Today is the 40th anniversary of the release of my favorite Beatles album, the White Album. The Vatican took to the opportunity to forgive John Lennon, a man who has been dead for 28 years.

The sin that had to be forgiven in the first place?

“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I do not know what will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity…We’re more popular than Jesus now.”

No word on when they’ll forgive him for “Imagine” or “God”.



Aquarium Drunkard has some great recordings of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan playing together around the time Bobby D. was getting his brilliant Nashville Skyline down on tape. The sessions are relaxed, fun, and casual; Dylan needs Johhny to start of a verse for him more than once when he forgets the lyrics. It’s great hearing two masters of American Music together. Their duet on “Girl From The North Country” on N.S. was never enough for me and these twenty two tracks do a good deal to quench that thirst.

It’s not post-punk, but it’s damn good music. Check it out if this sort of thing is up your alley.

Yesterday the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released its Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights Violations and the results are revealing but hardly surprising. 91 unionists were murdered around the globe, often by or with the support of “their” governments. Many more cases of firing, threats, and imprisonment to quash organizing are detailed in the report. As usual, Colombia, friend of United States’ economic imperialism, was the worst offender; 39 union members and supporters were killed in the country. Read the rest of this entry »

visited 4 states (1.77%)
Create your own visited map of The World or try another Douwe Osinga project

So, just in case you can’t make out the countries, they are tiny after all, here’s where I’ve been, all spelled out:



United Kingdom

United States of America

Yeah, I suppose I should do more traveling. I have always wanted to backpack across Europe, and I’d love to go to Argentina and Cuba.

Hat tip goes to Frederick MCCS1977.


November 21, 2008

Real American Hero Sam “Joe the Plumber” Wurzlebacher has signed a book deal with some backwater publishing house (shack?) that’s only published one other book. Can’t he just stick to plumbing without a license? Fortunately Joe isn’t writing the damn thing; that task is left to an author by the name of Thomas N. Tabback. Tabback, if you haven’t guessed, is also the author of Pearl Gate Publishing’s only other item, a religious fiction novel entitled Things Forgotten. From what I can tell, Pearl Gate is Tabback’s very own vanity press.  Wow, Joe, you really hitched your inspiring All American story to a solid publisher, good job. Joe, baby, If you need a literary agent, know that I have full access to my parents’ basement. Read the rest of this entry »

A Letter to Mike Huckabee

November 19, 2008

Governor Huckabee,

Today on The View you said that the LGBT community had not suffered, that they had not had their “skulls cracked”, and were thus unworthy of certain civil rights that are granted to others. I have a problem with that. There are others who would have had a problem with that as well, if they were still around to say so.

Matthew Shepard,  1976 – 1998. Murdered.

Harvey Milk, 1930 – 1978. First openly gay public office holder in CA. Murdered.

15,000 Victims of the Holocaust. Murdered.

Charlie Howard, 1961-1984. Murdered.

Rebecca Wight, 1959-1988. Murdered.

Julio Rivera, 1961 -1990. Murdered.

Sakia Gunn, 1987 – 2003. Murdered.

Albert “Ariana” Dribble, 1974-2007. Murdered.

James Patrick Zappalorti, 1945 – 1990. Vietnam veteran. Murdered.

And countless others, a few of whose stories can be found here.

These people suffered. These people died because they were lesbians, and gays, and trans, and somebody else didn’t like that. Their lives were stolen away from them, and now you choose to ignore them so that you can feel better about stealing away the civil rights of others. Tell me, Mike, did you have your skull cracked before you could marry your partner? Fuck you, Mike Huckabee.

No Respect,
S.P. Greenlaw

Anyone else who is angry about this, and I hope you all are, can send your message to Huckabee here.

So, in addition to Sarah Palin’s doodles, we now have President Elect Obama’s Senatorial portraits to psychoanalyze. Personally, they remind me of the artwork in The Phantom Tollbooth (which I read and reread constantly in my youth).

Honestly, this sort of thing isn’t particularly important but it just got me thinking about what sort of doodling legacy the press will be dissecting if I one day decide to run for president. It might go something like this (following video nsfw):


November 18, 2008

Somalian pirates have captured a Saudi Arabian oil tanker carrying two million barrels of crude oil.

The bad news: that much oil is a quarter of Saudi Arabia’s daily output, and the attack sent prices on an upward climb.

The good news: Pastafarians the world over can rejoice, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster will most certainly bless this day with his noodly appendage.

Fairytale in the Supermarket

The Raincoats

The Raincoats (1979)

Mittens likes Pina Coladas

November 16, 2008

So, CNN is reporting that Mitt Romney is stirring things up with the Republican insiders in the Caribbean, on the National Review’s yearly cruise. This is the same trip that brought the party’s elite face to face with Palin, which more or less launched her national career.

"Not an actual photo, but a remarkable simulation."

"Not an actual photo, but a remarkable simulation."

So, what does this mean?

It means… Read the rest of this entry »