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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Chick. . .


 . . . bull?

"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage'" says Chick-Fil-A's Dan Cathy.

First, what God and what judgement are we talking about here?  Second, where or in what direction would a fool shake his fist in order to express this silly sentiment?  Third, this imaginary being to whom he is expressing this anger actually holds an opinion about what the word 'marriage' represents which holds WHAT relevance?

It's only a matter of time before opinions like Cathy's will be totally irrelevant, part of a tiny minority, no longer newsworthy, and dismissable as those of a mere crank.






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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Idea Men. . .

. . . are EVERYWHERE. . .

(thanks to http://gawker.com/terrible-people-selling-pork-laced-bullets-to-better-ki-576045292)
"A company called "Jihawg Ammo" is using the tag line: "Put some HAM in Mohamed" in advertisements for their pork-coated bullets.  "Jihawg Ammo is certified "Haraam" or unclean. According to the belief system of the radical Islamist, becoming "unclean" during Jihad will prevent their attaining entrance into heaven. Jihawg Ammo is a natural deterrent to radical and suicidal acts of violence."

Additionally, an Arizona man has conceived a "suicide bomb deterrent" idea.  It is a packet of pig blood affixed to public walls. Theoretically, the blood packet would explode during a suicide bomb, mixing the bomber's blood with that of the pig, depriving him of entering the highly desirable "heaven".






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Friday, June 28, 2013

Dark. . .

. . . Side. . .

. . . NOT Pink Floyd. . .

Oho guitarist and several Baltimore underground talents WERE. . . The Dark Side

(from www.ohomusic.com)
". . . Evolving out of the infamous OHO, Dark Side began as a studio experiment in late 1977. While 70s OHO developed from a weirdly sinister and oddball Ubu/Beefheart approach, Dark Side had a preoccupation with "updated-for-the-80s" 60s pop, manifested in the teen-drama lyrics, neo-Spector production and delightfully squeaky Farfisa organ fills.

The original 6-man line-up recorded 2 EP's in January ("Wholesale Diamonds") and September ("Damaged Goods") 1978 respectively. Thanks to the intervention of Ful Treatment keyboardist, Ray Jozwiak, this incarnation of the band made their only live appearance on a local television program (Baltimore At Ten) in the spring of '78.

The band, reduced then to a quartet, began to play live at the infamous Marble Bar on Franklin St. in downtown Baltimore and The Odd Fellows Hall in Towson, MD. Due to the opportunities afforded by regular gigging, the Side discovered its identity and began to shape its own sound.

An LP (Rumors in Our Own Time/Legends in Our Own Room) was produced with USE guitarist, Paul Rieger, during 1979 and on into early 1980. Joining shortly thereafter, drummer David Reeve (OHO's current drummer) helped the band integrate its various influences and explore a range of music that encompassed 60s R&B, punk, humorous pop, garage and gothic-progressive rock. The band defied easy categorization, living up to the notoriety that Dark Side members Jay & Jeffrey Graboski, Mark O'Connor and David Reeve established in 70s OHO (1973-1977). Dark Side remained true to a music that was stripped down and driving, yet capable of an emotional subtlety not usually associated with bands of their ilk. . . "


Jay's composition You Should Envy Me, originally by The Dark Side, is redone here by the current lineup of OHO, Jay Graboski, David Reeve and me (Ray Jozwiak) . . .




You Should Envy Me
written by John P. Graboski
performed by Oho (rehearsal recording)





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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fight. . .

. . . for your right. . .

Those Chesneyans.

When Kenny Chesney comes to town, rest assured there will be party. At Pittsburg's Heinz Field, literal boatloads of fans arrive days before the performance, tying up along the river posing a potential hazard. Meantime, on land, parking is $40 a car and police abound.   This does not deter over-the-top behavior who party long and hard for many hours before the show. Garbage and human waste abound.

The recent show in Pittsburgh was notable.  Of 50,000 fans, about 75 people were arrested and 45 required medical attention

(Thanks to http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/editorials/pittsburgh-pigsty-kenny-chesney-fans-should-clean-up-their-act-693146/)




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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

False . . .



. . . and misleading. . .


(from http://factcheck.org/2013/06/jeb-bush-gets-f-on-school-spending/)
Jeb Bush has repeatedly — and falsely — claimed that the United States spends “more per student than any country in the world.” Luxembourg, Norway and Switzerland all spend more than the U.S. on elementary and secondary education.

The former Florida governor most recently made this claim at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s annual Road to Majority Conference, held on June 14 in Washington, D.C. At the conference, Bush spoke about the need to create sustainable economic growth and cited education (at the 15:23 mark) as the “greatest challenge our country faces.”

    Bush, June 14: To me the greatest challenge our country faces is that 40 percent of our kids — truly, truly, honestly — 40 percent of our kids are college or career ready. And we spend more per student than any country in the world. That is not acceptable. Too many young people now have shattered dreams because they don’t have the skills to be successful.

Bush made a similar claim in an earlier interview with Newsmax TV (about 19 minutes into the video):

    Bush, March 31: We have a third of our kids that don’t make it through the system, even though we spend more per student than any country in the world. And a lot of students could be doing college-level work by the time they’ve graduated from high school but in effect they’re held back because we have this adult-centered homogenized learning model.

We asked Bush spokeswoman Jaryn Emhof for information that would support the governor’s claim that the U.S. has the highest per-student expenditure rate. But the information she provided contradicted his claim.





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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Who. . .

. . . said this?


“I think this is absolutely crazy. Why would you want to increase the cost of energy and kill more American jobs at a time when the American people are still asking where are the jobs? Clear enough?”
If you guessed John Boehner, 61st and current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,  member of the Republican Party,  U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th congressional district,  government crybaby and leader of all job makers, who by the way, don't really make many jobs, you are correct.






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Monday, June 24, 2013

Tirelessly. . .

. . . working

That what OHO is doing. . . (give a listen to the latest take of 'Blood Brother')


I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My hands hands

Bar rooms sure have a funny way
Of bringing loyalty out in a man
Buy a drink and tell a joke
And buddy you've got you a friend
But keep a good eye upon that friend
Because he really doesn't give two hoots
And don't say anything about his Mom
His  girlfriend or his army boots

I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My hands hands

Walked into an auto-mo-showroom
I need some wheels but got no money to spend
When a guy with an ugly tie
Walks out and acts like he's my long-lost friend
I said hey Buddy I've a purpose here
And if you please I will accomplish my goal
So don't you slap me on the back again
Cause if you do I might just lose my control

I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My hands hands

So please be careful when you meet someone
Who'll make a promise at the drop of a hat
And don't provide them with encouragement
You will regret the day you offered him that
Cause everybody needs some empathy
But just how willing
And how far will they go
To really help you when the chips are down
Can they be trusted half as far as you throw them

I'll be your Blood Brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your Blood Brother
Just as long as I don't have to bloody
My hands hands


BLOOD BROTHER(Oho rehearsal recording)
©1997 Raymond M. Jozwiak





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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Award. . .

. . . -ing the. . .
. . . Winner of the ‘two-strangest-“Faith”-related-news-headlines-to-appear-consecutively-on-a-news-website’ Award. . .

. . . to. . . .

. . . . . . . . NBC News.com. . . . . . . 



“Poll: Americans' faith in Congress lower than all major institutions -- ever”

“GOP senators urge religious conservatives not to give up the fight”








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