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Not so distant rumblings: The coming GOP civil war over abortion rights
11.12.2010
10:31 am

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Although you have to take nearly everything you read on crackpot blog World Net Daily with, not just a grain of salt, but an entire mountain of it, every now and then you can find some useful information there. Hardly ever, I grant you, but still there is at least some value in checking in at WND from time to time to get what the crackpot-on-the-street viewpoint is in America (i.e. the kind of stuff Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann would read and think was true).

Sometimes, it’s pretty straightforward what you find there, such as this article indicating that a voter survey by a conservative group, Concerned Women for America, found that only economic issues trumped moral/ethical issues in the minds of many who voted. Considering that it’s mostly older Americans and evangelicals who vote in midterm elections, this is unsurprising, but it also lends absolute credence to the theory that the Democrats really lost because their base couldn’t be bothered to show up. The same can’t be said of the GOP, because they came out in droves last week.

But here’s the thing that’s brewing in the background, which will be coming to the foreground in the months ahead: Encouraged by a large turnout by social conservative voters, pro-life activists are demanding immediate returns from the massive GOP electoral victories in the U.S. House of Representatives.

What in practice this will mean, in the short-term, I can’t predict, but the standard GOP trope of giving lip service to repealing Roe v. Wade during the campaign, getting elected with the conservative Christian vote and then promptly doing nothing about it—a time-honored tradition dating back to the Reagan years—has been played out. These people want action and they want it now. From WND:

A separate poll conducted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition found that evangelical Christians formed “the largest single constituency in the electorate in the 2010 midterm elections.”

Evangelicals represented 29 percent of the vote in the 2010 midterm election, nearly a third of the total, and they broke nearly 4:1 for the Republicans. Another 12 percent of voters were religious Catholics, who voted 3:2 for Republicans.

Even if those numbers do sound rather high, what does this tell us about the civil war that’s about to break out among GOP members of Congress? Clearly, a Republican candidate can no longer get elected without appealing to the wingnut and evangelical wings of the party constituencies. The Tea party has, for all intents and purposes, already taken over the GOP and drives its agenda, but at the moment, some familiar faces are still in office, like Richard Luger, Lindsay Graham, Orrin Hatch, Olympia Snow and other establishment, moderate Republicans. There’s already been noises made from Tea partiers about bumping off Hatch, Snow, Graham and Luger. If they don’t get what they want out of the perceived mandate of the midterm vote, things could get very bloody in the GOP.

One thing seems certain and this is the fact that the Senate and Congressional Republicans of the Bush era we came to know and loathe so well are—sooner rather than later—going to get pushed out. The battle seems to me like it has already been won.

“Pro-lifers now have the majority in the House,” said Jill Stanek, a prominent prolife columnist and blogger. “I’m optimistic the Republican leadership got the message they’re on a two-year probation and they’re going to do as much as they can to help the preborn.”

“I think that’s true,” said Nance. “The Republicans were given the majority again on a wait-and-see basis. They shouldn’t misunderstand that the vote was for their party. It was for specific principles and against the monstrously unpopular Obama initiatives like health care, with its pro-abortion provisions, and the bailouts. If the Republicans want to be successful they have to address the issues that gave Boehner the gavel.

“We will be there to hold them accountable.”

Former Colorado Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, now a director with the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, noted that her organization succeeded in both electing pro-life women to Congress and removing pro-abortion women.

“We helped elect eight new prolife women, and our expectation is they will show a great deal of courage on this issue,” Musgrave told WND.

Do I think that there will be a repeal of Roe v. Wade? Honestly, no. They’ll posture about it, but it’ll go down in committee or just get vetoed, or tied up in court in a worse case scenario. That’s what the pols will do, but will that be enough this time? But what I am fascinated to see is how the Republican establishment is going to be pushed to the margins of their party by the extremists on this issue. And it’s going to happen…

The current iteration of the GOP’s overal identity and platform already bears scant little resemblance to the party of Eisenhower, Nixon or Reagan. When the last GOP member of the Bush-era Congress has been dumped by the Tea partiers, will they even keep the Republican name and trademark? What would even be the point?

Pro-life leaders tell Republicans they’re ‘on probation’ (World Net Daily)

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David Letterman checking out Cher’s bum (1987)
11.12.2010
10:19 am

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Sonny Bono

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And Sonny Bono doesn’t notice a thing!

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The power of the moustache
11.12.2010
01:16 am

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The power of the moustache

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Throughout history, a moustache has adorned the upper lip of many a great man. This November, we join their ranks by growing our moustaches to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer.

Moustaches make a difference.

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I believe God is a good God. Why? Because he created Marianne Faithfull.

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Marianne Faithfull looking stunningly gorgeous in 1967 French musical comedy Anna starring Anna Karina and Jean-Claude Brialy. In this scene Marianne sings ‘Hier Ou Demain’ written by Serge Gainsbourg.

Oh, Marianne. My knees are trembling, my upper lip quivering, my groin is vibrating like a tuning fork struck by the hand of God and storm clouds are bursting in the skies hovering above my feverish head. My dog is slapping me silly and begging to come to my senses. Could this be love? .
 

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From The Byrds To The Eagles: Terrific BBC documentary on Southern California rock
11.11.2010
10:40 pm

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History
Music

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Barney Hoskins
Eagles

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In-depth and fascinating, Hotel California: LA from The Byrds to The Eagles charts the evolution of the Southern California rock scene of the sixties thru the seventies. Based on Barney Hoskin’s book of the same name, this is good stuff, whether or not you’re a fan of the lite psych/folk sound of L.A., Topanga Canyon and points West. Myself, I can do without The Eagles, CSN&Y and Jackson Browne, but The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, solo Neil Young and Joni Mitchell still tingle my spine.
 

