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    ALITO CONFIRMED! January 31st, 2006

    Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito

    It’s finally over. All the hoopla, all the bickering, all the liberal whining…Alito is confirmed and will be the newest Justice on the Supreme Court. Liberals have been trying the chicken little “sky is falling” tactic trying to get people to oppose Alito. They just won’t learn. I’m glad the nonsense is over and things can move ahead. We’ll see how Alito rules on upcoming cases. So much for the “tsunami.”

    More at La Shawn Barber’s blog, Michelle Malkin’s blog, the PoliPundit blog, Sistah Toldjah’s blog, Stop The ACLU blog, Six Meat Buffet blog, Hugh Hewitt’s blog and I’m certain many, many more.

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    Interesting POV on the Google/China Controversy January 30th, 2006

    JimK at the Right Thoughts blog has an interesting take on the current controversy concerning the website complying with Chinese law.

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    Guitars Both Strange And Brilliant January 30th, 2006

    Rambler Resonator guitar

    I enjoy so much The Other Room website when it comes back from the NAMM convention each year loaded with plenty of pictures of new musical goodies. My favorite section is the NAMM Oddities section on guitars. There are some things I think are absolutely brilliant and some things I think are extremely weird but all of them are interesting.

    Zemaitis styled guitar

    Tiki Flea Uke

    Flying V Ukelele

    …And Now, A Musical Interlude January 28th, 2006

    A cheap Teisco Del Rey guitar circa the 1960's
    No, no, no…not that Teisco Del Rey…

    Teisco Del Rey CD cover
    THIS Teisco Del Rey…

    I must admit, I’m a sucker for a CD from a good rock guitar instrumentalist. And honestly when I ran across this CD (completely by accident I admit…I was looking for Cub Koda CD’s) I sincerely thought this was from the maker of the Teisco Del Rey guitar line from the 1960’s. I seemed to remember from somewhere that the 1960’s era Teisco Del Rey was a guitar player who wanted to create his own line of inexpensive guitars and the only place he could find that would be able to make them was in Japan. Well turns out that urban myth was only half true. The company is indeed Japanese and was originally founded in 1946 by Atswo Kaneko and Doryu Matsuda was called Aoi Onpa Kenkyujo. It wasn’t until 1948 that they adopted the “Teisco” brand and it wasn’t until 1964 that Jack Westheimer started importing them into the U.S. that the “Del Rey” was added onto the logo.

    Teisco Del Rey guitar headstock and logo

    So when I received this CD in the mail after winning it on an ebay auction, I thought this “Teisco Del Rey” was the guy from the 1960’s. I was wrong. Even though the cover looked retro as if it might be 1960’s something about it didn’t fit. It does look as if this might have been an album that originally was released on vinyl and re-released (and perhaps remastered) onto CD but when I played it, it was obvious it was modern. Even remastering doesn’t eliminate that certain something that is inherant in recordings from the 1960’s, especially surf records of that era. And looking the “Teisco” on the cover, the sunglasses look very post 1960’s even though the 12-string Baldwin guitar (it’s the same as the British Burns guitar of the 1960’s but when imported to the U.S. they called them “Baldwin”) is of the period. However fellow detectives, if you look closely in the upper portion of the CD cover, just to the left where the word “stereo” in the oval is, you’ll notice a very NON-1960’s smoke detector on the wall.

    Anyway, with all that aside, I did find out that this “Teisco Del Rey” is known normally as Dan Forte and regularly performs on what he refers to as “el cheapo guitars.” He’s released two CD’s, this one in 1996 and an earlier one in 1992. He originally hailed from California so the surf influence on this album is evident and he took the surf influence with him when he moved to Texas. Overall, the majority of the songs are heavy into the surf revival sound of the mid 1990’s but you can hear elements of not only surf legend Dick Dale but also shred-master Joe Satriani. Some songs are pretty clever like “Second Line Limbo” which manages to combine a good old fashion New Orleans second line beat with the classic song “Limbo Rock” and working in a very distinct Joe Satriani-esque mystical galactic element a la Satriani’s “Surfing With The Alien” CD.

