Sunday, February 19, 2017

Insanity Div (Press conference subsection)

Jim Wright at Stonekettle Station gives a rather detailed (and long) summing up of our preznit's last thingee with the press.

Adam Sandler long ago (1995,  Billy Madison )gave a pretty good synopsis of the event:

" ... what you've just said is one of the most insanely, idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

H/T -- Tengrain at Mock, Paper, Scissors

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Special Consensus (along with Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown) doing the Josh Graves composition Fireball.

The Special Consensus: Greg Cahill - Banjo, Rick Faris - Guitar, Dan Eubanks - Bass and Nick Dumas - Mandolin.
The guests: Ron Ickes - Dobro, Trey Hensley - Guitar and Special C's producer Alison Brown - Banjo

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass div

Hot Rize doing Hangman's Reel from Cumberland Caverns March 2015.

Hot Rize: Bryan Sutton - Guitar, Pete Wernick - Banjo, Tim O'Brien - Fiddle and Nick Forster - Bass.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Picture on the Wall Div

We brought a new picture to our home and hung it on the wall. It was a split decision within the family; more than half the members really didn't like it and said it was scary. The others remarked that the young girls talking together represented a new beginning and a coming together for a brighter future.

The longer we looked at it (and it's only been on the wall a short time) the more some of us noticed other things around the house; an unidentifiable whiff of something that seemed to have gone bad, or maybe was rotten all along; the feeling of something scuttling across the floor just touching the corner of our vision; finding scraps of cloth and paper, a chewed slipper and small pellets in the corner of a cluttered back closet. When we shine a beam of light in the night, we're confronted with the specter of small, red, feral eyes staring back hungrily, at us.

What do we do? Surely, we think, there must be a way to evict this pervading menace in our home ... or has the rot gone much deeper? Is that cloying smell the corruption of something decomposing within the very walls of our domicile? Do we learn to live with the odor and discomfort, call an exterminator, burn down the house? That will certainly solve the problem, but then, what will we have left?

It's a huge decision. It won't be easy to make since many in the family refuse to acknowledge that we even have a problem.

They still see the pretty girls, but more and more lately, they no longer smile.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Occasional Midweek Molly Div

Now that Kim Il Don's "cabinet" of looters, grifters and thieves is (or almost is) approved by our wonderfully compliant US Senate, you might want to consider:

One function of the income gap is that the people at the top of the heap have a hard time even seeing those at the bottom. They practically need a telescope. The pharaohs of ancient Egypt probably didn't waste a lot of time thinking about the people who built their pyramids, either. OK, so it's not that bad yet -- but it's getting that bad.
            -- Molly Ivins 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div ("Phil" subsection)

A couple of days ago Punxsutawney Phil looked for his shadow. Luckily, he leads a pretty protected life. Here are the Potomac Valley Boys from 1958 at the Old Schoolhouse in Lucketts, VA doing Ground Hog.

Potomac Valley Boys:
Charlie Smith - Guitar, lead vocal, Ashby Rollins and Buddy Davis - Mandolins, Francis Tinsman and Jimmy Kenny - Banjos and Jay Tinsman - Bass.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ten Years on

Ten years ago today, I woke from surgery missing a goodly portion of my intestinal tract. After being cut up, I'd spend the next year being burned and poisoned and mutilated some more. Cancer sucks, but the treatment can definitely be a humbling experience. When it's finished you find you've lost any remnant of modesty and are left with a sense of dread that (I guess) will remain 'til the final moment of your life; but happy to still have one to live. As Molly Ivins once said, "The only reason to have a positive mental attitude is that it makes you a better person. It doesn't cure cancer." She was right.

It's a strange coincidence that, on that same day ten years ago, she passed away; ironically, from cancer.

I wonder if she would still be able to have her sense of humor after what we've seen over the past few months and the days since the coronation. I know that her acerbic wit would still be with her and shared with us. So much of what she said still resounds today. We've grown older; but sadly, no wiser.

                                                             Raise hell - big time. I want y'all to 
                                                          get out there and raise hell about damned
                                                   near everything. My word, there's a world out there 
                                                       that needs fixing. Get out there and get after it. 
                                                                               Molly Ivins

RIP Molly, we'll try to do better.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Geography Div (Extra Special, read all about it !)

In light of Kim Il Don's actions over the week end, It might be instructional to remember that he can't possibly have any conflicts of interest. He can be totally fucked up, but not conflicted.