying to thrust their chest and legs out farther than the other, each spouting disgusting or illogical republican talking points.


 

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The Andrea chick is the worst. No surprise she’s banging the most obnoxious rock star around, Dave Navarro.  Nearly every word out of that woman’s mouth drives me up a wall.

 

The Kids React To Donny Drumpf

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Thank god these kids see through the act. I ran across a group of kids spouting Trump sayings last week and I wanted to take them to their parents and be like ‘what the fuck!?!’

It’s amazing – the GOP candidate actually holds positions that can get kids in trouble in school. Not very presidential, that’s for sure.


 

All kids should have to watch the movie Idiocracy in middle school government class.

For Now I’ll Just Leave It At That

Ryan will be the nominee. I’ve been saying it for weeks.


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The speaker of the house spoke out today. He carries with him the fear that trump-mania won’t translate down ticket. Drumpf might be a singular media force that gets votes in the strangest ways but his message is toxic coming out of anyone else’s mouth.

The republicans in congress know this. The GOP power brokers know this. Even FoxNews know this. Which is why they won’t nominate Don no matter how many votes he gets.

Trump vs Clinton is the conservatives worst nightmare.

It’s a brokered convention or Trump is forced out before. He’ll probably threaten to sue thousands.

 

Donny Drumpf Kicks Out Black Students Standing Silently

Donny Drumpf goes to speak at a college in Georgia. Students show up to hear what he has to say.

A group of 15+ students show up wearing mostly black and go to their seats. They are african-american. Once they are in place, and before the speech, they stand in silence.

Soon Donny’s Secret Service approaches and says they will have to leave. Some are shocked and most are filming it. The local police then come over to escort them out. Shouting and booing happens. The students are removed from the event. At their own school. While silent. Donny then strolls in to his all-white drumpfets screaming wildly and serves up the racist red meat.

The students hang outside. No other people inside the arena walk out, boo the treatment, or otherwise protest.


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You think he’s going to try this again? Hopefully every person darker than paste in the location of donny drumpf’s next few events is pulling out their black shirt and texting their crew.  If security asks tell them you are Cuban-Americans for Trump or something.

Bring it donny. If you are trying to start a civil war please do it before the election.

Classic drumpf-ism.


 

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