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Post  Old Mack on Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:48 pm

Sometimes I wish I hadn't asked to be banned...BUT than again the partisan censorship was just to much for me !



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Post  Dick Fitzwell on Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:11 pm

During my short stay at ER the other week I (thankfully) didn't see harmonica albert post at all. I don't think he's around much

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Post  Old Mack on Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:46 am

Harmonica Albert use to work himself into a lather over a handful of terrorist that were water boarded during Bushs watch. This Obama character is make old George look like a choir boy...with his killing / going to kill Americans in violation of the law. Obama is calling Due Process him, carefully reviewing the facts, his puppets have given him and than him making a decision on who to execute next.

Another law under Obama:

DHS Can Seize And Search Your Electronic Devices Without Any Suspicion, For Any Reason, Within 100 Miles Of A Border?

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/08/did-you-know-dhs-can-seize-and-search-your-electronic-devices-without-any-suspicion-for-any-reason-within-100-miles-of-a-border/



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Post  Old Mack on Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:07 pm

Drone operators to be awarded new Distinguished Warfare Medal that will rank higher than Bronze Star (but they won't have to leave their computer screen to win it)

Military personnel who operate drone strikes and fight war from behind computer consoles are to have their battlefield contributions honored after the Pentagon announced the first new combat-related medal to be created in decades.

...Unlike other combat medals, it does not require the recipient risk his or her life to get it and they may never set foot in the combat zone.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278377/Hardly-risking-life-country-New-medal-drone-operators-dubbed-Geek-Cross-set-higher-honor-Bronze-Star.html



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Post  pinhedz on Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:36 pm

Fun fact--70% of the US population lives within 50 miles of the (east or west) coast. Very Happy
Old Mack wrote:Harmonica Albert use to work himself into a lather over a handful of terrorist that were water boarded during Bushs watch. This Obama character is make old George look like a choir boy...with his killing / going to kill Americans in violation of the law. Obama is calling Due Process him, carefully reviewing the facts, his puppets have given him and than him making a decision on who to execute next.

Another law under Obama:

DHS Can Seize And Search Your Electronic Devices Without Any Suspicion, For Any Reason, Within 100 Miles Of A Border?

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/08/did-you-know-dhs-can-seize-and-search-your-electronic-devices-without-any-suspicion-for-any-reason-within-100-miles-of-a-border/



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Post  blue moon on Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:13 pm

Old Mack wrote:Drone operators to be awarded new Distinguished Warfare Medal that will rank higher than Bronze Star (but they won't have to leave their computer screen to win it)
I'm so glad, Mack, that you wrote "win" and not "earn".

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Post  Old Mack on Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:32 am

I'm just cut and pasted that.

But the bummer of that award is...(if you never been in the Military) when you get a medal you get promotion points. So thats means troops playing cyber games are getting more respect than troops in the field, who are actually getting shot at. If a line troop and the cyber guy have the same cut off score, the cyber guy will get the promotion.



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Post  Old Mack on Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:20 pm

Oh the lather Mister Albert use to work himself up in over a hand full of terrorist being waterboarded. Now you if you want to talk about abuse and throwing the balance of power out the door and you don't have all day...skip to the last sentence !


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Post  Old Mack on Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:56 pm

Mister Albert use to work himself into a lather because the Bush Administration was intercepting terrorist phone calls that were bounced off satellites that were owned by U.S. companies. I'd like to read one of his one hundred word sentences on this one:

Obama Administration Argues Right To GPS Tracking People Without A Warrant; Bipartisan Lawmakers Introducing Bill To Defeat

What could go wrong with a government that wants the ability to track people with GPS devices without probable cause?

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/03/22/obama-administration-argues-right-to-gps-tracking-people-without-a-warrant-bipartisan-lawmakers-introducing-bill-to-defeat/

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:52 pm

Street Legal is a wretched exercise in artistic self-humiliation and failure without a note of redeeming music, but it's a useful litmus test for Dylan listeners.

In Dylan's body of work, the most "Dylanesque" material after Blonde on Blonde is often weak and self-parodic--Street Legal is the signal example of this tendency.

