March 29, 2010
Canned Heat's Story of Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival.
de la Parra is the lone survivor of the band’s original crew. The early chapters of his book tell the story of a group launched by two blues enthusiasts, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite. The band’s name from a 1928 Tommy Johnson tune, titled "Canned Heat Blues."
Time passed, hundreds of performances have been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of fans, and Canned Heat still maintains a high level of popularity. In total, 47 different artists performed with the band at various venues for over 45 years. Some were one-time wonders, others came, went, and returned again. Dozens of famous, infamous or semi-famous artists have some attachment or another to the band.
March 27, 2010
"Offensive, crude, and irreverent, but the show will go on...
... or will it? So tell me again... we're different from the Muslims exactly how?
Is it possible one of the missing WASPS has been found?
March 26, 2010
DALLAS — An ex-supervisor with two Dallas-area ambulance services has pleaded guilty in a bogus claims investigation over transporting dialysis patients.
Shaun Outen of Aubrey faces sentencing June 16 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Prosecutors say the 32-year-old former employee of two companies, Royal Ambulance Services Inc. and First Choice EMS Inc., entered his plea Wednesday. Outen faces up to five years in prison, plus could be fined $250,000 and required to make restitution.
Investigators say Outen, who also was an emergency medical technician, was director of operations during parts of 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Outen acknowledged conspiring with two co-defendants, who face trial in April, to defraud Medicare and other federal programs. Prosecutors say nearly $1.6 million in fraudulent claims were submitted, resulting in payments of more than $500,000.
Nothing else to add...
“explain the impact of Enlightenment ideas from John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Voltaire, Charles de Montesquieu, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and Thomas Jefferson on political revolutions from 1750 to the present.”
That was before Christian conservative boardmember Cynthia Dunbar, of the Houston area, convinced the board to alter the standard just a bit.
“explain the impact of the writings of John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Voltaire, Charles de Montesquieu, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and Sir William Blackstone.”
The TxSBOE has sought no guidance from real historians, insisting instead that their own opinions are factual. TxSBOE Chairperson Gail Lowe, another Christian conservative from the Texas Hill Country town of Lampasas, said this about the earlier standard and the reason for the change: “This was inappropriate placement of Jefferson’s name. Jefferson was not himself an Enlightenment philosopher, although he was heavily influenced by the writings of these individuals.”
Jefferson not an enlightenment philosopher… hmmm…
So, since the Board was wont to seek the professional help they so desperately need, the TFN did it for them, posing the question of Jefferson’s enlightened status to an expert in colonial American history, SMU professor Dr. Edward Countryman. Dr. Countryman, who doesn’t have a dog in the hunt other than to care about truth in educational standards, completely strips the hide off of the revisionist’s argument.
Whether this intervention will manage to sway the Board or not is unknown, but perhaps the TFN’s efforts will help enlighten some of the more astute Texans on the efforts of a small, inbred tribe of cultists, and the damage revisionism will inevitably cause to our school kids. It does not matter if you are godded or godless, you should recognize the necessity of accuracy in curriculum standards.
Please read Dr. Countryman’s full reply, then please link to the TFN.
Help spread the word.
March 22, 2010
He has made point after point about fees embedded within the bill, most of which are charged to the supplier or provider. His point is that each of these fees will be paid by the consumer as the supplier or provider passes the cost down the line. Rep. Burgess calls this “taxing.”
Perhaps this is true, but it makes me wonder why the gentleman from Texas has never complained about red light cameras in his district. The 26th district includes the Cities of Denton and Lewisville, most of Denton County, a strip of Tarrant County that includes Fort Worth, Hurst, North Richland Hills and Keller, and a strip of Cooke County including the City of Gainesville. All of these cities have red light traps fleecing their citizens of millions in direct “taxing.”.
So maybe since the cameras impact the little guy directly, and don’t get passed through the big guy’s pockets first, Rep. Burgess can’t see any reason to get his shorts in a wad.
March 21, 2010
March 20, 2010
The Courthouse New Network has an article on the most recent chapter in the trial of former Bush administration Attorney General, John Ashcroft, who was sued on 4A grounds by one of several individuals who were detained, without charge and without benefit of legal representation, under Ashcroft's extraordinary interpretations of the material witness statutes. The Ninth Circuit found the arguments of Ashcroft’s attorney unpersuasive and refused to rehear the case.
In the decision, Judge Milan A. Smith wrote, "The facts alleged in al-Kidd's complaint are chilling and serve as a cautionary tale to law-abiding citizens of the United States who fear the excesses of a powerful national government."
There was strong dissent by some other judges on the court, with Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain stating, "One shudders at the thought that this decision may deter the incumbent and future Attorney Generals from exercising the full range of their lawful authority to protect the security of the United States."
In response to O'scannlain's criticism, the majority offered the words of former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, in his famous dissent in Olmsted v. United States (1928):
"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."
Read the whole article HERE.
March 19, 2010
Kreep is such an excellent name for a birther
Jenny is done with Mark, and 20 years go down the tubes
…the Dems are about fed up with Mitch
and the rest of us are just plain sick of Congress
The Repuglicans had Jack Abramoff, and it cost them
Now the Demorats will pay the price for Hassan Neemaze
Somebody stood up to helmet-head Phelps and his zombie god-squad
Looks like Glenn ain’t too popular at home no more…
Sarah is making more for the left than the right…
Michele is still full of it…
but Dumb and Dumber are hoping to rake in the bucks anyway
Entertain me to death - Le jeu de la mort
Maybe Cheeny will shut his yap now - Why couldn't we have done this eight years ago?