    I could go on at all the nuances of this album, but I won’t. Let’s just say this is a great album especially for surf music fans. It definitely has me looking to get his first album.

    The Need For Civility In The Blogosphere January 28th, 2006

    Cassandra over at the Villainous Company blog has written a great article on civility, or rather the lack thereof, in the world of blogs. I urge you to take the time to read it, especially if you’ve been a victim of vicious personal attacks by some immature blogger or read such attacks on a blog.

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    Sheehan For Senate? Think Of The Entertainment Value! January 27th, 2006


    Oh this is rich! Cindy Sheehan is threatening California Congresscritter Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat if Feinstein doesn’t filibuster Alito. Oh please, oh please Dianne, don’t filibuster. I’d love to see Sheehan follow through on her threat. You can read Sheehan’s press release here. No word yet on any response from Feinstein.

    I, for one, would love to witness Cindy Sheehan’s run for Senate. It would be hilarious.

    Tip o’ the cap to Little Green Footballs blog for the heads up.

    UPDATE: Feinstein buckles under Sheehan’s pressure and releases the following statement:

    “Based on a very long and thoughtful analysis of the record and transcript, which I tried to indicate in my floor statement yesterday, I’ve decided that I will vote no on cloture.”
    -Dianne Feinstein, 1/27/2006

    I’m so disappointed. *snicker*

    cloture – The only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter, and thereby overcome a filibuster. Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes.

    UPDATE #2: Thanks to the folks at GOP Bloggers, I now have evidence of Feinstein going back on her word, a tactic routinely used by politicians, especially liberals.

    “I do not see a likelihood of a filibuster,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat and often a swing vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I don’t see those kinds of egregious things emerging that would justify a filibuster.”

    Mrs. Feinstein said a filibuster against Judge Alito would be an abuse of the parliamentary tool.

    “When it comes to filibustering a Supreme Court appointment, you really have to have something out there, whether it’s gross moral turpitude or something that comes to the surface,” she said yesterday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

    “This is a man I might disagree with,” she said of Judge Alito. “That doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be on the court.”
    -Dianne Feinstein, 1/16/2006

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    RVD Returning Soon January 27th, 2006

    Rob Van Dam

    I am pleased that “Mr. Monday Night,” “The Whole F’n Show” Rob Van Dam is returning to the WWE at the upcoming Royal Rumble. Then he will be featured on WWE’s Raw shows that air on Monday evenings. He’s been out for over a year due to injury and I hope the rehab has done him good. It’s been far too long since RVD has been in the ring. I look forward to see what the WWE has in store for him.

    However here’s my idea:
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    Nagin’s “Chocolate City” Comment May Not Come To Fruition January 27th, 2006

    Lower Ninth Ward Devestation Courtesy of Hurricane Katrina

    A National Science Foundation study brings forth disturbing findings about New Orleans’ future. Read about the study and its conclusions here.

    Tip o’ the cap to Sister Toldjah for the heads up on this.

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    Gastric Bypass Surgery January 26th, 2006

    For whatever it’s worth, I have created a new category called “Gastric Bypass” which is an operation I plan on undergoing a little later this year. After almost a year, my insurance finally approved me. I plan on blogging about it here from time to time. I’ve also talked it over with the news director at the TV station I work for (WCTV) and they will do a series on me. My surgeon will be Dr. Eliot Sieloff who is considered one of the best in the nation performing laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. My first appointment with them will be in February so I’ll probably write more at that time.

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    A Cluebat? January 25th, 2006

    Perusing the blogosphere, I came across a nice blog called Aaron’s cc (which I added to my blog links on the column to your left). Reading the entertaining and truly funny material, I came across the following:

    The Imperial Cluebat

    This caught me off-guard and frankly if I had been drinking some water or soft drink, I would have run the risk of splutting it all over the keyboard.

