Olivia Newton-John should be hurled into a burning ring of fire for desecrating the Johnny Cash classic, which was co-written by his wife June Carter and Merle Kilgore.
This discofied version of “Ring Of Fire” is a re-mix of the track that first appeared on Newton-John’s 1977 album of country covers, Making A Good Thing Better - a misleading title if there ever was one.
I’m subscribed to the daily email letter of the wingnut news service WorldNet Daily, and let me recommend it to you, it’s a never-ending source of zany amusement and bughouse lunacy. A bottomless pit of low IQ buffoonery and shocking cultural, scientific and historical illiteracy (and no, funnily enough, I was not even paid for that endorsement…).
WND is mostly known as the Internet’s “birther central” news service, offering up hot steaming… piles of the exploits of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Jerome Corsi, Orly Taitz and other “controversial” right wing authors and “researchers” into Obama’s past who you might not want to get stuck sitting next to a plane, let’s just say.
But WND isn’t just an endless ticker-tape of the reichwing id gone totally off its fucking rocker that a black guy is the President, it’s got other fun stuff, too, like a documentary that attempts to prove that the parting of the Red Sea actually occured, hate harpie Pamela Geller’s new book, and my favorite, the work of biblical conspiracy theorist Jim Staley, who offers unconventional explanations of scripture, revealing entirely new interpretations of the word of God.
In his DVD release, Sons of God available in the WND Superstore (a free American flag lapel pin with every order) and being pushed by them with their email newsletters, the earnest-looking Staley goes places where even Glenn Beck fears to tread! (For now at least, expect him to bite Staley’s rap soon, the same way Beck ripped off Alex Jones.)
This is a very in-depth teaching out of Genesis 6 that deals with the term “sons of God.” Jim goes to great length using the Scriptures, the writings of Josephus and other extrabiblical books of antiquity to reveal exactly who the “sons of God” are, who the “Nephilim” are and how it all relates to the End of Days. This teaching pulls together Greek mythology, the La Azazel goat of Yom Kippur, fallen angels, roaming evil spirits and aliens. Not only is this teaching on-the-edge-of-your-seat fascinating, it is scripturally based and riddled with the facts of history.
“Riddled with the facts of history” is an odd turn of phrase—riddled by, maybe—but seems entirely appropriate in this case, doesn’t it?
Here are two consecutive customer reviews of Sons of God from the WND Superstore sales page.
Review Date: 10/16/2011 9:43 am
The Sons of God
I was a little disappointed with it. I thought there would be more pictures of things that have been found of giants. It was good information but I wanted more.
Name: Chuck F
Review Date: 10/3/2011 11:28 am
Sons of God
Excellent! The word of God is filled with truths that we as christians must study to become more empowered.
Sons of God Book
This subject matter within this book, is slowly becoming more and more completely integrated into the “modern thinking” persons worldview.
Open minds are the key to undertsanding where we are going, and from where and which, we came.
These revelations, or literally, “revealing” of information (rather than disinformation), will eventually lead to full disclosure.
The slow unveiling of the great mysteries, and connections to ancient civilizations (as well as modern technologies) along with advanced studies of near and far space, are showing us the truth about the great questions of man.
It is refreshing to see that such a brilliant young mind such as Jim Staley’s, is beginning to fully comprehend what is happening in our rapidly changing world.
These topics and explanations are quite difficult for the average person to comprehend. Alas, this book takes much of the difficulty out of that equation.
I’ve said it before about them and I’ll say it again. Joseph Farrah and the staff at WND might be batshit crazy, but this doesn’t mean they are bad at business! If you’ve been able to lasso up a large audience of cretins, then give the cretins what they want!
It’s the American way!
Below a trailer for Sons of God. You can watch the entire thing at YouTube.
Here’s a superb chronological recap of series 1-4 of Breaking Bad set to Clint Mansell’s “Requiem for a Dream (Orchestral Version).”
The big “reveal” in the last 30 seconds of the season finale last year was one of the single most mind-bending moments of television, ever. If you’ve been trying to get your friends and family to watch the show, the above video is a great way to get them caught up before the season 5 premiere on July 15th.
Already a big deal in hip-hop and beyond, it you haven’t seen this yet it’s pretty mesmerising.
For the last couple of years, battle rapping has been getting more and more mainstream, and in Dizaster the form possesses a bona fide maestro (his inspired 2011 battle with rhymester DNA has now been viewed by over a million people).