"New Pony is a good example of why I think the music on Street Legal is particularly poor, whether or not anyone enjoys it. The lyrics are self-centered (like everything else on the album) and sung with an arrogant leering tone that is completely opposite of both Charlie Patton's and Son House's takes of Pony Blues/Saddle My Pony, two men who actually lived and worked around draught animals and used the trope with easy authority and understated power completely absent in Dylan's travesty of the blues. He sounds coked up, crams too many words into lines, uses some verses to deliver the sort of self-righteous judgements that so diminished his next 3 albums after Street Legal, can't sing two consecutive verses with any poetic logic to them, and uses a sort of base vernacular diction I find affected, completely inauthentic, and condescending not just to the audience but to the blues tradition itself. The arrangement is overstuffed with pointless chorus singers, a tasteless guitar solo, leaden drums, and an anonymous bleating studio saxophone player, the hallmarks of white imitators of black music that Dylan had avoided up to Street Legal. Bob's strengths as a blues player have always been country blues and a tough, lean Chicago based sound. This isn't either. Echoing the music of Ray Charles or other R&B singers with fuller sounds just emphasizes the weak areas of Dylan's own singing. I'm always amazed when anyone defends this song as worthy of the tradition it tries to summon. It sounds like a bunch of rock poseurs longing for authenticity but mistaking volume and number of instruments for blues power. It's just vulgar."


"My assessment of the musical character of Street Legal is based on 45 years of intense study of Bob Dylan's music, at least 35 years of serious listening to blues music of all eras, 30 years of playing guitar, piano and other instruments, mostly but not entirely self-taught, academic study and research in jazz and blues music, including teaching Southern Black Literature in college courses, producing concerts (mostly jazz) and radio shows (jazz and folk), as well as a reflection of my vocation as poet and all the attendant literary study, teaching, performing, and publication. I've listened very closely to the album, given the issues raised very serious thought, and like most other instances I try to form my aesthetic experience based on observations of the artifact, which sometimes I do not describe in all their detail because that would require more space than I think is fair in this setting. I really don't care what anyone thinks about me, and you are all free to make what you will of what I try to share.

Music is an objective phenomenon, but how people feel about music is not. Rather than just introduce some commonplace theoretical notion that culture has no objective value and use it to insult me, a more forceful counter-argument would be based in the artifact itself and capable of demonstrating the verbal invention and originality, the poetic coherence and emotional insight, the relationship between the artifact and the tradition in a positive light.

So far, I have never ever read such a defense of the work. It mostly gets enthusiastic gush from sub-Paul Williams types who rarely if ever even mention Son House or Charley Patton, let alone show any indication they've listened to them. For what it is worth, I've learned Houses' arrangement of Saddle My Pony, I'm working on Patton's, and I've performed the song numerous times in front of paying audiences who didn't boo me offstage or ask for their money back.

I don't care if anyone likes the music or not. Personal taste is not the issue.

The only coherent defense of New Pony I've read is posted somewhere above, when someone suggested it was really a Rolling Stones song. I thought that was quite a good insight into why it sounds so awful in Bob's hands. Someone else said it was some kind of epitome of blues and rock and roll, which I agree with but in a negative way--it reaches tasteless sonic excess while negating any lyric grace Dylan might have found and does find so much more successfully on work like the blues-based material on Time Out of Mind or Highway 61 for instance. There was a lot of such crap in the late 60s to late 70s, much of it mercifully forgotten. Only the name Dylan keeps Street Legal in circulation."

"In terms of official album releases, I'd say Street Legal contains his very worst vocal performances, supported (if that's the word) by his very worst collection of original songs. Street Legal shows a man in desperate need of reinvention and renewal with nothing to say."


"The allmusic review is typical of apologists for this album. His description dances around the obvious--that the music is bloated with extraneous and badly used musicians playing leaden arrangements--and makes a general claim about the lyrics--"as dense as anything Dylan has written"--without actually demonstrating the density, and dense in what particular qualities of rhetoric, how that relates to any prior densities, and why that density is a positive trait. The lyrics are densely neurotic and contradictory in artless and portentous ways, narcissistic, and filled with cliches and mannerisms. They are whined more often than sung, even by Dylan's own standards of singing. All of this is easily demonstrated by carefully reading the lyrics and closely listening, and I have done so too many times, so I'll resist the temptation to analyze Is Your Love In Vain again. The fact that the album is a viscerally unpleasant experience is documented even by its defenders who resort to psychological rationalizations for the inept lyrics and to nostalgic references to "classic Dylan" as a way of glossing over self-parody and self-aggrandizement.

