Still on the road at the annual college media convention. Sorry for the lateness of the post. -Doc Being on the road and in full-crisis mode over various personal and professional issues makes it really hard to sleep. It’s incredible that you get to see people you only see once a year and yet you slip right back into hugs and conversations you’ve been having for years. It’s an incredible feeling that makes you realize you’re never really alone; you’re just a little farther away from what you remember and the people you love. And you also realize those people … Continue reading Ernest Henley was right
This week Adrastos turns his attention to the films of Steven Spielberg, Lou Reed, NOLA pranksters, OXI day, and haunted houses. Continue reading Halloween Odds & Sods: The Creature From The Black Lagoon
One side effect of the steroids Claire is on for her cancer is that she’s now eating like a furry little pig. But because she’s still Claire, she likes to throw the food all over the floor of her cage before she chows it down. A. Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging
The rumor mill keeps grinding in the Louisiana Governor’s race. Continue reading Deep Blog On Vitter and his Gumshoes
I thought this was an appropriate picture for the day before All Hallows Eve: And this is an appropriate song: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Della In The Dark
Roger Stone harshes John Kasich’s buzz, man. Continue reading Too Roger Stoned
Adrastos offers Team Vitter some unsolicited advice. Continue reading A Theme Song For The Vitter Campaign: I’m The Slime
We’re keeping it creepy with this cover: Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Shadows with Eyes
A dog whistling David Vitter rolls in the gutter with his new attack ad. Continue reading Straight Outta ’88: Vitter’s Willie Horton Ad
Adrastos assesses the post-primary landscape and is cautiously optimistic that Vitter is going down. Continue reading Louisiana Politics: The State Of The Gret Stet Goober Race
Monsters were all the rage in the mid-1960’s. The Universal classics were playing on late late shows on local teevee stations and the Addams Family and the Munsters were on ABC. Frankie Stein and his Ghouls were a rather successful attempt by Power Records to cash in on the trend. Here’s how Wallace McBride at the Collinsport Historical Society described it:
The music of Frankie Stein and his Ghouls is cooler than it has any right to be. Between 1964 and 1965, the “band” cranked out no fewer than five full-length albums. By all rights these records should have been little more than white noise, the kind of generic elevator music that blared from teenage radios in movies and television whenever the producers didn’t feel like ponying up the dough for a legitimate song.
But there’s something special about the Frankie Stein series. Something surprisingly focused, haunting and aggressive. Which has led fans to sometimes speculate about the identities of the anonymous musicians that made of the ersatz band. If Frankie Stein was a real person, he’s been suspiciously quiet in the years since his band’s albums were hastily released. And there might be a good reason for it, if even a fraction of the rumors about the musicians involved with this project are true.
The “Frankie Stein” albums were released by Power Records, a subsidiary of the children’s specialty label Peter Pan Records. Power would later strike a chord with its young audience during the ‘70s when it licensed movie, television and comic book properties for its famous “book and record” sets. Years earlier, though, it was still struggling to find an identity, which lead the company to create some … unusual products.
I didn’t remember the name Frankie Stein and his Ghouls but I recall the music. It’s the sort of instrumental pop-rock music you’d hear on teevee shows of that era only with mildly spooky sound effects and wacky voices added to the mix. I wish Frankie Stein would come out into the light and reveal his true identity unless, that is, he’d melt as a result.
I give you three-count ’em three-album covers including one after the break:
Bill Daley, attempting to let Republicans off the hook by complaining about those filthy Republican voters: Calling the current GOP primary “carnival-like,” Daley said the party had a chance to right itself after Palin’s “blatant lack of competence and preparedness” became apparent and contributed to the collapse of the McCain campaign. “What’s critical is that substantive, serious Republican leaders either wouldn’t or couldn’t declare, before or after the election: ‘This is not what our party stands for. We can and must do better,’” Daley wrote. “Once McCain put Palin on the ticket, Republican ‘grown-ups,’ who presumably knew better, had to … Continue reading The Pre-Palin GOP Was a Scholar’s Paradise, and Other Lies We Tell Children
Adrastos digs in Bitter Vitter’s dirt and learns that life imitates Justified. Continue reading The Vitter Scandal Blotter: The Return Of Deep Blog
Boehner’s bitten the big bananna, and the Freedumb Cacusasians are finally in the driver’s seat!
Or are they?
Freedom Caucus Balks at Paul Ryan, Refuses to Endorse
breitbart.com ^ | 21 Oct 2015 | Matthew Boyle
Posted on 10/21/2015, 9:45:20 PM by 867V309
Since Ryan has failed to achieve the Freedom Caucus endorsement, the question now becomes if he will stick to his promise and drop out of contention for the Speakership.
“No,” Ryan’s spokesman Brendan Buck told Breitbart News earlier on Wednesday when asked if Ryan would follow through with a Speakership bid without an official House Freedom Caucus endorsement.
