Archive for March, 2008

“TV Party” by Black Flag: a l’il retrospective

Monday, March 31st, 2008


  Somewhere I have a vinyl single of “TV Party” by Black Flag. I’ll sell it for a million dollas someday maybe.

  (Don’t forget the allmusic review,

  “…Boasting the closest thing to a pop hook that ever appeared on a Black Flag record (though it’s driven more by Chuck Dukowski’s percolating bass line than Ginn’s stun-gun guitar), “TV Party” is tuneful and almost melodic where the band usually served up a man-sized helping of fifth-gear dissonance. And the lyrics (delivered by Rollins in a “aw shucks” yelp while the band shouts the chorus in a gloriously lumpen bellow) are at once cutting and funny, an attack on television-inspired stasis that laughs both at and with it’s subjects (”We’ve got nothin’ better to do/Than watch TV and have a couple of brews!”). …”)

Senate ed funding not snobby enough for Mary Sue

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

  See, e.g., Michigan Daily, Senate OKs 3-percent hike in funding: Bill would grant all state universities equal funding boost for next year,

  “The state Senate has passed a bill that would grant each of the state’s 15 universities a 3-percent funding increase, a slight boost from the 1-percent increase the University received last year. …
  Last month, University President Mary Sue Coleman addressed the Senate Appropriations Committee with Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Wayne State University President Irvin Reid to ask that the three schools be considered separately from the state’s other 12 schools. …
  Sen. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor), who voted for the funding proposal, said the Senate decided to grant a uniform 3-percent increase because lawmakers had questions about how to calculate some of the incentives Granholm proposed. …
  Brater said funding was proposed in one bill rather than two because many of the state’s smaller schools oppose the research corridor’s proposal, claiming it creates a two-tiered education system.
  Cheryl Rolland, a spokeswoman for Western Michigan University, said Western supports allocating funds through one bill instead of two because each university makes contributions to the state, and all of them are recovering from budget cuts. …
  Last year, the state House of Representatives passed two separate appropriations bills after the Senate passed only one.
The bills went to a conference committee, eventually becoming one bill with two parts that granted separate funding to the research corridor universities. …”

  Hm, it looks like my opposition to the two-tier elitist funding system has succeeded, at least partially. (There’s two parts to the bill, unfortunately, but only one bill, thank goodness.)

  And I suspect M-Sue should be working on cleaning up her own act re the athletics/academics mess at UM, before she tries to get people to trust her with any more money…

Judge Edmunds kicks Kwame Brewer’s/Kwame Anuzis’ a**

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

  See DetNews, Judge: Access to primary vote list must be equal,

  “A federal judge on Wednesday declared part of Michigan’s presidential primary law unconstitutional, agreeing with a group of small political parties that the state cannot give the voter list from the election to the major parties and no one else. 
The practical effect of Judge Nancy Edmunds’ ruling is to bar the Secretary of State’s Office from turning over to Michigan’s Democratic and Republican parties a list of which partisan ballot voters selected on Jan. 15. …”

  Now Kwame Brewer and Kwame Anuzis, whoops, Mark Brewer and Saul Anuzis, won’t be able to abuse and dominate voter lists like they apparently wanted to…it hurts to get caught and publicly slapped, huh??

Hypostatic union

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Term for the day.

See le Wik, Hypostatic union,

“Hypostatic union (from the Greek: ὑπόστασις, “hypostasis,” translated reality or person) is a technical term in Christian theology employed in mainstream Christology to describe the presence of both human and divine natures in Jesus Christ. It became official at the Council of Chalcedon, which stated that the two natures (divine and human) are united in the one person (existence or reality, “hypostasis”) of Christ. …”

And how could you live without knowing that.

Worthy whacks the unworthy; or, Kym konks Kwame K’trick

Monday, March 24th, 2008

See, e.g., Freep, Kilpatrick and Beatty surrender: Pair are booked after being charged with perjury, conspiracy, misconduct, on the 12 points of whoop-a…, uh, indictment that Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is unleashing on Kwame Kilpatrick and his pal Christine Beatty.
Mm, mm, mm.

