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A young Jon Stewart in mosh pit at Dead Kennedys show
01.27.2012
03:41 pm

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The Daily Show’s future host Jon Stewart (then known as William and Mary student Jon Leibowitz) snapped in the mosh pit at a Dead Kennedys/Front Line show in Richmond, Virginia sometime in the early 1980s.

Fantastic!

Via Filthy Pit/Henry Baum!

 

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8-Bit version of Slint’s ‘Good Morning, Captain’
01.27.2012
03:31 pm

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If you’re a fan of Slint, you’re either going to love or hate this 8-bit version of ” Good Morning, Captain.”

The Nintendo-style version of the Spiderland album cover is a nice touch, too.

YouTuber methodairmoshpit admits, “I’m a nerd with too much time on my hands.”
 

 
Thank you Jeff Albers!

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Atom Heart Mother: Pink Floyd live in Saint Tropez, 1970
01.27.2012
01:01 pm

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1970 Pink Floyd set from French television program, Pop 2. The band was shot live at the “Saint Tropez Festival de Musique” on August 8th, 1970.

Le set list:
Atom Heart Mother
The Embryo
Green is the Colour
Careful with that Axe, Eugene
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

Nick Mason is really, really amazing in this set. He’s on fire here.
 

 

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Fat Tony the Tiger figure by Ron English
01.27.2012
12:45 pm

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A rather rotund rendition of Tony the Tiger by Ron English. Inspired by his cereal box hack, Fat Tony will be making appearances at local toy stores soon. You can pre-order one at Big Bad Toy Store.

Fat Tony will be sold in limited quantities.
 

 
Via Laughing Squid

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Sexist retro-futurist ad from 1968
01.27.2012
11:08 am

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As Copyranter points out, Lestoil is bound to enjoy a huge resurgence in popularity when it “becomes the official all-purpose cleaner on Newton.”

(“Newton” is the name of the lunar colony Newt Gingrich wants to build on the Moon).

Via Copyranter

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Apparently if you slow down Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ you get André the Giant
01.27.2012
10:22 am

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YouTuber Bfarn says, “I slowed down Bobby McFerrin by 25% and uncovered this…..gem?”
 

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Rush Limbaugh in his own words: No vast liberal media conspiracy
01.27.2012
10:10 am

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There’s little to no leftie fodder to mock on his radio show, according to Rush. Just “two shows or three shows” on MSNBC.

Here’s what the conservative radio blowhard had to say on November 9, 2011, in a rant about how America will continue to decline unless the GOP establishment embraces conservative ideology.

Transcript taken from his own website:

If it weren’t for MSNBC we wouldn’t have any liberal sound bites.  I’ve told Cookie I’m sick of it, ban MSNBC, and we can’t, ‘cause there’s no other place to get liberal sound bites.  There isn’t any other place.  I mean CNN is just insane over there.  They emphasize their hosts, they have guests, but just roll tape on ‘em and it’s so boring. It’s not worth putting anything from CNN on the air.

If it weren’t for MSNBC there wouldn’t be any liberal sound bites.  Now, that has to mean something.  That has to mean that they’re rare, that they’re not everywhere.  They may be everywhere in print, but, you know, left-wingers on the radio, genuine cuckoo’s nest.  You wouldn’t even want to go there.  I wouldn’t play that stuff.  MSNBC’s it, and it’s two shows or three shows.  It’s it is morning thing with Scarborough, it’s the Larry O’Donnell show at night, and maybe occasionally something from Reverend Sharpton. (interruption) Well, yeah, sometimes Sergeant Schultz.  Sergeant Schultz is out there walking amongst abandoned railroad cars looking for the future of America. I know there’s Al Gore’s channel, but that’s nothing worth highlighting. It really says something. MSNBC is the only place in the media to get these liberals.

There it is. He done let the cat out of the bag.

Curiously he left Rachel Maddow out of these comments, but maybe not so curiously because she’s generally so circumspect and fact-based in the arguments she makes on air as to be impervious to attacks from Limbaugh on a regular basis.

Ed Schultz, Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O’Donnell, with their more bombastic (and yes, male) styles I can see providing easy targets for Limbaugh (a service he provides for them, too, of course) but I think his instincts to perhaps stay away from commenting too much on Maddow is a smart one on his part.
 
Via Daily Kos

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An hour of Leonard Cohen performing live in Austin in 1988
01.27.2012
02:03 am

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Leonard Cohen’s new album Old Ideas is being released next Tuesday. The critical reception has been ecstatic. Which thrills me because I have loved Cohen from the moment I heard “Suzanne” when I was 15 years old. He’s been a massive influence on my own music. My debt to him is deep.

Here’s something to hold you Cohen fans over until Old Ideas release: a brilliant performance by Mr. Cohen on Austin City Limits from 1988.
 

