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Kinky Friedman On Rick Perry: An Unsurprising Endorsement

by Bunk X ( 199 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism, Elections 2016, Entertainment, Humor, OOT, Open thread, Politics at August 24th, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Singer, songwriter, humorist, rogue politician and the World’s Most Famous Jewish Cowboy Kinky Friedman penned a piece praising his former opponent, Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Rick Perry has never lost an election; I’ve never won one. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with the world. On the other hand, I’ve long been friends with Bill Clinton and George W., and Rick Perry and I, though at times bitter adversaries, have remained friends as well. It’s not always easy to maintain friendships with politicians. To paraphrase Charles Lamb, you have to work at it like some men toil after virtue.

I have been quoted as saying that when I die, I am to be cremated, and the ashes are to be thrown in Rick Perry’s hair. Yet, simply put, Rick Perry and I are incapable of resisting each other’s charm. He is not only a good sport, he is a good, kindhearted man, and he once sat in on drums with ZZ Top. A guy like that can’t be all bad. When I ran for governor of Texas as an independent in 2006, the Crips and the Bloods ganged up on me. When I lost, I drove off in a 1937 Snit, refusing to concede to Perry. Three days later Rick called to give me a gracious little pep talk, effectively talking me down from jumping off the bridge of my nose. Very few others were calling at that time, by the way. Such is the nature of winning and losing and politicians and life. You might call what Rick did an act of random kindness. Yet in my mind it made him more than a politician, more than a musician; it made him a mensch.

Read the rest.

For those not familiar with Mr. Friedman’s artistry and wit, it’s rarely politically correct, but usually amusing.

By 1971, Friedman had formed his second band, Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys, which many took to be a play on the name of the famous band Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. In keeping with the band’s satirical nature, each member had a comical name: in addition to Kinky there was Little Jewford, Big Nig, Panama Red, Wichita Culpepper, Sky Cap Adams, Rainbow Colours, and Snakebite Jacobs. More conventionally named roadie Jack Slaughter and road manager Dylan Ferrero rounded out the crew and provided most of the driving of the “tour bus”, a Cadillac with 10-year-old expired license plates and a nasty predilection for going into a coma at the most inconvenient moment (but, according to Friedman, her talent lay in her ability to stop on a dime and pick up the change). [wiki]

Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys’ “Assho From El Paso” was a snarky response to Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee.”

And with that we’ll continue on to another non-politically correct edition of
The Overnight Open Thread.

Apples and Oranges

by Bunk X ( 247 Comments › )
Filed under Music, OOT, Open thread at August 2nd, 2014 - 11:55 pm

One of the most successful groups in popular music, they began playing R&B in the early to mid-1960s. The name of the band (and members) changed several times, but eventually settled on “The Pink Floyd Sound,” taken from the names of two blues musicians, Pinkney “Pink” Anderson and Floyd “Dipper Boy” Council (click each name for links to recordings on the Utoobage). Dick Clark introduced “The Pink Floyd” on American Bandstand in 1967, their first appearance in the U.S. Here’s the lineup (with ages) at the time of the filming:

Roger Waters – bass, vocals, songwriter (24)
Syd Barrett – guitar, vocals, songwriter (21)
Richard Wright – keyboards, vocals (24)
Nick Mason – percussion (23)

Pink Floyd had my attention from “Ummagumma” through “Wish You Were Here,” but they began to lose me when their style began drifting too far into the mainstream pop radio culture of the late 70s: the overbearing and over-produced arena-art-rock years.

Remember that “Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict” was performed live on stage,with “lyrics” in English, just like The Overnight Open Thread.

P.S. The Dub Side Of The Moon is awesome.

RIP Johnny Winter (1944-2014)

by Bunk X ( 102 Comments › )
Filed under Music, OOT at July 19th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Johnny Winter 1944-2014

Johnny Winter, legendary guitarist and one of the most recognizable icons of Texas blues and rock passed away at the age of 70 earlier this week after a long career.

In a documentary released this year entitled “Johnny Winter Down and Dirty,” he laughed, “Made my first record when I was 15, started playing clubs when I was 15. Started drinking and smoking when I was 15. Sex when I was 15. Fifteen was a big year for me.”

According to Wiki, at age 10 he and his 8 year old brother Edgar played on local TV in his hometown of Beaumont Texas. Johnny Winter performed for an astounding 60 years, and he died while on still on tour.



RIP, Johnny. You made our roadtrips hellalotta fun.

Let’s turn up the volume and put the pedal to the metal for this Saturday Night Edition of The Overnight Open Thread.

[Update: After scheduling this I see that Coldwarrior beat me to it, so consider this a continuation.]

R.I.P. Erdélyi Tamás, aka Tommy Ramone

by Bunk X ( 112 Comments › )
Filed under History, Music, OOT, Open thread at July 13th, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Tommy Ramone RIP 2014

Another punk bit the big one.

Erdélyi Tamás, aka Tom Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, assembled and helped create one of the most influential bands ever.  The Ramones never had a hit single, despite hiring the legendary (and mentally disturbed) Phil Spector.

