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Oh, certainly he has an exploratory committee. Who doesn't? Got one myself, somewhere around here.

He's talking it over with his family and the Almighty. He's giving the idea quiet contemplation in meditative spots like DC and Iowa and Kansas. (A great deal of quiet contemplation; he spent half of last year out of state in such ashrams.)

But he knows he'll never be president. That's not what he's doing.

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Wed May 20, 2015 at 05:38 AM PDT

The Jack Boot's on the Other Foot

by Crashing Vor

Bobby Jindal has put conservatives in a bind.

In his desperation to break into the single digits among GOP primary candidates, he decided to ignore the state legislature's decision to table his beloved Freedom to Make Teh Gays Bake Their Own Damn Cakes Act and simply accomplish the bill's aims by fiat.

This will surely play well among those conservatives who put their religion before all else, including law. There is one small problem, however: a number of his persuasion, himself prominent among them, have made many summers' worth of hay decrying "King Obama" for his use of executive orders.

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Tue May 19, 2015 at 04:32 AM PDT

These Guys 6: Little Brother

by Crashing Vor

Well, another season of campaigning is upon us, and that can only mean...

Another season of These Guys!

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Mon May 18, 2015 at 09:16 AM PDT

Sharing Roads, Sharing Rules

by Crashing Vor

It happened again last night. Guy blew off a red light at Claiborne and MLK. Last week it was Cleveland Ave. down by Tulane Hospital. Fellow thought a stop sign was patronizing advice he was beyond. In February, driving home, there was a gaggle of blue lights at Canal and Jeff Davis. Turned out the guy thought the red light at the street intersection 8 feet away didn't apply to the bike path, too.

I am, of course, speculating on motives. The decision-makers themselves aren't around to comment.

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Fri May 08, 2015 at 06:33 AM PDT

The Food Is in the Mail (Again)

by Crashing Vor

Wow, did you know tomorrow is National Babysitters Day? It's also Miniature Golf Day, Lost Sock Memorial Day and Stay Up All Night Day (waking lost socks, presumably).

It's also my favorite holiday, one that really is about giving, and caring and making the world, or a least a few people's world, a better joint.

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, is the 23rd annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive, when your friendly postal pals will come to your house and pick up your sealed, non-perishable food items and deliver them to your local food bank, community pantry or feeding center.

Helping the nearly fifty million food-insecure Americans (many of whom you may know, though they might not let on) couldn't be easier unless you could reach right through your computer screen and give to your food bank from your chair (which is also an option).

The NALC food drive is about the easiest, most effective way for YOU to make a difference in the lives of your fellow citizens who don't have enough to eat. So, get up now, grab a bag, go to the pantry and help stock your community kitchen. Now. We both know you'll forget later, so just take care of it now and put the bag by the door so you'll remember tomorrow.

Thanks. Your chow can make someone's day. So do it.

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Being in the middle of a national promotion campaign for a record launch in 2 days, I've been required to self-google several times a day to catch radio station playlists, review posts, etc.

Today, I've been watching Google/YouTube post scores of title card videos of my songs, without consultation or permission.

YouTube is (apparently badly) launching its music stream service and my digital gateway (CD Baby) is currently set to allow streaming. What YT is doing, though, is posting full length title card vids within YouTube itself, meaning anyone with YT download/conversion software will have a free and open vault of my and thousands of other artists' work until YouTube figures out just how they're going to stream.

So far, I've been filing copyright takedown requests and sending messages but to no avail. Even sat on hold for two hours (a chipper, 20something voice warned, "Hey, we're really busy today, so hold times could be over an hour") before being robotically informed they simply couldn't take my call and told support documents could be found at google.com.

Spoke with the folks at CDBaby, who said I'd have to cut off all streamers to make it stop. The problem is, other streamers, however minuscule their payments, aren't laying out a free lunch of my shit in such an easily rippable form.

Most infuriating, perhaps, is that nearly all of these songs already have produced, original videos made, on YouTube, monetized, making money with ads (money of which I've never seen dime one). Videos that were produced to enhance the value of the tracks.

I know it's all a racket, that musicians aren't supposed to get paid anymore, that we're simply here to provide our work for whatever people want to use it for and grovel for the .000001 cents a play, but this is just incompetent.

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Nearly seven years ago, I was able to relay the good news that the restoration of New Orleans' WPA-era gem, the Lakefront airport, was underway and to celebrate the announcement with a photo diary of the beautiful, 1934 terminal.

Despite many trips out to the airport since the restoration, I've not been able to see the interior until now (the building is often booked for private events or film shoots). Yesterday, I finally got a good poke-around and must say the place is more wonderful than ever.

Come see.

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Another day, another poor, persecuted religious, um, majority.

Republicans propose declaring Idaho a 'Christian state'

(Reuters) - Members of a county Republican Party in Idaho are to take up a measure on Tuesday evening that would declare the state a Christian one to bolster what the proposal calls the "Judeo-Christian bedrock of the founding of the United States."

The resolution to be voted on by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee is non-binding, meaning it does not have the effect of laws or rules.

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The measure argues that the Christian faith is under "strident attack" in the United States, and cites as evidence the absence of Christian traditions and symbols in public institutions such as schools.

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This is more or less an SSP (shameless self-promotion) diary, but there's langniappe in it.

Hello, orange friends. I've been rather scarce 'round here since November, for multiple reasons. Most of those are a bit sad or more than a bit boring. (A few are interesting but irrelevant, such as my accidentally becoming a curator of abandoned furniture, but that is, in every respect, another story.)

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Fri Jan 16, 2015 at 07:02 AM PST

Kim Fowley: An Appreciation

by Crashing Vor

Another irreplaceable has left us.

An irreplaceable what exactly isn't that clear, but it's plain there will never be, really can never be, another of his like.

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Fri Dec 12, 2014 at 04:56 PM PST

Flood Your Senators Now

by Crashing Vor

Elizabeth Warren has just given the clearest, most cogent argument against the omnibus spending bill and its provision relaxing regulations on derivative trading. Any American not in the top tier of the banking/fund industry who watched it was convinced of the soundness of her position.

Paraphrasing: Six years ago we gave half the annual budget of the United States to one company to make good their bad gambling debts. We refuse to do it again.

If you believe Sen. Warren is right, take five minutes now to call or message your senator and tell him or her so.

Oh, sure. This bill is going to pass, and the president's going to sign it. Sorry about that.

But this is our chance, whatever our party or sub-partisan flavor, to let these so-called representatives know we will not stand for a government bought and paid for by Wall Street, that the gloves are off and will not give up this fight, that we, "the people who do most of the living and working and paying and dying in this town," demand a government that belongs to US.

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Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 04:24 AM PST

Cue the World's Tiniest Violin

by Crashing Vor

NBC News foreign correspondent Richard Engel has been getting an earful from folks at Langley about the Senate Intel Committee's report on torture, and America's spooks are quite the Grumpy Cats this week. Yesterday, he told Ronan Farrow.

“The CIA was asked to do this; was given authorizations to do this. And now many people involved are saying to me privately, ‘Now we’re being held out to dry. You asked us to do this, and now the world is coming down on top of it,” Engel said.
The refrain was similar on Hardball.
"Now they feel like they're being punished for it."
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