Immigrant Names Son After Italian Prime Minister

March 23, 2010 by  
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“A Ghanaian immigrant to Italy named his son Silvio Berlusconi, after the scandal and gaffe prone Italian prime minister whom he nethertheless regards as a ‘great political leader,’ a report said on Tuesday.

‘I like the way Berlusconi talks, the way he moves. I like him as a person, even if I don’t really follow politics,’ said Anthony Boahene, a 36-year-old metal worker who has been living in Italy since 2002, when Berlusconi was heading his second government.”
Boahene should immediately be deported to his Third World country, he lacks the intelligence to survive in a thriving democracy.
An immigrant to Italy shouldn’t be required to be an expert in the Italian government, but she should at least know that the Italian Prime Minister is a joke.
Naming your son after the foolish and corrupt Berlusconi, makes as much sense as naming your son after Joe Biden.
Boahene is a complete idiot,  Berlusconi government isn’t exactly immigrant-friendly. 

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Today`s the Birthday of “Yes We Have No Bananas”!

March 23, 2010 by  
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Today is the birthday for Yes We Have No Bananas. The hit song was released on March 23rd, 1923. The ditty was written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn for the Broadway review Make It Snappy. Our familiarity with it is byway of a record by Billy Jones, Arthur Hall and Irving Kaufman. Spike Jones and His City Slickers and Benny Goodman both have popular versions of the novelty ditty as well. *(photo by the author)

Controversy surrounds the origins of the song, which is apparently associated with a real shortage of the yellow fruit we know as bananas. One account has the catchy phrase coming from a Greek grocer, Jimmy Costas, who operated out of the small Long Island, New York town of Lynbrook. However, The Chicago Tribune claims it came from the Windy City in 1920. A third version has it coming from cartoonist Thomas A. Dorgan (1877-1929).

It pops up from time to time (that is, it won`t go away) in movies, novels and even on TV. It`s been used in Only Angels Have Wings, Sabrina and the English Patient. F. Scott Fitzgerald referenced it in Tender Is the Night. For TV I`ve heard mentioned Muppets, the Simpsons and Mad About You. I use to sing it myself in the shower cuz I heard Pops doing the same. Hum it, whistle it today, it will cheer you up! It`s oh so Roaring Twenties!*(source-Wikipedia)

Conceptual Artist Makes Movie For Plants

March 22, 2010 by  
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“From ‘Avatar” to “Lord of the Rings’ plants are no strangers to playing big movie roles, but no one’s ever shot a film the plants themselves can watch. Until now.

In a New York art gallery, seven house plants have spent the last seven weeks watching “Strange Skies,” probably the first travel documentary for a vegetable audience.
The movie by conceptual artist Jonathon Keats consists of idyllic Italian skies recorded over a two-month period and condensed into a six-minute dawn-to-dawn span.”
You can’t charge plants to watch a movie, and they aren’t going to buy any popcorn, but they won’t offer any criticisms. Sometimes I wish that some of my readers were plants, roses and tulips don’t send nasty emails.
The plants seemed to like the experience, they didn’t wilt and they didn’t turn brown during the seven weeks of non-stop movie watching.
A film depicting idyllic Italian skies would be perfect for making a person fall asleep. I wouldn’t mind renting that movie, sometimes I have trouble falling asleep.

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The T.A.M.I. Show DVD with James Brown Released Tomorrow!

March 22, 2010 by  
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On October 29, 1964 a show was filmed in Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in California. This is known as The TAMI Show, which stands for the Teenage Awards Music International. The line-up for this show was out of this world! It included: Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer, The Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Leslie Gore, Chuck Berry, the Barbarians and the incomparable James Brown, the Godfather of Soul.

On Tuesday, March 23rd, you will be able to get the DVD that documents this show. Previously, it was just an underground item, but very high in demand. Many have claimed that James Brown`s performance is the greatest overall Rock `N` Roll performance that was ever given. I have seen Mister Brown strut his stuff on this tape (VHS), and I believe this to be true. His Night Train is as FINE as it can be!

I will have to get this DVD and you should too. This type of show could only happen once in a lifetime. Keith Richards said, “really kaleidoscopic.” The lineup was so unusual, with surf acts (Jan and Dean actually MCd), Brill Building artists, Motown and British Invasion sensations all in one. Now we can relive it over and over again! (source-The New York Times-Pop History Revealed! Doing Splits! By Alan Light-3/21/2010) *(Pardon my blurry photo, but James moves so fast it`s hard to snap him.)

“It’s About Time” for Danny Boy and Death Row

March 21, 2010 by  
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CANADA (Sasha Stoltz Publicity): WIDEawake Death Row Entertainment LLC has announced that Danny Boy’s It’s About Time is set for release April 20 with tracks produced by DJ Quick and Devante.

A soulful voice, Danny Boy Seward signed to Death Row Records in 1994 with the R&B hit “Come When I Call” from the soundtrack of Murder Was The Case. He sang on several chart-toppers with like “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” from the late 2pac’s All Eyez on Me, as well as “Toss It Up”, “Picture Me Rollin”, and “I Can’t Get Enough” from the Gridlock’d soundtrack.

Most recently, Danny Boy appeared on last year’s Death Row sampler and the Ultimate Collection box set.

