Archive for July, 2009

America’s answer to SummerNats?

July 28, 2009

Next weekend in Reno the “Hot August Nights” old car, hot rod, car-spotting event will begin.  We’d love to go and see if it’s anything like SummerNats in Canberra was.  Follow this link:

Wish we’dda bought ourselves a SummerNats T-shirt.  Wouldda couldda shouldda. 

(Gees, Reno is closer to Berkeley than it is to L. A.  So why are we going to L. A.?   Guess we won’t make it to Hot August Nights this year.)

Wonder if Jalpopnik will send a photographer to cover it?

We’ll soon find out, eh?

The U Haul tourist attractions

July 27, 2009

If you have seen the U Haul trailers with interesting tourist attractions stories on the side you may want to look up the source for these great “on the road” stories from around the U. S. and Canada.

The URL for the Canadian WWII secret project known as Project Habbakuk (making a ship using ice) is at

The main page with icons for all their stories is at:

Fans of unusual stories and attractions will enjoy this collection.

Music for Digital Kerouacs who are “on the road”

July 27, 2009

For those of  you using a push pin on a map at home, I’m going down to L. A. Monday.

The disk jockey will be playing Dave Dudley’s “Six Days on the Road”

Youtube automatically generated the song “People Are Crazy” (are they insinuating something about me?)

Naturally we gotta play Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”

While we were listening to Comet Radio while staying in Kalgoorlie we heard them play Bobby Bare’s “500 miles from home.”  It seemed to us we were farther away than that.

One road song that most kids will never have heard of is Red Sovine’s “Phantom 309”

Sometimes you pick up new music while on the road.  While we were in Freo (Fremantle Western Australia), we learned about Seasick Steve.  It’s called “Started out with nothing” as in:  “I started out with nothing and I got most of it left . . . .”  (Ain’t that the truth?) 

Of course, to get to Australia, you get there fastest if you fly.  So we will play Silver Wings

Good thing that “I love L. A.’

To be continued .  .  .

Joke with letters

July 27, 2009

This joke is older than I am.  (Yikes!)

A Sweedish guy goes into an American coffee shop and this conversation takes place:

Olie:  F U N E X?

Waiter:  S V F X

Olie:  F U N E M?

Waiter S V F M.

Olie:  OK M N X.

The Meaning of Life

July 26, 2009

Finding the Meaning of Life

[We heard this story many years ago and would give credit to the source, but it was so long ago that we are just glad we can remember the story.]

A man was seeking the meaning of life and so he traveled to Tibet and climbed up to find the wise-man of the mountains. 

He asked the wise man “What must I do to learn the meaning of life?”

The wise man answered:  “Shoot out someone’s eye with a be-be gun.”

The man was puzzled and said he didn’t understand that.

The wiseman said:  “When you were a child, didn’t your mother tell you that you wouldn’t be happy until you shot out someone’s eye with your new be-be gun?

Who reads this sss. . . stuff?

July 26, 2009

We’ve been threatening to buy a computer notebook or lap top so that we can post more stuff more often because sometimes, while traveling on the road (It seems we didn’t post one entry while we were in Kalgoorlie Western Australia) getting access to a computer is tough. 

We might have already spent the price of a laptop on the computer time we’ve paid for while “on the road.”

Fans of Albert Camus might appreciate a guy going to Fremantle (Western Australia) and taking a photo of the Bon Scott statue for about 50 different hits world wide, but at times it does seem like the blogger is going overboard in his embrace of the Absurdism philosophy.

Recently my pal “Jersey Bill,” who is often the target audience for the photos of cars that we post over on the other blog, said that he rarely looks at our blog(s).  He will click the link if we send him one (as when we post a photo just for him) but the rest of the time he’s “too busy.”

That leads us to wonder:  Who reads my blog?

Are all the hits one time visits from folks who found something they wanted to read about and then they never come back?  Are there any regulars?  We did get one comment from someone who said she got a kick out this blog.  (Thanks for the encouragement.)  Does any member of my posse read this regularly?  Why, when we ask the audience a question (such as an attempt to find out who was “Comet radio” playing country songs at night in Australia), doesn’t any one answer?  We thought the Internet was more “interactive” than just touch and go landings. 

So we ask:

Who are these people?

Who reads this blog?

Does anyone read it regularly?

Who is “comet radio”?

Another “face in the window”

July 26, 2009

Recently we posted a picture (over at our photos site

a photo taken in the Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco that had a window with an odd face showing.

Tonight we found the story of a courthouse with a portrait that is etched in one of its windows.

A slave was looking out the window at a potential lynch crowd.  At that moment a bolt of lightening hit and etch a portrait of the frightened fellow into the pane of glass.

Here is a link to a web page with photos and more details of this incredible story.

Movie review

July 24, 2009

Saw “Twelve Monkeys” last night.  It was a very good time travel movie and Brad Pitt gave a noteworthy performance.

Hara-kiri Awards for Journalists?

July 17, 2009

If readers were forced to make a choice which group would be more reprehensible:
the Germans who invaded Paris or the French citizens who chose to help them once they arrived, which group would they want to denounce more?

