Monday, June 30, 2008

The Old Ball Game


Those readers that have been with me from the beginning know that I currently reside in Amsterdam, NY. Just a short walk down the road is Shuttleworth Park, home to our local baseball team, the Amsterdam Mohawks. They play in the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL).
It's a fun time to be had at a small stadium nestled within a little riverside park where I regularly walk Klara, my German Shepherd Dog.
Being new to town, and not knowing much about the club, I did a little online research (gee, this internet thingy is great. It might catch on!). My search revealed, among other things, an article which detailed some of the rich and colorful baseball history that the town boasts.
It so happened that the 1942 Yankees had played here against the Amsterdam Rugmakers of the Can-Am League.
Back then Shuttleworth Park was called Mohawk Mills Park.


"In July 1942 the New York Yankees, with DiMaggio, Henrich, Keller, Rizzuto, Gordon, Selkirk, and Rolfe in their lineup, struggled to a 9-5 ten-inning victory over the Rugmakers, but that wasn’t the unusual part of the story."

The story, by David Pietrusza, describes the earliest days of the park and more importantly the terrible fire that all but destroyed it just 8 days before the Yankees were to play, and how the town rallied to restore it in time.



UPDATE: Following the completion of the 2010 season, the Mohawks became a part of the newly founded Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL).

Change?

Saturday, June 28, 2008

"It's like Paul McCartney askin' Beatles fans to pay Heather Mills' Alimony"

Obama want his donors to bail out Hillary's debt.

Jam Band Fan Or Taliban?

I happened upon this blog earlier today. It's an odd little place to kill some time.
... and if time allows, check out his other site, full of Public Domain photos.

Friday, June 27, 2008

What a Dick!


Man Dressed as Penis Disrupts Graduation.

Calvin Morett interrupted the Saratoga Springs High School graduation in an inflatable 6-foot penis costume, while diplomas were being given out, and sprayed the crowd with Silly String.
Apparently, this guy had some balls.
"Once I stopped laughing, he was pretty easy to catch because he was tripping on the lower portion of the costume"~Saratoga Springs Police Sgt. Sean Briscoe

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

It's a welcome and refreshing change...

... to see the Daily Show targeting their media darling.



via Conservative Punk.

"Dead people are all on the same level" - Charles Starkweather


Charles Starkweather was executed in the Electric Chair on this date, 49 years ago.
Starkweather, the"Rebel Without a Clue" commenced a murder spree that was unparalleled for more than three decades. He and his girlfriend/accomplice, Caril ann Fugate, left 11 dead in Nebraska and Wyoming. Their deadly road trip lasted just under 2 months.
You may have heard of him in such films as Natural Born Killers or Badlands, though perhaps killing was the only thing Starkweather excelled at.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SAFER Airports?


Denver-based Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) is calling on the government to allow marijuana in airport smoking lounges throughout the land. via MichaelSavage.com.
They'd better hurry. The way the tide is turning against smoking in this country, the lounges
themselves are apt to banned soon .

Monday, June 23, 2008

History Repeats

Let's All Drink


... to the Death of a Clown.
The last laugh, June 22nd 2008.
Comedian and counter-culture figure George Carlin has passed away.
George Carlin became forever known as the comedian who uttered the "seven dirty words that can't be said over the air."
Carlin Died of heart failure. He was 71 years old.

George Carlin's humor and observation will certainly be missed. RIP George.

This Dave Davies song should serve as a fitting tribute..

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday Comix

There's a rabbit walking through the woods, and he comes upon a deer, and the deer's rolling a joint.
The rabbit says, "Hey, deer, I love you, man, don't smoke that stuff. Enjoy life with me and come through the woods."
So the deer follows. They're walking through the woods and they see a skunk cutting up some cocaine.
The rabbit says, "Hey, skunk, I love you, bro, don't do that cocaine. Enjoy life with us and come through the woods."
So he follows the deer and the rabbit. They walk up on a bear, and he's fixing up a rig of heroin, about to shoot up.
The rabbit says, "Bear, man, don't do that, bro, I love you, man..."
The bear slaps the shit out of the rabbit and he goes flying through the woods.
The skunk and the deer go, "What the hell did you do that for?"
The bear says, "Every time that little fucker eats ecstasy, he comes around here telling me how much he loves me."


