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Sunday Night Jam: Bob Schneider’s Lonelyland, Saxon Pub Residency 12/15/14

Club jam
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I’ve been watching these Bob Schneider Saxon Pub videos for a while and I just realized it’s time I posted one, because it’s always a privilege to see an artist honing the edge on his songs in a live setting.

Right Wing Stalker Chuck C. Johnson Attacks Mayor De Blasio’s Family

Johnson’s freakishly repulsive behavior continues
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Our stalker pal Chuck C. Johnson is now targeting the family of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for his special kind of right wing hate attack, and using Twitter to ask his knuckle-dragging followers to help and give him money:

And today at his awful website, we find what might be the most ludicrous use ever of “BREAKING” in a wingnut headline: BREAKING: DeBlasio’s Father Backed Appeasing Hitler in 1938 #NYPD - GotNews.

Yes, that’s right, dear readers; the Ginger Avenger is labeling a 76-year old story as super-duper EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS!

Bill DeBlasio’s father, Warren Wilhelm, supported the appeasement of Adolph Hitler in an October 26, 1938 debate, Gotnews has learned.

DeBlasio’s father, then a Labor member of the Yale Political Union, gave a stirring speech in favor of appeasing Hitler.

Appeasing Hitler was the “least terrible” of five alternatives, Wilhelm concluded as reported in an article in The Yale Daily News.

The New York Times didn’t reveal DeBlasio’s father’s appeasement views ahead of the 2013 mayoral election.

Seriously? What kind of swivel-eyed loon thinks the New York Times should have written about this completely irrelevant detail from 76 years ago?

The opinion expressed by de Blasio’s father in 1938 was not unusual at all, and nobody saw it as “appeasing Hitler” at the time. This post by Chuck is absolute garbage. Really nasty, smelly garbage intended to harm people — and I’m not just talking about Mayor de Blasio and his family. Chuck is doing his best to spread racial hatred in the wake of the Brooklyn shootings.

And it gets even more ridiculous: Johnson is now putting his “Got News” watermark on historical photos as if he owns them!

[…]

The second photo is actually owned by the Associated Press, by the way.

Chuck C. Johnson is a real piece of work, and he’s being pimped and promoted now by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Fox News. He’s so deranged and unprofessional, he’ll probably eventually get himself in real hot water — but he’s going to continue deliberately hurting innocent people on the way.

UPDATE at 12/28/14 11:39:47 am by Charles Johnson

LGF contributor Gus points out that the man Johnson is viciously smearing as an “appeaser of Hitler” is a decorated war hero who lost a leg in combat during World War II.

AirAsia Flight Loses Contact With Air Traffic Control After Reportedly Asking for “Unusual Route”

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Bad news from Southeast Asia, where another passenger plane has suddenly gone missing.

An AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday, Indonesian media said, citing a transport ministry official.

Transport ministry official Hadi Mustofa said the aircraft, flight number QZ 8501, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6.17am local time. (2317 GMT).

The aricraft was said to be an Airbus 320-200 with 155 people on board.

He said the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact.

What Did Mayor De Blasio Say to Get the NYPD So Angry?

They can’t handle the truth
US News • Views: 15,473

With the remarkable disrespect shown to New York’s Mayor de Blasio by the NYPD recently, it’s instructive to go back and reread what de Blasio said that sent New York’s finest into such paroxysms of rage. Via Michael Tomasky:

This is profoundly personal for me. I was at the White House the other day, and the president of the United States turned to me, and he met Dante a few months ago, and he said that Dante reminded him of what he looked like as a teenager. And he said, I know you see this crisis through a very personal lens. I said to him I did. Because Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years, about the dangers he may face. A good young man, a law-abiding young man, who would never think to do anything wrong, and yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face—we’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.

That’s it, folks; the cause of all this anger and disrespect.

Saturday Jam: The Winery Dogs, ‘Elevate’

Sans plectrum
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I’ve always found it pretty impressive that Richie Kotzen can play this style without a pick.

Official Music Video for “Elevate”

The Winery Dogs are:
Richie Kotzen (guitar/vocals)
Billy Sheehan (bass/vocals)
Mike Portnoy (drums/vocals)

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NYPD Throws Public Tantrum at Funeral

Grotesque
US News • Views: 11,112

Do any of the cops who participated in this ugly public tantrum understand how crass and unsympathetic it makes them look? Police Outside Cop Funeral Turn Backs on NYC Mayor.

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of officers outside the church where a funeral was held for a policeman killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke during Saturday’s service.

North Korea: “Obama Is Like a Monkey in a Tropical Forest”

International racism
World • Views: 12,818

Kim Jong Un is furious tonight. So furious he sounds like a Tea Party leader.

“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unidentified spokesman at the commission’s Policy Department said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

He also accused Washington for intermittent outages of North Korea websites this week, after the U.S. had promised to respond to the Sony hack.

There was no immediate reaction from the White House on Saturday.

According to the North Korea commission’s spokesman, “the U.S., a big country, started disturbing the Internet operation of major media of the DPRK, not knowing shame like children playing a tag.”

A Post-Christmas Recovery Open Thread, Featuring HMSTR

Rodent punks
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You could never fully steal the show when you’re followed by the blown-out spectacle of Sun Ra Arkestra’s Tiny Desk Concert. But the opening act kept jumping on the piano and nibbling on the set, literally pulling up the carpet and leaving “presents” on the floor. How could we not have them back? Did I mention they’re hamsters?

Joni and Nash — first names only, please, like Madonna and Cher — are HMSTR. Certainly not the first band to count rodents among its members, but at least they refuse to release a punk album with no punk to be found. “Snow Day” is HMSTR’s first single, a twee-as-all-get-out holiday pop-punk song by virtue of having “snow” in its title. After what sounds like digital snowflakes, the song unleashes a one-minute snowball fight with the fuzziest Tiny Desk destroyers we’ve ever seen.

You can download “Snow Day” from HMSTR’s Bandcamp page. Happy holidays! — LARS GOTRICH

The Most Unusual and Twisted Short Film Since Eraserhead: “Self-Assembly”

So many trigger warnings I can’t even
Arts • Views: 22,685

Vimeo

I just discovered this amazing and unsettling short film by Ray Sullivan on Vimeo, and at first I actually hesitated to post it because it’s … disturbing. In some ways, it’s reminiscent of David Lynch’s weird classic “Eraserhead.” But with more realism and more goo.

Bereaved parents find a monstrous substitute for their dead son.

Directed by Ray Sullivan
Written by Garret Shanley
Based on the comic strip story & characters created by Gar Shanley & Cathal Duggan
Shot on location in Dublin, Ireland.
RED Scarlet-X.

MONOLITH PICTURES
ray@monolith.ie

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