The Germans believed they were super-patriots helping their country’s leader.  The collaborators chose to abandon their country’s principles and throw their lot in with the “conquerors.”  One of the most newsworthy examples of the collaborators who were found guilty of treason for their actions was Robert Brasillach and it is in his honor that we say we hold American journalists, who are retroactively endorsing Bush’s war crimes, in lower esteem than the Bush Junta war criminals because (at least) the fanatical Republicans (just like the Nazis) did not betray their principles.  The Sunday morning propagandists, who recently became accomplices in Bush’s deceit and lies by belittling the idea of a torture investigation, were betraying the code of honor that was endorsed by practitioners (such as Edward R. Murrow) of their (in their own inflated opinion of themselves) profession.  
Recently Crooks and Liars and the Brad Blog have noted that the Sunday morning gasbags have belittled the idea that Bush and his henchmen should be tried for their various war crimes.  Apparentlyl they don’t even see the need for a torture investigation. 

How would the American public have reacted if the Germany journalists in 1945 suggested that holding the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial was an overreaction by a victorious military and that the Hitler gang should be put out to pasture, but not have to face the ordeal of public humiliation and punishment for their sincere efforts to promote Germany’s economic development via some well-intentioned land grabs?

For any America media personality to suggest that it would be in America’s best interests to grant de facto pardons to Bush, Chenney, et al, by dispensing with any criminal investigations and trials is as absurd as the concept of some leading French existentialist intellectuals suggesting that the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials were an egregious example of overreaction by a victorious military force.  Not bloody well likely, eh?

Sartre and Camus may have disagreed over the death sentence delivered in Robert Brasillach’s case, but there can be no doubt they held the man in utter disdain for what he did.

John Amato and Brad Friedman, as journalists, do well to not do any editorializing, by peppering their stories with adjectives that convey opinion such as the words “reprehensible” and or “heinous,” but since this is a column there are no such restraints and we will indulge in a bit of speculation about how much these loathsome individuals deserve to be given this years (imaginary) hari-kiri Awards for traitorous conduct by media stars (who have the temerity to call themselves “journalists.”)

It is bad enough that the on-air personalities did not challenge Bush before the invasion of Iraq.  They did not seize on the “where did it go?” factor of the missing WMD’s after the invasion.  When they are tipped to the possibility that millions of Iraqi citizens may be being slaughtered in the various air raids being conducted, they stand by silently (much like the folks around the Nazi concentration camps who didn’t get too curious about the trainloads of folks being taken in to places such as Buchenwald) and say nothing.  When a town like Fallujah is bombed into ruble, they say nothing about that recalling the fury the world used to denounce Reinhard Heydrich’s endorsement of retribution for resistance efforts.  As for torturing prisoners, the Sunday Quisling clones take about the same attitude toward waterborading as the Catholic Church did during the Inquisition.

Now they want to advocate that, with a world crying for justice (outside the USA), it’s time to turn the country’s attention to more mundane matters such as the memorial services for Michael Jackson. 

Sunday morning fame-whores should be an embarrassment to even the smallest Journalism school in the USA and the Columbia Journalism Review should be as strong in their denunciation of these suck-ups as Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus were of Robert Brasillach. 

If the members of the Bush Junta are going to be tried for war crimes, shouldn’t some of the media personalities, who added their enthusiasm to the Bush effort to trample American ideals, also be put on trial, just as many French were after the United States liberated that occupied country in World War II?

Do you think Dennis Miller would like to put a proponent of that suggestion on his radio program?  If not, why not?  Doesn’t he always say he likes to air both sides of an issue and then endorse the conservative viewpoint?

Recently Miller suggested that the United States should refrain from giving any reasons for starting new wars.  At least Hitler had the decency to offer a fraudulent excuse for invading Poland.  Why waste time on phony excuses, eh, Dennis?  Is that the Genghis Khan approach to spin?

These Sunday morning clowns should be given a nice shiny unused Japanese hari-kari sword and a contract to appear on a new and extremely gruesome reality TV show for “journalist” who have betrayed the principles of journalism, helped deceive rather than inform their country’s citizens, and made a mockery of the founding fathers high regard for a free press and the Constitution.  Just think of the ratings!  What’s not to like about that suggestion?

This column’s closing quote has to be the most famous line from the movie “Network” “I want you to get up right now and go to the window . . . and yell:  ‘<a href =>I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore</a>!’” 

In an effort to be “fair and balanced” the disk jockey will, for members of the Republican talking point bucket brigade, play Tammy Wynett’s “Stand by your man” and for the people who remember that Edward R. Murrow risked his career to fight a bully, will play the best Bush song (done by Johnny Cash) ever, “God’s gonna cut you down.”

It’s time for us to say Sayonara.  Have a week full of real patriotic moments like the one when Ricky Blaine told the band’s conductor to play the Marseillaise (belated Happy Bastille Day.)


July 14, 2009

Here’s a film pitch idea.

There would be two hour segments

A film made by film school students from a script by one of Hollywood’s top script writers (Shane Black?)

The second would be from a film school student’s script but it would be filmed using a top director (Oliver Stone?) a great cinematographer and well known actors and actresses.

Which of the two segments would you most like to see?