 

 
Parts 3 thru 7 after the jump…

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Mark Sandman’s cure for pain

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During my days of running a music venue in Manhattan, I had the pleasure of booking Boston band Treat Her Right, a hugely talented group that in retrospect was ahead of its time. Lo-fi, jazzy, bluesy, unhinged and punky, THR created music that oozed a kind of gritty sexuality.

Mark Sandman was in Treat Her Right and over the two years in the 1980’s that I spent time with Mark, I came to know him rather well. Mark was an avid reader of the beats, Bukowski, John Fante and harboiled writers like Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson, the dark stuff. He also dug badass surrealists like Artaud and Rimbaud. It showed in the lyrics of his songs, which were miniature narratives of the darker side of modern life, fever dreams populated by broken-hearted lovers, alcohol and drugs. In his noirish tales of romance gone bad and the wreckage left in the wake of lives lived on the edge, the evil ways of the world were shot thru with glimmerings of sweet sex and black humor that gave one the sense that all was not hopeless. He could be very tender.

With his band Morphine, Mark continued to create a body of work that was remarkable in its musical and lyrical integrity. Sandman was a writer as gifted as those he admired. He was just hitting his stride as an artist of significant magnitude when he died of a heart attack at the very young age of 46. The night I learned of his death, I went to my bar and sat on a stool that Mark had sat on many years ago and I had a drink in his memory, a good Scotch…straight up. I recalled the way Mark talked, which was like he sang, deep and soulful, and what he said always mattered. Even his small talk was big. Words were a way out of the dark for Mark and his music was a cure for pain.

Cure For Pain a documentary on Mark and his music has been completed and will soon be released. I’m looking forward to it and so should you.
 

 
Here’s some raw video of Mark being interviewed:
 

 
Check out a very cool Treat Her Right video after the jump…
 

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Early Marc Bolan: Tyrannosaurus Rex perform ‘The Seal of the Seasons’

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Not T-Rex, but the earlier incarnation of the band, when they were still called Tyrannosaurus Rex. Marc Bolan is seen here with percussionist Steve “Peregrin” Took, performing “The Seal of the Seasons” from their 1969 Unicorn album.

After an American tour where the decidedly much more “party hardy” Took, well, partied heartily, Bolan sacked Took, replaced him with Mickey Finn and promptly became an internationally recognized superstar. Took immediately went off to work with more underground and anarchic types like Twink (from The Pretty Things) and Mick Farren (who’d been ousted from his band, The Deviants), forming a proto-version of what became The Pink Fairies.
 

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Maxime Luère - A Life on Facebook

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Forget clairvoyants, soothsayers and alike, for CG artist Maxime Luère has made a short film that depicts how our lives may go - mapped out by posts and tags and pokes on Facebook. Her rather fun short, A Life on Facebook is the fictional biography of Alex Droner from his signing up, to being in a relationship, to being a “fucking asshole”, to nights out, holidays, and finding love with mystery poker Diana Houston.
 

 
With thanks to Maria Guimil
 

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When Crispin Glover met William Burroughs
11.11.2010
01:30 pm

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In a scene from Twister, a 1989 cult comedy film starring Crispin Glover, writer William S. Burroughs appears in a cameo role as the weird old guy shooting guns, a part that must have been written specifically for him…
 

 
If you want to watch the entire film online, you may do so here.

Thank you, Jescie!

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From the archives of rock and roll assholism: Danzig gets schooled

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In response to the recent Glenn Danzig piece I posted, Dangerous Minds reader Phillip J. Birmingham sent me a link to a video of Danzig getting a taste of his own medicine. Apparently Glenn can’t walk it like he talks it. The incident documented below happened several years ago. So, it seems Glenn has a history of acting like a prick.

This may be old news for some of you, but it’s new to me. I’ve only recently become a fan of Glenn’s misadventures.

Danzig allegedly got into a scuffle with North Side Kings singer and frequent Soulfly collaborator Danny Marianinho following Danzig’s performance in Tuba City, Arizona. The following is Marianinho’s official statement regarding the incident, as sent to Blabbermouth.net:

Before crazy rumors begin to spread I would like to explain what happened:

North Side Kings were to play with Danzig last night in Tuba City, Arizona. To make a long story short the whole show was a disaster and a few bands got bumped off. Mr. Danzig (or his management??) refused to push back the original scheduled time slot so NORTH SIDE KINGS and RAPID FIRE would have to play ‘after’ his set. Whatever — we agreed to play later because we drove 6 hours and didn’t feel like going home without playing. Needless to say, as soon as DANZIG was finished, the venue turned on the lights and DANZIG’s crew and the staging company began to take the stage apart almost instantly. I confronted Mr. Danzig backstage while he was signing autographs and told him I thought he was an asshole because of his ‘rock star’ attitude and no consideration towards the FEW other bands that got bumped off tonight. In a fit of rage he turned around and slammed me into the wall yelling ‘Fuck you, motherfucker,’ trying to be a big, tough guy in front of his fans. I, in self-defense, punched him in the face, knocking him out as he was attacking me again. He went down, bleeding from his mouth, eyes rolled back, and in shock that he got knocked to the floor so quickly. A friend happened to tape the entire incident and this is all documented. Many witnesses saw him attack me, and I did what any man would do.

It was unfortunate that this went the way it did — and I hoped Glenn Danzig learned a valuable lesson tonight: Do not lay your hands on anyone unless you can handle what may happen. I apologize for nothing, except for the poor little kids that had to witness this big asshole get his ass kicked in a matter of seconds…”

 

 
Previously on DM: Former Misfit Glenn Danzig throws hissy fit.

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