Cartoon of the Day

November 29, 2007

A CIA plan to destabilize Venezuela

November 29, 2007

A CIA plan to destabilize Venezuela…
by Stan G
Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 03:04:05 PM PST

…is in progress right now.

A memo from CIA officer Michael Middleton Steere, addressed to CIA Director General Michael Hayden in Washington DC, has been intercepted by Venezuelan counter-intelligence; and it shows that the US plans to attempt another coup d’etat against the democratically elected government of Venezuela on the eve of a historic constitutional referendum that will democratize political power to the grassroots of the majority more thoroughly than anything we have seen in this hemisphere… ever.

This outcome by a major oil producing nation that has confronted the US government is intolerable to the American political class, not merely the Bush administration. It is part of a continental drift of Latin America away from US domination; and it has world historic significance.

It is very important that this CIA plot get maximum exposure immediately across the net, because the US media, the Republican and Democratic Parties, and the US dominant class, will do everything in their power to assist the desired outcome of this illegal and immoral interference by the United States government in the democratic self-determination of Venezuela.

Widespread, rapid distribution via alternative media has the potential to expose and disrupt this CIA plot. You can do something right now. Get the word out.

Read more here, and stay abreast of developments. A Google News search of “Michael Middleton Steere” will help keep you updated.

Be part of a real politics of resistance. Help expose this international malfeasance now. Be an ally to the Venezuelan people, whose government was democratically elected (unlike our own).

The cost of US wars

November 29, 2007

Picture of the Day

November 28, 2007

BALTIMORE, Md.—Martin Luther King Jr. after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, 1964.

Stephen King: Waterboard Jenna Bush

November 28, 2007

The writing genius on celebrity culture, corporate media, film, politics and oh yeah, a great candidate for waterboarding.


STEPHEN KING: So who’s going to be TIME Person of the Year?

TIME: I really don’t know, there’s a very small group of people who make that decision.

STEPHEN KING: I was thinking, I think it should be Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.


STEPHEN KING: Yeah. You know, I just filmed a segment for Nightline, about [the movie version of his novella] The Mist, and one of the things I said to them was, you know, “You guys are just covering — what do they call it — the scream of the peacock, and you’re missing the whole fox hunt.” Like waterboarding [or] where all the money went that we poured into Iraq. It just seems to disappear. And yet you get this coverage of who’s gonna get custody of Britney’s kids? Whether or not Lindsay drank at her twenty-first birthday party, and all this other shit. You know, this morning, the two big stories on CNN are Kanye West’s mother, who died, apparently, after having some plastic surgery. The other big thing that’s going on is whether or not this cop [Drew Peterson] killed his… wife. And meanwhile, you’ve got Pakistan in the midst of a real crisis, where these people have nuclear weapons that we helped them develop. You’ve got a guy in charge, who’s basically declared himself the military strongman and is being supported by the Bush administration, whose raison d’etre for going into Iraq was to spread democracy in the world.

So you’ve got these things going on, which seem to me to be very substantive, that could affect all of us, and instead, you see a lot of this back-fence gossip. So I said something to the Nightline guy about waterboarding, and if the Bush administration didn’t think it was torture, they ought to do some personal investigation. Someone in the Bush family should actually be waterboarded so they could report on it to George. I said, I didn’t think he would do it, but I suggested Jenna be waterboarded and then she could talk about whether or not she thought it was torture. And then the guy from Nightline said, “Well, obviously you’ve not been watching World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson.” But I do — I watch ’em all!

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El Sur también existe

November 22, 2007

El Sur también existe

Con su ritual de acero
sus grandes chimeneas
sus sabios clandestinos
su canto de sirenas
sus cielos de neón
sus ventas navideñas
su culto de dios padre
y de las charreteras
con sus llaves del reino
el norte es el que ordena

pero aquí abajo abajo
el hambre disponible
recurre al fruto amargo
de lo que otros deciden
mientras el tiempo pasa
y pasan los desfiles
y se hacen otras cosas
que el norte no prohibe
con su esperanza dura
el sur también existe

con sus predicadores
sus gases que envenenan
su escuela de chicago
sus dueños de la tierra
con sus trapos de lujo
y su pobre osamenta
sus defensas gastadas
sus gastos de defensa
con sus gesta invasora
el norte es el que ordena