***********Keep a promise? Don’t hold your breath.
“Ryan is the best thing that has happened to the Republican party since Reagan”
You need to see a doctor. Quick. There’s not much time.
I’ll concede I was dead wrong in my prediction they would fold.I’m genuinely and pleasantly surprised.
A strong majority of anti-establishment conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus voted on Wednesday night to support Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin for House speaker, assuring that he will have the votes to secure the post next week and averting a leadership crisis for Republicans.
Mr. Ryan indicated that he was prepared to seize the gavel and try to bring unity to his party, which has been riven over how House leaders exert authority over members. That fight had become so bitter that it forced the resignation of Speaker John A. Boehner and derailed the candidacy of the majority leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy, to replace him.
“I’m grateful for the support of a supermajority of the House Freedom Caucus,” Mr. Ryan said in a statement, referring to the two-thirds vote he received.
The apparent coalescing of support behind Mr. Ryan, 45, comes at a critical moment for Congress, with votes expected to begin as soon as next week over raising the government’s borrowing authority, the first of several pressing fiscal matters.
Today in unintendedly hilarious things newspapers do on the Internet: The Wisconsin State Journal, like many newspapers, offers its photos for sale, for people who want prints of what appears in the paper. But they’ve done this by adding a “BUY NOW” link under every photo. Every. Photo. Including shots of elected officials. Inadvertent fail in attempt to make some quick cash or subtle statement on political corruption? We report, you decide. Hat tip: Mr. A. A. Continue reading Wisconsin State Legislators (I Mean Their Photos) For Sale
Your Sunday SQUEE. A. Continue reading Kitten. Ferrets. That’s It.
Answer 50 survey questions to continue reading this article about a house fire in your neighborhood! As Tim Brown of IDEO eloquently puts it, “Empathy is at the heart of design. Without the understanding of what others see, feel, and experience, design is a pointless task.” Having failed to apply design thinking at the outset of our online publishing journey, we as creators of experiences have built the mess we face now. Advertisers are so fixated on blasting through the noise and publishers are so desperate to monetize that they haven’t noticed just how bad this whole experience has become … Continue reading Nobody Understands the Internet
Our Kickstarter ends tomorrow morning, so get your book on! Thanks to everybody who’s contributed so far. I’m proud of this blog for lots of stuff, like how often we work “shitbird” into general conversation and how many times we’ve told politicians to suck it, but what I love the most is our ability to do the things we want to do. Instead of just sitting around and bitching, we make things happen. You’re all fantastic. A. Continue reading Last Chance to Pre-Order the First Draft Book!
Here’s the great Etta James and her crack band live in 1991: Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Etta James Live At The Newport Jazz Festival
Dead people, shmead people, why you gotta be so rude? “If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done,” Mr. Bush said, then “I don’t want any part of it. I don’t want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation.” He added, “I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a … Continue reading Jeb Bush Has Better Things To Do
This week Adrastos discusses Pink Floyd, Jan Hooks, Alistair Campbell, the Canadian election, Haiti and FDR, and Ole Miss football. with Howlin’ Wolf along for the ride. Continue reading Saturday Odds & Sods: Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Diaper Dave plumbs new depths, Continue reading The Vitter Files: It’s Getting Weirder By The Minute
As HRC continues her walk of shame through the Republican gauntlet of stupid, I found two moments completely perfect in capturing how some people just don’t get it. The first, and the funniest, was the exchange she had with Alabama’s Martha Roby (R-Darwin’s Waiting Room) in which Roby asked Clinton if she was home alone the night of the Benghazi attack. When Clinton responded that she was, Roby’s reply was golden: “The whole night?” This, of course, had Clinton laughing and Roby not getting it, which is to say she’s either a bible-thumping Alabama housewife who couldn’t conceive of how … Continue reading I’m sorry the facts don’t fit your narrative: Guns edition
Another day, another picture of Della Street in a box: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Shoebox Kitty
More tales of a lying prostitute and a mendacious politician. Continue reading Murky & Sordid: Vitter Story Update
Benghazi committee follies. Continue reading The Fog Of Congress: Pass The Malaka Trey Edition
From Album 5 It’s nice to know you can count on one thing: William Kristol will always — always — be utterly wrong. There must be an extra dose of lead in his crystal ball, sufficient to further dull the dim bulb and sick music box that serve as his muse. He could be the anti-oracle. Station him in some suitable location — a combination gas station/Taco Bell/KFC/video poker parlor/roadside casino (or, I don’t know, a Trump branded resort?), and let people approach seeking answers and/or enlightenment. Then, whatever he says, they’ll know to do the exact opposite. Because his record is … Continue reading In These Uncertain Times…
I would not want to run into this chap in a dark alley: Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Poison For One
The Ole Miss kids are alright. Continue reading In Which Adrastos Says Something Nice About Mississippi
Della Street is not running for President. Continue reading Lagniappe Catblogging: Thanks For Kicking Into Our Kickstarter Kitty