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Teen Burglar Hawks Stolen Goods On His MySpace Account

March 19, 2010 by  
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“A teenager that checked into his MySpace account after breaking into a furniture store was arrested by police that tracked him down through clues left on the shop’s computer.

Police in the Washington State town of Kennewick on Friday said the 17-year-old boy broke into Bella Office Furniture then lingered for five hours browsing porn websites and hawking stolen items on his MySpace account.
This teen’s criminal tendencies may be the least of his problems, he seems to be addicted to porn and the Internet.
A burglar’s success depends to a large extent on how quickly he can accomplish his dastardly deed. Instead of making a quick getaway, this young crook lingered for hours browsing porn, and trying to hawk his stolen items on his MySpace account.
A few months in juvenile hall may cure this young man of the compulsion to steal, but to overcome his Internet and porn addiction he may need go go to rehab.
There are many teenagers who can’t go more than a few minutes without checking their Facebook or Twitter accounts. There should be rehab centers dedicated exclusively to Internet addiction.
I pity this kid, he will suffer hell in juvie without a computer or a smart phone.
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Box Tops` Legend, Alex Chilton, Dead at 59

March 19, 2010 by  
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Alex Chilton died on Wednesday in New Orleans at the age of 59. His death is thought to be due to a heart attack. Alex Chilton was great songwriter and a seminal member of such greats, as the Box Tops and Big Star. `60s hits with the Box Tops include: The Letter and Cry Like A Baby. Hits with Big Star should include In The Street and September Gurls.

I`m listening to those two songs this morning. I will need to get some more Big Star. This is pleasant pop combo (an ideal for me) music with jangily guitars, precise lead vocals and tight harmonies; very much a band effort. The first album # 1 record looks like the best one to get (Radio City looks good too). Big Star were: Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, Andy Hummel and the late Christopher Bell.

Big Star and Alex Chilton were influential with REM, The Replacements, The Cramps and The Gories. Big Star is suppose to play South by Southwest Saturday night. Rock historians` work begins; the dissecting of the amazing career of Alex Chilton. The Letter is one of my all time favorites. (sources-NY Times and Austin Chronicle SXSW Thursday-Big Star Myths by Kent H. Benjamin)

Road Signs Quickly Disappearing In Serbia

March 18, 2010 by  
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“Already rare, road signs are disappearing at an alarming rate in central Serbia where locals use them for grills, tools and roofing, the Beta newsagency said Thursday.
On a roughly 100-kilometre (60-mile) road between Cacak and Valjevo, about 150 signs have disappeared in the past three years, local official Jovina Carevic told Beta.
The poles the signs are mounted on are used to make gates and doorways while the signs themselves are transformed into barbecues or used for roofing.”
I wonder if these thefts are impulsive acts, or if they are well thought out in advance. “Honey, the roof is leaking, let’s go for a drive in the countryside, enjoy the scenery, and steal a few road signs to repair our roof.”
Stealing a road sign is the epitome of selfishness and lack of consideration for others. I have no sense of direction, and I wouldn’t survive in a country like Serbia where most of the road signs have been stolen.
In America convicts make license plates, in Serbia anyone convicted of stealing road signs should be given a mandatory prison sentence, and be forced to make road signs.
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Just Relax at South By Southwest-You`re Already There!

March 18, 2010 by  
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It`s mind boggling, all the hundreds of bands that are playing at South By Southwest. Unless you actually catch their act it`s hard to say which ones will appeal to you, or which ones you may care to forget about. Or maybe you could get a tip from a friend, or maybe you`ve  heard a fraction of one of their records one time.

And it`s hard to wrap your mind around these events by reading the Austin Chronicle. There`s just too much information in there-your mind goes White Lightening-head is fried from the teeny print. Let`s see, The Goosebumps from New Zealand, with electric banjo that do Men At Work covers in their pajamas while standing on their heads. Just funning…The bottom line is there are some terrific acts out there, if you know where to find them?

A few that I know for sure that I would recommend are: Danny Barnes (Pizza Box is a masterpiece!), The Ruby Suns and Olof Arnalds. I`ll let you find the time and place. The best thing to do is just relax and have fun and experience new bands. Open yourself up to what they are offerings, a primo band already in your face FRIENDO! Forget about the next cool scene, your already here with me! Get Eastern for a change…

Couple Making Love In Car Die From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

March 17, 2010 by  
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“A Russian couple having sex in a car parked in a tiny garage have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday.

‘A man and a woman retreated to their Volkswagen to have sex… Most likely the lovers turned on the engine to get warm,’ Interfax reported, citing a source in the Moscow police force. During a moment of ‘intimate closeness,’ the pair, in southern Moscow, inhaled the gas and died, the source added.”
This wasn’t a public garage, it was a tiny garage affixed to a residence. Why would a couple want to do the nasty in a tiny Volkswagen, instead of in their bedroom? It might be kinky, but it’s also uncomfortable, and in this case lethal.
Everybody is gonna die someday, and I guess there are worse ways to die. I’d rather die while I’m making love, than in a nursing home surrounded by strangers.
If the sex is good you don’t need to turn on the heat; when I’m knocking boots I never pause to turn on a heater.
May the hapless couple rest in peace.
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