    A Musical Pet Peeve January 25th, 2006

    While witnessing a music performance on a show that will remain unnamed I came across one of my biggest music-related pet peeves: cramming more notes than is necessary into a single syllable. A certain singer started her song not even with a real word but an “uh” which she managed to hit about 14 to 18 seemingly random notes as if trying them out to see which one sounded the best. Come one, people! Pick a note and stick with it! I don’t know who thinks going overboard like this sounds more soulful but let me set you straight, it doesn’t. It’s simply showboating, not singing and it’s probably one of my biggest pet peeves in regards to music. There’s a time in songs where it’s appropriate and creates a powerful moment but to go overboard like this unnamed singer (whom I predict no one will remember 10 years from now) did is absolutely nuts. Maybe she was overcompensating for obvious lack of true talent?

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    Joel Stein: Another Example Of How The L.A. Times Just Doesn’t Get It January 24th, 2006

    Los Angeles Time columnist and liberal extremist Joel Stein

    Los Angeles Time columnist and clueless liberal extremist Joel Stein

    Joel Stein is against the war in Iraq, the war against terrorism and our troops in general. “Uncle Jimbo” over at BlackFive blog doesn’t support Joel Stein. Okay, okay…saying Uncle Jimbo doesn’t support Joel Stein is a major understatement.

    Stein is taking a lot of heat in the blogosphere by conservatives and liberal alike for his latest colum denouncing the military. He’s really taking heat, major heat, from milblogs all over. I decided to read what all the fuss was all about so I read Stein’s column in the L.A. Times and frankly I don’t think I’ve read so much blather from anyone as clueless as Joel Stein with the possible exception of Cindy Sheehan. No wonder Jimbo can’t stand him.

    Lately the L.A. Times has expressed confusion and bewilderment as to why their readership is declining so much lately. No wonder since management seems to be about as clueless as their editors, writers, reporters and Joel Stein.

    A thought just occurred to me. Anyone remember that not too awfully long ago a lot of liberals, including the L.A. Times (one of the most liberal news organizations in the USA) attacked conservative bloggers as a whole claiming, among other things, those who wrote the blogs were uninformed and should not write on topics they know nothing about? Anyone remember this? Anyone? Beuler? Beuler?

    So here we have Joel Stein (employee of the L.A. Times, endorsed by the L.A. Times and encouraged by the L.A. Time), who readily admits in interviews that he knows next to nothing about the military however they print his writings about it? Boy the hypocrisy runs fast and deep over at the LA-LA Times, eh?

    Tip o’ the cap to BlackFive blog, Sister Toldjah and Michelle Malkin (here, here and here) for all the heads ups about Stein’s “stuck on stupid” column.

    “Walk for Life” March and Counter-Demonstration Photo Essay January 24th, 2006

    A photo-blogger called Zombie has an interesting and very telling photo essay of the “Walk for Life” march and counter-demonstration that occured in San Francisco on Saturday, January 21, 2006. From what I can gather, there was vitriol on both sides but mostly from the liberal pro-choiceabortion crowd (looked like a small contingent of Fred Phelps followers made up the majority of conservative vitriol spewers). I also get the impression from this photo essay and comments that some of the liberals present felt the conservatives in the “Walk For Life” march weren’t covered by that pesky little thing known as freedom of speech (although most of the “Walk For Life” marchers marched in silent protest and didn’t respond to tauntings and insults thrown at them). I also get the impression that there are several groups represented by their opposition to the “Walk For Life” marchers who have a major hatred of Christians, conservatives and/or anyone who opposes their view. Just another example among many that the liberal extremists and the MSM refuse to acknowledge even exists.

    Tip o’ the cap to Michelle Malkin for the heads up.

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    “The Book Of Daniel” Cancelled January 24th, 2006

    Sean Gleeson announces the cancellation of NBC’s controversial show “The Book Of Daniel” and what show NBC will use as a replacement.

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    Separated At Birth Iranian Style? January 24th, 2006

    This is a rather spooky and perhaps prophetic “separated at birth” entry from the fine folks at The Bullwinkle Blog. Please go take a look and see I’m not kidding. Private Pyle has resurfaced?

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