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Name: Jim
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Gee - my profile info didn't migrate from the old DU I guess? The main thing - 90% refers to the maximum allowable percentage of nitromethane fuel permitted in modern NHRA Top Fuel and Funny cars. Which is what makes current "nostalgia nitro" so cool - you can still "tip the can" and run straight nitro, if you want to. I'm an aging northeast liberal with an overdeveloped justice gland. OUR INSTITUTIONS ARE INFESTED WITH GREEDY AND CORRUPT SOCIOPATHS

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Some logic here

What is it about life in America that forces us all to seek some form of medication in the form of alcohol and prescription drugs and recreational drugs?

This is part of a response Frank Zappa published in the L.A. Free Press when the Mothers were starting to go big time in the mid 60's. There were some in the M.O.I. entourage that advocated drug use (this is 1966 L.A., keep in mind) Frank didn't like drugs and wanted to set the record straight.


Maintain your aristocratic coolness Ė

Frank Zappa, for the Mothers of Invention

It appears to me we have this medieval and draconian system of idiotic drug laws simply to enrich the prison-industrial complex. Unnecessary human misery is the pink slime like by-product of this greed/stupidity. 50,000 Mexican casualties on the Mexican side of our war on drugs is making at least 50,000 families pretty fucking miserable I would think? At least when our country sacrificed 50,000 servicemen in pursuit of the domino theory they got a fucking Wall in Washington for it!

It boils down to this


I am also deeply disappointed that Holder/Obama are so extremely on the wrong side of history with marijuana prohibitions. Don't they have other skyscraper sized fish to fry first?

While I'm on those two, I think their failure to prosecute GW Bush White House war criminals and traitors for crimes against humanity will prove to be a time bomb in the manner of the repeal of Glass-Steagal in 1999 led to the Depression of 2008. These precedents that give the President the powers of a King goes with the OFFICE not the INDIVIDUAL!

-90% Jimmy

Romney compared to the Kennedy's


JFK was a compassionate LEADER that was at the forefront of a new American era of Peace and Prosperity for all. He was a beacon of hope for a better future and for what America could be for all of us.

Bobby in his later years was simply a beautiful and compassionate person. His speeches during the 1968 Presidential Campaign and his Indianapolis speech the day M.L. King was assassinated was filled with love and hope and compassion for others and greatness. There were riots all over the country from the killing, but there was no such thing happening in Indianapolis, perhaps from Bobby's compassion alone?

Teddy was the Liberal Lion for his entire Senate Career and crafted legislation to help the less fortunate all the freaking time.

And then the second generation Kennedy's - gets a little fuzzy info wise for me here, but Bobby JR. is a beautiful person doing beautiful work on behalf of the less fortunate all the time. Still plugging away for justice and fairness any way he can.

Romney-the-Vulture-Capitalist is a different can of worms. He seems to be compassionate only about growing his already staggering fortune even further regardless of the human misery and wrecked lives his form of "enterprise" creates.

I find Mitt to be the epitome of everything wrong with America today. The poster boy of crony capitalism and greed is good and dismantling perfectly fine companies so as to extract the maximum amount of money, wrecked human lives and livelihood be damned.

Why the hell America should even be considering such a SOCIOPATHIC GREEDHEAD for President is beyond my comprehension. Mitt and his Country Club Crony Capitalists are the the root cause of the economic inequality we are currently immersed in at record levels of unfair weath distribution.

Has anybody ever made a body count of jobs Mitt destroyed vs. jobs he created in his business pursuits? That would be one hell of an interesting factoid!

We are the 99% and our country is seriously considering electing a member of the .01%; the fuckers that wrecked everything for all of us? THAT DOES NOT COMPUTE!

All they got us money. We got numbers and boots on the ground. If 99% of us can't beat these 1% fuckers in an election, then we'll deserve our fate! I hope we as a nation aren't that fucking stupid!

-90% Jimmy

Speaking of Any Way The Wind Blows

Original Freak Out Version

Reuben and the Jets version


Note the fantastic Ray Collins vocals on both versions. Listen to "Anything" from Reuben and the Jets for more of Ray,

Flo and Eddie Mothers slow version


I was present at this exact performance at Stony Brook University. This concert was my first exposure to Zappa live, and inspired me to go out and get Just Another Band from L.A. which had the same songs and personnel from this show. The rest is 41 years of my personal quest for Zappa Conceptual Continuity.

Sonics version

thanks for the wonderful and interesting responses.