It's not surprising that this phenomenon occurs, and it probably does in most internet fora devoted to the fans of any pop star or any matter whatsoever or even nothing at all. One of the impacts of the internet on rhetoric and language has been to impart a false egalitarianism by implying that universal access to interactive consumer media somehow makes all points of view equally valid (correspondingly all consumer commodities are equally saleable), and every consumer an equally fit judge of values, even an equally fit determinant of which values are to be judged and how. In an economic sense, they are, but economics is not a field of aesthetic inquiry, nor is psychology for that matter. The fact that Street Legal is commonly interpreted (diagnosed, really) as a psychological crisis of romantic and career dimensions is a mark of its tasteless lack of imagination, not its aesthetic integrity. This common view also reveals the pseudopsychological bias in public and private discourse which actually serves to disempower individuals from developing their analytical skills in any other detailed and authoritative way, so that they more easily accept received biases and rhetorics from mass media.

The two shibboleths really being defended are these: Bob Dylan can't make awful music because he's a genius; and the listener can't possibly like or even love bad music because the listener is certain of his or her own biases past the point of needing or wanting to examine them. Why not just say, it's crap but I love it? Who could argue with that?

A clever person would ask me just to say it's great but I hate it, but not a really clever person who has been paying attention. I happily admit not liking some truly great music. Bach bores me mostly. Same with Art Tatum. Also Joe Pass. Ella Fitzgerald. These are all musical geniuses, and I can hear the genius and understand their importance and why people like them, but I just don't enjoy the music on a personal level. My experience with Street Legal is that, like it or not, it doesn't stand up to any rigorous critical examination. It is demonstrably weak music. So weak, I don't even hate it. I feel embarrassed for its maker when I hear it, and bored, and annoyed.

It's not surprising that this Emporer's New Clothes phenomenon occurs, and it probably does in most internet fora devoted to the fans of any pop star. One of the more chaotic impacts of the internet on rhetoric and language has been to impart a false egalitarianism by implying that universal access to interactive consumer media somehow makes all points of view equally valid (correspondingly all consumer commodities are equally saleable), and every consumer an equally fit judge of values, even an equally fit determinant of which values are to be judged and how. In an economic sense, they are, but economics is not a field of aesthetic inquiry, nor is psychology for that matter. The fact that Street Legal is commonly interpreted (diagnosed, really) as a psychological crisis of romantic and career dimensions is a mark of its tasteless lack of imagination, not its aesthetic integrity.

In an attempt to examine my own biases, I bought the cd of Street Legal some months ago. It was even worse than I recalled. I liked the album when it was released. I saw the tour in Providence, was both impressed and disappointed. Bob looked silly on stage. The music was bombastic and over-earnest and shallow. The album quickly lost whatever charm it initially had. The blessing was I no longer had to worship Dylan as some kind of infallible hero. His strengths, being perishable, became more inspiring to me. His weaknesses made him more human, but they didn't become interesting aesthetic features of his work, at least in this case."

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:56 am

Other things that chafe his hide include the factual liberties taken with the Joey Gallo saga, Bob Dylan's fallacious claim that "there ain't no neutral ground," the plodding nursery rhyme name-dropping of Desolation Row, and the historical fiction writing of Scooter Libby.

But dire doggerel is what he calls this:

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Post  Old Mack on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:53 pm

user wrote:Street Legal is a wretched exercise in artistic self-humiliation and failure without a note of redeeming music, but it's a useful litmus test for Dylan listeners.

If that post doesn't prove a whole lot of things...I'll eat all 3 copies of my Highway 61 cds, my Highway 61 poster and my Highway 61 sign.

Maybe next, I'll do a update on Obama extending The Patriot Act.

