Waiting for Righty: Hey, Kids, Three Fun Books on Conservatives!
By Andrew Tonkovich – I considered titling this week’s review “Conservatism for Dummies” but that seemed unnecessarily cruel. As someone raised with your basic anti-social, self-hating, ahistorical so-called “conservative” values, I enjoy reminding myself and others of both my shame as a young person at being cowed by that foolishness and celebrating my nearly infinite and enduring joy at being liberated from it today. Keeping track of what pass for ideas in RightWorld keeps the Bibliofella happy, busy, even entertained, especially in Orange County, where you assume at your peril that people share your satisfaction at exercising what Noam Chomsky calls “intellectual self-defense,” especially against Reaction. Indeed, Mr. Bib meets citizens who imagine themselves “conservative” or “libertarian” or espouse the “Objectivist” worldview of a kooky second-rate fiction writer who is approximately to philosophy what Lafayette Ronald Hubbardis to, well, Lafayette.
In my more charitable moments (which I try to keep at a minimum) I concede happily that this public OC default position of conservative is what sociologists call “culturally constructed,” meaning that since so many have assumed it for so long, are seldom challenged, don’t read books like the three recommended here, well, nobody really even knows what it is. More…
Marijuana-based medication may be legalised in Ireland
By joe.ie.com– The Department of Health is looking into the idea of making medical products containing marijuana additives legal in certain circumstances.
When replying to a Dail questing from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (who else), the Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch, said her department is currently examining the issues associated with legalising cannabis based products.
Hippies excited about the prospects of being able to get some ‘sticky-icky’ at the local chemist can chill-out, as the products containing the green herb will only be used under controlled circumstances for patients with specific conditions. More…
RICKY CAMPBELL: Remembering Hunter S. Thompson, ‘Gonzo’ journalist
Seven years ago today, applauded author and journalist Hunter S. Thompson put a bullet into his head, ending his life by means that most elected officials wish the press corps would follow. Thompson gave journalism a foundation that had never been witnessed before, nor will ever be witnessed again — a true genius at his own work.
Despite his raucous behavior – usually derived from his self-admitted overwhelming drug and alcohol use — Thompson laid a foundation both journalists and the public can appreciate today.
Thompson made his first breakthrough by embedding himself into the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, becoming one of the bikers and writing down his observations. It all ended after Thompson witnessed numerous crimes — such as a gang rape — by the Angels, and later received a brutal beating from club members for exploiting the club’s antics.
It wasn’t until his coverage of the Kentucky Derby that Thompson began his climb to the top of contemporary literature. Under substantial amounts of drugs, including hallucinogens, Hunter created a first-person account of the national horse race that was later deemed “pure Gonzo” by Boston Globe editor Bill Cardoso. The title of “Gonzo journalism” stuck. More…
The Birth of Rock: Byrds and Hippies and Dylan, Oh, My . .
By factoidz.com -In the aftermath of what many predicted would be Dylan’s fall from grace, Folk-Rock became the clearly-defined/undefined catch-all musical genre that for a time no one could quite pigeonhole.
Was it “Protest Rock”? Was it a new amalgamation of Elvis and the Folk revival started by the Kingston Trio? Was it simply Rock with attitude–no matter what the style of musical accompaniment? Did any and all rebellion-oriented music qualify? Did it have to be multi-dimensional and full of poetic expression?
The first band that seemed to fit all the requisite criteria was The Byrds, whose rendition of Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” released in 1965 gave the listening public mainline Dylan–but so much more.
Formed in early 1964 by Roger “Jim” McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Chris Hillman–all of whom had a background rooted in folk music coffee houses dating to the early 1960s–the Byrds immediately caught on with West Coast, Haight-Ashbury Hippie counterculture movement, igniting San Francisco as the World Capital of Psychedelia.
Added to this was the fact that both Dylan and the Beatles had given them their highest endorsements; the Beatles even writing several songs in Byrd’s/McGuinn style. A style that was extraordinarily pleasant to the ears, yet nonetheless hard to categorize. More…