Enter – with an aging fighter’s muffled shuffle – Canibus. Although accurately considered one of hip-hop’s braver, smarter and more interesting writers, Canibus has a long habit of picking fights,having jump-started his career with a duel against LL Cool J, and relying upon rancor ever since when he deemed his fortunes in need of an especially strong shot in the arm. But during a King of the Dot pay-per-view battle last week – smoked out by what you imagine is an increasingly rare thing for him: a respectable payday – Canibus very definitely overdosed. Live by the sword, etc.
Just as tennis becomes increasingly harder and faster with each new professional generation, so does battle rapping, but the interim that divides Canibus’s battling heyday from the present encloses an evolutionary aeon. For the first couple of rounds against Dizaster, Canibus’s witless and mostly homophobic rhymes were the lyrical equivalent of a wooden racket, particularly in the face of all Dizaster’s fizzing, dazzling and highly personal spite.
Bad enough, but then Canibus found himself unable to remember his verses, and not only resigned the contest but whipped out his notepad, attempting to continue by reading aloud his prepared lyrics. Of course, most “freestyle” requires a partial suspension of disbelief from an audience, the line between preparation and improvisation being understandably vague… but you don’t pull out a notepad. Memory is a large part of the point. Reading aloud is a little like a ventriloquist moving their lips.
Worse still: despite having conceded the battle and alienated the audience, Canibus still had to endure Dizaster’s own third round, at which point the appropriate analogy is not boxing, or tennis, but bull fighting, as Dizaster buried his sword deep into the baby-soft flank of Canibus’s fairly ludicrous public image, while the victim looked on with the perverse smirk of someone staring catastrophe in the face…
My good pal, NYC-based comedian Greg Barris, wears a lot of hats (and sometimes wigs). When he isn’t slinging pizza at L’Asso, the award-winning downtown restaurants he’s a partner in (best pizza in NYC, but if you don’t take my word for it, the NY Daily News feels the same way), hosting his popular musical/comedy showcase, Heart of Darkness, touring with his teen rock combo, Wigmaker’s Son (yes, Greg’s father makes bespoke wigs, beards and hairpieces), or exposing the Reptilian Agenda, well ladies, he’s getting ready for love in his life. Real, true, love.
The biggest ever Heart of Darkness is tomorrow night at the Bell House in Brooklyn with Barris, Kristin Schaal, Dave Hill and The Forgiveness topping the bill. Information and tickets here.
Below, “Real, True Love” a comedy short by Adam Epstein. Written by and starring Greg Barris.
A new video mix I cooked up for Dangerous Minds’ fans and friends. NSFW.
1. “Wild In Blue” - Suicide
2. “Of All The Things We’ve Made” - OMD
3. “Love Can Never Die” - Iron Curtain
4. “Under The Thunder (Ignore The Dub)” - Alien Sex Fiend
5. “I Want To Tell You Something” - Anand
6. “Accretions” - Shriekback
7. “Alliance Of Hearts” - Damon Edge
8. “Doctor Kiss Kiss” - 5000 Volts
It must’ve been a particularly fucking slow day yesterday at The Atlantic Wire: how else to explain the popular, much-shared, but curiously devoid of any real news, or worthwhile analysis post with the winning link bait headline: “Is Legalizing Weed Obama’s Secret Weapon?”
(Apologies for my own ironic posing of that same question in the title here. Yes I wanted to draw you in, but at least I’m honest enough put quotation marks around it!)
In 2004 George W. Bush’s re-election campaign worked to put anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives up for vote in several swing states in order to turn out more hard-core conservatives to the polls. This year the question is whether marijuana legalization measures will turn out young voters for Obama.
WHO is asking such a question? Certainly not many journalists with Google at their disposal, right?
But Reeve valiantly shoves on, nevertheless:
Bush’s plan to use gay marriage bans—in states that did not actually allow gay marriage—as a turnout booster led to signs featuring icky public restroom symbols proliferated and liberal panic that the Christian right had taken over. The press obsessed over “values voters.” One of Bush’s aides, Ken Mehlman, who later came out as gay himself, has apologized for the strategy, two others say it didn’t work.