-90% Jimmy

Captain Beefheart featured on Lawrence O'Donnel Thursday Night Romney coverage

Willard has to cope with the Republican's war on women. In Lawrence's segment about this, I was flabbergasted to hear this song in the background:

Which leads me to think somebody on Lawrence staff is a Beefheart fan, as I don't think you'd come up with this song without deep prior knowledge. It would have been the 3,896,786th hit on a google search, so it wasn't dumb luck that led to the selection.

Also on this album, Beefheart's first, is one of the most remarkable songs in rock history:


Remarkable first for Beefheart's (Don Van Vliet) astounding voice and also one of the pioneering uses of the theremin in a rock song. (Beach Boys also used the theramin, particularly on "Good Vibrations", which may have predated this song?)

Beefheart's "big break" could have come from the revolutionary Monterrey Pop Festival that broke Hendrix and a lot of others. It wasn't meant to be, as Ry Cooder had been brought in to the group by the producer to contribute some musical discipline and chops. Cooder found Van Vliet so erratic and bizarre that he thought he would be risking his musical career if Don flubbed the performance. Don had stage fright issues at the time and Ry probably made the right call for his career, but the wrong call for what could have been another awe inspiring Monterrey breakout performance.

All part of the incredible Beefheart/Zappa folklore that make them such interesting people to know about in rock history.

-90% Jimmy


Speaks strongly to the difference between reason and emotion.

I'm getting weary of our institutions playing fear on all of us, instead of paving the way for greater life, liberty and happiness pursuits.

For example, I'm a baby boomer and grew up during the cold war. I was trained as a first grader to survive a nuclear attack (the ole' duck and cover bullshit)

Mr. Gorbachev tore down that wall and whoopie, the threat of destroying every living thing on the planet has gone away.

BULLSHIT - now we got world leaders actively suggesting nuclear war as a means to solve the "Iran problem".

They talk like it's just another tool in their "diplomacy" arsenal when it's really something that should never ever be used again on this planet! They seem just too plain stupid to comprehend the misery and death such actions would cause.

All they do is give us shit to worry about. And we elected them!


-90% Jimmy

Good post

I like to think of the root cause of stuff. The best definition of the root cause of our invisible glacier-like but accelerating into the reborn Dark Ages state of affairs is simply this classic George Carlin Video. Gets right to the nucleus of the problem in concise rapier-like keen intelligent reasoned fashion.

And here is my bumper sticker that attempts to capture the essence of George's message.

Our institutions are infested with corrupt sociopaths.

-90% Jimmy

PS - boy, that is so ironic that Warner Brothers seems to be getting all copyright bullying about this piece at youtube. ARE THEY TRYING TO RUB IT IN THAT WE ARE OWNED BY CORPORATIONS BY GETTING SO HEAVY HANDED??? Can't you just be generous and let us 99%'ers enjoy a few minutes with one of the most profound messages for our times, by a smart beloved talented comedian that never went stale. On his game probably until the end.

PPS - Frank Zappa sued Warner Brothers back in the late seventies AND WON! That's one Constitutional Fundamentalist you don't want to fuck with.

To paraphrase the never great Condi Rice

If he killed somebody else, then maybe we could do something?

This drama is a reworked Police Squad episode.

My always changing and revising opinion based on the dribbles and smatters of evidential slime oozing out of our video is:

The killer grew up in a life of upper class privilege. This literally gave him a wallet full of get out of jail free passes, due to his daddy-the-judge.

Normalization of deviance* is one point of view about how this came to be. It's commonsensical, in this case. The kid got away with crime his entire life. He was trained to be above the law his entire life. Secondly, this kid escaped any societal quality control because anybody that shoots to kill another human being is almost automatically one utterly lacking in empathy and rational thought. A healthier society would have hopefully have found a way to prevent this man from killing people by the most humane means possible.

It's also galling that our two tiered justice system is running blown and on fuel for this guy by the local POWERS THAT BE obviously exploiting some cockamamie "run out the clock" law on a time limit to be charged with murder. 180 fucking days or something? I hope there's enough non-corrupt means left in American Justice to do what's right for this race based lynching.

-90% Jimmy

I'm shopping this vid on DU because I think it can be used as a tool to better understand the entire cluster fuck of all our institutions being infested with corrupt sociopaths.

One Irony

In the end, it appears that Keith is a problem hire. No more or no less than any other of us worker bees out here coping with might-makes-right modern American Management.

His issues at work could be similar to issues I've always bridled at, simply the power your employer can chose to exercise over you.

I have something of an "inner Keith" myself that I've carried with me my entire work life. I have to do some failure analysis* on my career and figure out my unconscious self sabotage.

Keith has a beautiful mind and he owes it to our violated Democracy to get on the ball and tell the most Americans he can what he sees going on all around us and what we need to know to be an informed citizenry.