Tommy Ramone was not new to the recording industry when he and other Brooklyn friends decided to form a band to provide an alternative to the pre-packaged marketing-department formulaic garbage that infested the airwaves in the mid to late 1970s. The Ramones went back to rock and roll garage-band basics, with a twist – they played louder and faster.

That The Ramones rose to popularity by playing 3-chord rock in an obscure venue in the New York City Bowery district says a lot.  Punk was born at CBGB’s, and although The Ramones’ garage-band style never garnered them a hit, their influence was huge.

Their message was, “Screw Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Kansas, Foreigner and ELO! Screw CSN&Y and Boston! Listen to C, F & G!”

And The Ramones were spot on. R.I.P. Erdélyi Tamás, and thanks.


And yes, this is The Overnight Open Thread.

Compare & Contrast – Photo Trickery

by Bunk X ( 9 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Media, OOT at March 18th, 2014 - 11:00 pm

We may have posted this previously but so what. We’re making a point here.

All About The Angle

Recently Barack Obama was photographed in preparation to awarding medals to some overlooked heroes of WWII. All well and good in principle, but let’s compare reality vs. propaganda. Here’s a posed photo of the POTUS in the Oval Office:

Obama Awards 24 Medals Of Honor For Valor During WWII, Korean And Vietnam Wars
Note the slightly skewed angle and the higher than average camera elevation. Note the wide-angle lens distortion. Mr. Obama looks tall and imposing, almost Putin-like, да? Once we remove the distortion of the propagandacam, the reality is much different:Oval Office 2
Note that in the 2nd image Obama isn’t nearly as tall, nor is he as wide as the Getty Image above would have you believe. The only difference between the two is that we squared up the door and wallpaper. (We can’t adjust for the height of the camera. It happens to be at Obama’s eyeline, and makes him appear to tower over the others in the picture.)

Subtle, yet obvious once pointed out, just like The Overnight Open Thread.

 

The St. Patrick’s Day Natural Progession

by Bunk X ( 142 Comments › )
Filed under Food and Drink, OOT, Open thread at March 17th, 2014 - 11:00 pm

St. Patricks Day 9AM
9:00AM

St. Patricks Day 12 Noon
12 Noon

St. Patricks Day 4PM
4:00PM

St. Patricks Day 8PM
8:00PM

St. Patricks Day 11PM
11:00PM

It’s all “Erin Go Bleaugh” on tonight’s  “Blowin’ Of The Green” edition of
The Overnight Open Thread.

[Update: Images from here, here, here and here.]

Too Many Possible Captions + Little Debbie

by Bunk X ( 31 Comments › )
Filed under Humor, Links, OOT, Open thread at January 29th, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Rollin

Tumbin

escalator-planking

Okay, first guy’s a funny, but chimps, toddlers and even Little Debbie Wasserman-Schultz can do it. 2nd guy & girl are awesome, especially because the guy talked blondie into mopping the hoops court with her hair while doing The Beast With Two Backs wrong.  Escalator Planking Girl wins for her strong abs, doing it solo, and being willing to risk losing her entire scalp on the escalator handrail just for The Utoobage lulz [via].

BTW, for those of you who think that The BlogMock has little influence, Google “Debbie Wasserman-Schultz .gif” and see what image comes up first and from where. For those of you strapped for time and too busy to click the link, let’s all jump into a big steaming pile of The Overnight Open Thread.

“We Voted For Obama Because He Said Mitt Romney Would Eat Our Grandchildren.”

by Bunk X ( 173 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Cult of Obama, Humor, OOT, Open thread, Politics at January 28th, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Obama Supporters
“And my husband simply LOVES our new ObamaCare physician!”

Now that the steaming pile of SOTU is over, was there a single thing that The Messiah said that was not a sop for the unions, non-whites, gullible co-eds, and John Boehner? Can’t think of anything, eh? There’s a reason for that. It’s a common medical syndrome known as The Overnight Open Thread.

LOL DOOM

by Bunk X ( 26 Comments › )
Filed under Cult of Obama, Economy, Fascism, Humor, OOT, Open thread, SCOTUS, Socialism at November 19th, 2013 - 11:00 pm

monster-mouth-lol1

So much carp raining down these days. POTUS lied, the US Census Bureau has been caught fudging statistics, the MSM promoted the propaganda, the low-info voters bought it, MSNBC supports coprophaghia, and the next thing you know is it’s time for
The Overnight Open Thread.

Frank

by Bunk X ( 17 Comments › )
Filed under Entertainment, Humor, OOT, Open thread at November 15th, 2013 - 2:00 am

frank-tending-the-machine-1-jim-woodring

For those of you who have never run across the artwork of Jim Woodring, you’re missing out on some of the most surreal (and sometimes disturbing) pen and ink work that I’ve seen. Woodring based a lot of his subject matter on hallucinations he had as a child, and decided to record them on paper.

His most recognizable character is Frank, a good guy who goes on bizarre adventures, often accompanied by Madame Pupshaw (sort of a cat) and Pushpaw (sort of a dog). None of the characters speak.

Although I’ve never met him, Jim Woodring did me a nice favor once, so I don’t mind suggesting that you visit his store for unusual gifts for the hard to get folk.

And that’s the perfect solution to a somewhat overdue Late Night Edition of
The Overnight Open Thread.