Q.) Why did the French line the Champ-Elysees with trees?
A.) So the Nazi's could march in the shade.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ray Davies




A Well Respected Man

It's Ray's Birthday, Have Another Drink



Have Another Drink and say Happy Birthday to Raymond Douglas Davies! Born June 21st 1944.
Ray Davies is best known as the song writer and lead singer for British rock band The Kinks. He currently pursues a solo career.
A great many artists have cited him as a major influence.
"He invented a new kind of poetry and a new kind of language for pop writing that influenced me from the very, very, very beginning."~Pete Townshend

Here's a Kinks tribute from GUGUG.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Anti-Tobacco Nazi Goes After Employees' Spouses

Things are getting way out of hand.
I don't even use tobacco and this sickens me.
via The Jawa Report

Things Are Even More Dire Than I Feared

"Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security."
~ Richard Danzig

Joe Piscopo


Joe Piscopo was born on this date in 1951.
I can't claim to be a big fan of all his work, but I laughed my ass off the first time I saw this sketch on SNL.

Parodie Eddie Murphy & Joe Piscopo
by PeteRock

Sunday, June 15, 2008

"Grow More Pot!"



Spoken word, full o' fun facts from Jello Biafra.

Awful Hot

Global Warming has never been funnier;
An Inconvenient Truth-the Opera.


Fathers' Day


"A Father's Day Poem
From the Dog: "

You feed me when I'm hungry,
You keep water in my dish,
You let me sleep on anything,
Or in any place I wish.

You sometimes let me lick your hands,
Or even lick your face,
Despite the fact I've licked myself,
In every private place.

You taught me how to come when called,
You taught me how to sit,
You always let me go outside,
So I can take a sh... Stroll.

You'll always have my loyalty,
Up to the bitter end,
'Cause after all, it's plain to see...
You are a dog's best friend!

- not sure who wrote this, I got it on a card from Klara.
- photo by MC

... from the campaign trail




It frightens me to think how popular that Che-bama image could be on merchandise for liberal trend mongers.

Harry Nilsson



Harry Nilsson(6/15/41 - 1/15/91)
Nilsson was a Brooklyn born singer/songwriter, hits include "Without You" (which he didn't write) and "Jump into the Fire" (which he did), he also had a hit with (but didn't write) the song "Everybody's Talkin'" which was the theme song to the movie "Midnight Cowboy", he also wrote the story and music for the animated movie "The Point" about a little boy named Oblio. He also wrote and performed the theme for "The Courtship of Eddie's Father".
Nilsson started with a plastic ukulele, which he learned to play, and he later developed the ability to play the guitar and piano. When Nilsson could not remember lyrics or parts of the melodies to popular songs, he began to make up his own. This led to writing original songs (The Ramones, reputedly, had a similar beginning in songwriting.Being unable to figure out the tunes of their favorite artists, they decided to write their own.).
In 1966 Nilsson signed with RCA and the following year released Pandemonium Shadow Show (yet another amazing album from 1967 -what a year for music). That album was a true psych-pop masterpiece along with Sgt. Pepper and Odessey and Oracle.

"Harry Nilsson's debut album, Pandemonium Shadow Show, was notoriously loved by the Beatles, and it's easy to see why. This is the only record of its time that feels akin to Sgt. Pepper, and in some ways, it's every bit as impressive. Nilsson works on a much smaller scale, leaning heavily on whimsy yet cutting it with sardonic humor and embellishing it with remarkable song and studiocraft; it's as if McCartney and Lennon were fused into the same body. Pandemonium can't help but feel like a cheeky show of strength by a remarkably gifted imp, spinning out psychedelic fantasias and jokes and trumping his idols by turning out a cover of "She's Leaving Home" (recorded ten days after Sgt. Pepper's release) that rivals the original. Beneath all the light playful melodies ("There Will Never Be" is swinging London, L.A. style) or glorious laments (he rarely equaled "Sleep Late, My Lady Friend"), there are serious strains: the lyrics of "Cuddly Toy" are as unsettling as the melody catchy, the circus-stomp "Ten Little Indians" is a darkly addictive retelling of the Ten Commandments, and "1941" is quietly heartbreaking beneath its jaunty cabaret. Throughout it all, Nilsson impresses with his humor, cleverness, and above all, how his songwriting blossoms under his shockingly inventive studiocraft. Psychedelic pop albums rarely came better than this, and it remains a thorough delight." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide.

Nilsson's 1971 project The Point was an animated film (and album) based on a fable by Harry about a boy and his dog. The film teaches us a lesson about what it means to have a point or be pointless.

In '73 Harry Nilsson released A Little Touch Schmilsson In The Night, a collection of pop standards recorded with an orchestra. At the time this was an unusual undertaking.It's now become common place, for old washed up artists (Rod Stewart, Michael MacDonald, etc.).