If he's great enough to be the bar none best broadcast journalist in a generation or two, then shirley he can brainiac his way to a high quality and stable soapbox.

-90% Jimmy

* I'm into Quality as a discipline in manufacturing. I am still enamored of the principles of Dr. Deming about quality. The info in this vid I think contains PROFOUND KNOWLEDGE About the nature of people working as groups and the remarkable cluster fucks that can arise if you are not well educated in failure analysis, a form of the pursuit of quality.


I'm an Obama cynic

Mostly in the arena of unpunished Wall Street Bankster crimes.

And the entire treasonous GW Bush White House still walks free amongst us.

And there's still Goldman-Sachs alumni serving in the Obama White House, yes?

And the erosion of our Constitutional Rights, currently exemplified in the police state responses to the various Occupy Protests going on right now.

And cracking down on pot is on the wrong side of science and history in this day and age.....

So it has an aroma of giving us Progressives a bone to chew on for some hopey-changy stuff before the election.

.......On the one hand

On the other, it seems like a beautiful and magnificent appointment for a very important post. It seems to be doing what's right and just for humanity much more so than a political ploy. I like that a lot and hope more moves towards the Progressive-ism our nation needs to heal are in our near future.

The conservatives have been creating this unjust societal cluster fuck for at least the last thirty years. It's going to take the rest of us following a just and beautiful leader to restore the dreams of democracy our Founding Fathers envisioned.

This appointment is why I voted for our beautiful President four years ago. I am overjoyed to see such things.

-90% Jimmy

You might be an activist

Posting my outrage on DU is pretty much ineffective preaching to the choir that I share with my peers in this liberal bubble.

So, I try to do other things to be an activist for PROGRESSIVE and ANTI-FASCIST causes. Like bumper stickers. I use bumper sticker sightings a a gauge for public awareness of our descent into "Gilded Age 2.0, this time it's with i-pads."

And my bumper stickers stand for what I believe and I just got a new Ford Ranger this past January (a left over 2011, with decent rebates and it's been discontinued, and it's got 4wd and a decent v6 and sirius and extended cab and elec windows and locks, and fog lites, BUT NO FUCKING CRUISE CONTROL! I didn't want 4wd, but the 2wd choices on the lot were too sterile and under gizmo'ed for me) My preceding Ranger was bought in 2003 and I plastered it with bumper stickers about stuff I feel strongly about - both "current events", Frank Zappa, and nitro cars. It was pretty caustic, as I felt what the GWB traitors were doing to our entire country was pretty caustic also.

I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH THREATS OR VANDALISM in the entire EIGHT YEARS I has those stickers on, until they literally wore out.

It concerned my wife about getting into confrontations with people that did not share my views. Well, you know FUCK IT. I'm 57, I've got to do what I can and stand for something! Republicans, or conservatives, or LOW INFORMATION VOTERS may threaten me, but, screw it, I ain't going through any part of the rest of my life in fear of these ignorant dittoheads!

I regret that I have only one nicely finished deep blue metallic 2011 Ranger to give for my country!

And I hope to travel to an Occupy Protest or two this spring. ("I will love everyone. I will love the cops as they kick the shit out of me in the street." - lyrics to Flower Punk - FZ and the MOI, 1968) Probability speaking, the worst I can fear about doing such things is getting arrested for a long time w/o access to a bathroom with a lot of privacy! I don't like an audience when I pee!

I can also fear some gestapo-cop beating me and breaking bones or teeth. Or pepper spray. Or beanbag shot. Or rubber bullets. Or circulatory complications from the tie wraps they use for handcuffs these days. Or being herded into a free speech zone some distance from the intended protest.

Once again, our young people are fighting our wars. I can enlist to serve OWS simply by figuring out how to get the 100 miles to Wall Street and back home over a weekend. I have friends that know how to travel to and into NYC.

Lastly, I look for like minded bumper stickers, or even any at all, and MY guess, to pull stats out of thin air, that perhaps 1% of ALL CARS ON THE ROAD near me have any indication on their vehicles of any activism at all! I take that as things will get worse and the 1% has us in the Bottom 99% BY THE FUCKING BALLS. We're sheep getting the type of government we deserve!

As Zappa once said, with regard to his musical output and how he could do it; "First, don't stop. Second, keep going." This is a generational struggle and showing up in person for one or two protests ain't going to do it. I plan to remain active until they pry my bumper stickers from my cold dead hands!

My in-progress bumper sticker, that needs polish, is:


I need less words to appeal to LOW INFORMATION VOTERS, and this can be condensed to :


But, this isn't as concise, as I suspect there's plenty of sociopaths out there that may not be greedy and corrupt.

-90% Jimmy
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