This year there’s another incumbent president with modest approval ratings who could turn out his base with controversial ballot measures. But this time, the issue features no biblical or scatological imagery. In 2012, voters in swing states will decide whether they’ll allow their fellow citizens to bear joints. Unlike the gay marriage votes, there’s no indication that Obama’s re-election team is behind any of the pot legalization initiatives, but there are Democrats who are hoping that it will boost turnout among weed’s biggest fans: young people.
What?!?! These two things have nothing in common.
This risible nonsense was forwarded by several of my friends and acquaintances yesterday (you know who you are) with their apparent approval, as if all of a sudden Obama and Eric Holder were going to appear smoking blunts on the cover of October’s High Times magazine as they announce a cabinet level “herb czar” post for Woody Harrelson!
The Atlantic Wire post—it should have been obvious to anyone—was a steaming crock of liberal projection of the worst type… and dig the non-logical logic: In 2004, George Bush cynically used the prevailing winds at the time blowing against gay marriage to get himself re-elected. Now Obama can do the same by jumping on the pro-marijuana bandwagon.
What the fuck Atlantic Wire? Child, someone has lied to you.
The Obama administration’s actual real-life history on the medical cannabis front is in diametric opposition to promises made on the campaign trail in 2008 and broken ever since! This is all, of course, a matter of public record, but to be fair to Elspeth Reeve, Google was broken the other day, wasn’t it?
In this article, the cynical way the Obama DOJ is going about “softly” dealing with the proliferation of medical cannabis dispensaries in California is laid bare (and it is EXACTLY what Bush’s DOJ was doing. The. Exact.Same.Thing.): The Feds are threatening the landlords who rent to the dispensaries under civil-forfeiture statutes that allow the government to seize real estate used to commit or facilitate drug trafficking. And this is cost effective for the Feds, too: Usually all they have to do is send a letter to the property owner, threaten to take their property away from them and there goes the problem in a puff of smoke.
Or at least this is generally how it works. Landlords with savvier legal advisers simply ignore such letters, while less clued-in building owners usually cave and kick the cannabis clubs to the curb:
Federal prosecutors are targeting medical marijuana shops in California, seeking forfeiture of the properties in which they do business.
The authorities are pressuring landlords to shut down the shops or face possible loss of the real estate through the unconventional and low-key use of a civil statute designed primarily to seize the assets of drug-trafficking organizations.
While some states, including California, have legalized medical marijuana businesses, the federal government does not recognize their authority to do so and has targeted the shops for violations of the 40-year-old Controlled Substances Act.
The goal of the Justice Department’s effort, part of a crackdown announced last October, is to fight the medical marijuana industry, estimated at $1.7 billion annually, without confronting it head-on with costly and potentially embarrassing criminal prosecutions, industry sources and legal experts said.
This indirect strategy is reminiscent of the department’s attempts, which have met with only limited success, to sever the medical pot industry’s access to banking services. Many businesses have found ways around those restrictions, experts said.
“Filing asset-forfeiture lawsuits against these commercial properties is a very clever way to handle an otherwise horribly difficult and controversial situation,” said Greg Baldwin, a partner at the Miami law firm Holland & Knight and a former federal prosecutor.
“If you bring criminal charges against these medical marijuana businesses, the federal government gets pilloried in the press for attacking California law and sick people.”
The idea that the Obama administration is going to all of a sudden turn on a dime and become pro-pot is a pipe-dream. Last week in Los Angeles the Feds brought asset-forfeiture lawsuits against several buildings housing marijuana stores and sent the so-called “warning letters” to dozens of property owners threatening similar legal action. The letters gave property owners just two weeks to comply. Although the odds of the Feds actually carrying through with the threat seem rather low, how would you feel if you owned rental property and you got a letter from the Feds like that? What if they are serious this time?
You see how that might wear on you. It’s not worth it, so bye-bye law-abiding, 100% legal as per the voters of the great state of California pot dispensaries. Even the dispensary owners who own the buildings they operate out of would have to have nerves of steel (and deep pockets) to stare down that kind of threat.
In the same way that I hate it when conservative know-nothings nod in idiot approval at fantasy and emotional projection onto “leaders,” it’s no less grating on the nerves when it is progressives who are the ones who are being the lazy, brainless idiots when they hero worship a guy who clearly doesn’t deserve it…
Below, Bill Maher, Mos Def, Salman Rushdie and Christopher Hitchens discuss what Obama actually said about marijuana legalization: