One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Posted by Matt on Friday, June 7th, 2013


BRMCBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club – Specter At The Feast

The album balances honeyed freshness with plenty of rich, ripe fruit and supple tannins.

Grade: B+

Listen to this while: watering your houseplants while wearing an eyepatch.

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Courageous Judge Has Serious Problem With Minorities, The Retarded

Posted by Matt on Friday, June 7th, 2013

Jonesin' For Some Executions!

Jonesin’ For Some Executions!

5th District Court Of Appeals Judge Edith Jones was reportedly on the Bush Administration’s Supreme Court Short List.  Looks like you lost out America.  The longtime Roe v. Wade opponent recently spoke about capital punishment to the University of Pennsylvania Law School and traversed a wide swath of subject areas. Now Jones is the subject of a judicial-misconduct complaint.

Here are the highlights.

That certain “racial groups like African-Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime,” are “’prone’ to commit acts of violence,” and get involved in more violent and “heinous” crimes than people of other ethnicities;

She did not comment on whether law enforcement is “predisposed” to arrest blacks 4 times more than whites for drugs despite similar usage rates.

That Mexican nationals would prefer to be on death row in the United States rather than serving prison terms in Mexico, and it is an insult for the United States to look to the laws of other countries such as Mexico;

Judge Jones is hard on crime.  Just not “Mexico-hard.” Wha?

That Defendants’ claims of racism, innocence, arbitrariness, and violations of international law and treaties are really nothing more than “red herrings” used by opponents of capital punishment;

[Since reintroduction of death penalty in Georgia in 1972] In 2000 homicides, black defendants were 1.7 times more likely to receive the death penalty than white defendants and that murderers of white victims were 4.3 times more likely to be sentenced to death than those who killed blacks.  One herring  is 4.3 times redder than the other.

What about America’s capstone for capital punishment?  The 5th District’s very own State of Texas:

Since 1976, Texas has carried out 470 executions (well more than a third of the national total of 1,257). You can count on one hand the number of those executions that involved a white murderer and a black victim and you do not need to use your thumb, ring finger, index finger or pinkie.

that means ’1,’ folks.

Blacks. Mexicans. Other Hispanics. Foreign Nations of Earth.  Who’s next in your Burn Book, Judge Jones? (*please say ‘the disabled,’ please say ‘the disabled’*)

That claims of “mental retardation” by capital defendants disgust her, and the fact such persons were convicted of a capital crime is itself sufficient to prove they are not in fact “mentally retarded.”

“That’s the standard of review we’re looking for in an appellate judge!” said no reasonable person ever. While this flies in the face of the Supreme Court’s decision in Atkins v. Virginia (2002), which prohibits the execution of individuals with intellectual disabilities, plant that flag and tell the Court to ‘grow a pair.’

All this astute legal mind needs to boldly underline her bigoted argument is to wrap it all in a Jesus-ribbon.

[T]he imposition of a death sentence provides a positive service to capital-case defendants because defendants are likely to make peace with God only in the moment before their imminent execution.

Ahhh. That’s the stuff.

Jonathan Turley lends some background on Judge Jones and her history of judicial conduct. She sounds like a gigantic Seaward, but this is the 5th District, so it’s all relative.

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – Wild Belle

Posted by Matt on Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Wild BelleWild Belle – Isles

decent but reluctant combination of dark fruits, herbs & spice on the nose.

Grade: B-

Listen to this while:  drunk beachcombing.

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Texas’ Thou-Shall-Not-Meter: Steal > Murder > Solicit Prostitution

Posted by Matt on Thursday, June 6th, 2013

not guilty by reason of legal defect.

not guilty by reason of legal defect.

This is, um…This is pretty messed up.

A Bexar County jury on Wednesday acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of murder in the death of a 23-year-old Craigslist escort.

Gilbert testified earlier Tuesday that he had found Frago’s escort ad on Craigslist and believed sex was included in her $150 fee. But instead, Frago walked around his apartment and after about 20 minutes left, saying she had to give the money to her driver, he said.

That driver, the defense contended, was Frago’s pimp and her partner in the theft scheme.

The Texas law that allows people to use deadly force to recover property during a nighttime theft was put in place for “law-abiding” citizens, prosecutors Matt Lovell and Jessica Schulze countered. It’s not intended for someone trying to force another person into an illegal act such as prostitution, they argued.