March 17, 2010
Why We Don't Fight Red Light Camera Tickets
I hate red light cameras. These automated taxing agents are the wretched offspring of nanny state fascism and government greed. Google has placed my site near the top for red light camera searches. Many of you come here looking for help. I share your disgust for red lights cameras. However, I do not take red light tickets. I want to help, but the numbers don't make sense (for you or me).
This is not an accident. The government designed the system to induce massive give up among defendants. If the government was going to steal a million dollars from one person, you can bet that person would fight the case. It's much easier for the government to steal $1 from a million drivers.
Most red light ticket are between $50-$150. To fight a red light ticket case you have to waste at least one whole day at court in front of a unaccountable administrative judge whose primary duty is to raise money for the city. This judge is going to find you guilty even if you hire OJ's defense team. After your hearing (no jury trials allowed) you may have some limited right of appeal, but that takes more time and another court appearance. Can you afford to miss a day of work to save $100? How about two days?
I can't try a case for $100. I certainly can't appeal a case for that much. There are attorneys who offer discount ticket defense, but that requires a volume practice. I am allergic to massive amounts of cases.
The simple equation for most drivers is Cost of Paying Ticket < ticket=" Pay">
Throw in the fact that most red light tickets are not reported to DPS and do not result in any "points" or a DL suspension and you have a system designed for large scale petty theft. The penalties involved are not high enough for defendants to hire a lawyer or spend the time and energy required to assert their rights. Taking time away from work and obligations to fight the government in a ticket case is not an option.
If red light cameras are allowed to exist in Texas then defendants should have the protections afforded other defendants in ticket cases (jury trial etc). If this is really about "public safety" and not taxation, than a little due process won't hurt.
My advise to the public; find a traffic ticket lawyer to fight your case and vote against
the morons who allowed these cameras to invade our communities.
I couldn't agree more with Mr. Guest's description of the purpose of these bullshit cameras, but fighting them is nigh on to impossible even if you are part of City Hall.
The cities love the cameras because the $75 civil citations sent by mail to the registered owner of the car are virtually impossible to fight, as the burden has been shifted from the state to the citizen to prove he or she didn't run the light. At unmonitored intersections, running a traffic light is a Class C misdemeanor meaning the burden is on the prosecution to prove the citizen ran the light.
A City of Houston commissioned study intended to prove the cameras improved safety, did just the opposite. During the period studied, the number of rear-end collisions increased at camera-controlled intersections from 55 to 90, the number of side collisions increased from 220 to 427 and the number of sideswipe collisions increased from 72 to 167 (click graphic to gigantisize).
The Washington Post did a study that showed the number of accidents at monitored intersections in Washington, D.C., between 1999-2005, increased at a higher rate than at non-monitored intersections.
In spite of Police Department data proving that the number of accidents in the city has decreased every year since 2004, City of Houston camera apologists still claim that the cameras prevent accidents, and swear that the increased number of accidents at those intersections is not due to the cameras but, instead, to the increased number of accidents in the city.
The purpose of the cameras is increasing city revenues, not safety, and this latest data pretty much proves that. Between September 2006 and the end of 2008, more than 387,000 citations were issued and the city raked in over $20 million in fines.
Yet the accidents keep going up.
March 16, 2010
March 15, 2010
Today is Sylvester “Sly” Stone’s birthday
We know the name because of the San Francisco based rock band, Sly and the Family Stone, which started life as a compilation of two bands. Sly started Sly and the Stoners in 1966, about the same time brother Freddie formed Freddie and the Stone Soul. The combined band included Stone sisters Rose and Vet, along with Larry Graham, Gregg Errico, Cynthia Robinson, and Jerry Martini. The band released it’s first album in 1967, a dud called A Whole New Thing.
In spite of a poor start, the band was good, and in 1968 won a talent contest and $10,000 prize.
The win gained Sly and the Family Stone the boost they needed, and when they released Dance to the Music, containing the near gold hit single of the same name, the album quickly hit Billboard’s top 100.
Woodstock propelled them higher yet.
In 1971 the band came to Dallas, playing a concert at Memorial Auditorium. They showed up late, some time after concert promoters announced they would cancel the show. The band played the gig, but not before the announcement riled an already restless crowd, resulting in a near riot. In November that same year they released their fifth album, ironically titled There’s a Riot Going On, containing their first Billboard number one hit, Family Affair.
Including a requisite Greatest Hits platter, the band released an even dozen albums before drifting apart in 1982. The breakup was due mostly to drug abuse, and the resulting unpredictable behavior. Several gigs were played with one member or another not showing up.
There have been multiple reunions featuring various combinations of the old band members and a variety of new artists. Here is Sly at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, along with sister Rose and Cynthia Robinson of the old crew, combining with Lisa Banks (Rose’s daughter), Anthony Stead, Mike Rinta, Jerry Martini, Spider Dubose, and Pete and Tony Yates.
Happy birthday, Sly, glad you came along.