(And don’t forget my old rap song “Kwame Got Fat”, either.)

Happy Easter! with England punk rockers

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

  See BBC Cumbria, “LoudER”, Have a punk Easter …, on the Damned (!) and Anti-Nowhere League playing in Whitehaven, Cumbria.

  Get your air and concert tickets now!

Dingell wants $0.50 gas tax; who’ll primary this guy?

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

John Dingell Jr. wants to slap two more George Washington metal heads on each gallon of octane love you put in your tank. Not to reduce pay to GM execs like his wife $0.50 for each gas guzzler they make, but to charge you halfabuck more for le gasaroo. Less bling bling to ching ching in your wallet cos Ding Ding wants it that way. Well.

…Who can primary this person and get rid of him? cf. this comment at Michigan Liberal on the need for Dingy to disappear, and my own diary there from a few back about primarying General Motors Jr. out of office before he can damage the state and country any more.

And feel free to make suggestions to me, or others, about who could best primary him out of office.

Happy/Blessed Purim/Eid Milad/Holy Thursday!!

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

  Choose your holiday:


  Eid Milad

  Holy Thursday

  And see Time mag on the “tsunami” of holy days coming up simultaneously, Good Friday! Happy Purim, Eid, etc….

  Holy moly!!

Judge junks suit against Prop 2

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

See AA News channeling AP, Judge dismisses suit challenging Michigan affirmative action law,

“A federal judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a Michigan law that bans racial and gender preferences in government hiring and public university admissions.
The ruling upholds the constitutionality of a measure approved by Michigan voters in 2006. It had been challenged by groups including the NAACP and the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary. …”

Oh well.
I was against Proposal 2, but the suit against it did not ever seem strong to me; when the U of M “Grutter” case says affirmative action is permissible, that’s not the same as its being mandatory.

Somebody better come up with a new way to fight Prop 2-type stuff; maybe ideas will occur on this very blog, stay tuned…

Ian Fleming’s real-life bond-age; or, whipped by the wife (+ obscene threat to yam)

Monday, March 17th, 2008


Mr. Smooooth (Courtesy of the Daily Mail)

  Why it was Ian Fleming’s wife who invented James Bond by Christopher Hudson in the “Femail” (…) section of the Daily Mail is a somewhat unbelievable-yet-believable portrait of Bond creator Ian Fleming, and the strange bonds which he formed with his wife Ann Charteris,

  “…Fleming’s ruthlessness towards women may have been influenced by the gonorrhea he caught at Sandhurst. … 

  His London flat was full of books about flagellation: men and women standing over each other with a whip.
  To a guest who showed any interest in them, Fleming would remark: ‘I say, are you getting a kick out of that?’” …

  She wrote to Fleming in 1947 after a few days together: “It was so short and so full of happiness, and I am afraid I loved cooking for you and sleeping beside you and being whipped by you… I don’t think I have ever loved like this before.” … 

  Their relationship thrived - thanks to their fierce physical fights. When Ann left bruises on Fleming, he would warn her that “all this damage has to be paid for some time”, and so it was.
  “I long for you to whip me because I love being hurt by you and kissed afterwards,” Ann wrote to him. “It’s very lonely not to be beaten and shouted at every five minutes.” … 

  The problem for the Flemings was they were both too self-centred to make the compromises necessary for any successful marriage.
Fleming also had growing health problems. For years he had been drinking a bottle of gin and smoking 70 cigarettes a day. …

  Apart from several of the wives of expats in Jamaica, a succession of socialites passed through Goldeneye while Ann was in London.
  Some of them, he reassured Ann - who knew all about Fleming’s womanising - were impossibly dull. He claimed he was more likely to rape a yam. …”

  I guess this guy was the Eliot Spitzer or Kwame Kilpatrick of his era. (And I decry his violence towards his wife, and his wife’s violence toward him, although discussing those things helps understand his strange life better.)

  …”The name is Bondage. Pain Bondage.” !
  RIP IF. And AF.