There's going to be a new farm bill this year, and there's little doubt it will be as ridiculous as the old farm bill. Meanwhile, most city folks and suburbanites will remain blissfully oblivious to the whole thing. The only farm debate they've ever heard of was between Eddy Albert and Eva Gabor. But since Kansas gets the same number of senators as California, there's pious blather about preserving America's farms, and helping farm families to stay on them. Never a word about America's steel mill families, but they get all Gene Debs when it comes to their own acreage.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Down to their level
Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (NHOP) were on the radio last night. And they sounded like crap because this recording was from the mid-70s, the Golden Age of Crappy Audio (GACA). The technology was fine; the producer and engineer were idiots. The combination of close micing, gratuitous equalization, and unlimited limiting made all three instruments sound like they'd been pushed through a single nostril. No big Jewish nostril either - one of those stingy little hotel-heiress ones. And of course, dynamics were far too important to be trusted to mere musicians... Edison cylinders sounded better.
Monday, June 11, 2007
these things snowball
They found 90 thousand bucks in Bill Jefferson's freezer. That's slightly less than Bob Byrd's maid normally finds between the sofa cushions. A 90 grand tip would be an insult to Dubya after giving some Halliburton exec's wingtips one of his forked-tongue shoeshines. All Congressmen are traditionally assumed to be utterly corruptible, so why go after the gentleman from Louisiana? Let's just say the reason starts with "n" and rhymes with “we grow.” While I have yet to peruse the entire 16-count indictment against “Dollar Bill” Jefferson, I'm pretty sure I'll find the word uppity in there somewhere.