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Post  Old Mack on Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:59 pm

I'm just about ready to give up on the US. Soon, the only moral position will be to work for its destruction as a political and economic entity. There's little to be gained by letting the NeoConfederates win and impose their will on an increasingly impoverished working class. At what point does it become a moral imperative to kill those who only value money and power? They have certainly killed plenty of people already, with their idiotic wars and social neglect and toxic capitalism. If we must have human sacrifice, and we certainly have that right now, perhaps we should kill the rich.

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Post  Old Mack on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:01 pm

Hagel: US sending Army soldiers to Jordan

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells senators he is sending about 200 soldiers from an Army headquarters unit to Jordan to assist efforts to contain violence along the Syrian border and plan for any operations needed to assure the safety of chemical weapons in Syria.

The 1st Armored Division troops are largely planners and will replace a similar number of U.S. forces that have been in Jordan for some months. They will include specialists in intelligence, logistics and operations. Sending a cohesive headquarters unit will enhance the troops' ability to respond to any security needs, and will provide leadership personnel that could command additional forces if it's determined they are needed in the future.

The unit is based at Fort Bliss, Texas. Hagel was speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee.




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Post  Old Mack on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:03 pm

“I will not rest until everyone American who is able and ready and willing to work can find a job. And a job that pays a decent wage and has decent benefits to support a family.”

Report: Obama Spent Twice as Much Time on Vacation/Golf as Economy

According to a new report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute (GAI), President Barack Obama has spent over twice as many hours on vacation and golf (976 hours) as he has in economic meetings of any kind (474.4 hours).

Read the article: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/04/28/REPORT-Obama-Spent-Twice-As-Much-Time-On-Vacation-Golf-As-On-Economy

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Post  Old Mack on Tue May 14, 2013 6:37 pm

Can you imagine if this happened under George Bush's watch ?

...The White House has “no knowledge” of the Justice Department’s efforts to obtain phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

...President Barack Obama claimed that he only learned that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted Tea Party groups last Friday,(May 10) when the rest of America learned about it.

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Post  Old Mack on Thu May 16, 2013 1:12 pm

Would You Believe The Administration Got Phone Records of The House Of Representatives?

I’m sure mainstream media, and the other two branches of government, see no problem whatsoever in secret records searches between the two branches, right? No separation of powers issue here.

http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2013/05/15/would-you-believe-the-administration-bugged-the-phones-in-the-house-of-representatives/

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Post  Old Mack on Thu May 23, 2013 11:31 am

Because I am asserting my right not to testify, I know that some people will assume that I have done something wrong. I have not.


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Post  Old Mack on Fri May 31, 2013 1:09 pm


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Post  Old Mack on Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:15 pm

Remember the ultraliberal outrage when it was revealed the Bush Admiration was taping the phones of terrorist who were using Western countries satellites ?

Outrage as White House defends NSA's collection of phone records for MILLIONS of Verizon customers daily as a 'critical tool' to fight terrorism

•A copy of a secret order shows that the National Security Agency ordered Verizon to hand over millions of phone records with no explanation.

•Order extends from until July 19 and includes domestic and foreign calls.

•Nearly 150million Verizon customers could be affected by the court order.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2336659/NSA-collecting-phone-records-MILLIONS-Verizon-customers-daily-secret-order-issued-April-lasts-July.html#ixzz2VOuc3Gom


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Post  Old Mack on Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:08 pm

Remember when Obamas hatchet man knocked Bush for golfing and the ultraliberal agenda driven media jumped on it ?

Obama Hits The Links For 126th Round Of Golf…


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:53 pm

Ari Fleischer said he thought people should ease up a bit on President Barry, because on the important stuff that matters like about keeping the Amricans safe, having Barry is sort of like having a third and fourth term of Dubby-dub Bushe.


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:52 pm

GOld Mack wrote:

Obama Hits The Links For 126th Round Of Golf…





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Post  Old Mack on Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:43 pm

User...after watching that video all I can say is:
Old Mack wrote:Thank God for the WWW, it keeps millions of nuts safely off the streets !
FBI sharply increases use of Patriot Act
provision to collect US citizens' records.

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/11/18887491-fbi-sharply-increases-use-of-patriot-act-provision-to-collect-us-citizens-records?lite

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