Nilsson would also go on to write the songs for Altman's Popeye. (The village/set of Popeye in Malta has now become a vacation spot.)

Harry was also a companion to John Lennon during "The Lost Weekend"( the pair were once thrown out of a club for heckling the Smothers Brothers), and kept a flat in London where both Cass Elliot and Keith Moon would perish.

Nilsson died of heart failure in earl 1994.He would have turned 67 today. He did leave quite a legacy behind.

Here's a trailer for a documentary about him.
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Friday, June 13, 2008

Jackie Mason Said...

a bunch of things in this vlog, sure to get MC's panties in a bunch.

Webby Acceptance Speech


The ending of the speech reminds me of Frank Sinatra at the'94 Grammy's.
Watch the Bunnies' acceptance speech.
I had posted earlier of their Webby success.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Italian Spiderman:update

I have to admit , I've slacked-off a bit.
Allow me to bring us all back up to speed on the Italian Spiderman saga.
Here are episodes 2,3, and 4. Click here if you missed episode 1

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STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT EP - JUNE 19

Visit the Alrugo Entertainment website.

Is Spike Lee the Jesse Jackson of Film?


Pajamas Media raises the question.
This an update on my earlier post.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Primer for Obama's Amerika


Be prepared.
Here's some helpful information, in both text and audio-book form, from Internet Archive (with special thanks to Diana Hamilton).


Listen here to what that Obammunist said in his commencement address from Wesleyan University (the Berkeley of Connecticut).You can hear the millionaire tell you that "your individual wants and needs must take a back seat to 'hitching your wagon to something larger than yourself'."
Had enough?
Here, Mark Levin explains how Barry is merely a continuation and culmination of 'creeping socialism'.
Is anyone familiar with the term Barracks Communism coined by Karl Marx?
I suppose if Karl was one of the Marx brothers, they would have called him Pinko.


Finally, here's an ode to Barack Hussein's supporters from Chimpsy's Real American.
"a liberal shit-storm on the horizon..."

Monday, June 9, 2008

Les Paul Turns 93

No not the guitar, but the man behind it.
Les Paul, guitar wizard, inventor, architect of rock 'n' roll, and showman is 93 years old.
Here's a link to his old radio show.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Beauty And The Beak

Bald Eagle receives man-made beak.
Matt has some fine eagle photos over at the mess.

Professor Schpinkee's greenhouse calculator

Visit the Planet Slayer site, use the Greenhouse Calculator and find out when you should die, based on your lifestyle and consumption of resources.
This World Net Daily article explains.
via Coast to Coast.

I personally don't buy into the whole global warming myth.
It seems that the terms 'global warming' and 'climate change' are oft times used interchangeably these days. Isn't climate change just another term for WEATHER? Weather has been changing, sometimes unpredictably, for eons.There is no cause for the hysteria being whipped up by these fanatics.

DON'T FORGET, June 12th is Carbon Belch Day!
I hope to release such a burp, that it dwarfs the carbon footprint left by Al Gore's jet.
You know that jet?, the one he circles the globe in to warn us of the dangers of wasting our resources.
I'm amazed anyone takes that idiot seriously.

"A guy like him should shut his face."


Clint Eastwood comments on Spike Lee, Hollywood, politics, and more. via MichaelSavage.com.

Friday, June 6, 2008

75th Anniversary of the Drive-In Theatre


June 6 is the 75th anniversary of the first drive-in theater , opened in 1933 in Camden, N.J. by Richard M. Hollingshead.

Today through Sunday has been declared "Drive-In Theater Weekend" by the state of New York, which opened its first drive-in theatre in 1938.

For the do-it-yourself types, here's a guide to starting your own from MobMov.

Here's a freely downloadable collection of intermission advertisements.
courtesy of Internet Archive.

Think You Know the Grateful Dead?

This article enlightens us to what the Grateful Dead were really up to.
via Uncyclopedia.


Energy:

"It's now a cliche: fat-cat oilmen control our destiny by holding back supplies, letting prices soar, then pocketing the profits. But if any fat cats are to blame for the energy crisis, it's those on Capitol Hill."

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

NEWS FLASH!!!



Smoking Pot All Day, Every Day Might Not Be Good For You

via NORML.

Alton Kelley, RIP

Psychedelic poster artist Alton Kelley has passed away.
Kelley and fellow artist Stanley Mouse led the psychedelic poster revolution, producing hundreds of posters for weekly dances at the Avalon and Fillmore during the 1960's.