pero aquí abajo abajo
cada uno en su escondite
hay hombres y mujeres
que saben a qué asirse
aprovechando el sol
y también los eclipses
apartando lo inútil
y usando lo que sirve
con su fe veterana
el Sur también existe

con su corno francés
y su academia sueca
su salsa americana
y sus llaves inglesas
con todos su misiles
y sus enciclopedias
su guerra de galaxias
y su saña opulenta
con todos sus laureles
el norte es el que ordena

pero aquí abajo abajo
cerca de las raíces
es donde la memoria
ningún recuerdo omite
y hay quienes se desmueren
y hay quienes se desviven
y así entre todos logran
lo que era un imposible
que todo el mundo sepa
que el Sur también existe

– Mario Benedetti

Music Video of the Week

November 22, 2007

Ian Brown – Illegal Attacks

Cartoon of the Day

November 22, 2007

A jazzy gift guide for holiday shopping

November 22, 2007

Yep, it’s that time already. A short list but a good one.

A jazzy gift guide for holiday shopping
The Oakland Tribune

Pardon me if my own mental clock is a bit off, but didn’t we just have the holiday season last month? It sure seems that way.

When it comes to buying presents for loved ones, or even casual acquaintances, nothing beats the gift of music. The following is a look at some of the top gift-worthy jazz offerings available this season.

Perfect Peterson: The Best of the Pablo and Telarc Recordings, Oscar Peterson (Concord, $19.98) — I saw the 82-year-old piano legend perform twice in 2006, first at Yoshi’s at Jack London Square in Oakland, then at the 49th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, and he was terrific on both occasions. Yet, Peterson wasn’t as good as what you’ll hear on the first disc of this two-CD collection. That disc spotlights the best of the pianist’s run at the Pablo label, which lasted from 1953 to 1986, and includes works by the then-young lion that will make your jaw drop. The second disc, which has its moments, highlights Peterson’s more recent work on the Telarc imprint.

Live 2007: 4th Annual Concert Tour, SFJAZZ Collective (SFJAZZ, $35) — Each year, the SFJAZZ Collective spotlights the works of one great composer. For 2007, the troupe picked one of the best of the best — Thelonious Monk. Recorded live during the band’s international tour, this two-disc set features the all-star troupe (led by saxophone colossus Joshua Redman) in a mix of Monk tunes and original band compositions. Don’t delay ordering your copy — only 3,000 were pressed and this set, like prior Collective releases, will someday be a collector’s item.

Tijuana Moods, Charles Mingus (Sony, $13.98) — It seems like every time I turn around, somebody has released a ”newly remastered” version of a Charles Mingus album. The skinny on this one is that it sounds superb — but if someone already owns an older version on CD, he probably doesn’t need the update. Tijuana Moods (1962) stands as, arguably, the famed bassist-composer’s finest hour. More significantly, it’s one of the greatest pieces of improvisational music ever recorded.

The Essential Benny Goodman, Benny Goodman (Columbia, $24.98) — I refer to him as ”The Great One,” a billing that you’ll probably agree with after listening to this two-disc set. An outstanding career overview, it features 40 recordings from his years on RCA Victor and Columbia. Included in the mix are such favorites as King Porter Stomp,Sing, Sing, Sing and Air Mail Special.

Interplay, John Coltrane (Prestige, $59.98) — Coltrane is such a cash cow that there never seems to be a shortage of new product carrying the saxophonist’s name. Sure, he died in 1967, but you’d never know it by looking at the new-releases shelf at your local record store. The latest offering for Coltrane fans is this wonderful five-disc set that collects seven full-length albums plus change. The lion’s share of the music was recorded in just one year’s time — September 1956 to September 1957. That was, to say the least, a fertile period for the saxophonist.

Trio of Doom, John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius and Tony Williams (Columbia, $13.98) — Talk about a great triumvirate — guitarist McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra), bassist Pastorius (Weather Report) and drummer Williams (Lifetime, Miles Davis band) all on the same stage at the same time. The convergence of supreme talents happened only once in front of a live audience, in Cuba in 1979, but the legend lives on. This essential disc features a mix of live tracks recorded at that Havana date as well as studio tracks laid down the following week in New York. Fans should also check out the newly released Essential John McLaughlin and Essential Jaco Pastorius, each of which clocks in with more than 150 minutes of music.

Cartoon of the Day

November 21, 2007