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Newt Gingrich’s PRO-medical marijuana letter to the editor, 1982


 
Well, well, well… Look who was PRO-medical marijuana—actually went out on a limb for it—way back before he wanted to behead people and cut off their hands for possessing it…

Here’s what Newt Gingrich wrote to the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1982:

Legal Status of Marijuana

To the Editor:

The American Medical Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs should be commended for its report, “Marijuana: Its Health Hazards and Therapeutic Potential” (1981;246:1823). Not only does the report outline evidence of marijuana’s potential harms, but it distinguishes this concern from the legitimate issue of marijuana’s important medical benefits. All too often the hysteria that attends public debate over marijuana’s social abuse compromises a clear appreciation for this critical distinction.

Since 1978, 32 states have abandoned the federal prohibition to recognize legislatively marijuana’s important medical properties. Federal law, however, continues to define marijuana as a drug “with no accepted medical use,” and federal agencies continue to prohibit physician-patient access to marijuana. This outdated federal prohibition is corrupting the intent of the state laws and depriving thousands of glaucoma and cancer patients of the medical care promised them by their state legislatures.

On Sept 16, 1981, Representative Stewart McKinney and I introduced legislation designed to end bureaucratic interference in the use of marijuana as a medicant. We believe licensed physicians are competent to employ marijuana, and patients have a right to obtain marijuana legally, under medical supervision, from a regulated source. The medical prohibition does not prevent seriously ill patients from employing marijuana; it simply deprives them of medical supervision and access to a regulated medical substance. Physicians are often forced to choose between their ethical responsibilities to the patient and their legal liabilities to federal bureaucrats.

Representative McKinney and I hope the Council will take a close and careful look at this issue. Federal policies do not reflect a factual or balanced assessment of marijuana’s use as a medicant. The Council, by thoroughly investigating the available materials, might well discover that its own assessment of marijuana’s therapeutic value has, in the past, been more than slightly shaded by federal policies that are less than neutral

Newt Gingrich
House of Representatives
Washington, DC

Fourteen years later, as House Speaker, this same hypocritical piece-of-shit would introduce the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996, which called for executing any person caught importing just an ounce or two of high-grade marijuana (“100 usual doses” is how it was written in the legislation, which obviously didn’t pass).

What’s more, when challenged about his own admitted use of marijuana in the past, Gingrich had this to say to Wall Street Journal reporter Hilary Stout:

“That was a sign we were alive and in graduate school in that era. See, when I smoked pot it was illegal, but not immoral. Now, it is illegal AND immoral. The law didn’t change, only the morality… That’s why you get to go to jail and I don’t.”

“Okay for thee, but not for me,” sez rich, well-fed white guy. Thanks for the succinct explanation, mean old man!

Now, if you’re looking to make sense of this stuff don’t even try. He’s a Republican, ‘nuff said.

Here’s what Gingrich said at a fundraiser for fellow Georgia GOP pol Rep. Charlie Norwood in 1995:

“If you import a commercial quantity of illegal drugs, it is because you have made the personal decision that you are prepared to get rich by destroying our children. I have made the decision that I love our children enough that we will kill you if you do this.”

“I have decided”???

Imagine this asshole being allowed to decide anything of importance!

Gingrich, unable to help himself, continued:

“The first time we execute 27 or 30 or 35 people at one time, and they go around Colombia and France and Thailand and Mexico, and they say, ‘Hi, would you like to carry some drugs into the U.S.?’ the price of carrying drugs will have gone up dramatically.”

Ethan Nadlemann, the executive director of Drug Policy Action, a bipartisan advocacy group for ending the drug war called Gingrich “basically a nightmare” when it comes to drug policy issues. “For a guy who’s supposed to be an intellectual and intelligent, the quality of the argumentation on his part is embarrassing.”

As one wag quipped on the topic of Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996 at The People’s Forum:

Fortunately didn’t pass. His other proposed acts, the Serial Adultery Death Penalty Act and the Congressional Influence Peddling Death Penalty Act, unfortunately failed as well. And he reportedly killed the Fat Loudmouth Pandering Pseudo-Intellectual Death Penalty Act before it could be introduced.

Republicans whine and Republicans bitch/Our rich are too poor and our poor are too rich.

Below, Newt Gingrich shooting his big mouth off about the drug war and how the US should emulate Singapore(!) on The O’Reilly Factor as “Papa Bear” nods with approval.
 

 
Thank you Mr. Michael Backes of Sacramento, CA!

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Beatbox champ does killer version of MGMT’s ‘Kids’
01.26.2012
03:32 pm

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Did the world really need a cover of MGMT’s “Kids?” I say yes…as long as it’s this damned groovy.

From the debut album Future Loops by Britain’s Radio 1 Beatbox Champion THePETEBOX.

The track was recorded live in one take.

Future Loops will be released on April 12.
 

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