Even a prude like me knows the flat fee is for the company and “additional services” are negotiable.  Furthermore, you can’t contract for illegal services.  It’s not enforceable.  That’s the risk you take when you get creepy lonely and ring up an anonymous internet escort.  So how this law, which is messed up on its face, can even apply in this case is beyond me.

If you steal $150, you deserve to die. Lesson learned.

So if you go into a jilted rage after someone swindles you on Craigslist for something like bogus concert tickets or if a casual encounter steals your self-respect, make sure it happens at night so you can use deadly force against the person (in Texas).

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Fine, I Guess You Two Win The Passive-Aggression Championship. I’m Totally Cool With It.

Posted by Matt on Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Philadelphia newz.  Gold.

 

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The South. Dear God, The South.

Posted by Matt on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

weather

 

Some other great maps re: American linguistics here.

 

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats

Posted by Matt on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

UncleAcidAndTheDeadbeats-MindControlUncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Mind Control

With continuous themes of mild flavours of near-bitter currants it lingers beyond authentic leafiness and gives way to an aggressive finish.

Grade:  C-

Listen to this while:  making jorts.

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Sorry Big 10 Fans. You’re Stuck With Rutgers

Posted by Matt on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

“While we remain interested in the outcome of Rutgers’ review, and will continue to monitor the situation as appropriate, it will have no impact on Rutgers’ transition to, or membership in, the Big Ten Conference,”   Jim Delany, Big 10 Commissioner, Most Powerful Man In College Athletics, 4/5/13

Everyone understands why the Big 10 reached out to Rutgers and Maryland.  These are two state schools  adjacent to huge markets untapped by the Big 10 Network.  However, since Rutger’s addition back in November, its administration has fumbled and bumbled its way into mess after mess. The clown-college results have been entertaining and a particularly striking behind-the-curtain example of why Big Time college athletics are (a) ridiculous and (b) disproportionately important to institutions of higher learning.  [read more @projectshanks.com]

 

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Defend The Weak And The Fatherless…And Also Monsanto. Poor, Poor Monsanto

Posted by Matt on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Back in March, our federal government was in the midst of Seques-travaganza.  On a random Friday afternoon, and in order to avoid a government shutdown, Congress passed a comprehensive bill that included something called the Farmers Assurance Provision. What does it assure?

Usually, any new GMO crops need to be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and legal challenges can be filed to stop a seed from being planted until it undergoes a more vigorous review. But opponents of section 735, the “Monsanto Protection Act,” claim the bill eliminates regulatory checks and judicial review.

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In a statement to MSN News, a USDA spokesperson said, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack “has asked the Office of General Council to review this provision as it appears to preempt judicial review of a deregulatory action which may make the provision unenforceable.”

But in the meantime – keep planting those Round-up resistant Lab Seeds.

Here’s the weird part:  This amendment was not “sponsored” and was inserted anonymously.   I’m not a parliamentarian and am not familiar with intricate legislative procedure becauszzzzzz.  So is this weird or something that happens often?

Apparently, no one but Jon Tester (D-MT) read it, and by that time it was too late because the “shutdown” needed to be avoided.  So what’s the point again? From Huff Po:

Federal courts have recently ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had failed to consider the potential harm some genetically engineered crops may have, and acted too hastily in approving their sale. The industry fought back with the [Monsanto Protection Act], preventing the enforcement of court rulings.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has been trying to get this act repealed but is encountering quite a few roadblocks. For instance, Merkley is not allowed to add an amendment to the Farm Bill, but you can sometimes just anonymously slide giveaways into a spending/budget bill because that’s what Bank of America would do.

Even worse is how this shameful giveaway became law. It was inserted anonymously, and without review into the must-pass budget bill to avoid government shutdown in March.

CNN said that “the law passed without most of Congress even knowing about it.”2 Jon Stewart put it a different way: “The laws of the most powerful nation on earth are written with the same level of accountability as internet comments.”3

 

HaSadHa, Jon Daily.

So help fight the uphill battle…

Sign Petition Here.

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One Sentence Album Review Via Wine Descriptors – Kurt Vile

Posted by Matt on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

 

vileKurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze

Dominated by floral notes, the album’s slightly acidic taste is very refreshing and is completed with hints of citrus.

Grade:  B+

Listen to this while:  examining why the hell there are so many “Wakin On A Pretty Daze” internet advertisements and where did they come from and what does it all mean…?

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