Monday, June 02, 2008

Target or Not?

With America torn by a deeply unpopular war, a charismatic candidate for president seems to offer hope and inspire the younger generation — until, in June, an assassin's bullet destroys the dream.

When Sirhan Sirhan killed Robert Kennedy 40 years ago this week, it completed a troika that defined that American decade: Like the assassinations of his older brother, president John F. Kennedy, and civil-rights giant Martin Luther King Jr., the death of Robert Kennedy remains seared in the American consciousness.

Now, another young, single-term senator, Barack Obama, has stoked new political passions and, with them, fresh fears. From ugly Internet threats to incautious and inexplicable comments by his rival, Hillary Clinton, no one has been targeted in assassination speculation like Mr. Obama.

Ms. Clinton was savaged last week for saying that "we all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California." No one quite accused her of suggesting that she was hanging on against all odds in the race for the Democratic nomination because the apparent winner might yet be killed. But outraged critics accused her of grasping insensitivity while the Obama camp smugly watched her squirm.

Yet, from truck stops to barber shops to the dinner parties of Washington's chattering classes, there's patter about whether Mr. Obama can survive his bid to be the first black president of the United States. The mere mention of it in a New York Times story last January sent "assassinate Obama" into the top 100 Google search terms, after his primary victory in Iowa turned his bid for the White House into a serious possibility. Any prospective American leader faces huge risks, but no less an authority than the Secret Service, the agency charged with protecting presidents, sees the threat to Mr. Obama as especially dire.

@ G&M


When you cannot defeat your opponent fair and square and you are part of a huge syndicate of multi-billion dollar fat cats what ever do you do?

Something stupid? Stupid to us but survival for them. Like a baby screams when his sucker is removed from his drippy little mouth, so the relevant money whores scream bloody murder when there pile of bucks and power is in jeopardy, and might just commit murder to retain the cush life.

The main thing is us ordinary folks will never have anything that might help us. We are too far down the money ladder for that, you cannot fight BIG BUCKS and they know it so keeping our hands off of their cash pile is what it is all about.

Dangling the carrot in front of us has commenced, it remains to be seen if we will ever get a bite or get bit instead.



Hajji said...


Nice thought to carry through today.



DEN said...

Any other objections to todays post?

Hajji said...

Guitarist Bo Diddley dead at 79

CNN) -- Bo Diddley, the musical pioneer whose songs, such as "Who Do You Love?" and "Bo Diddley," melded rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll through a distinctive thumping beat, has died. He was 79.

Diddley died Monday, surrounded by family and loved ones at his home in Archer, Florida, a family spokeswoman said.

The cause was heart failure, his family said.

The world-renowned guitarist's signature beat -- usually played on an equally distinctive rectangular-bodied guitar -- laid the foundation for rock 'n' roll, and became so identified with him that it became known as the "Bo Diddley" beat. It was unlike anything else heard in pop music.

"This distinctive, African-based 5/4 rhythm pattern (which goes bomp-bomp-bomp bomp-bomp) was picked up by other artists and has been a distinctive and recurring element in rock 'n' roll through the decades," according to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Guitarist George Thorogood, a Diddley disciple, put it more bluntly.

"[Chuck Berry's] 'Maybellene' is a country song sped up," Thorogood told Rolling Stone in 2005. " 'Johnny B. Goode' is blues sped up. But you listen to 'Bo Diddley,' and you say, 'What in the Jesus is that?' "

Among the artists who made use of the Bo Diddley beat were Buddy Holly ("Not Fade Away," later covered by the Rolling Stones), Johnny Otis ("Willie and the Hand Jive"), the Yardbirds (covering Diddley's "I'm a Man" and adding their own guitar stylings to the closing bars, which were later incorporated into the Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction"), the Strangeloves ("I Want Candy"), Bruce Springsteen ("She's the One"), U2 ("Desire") and George Michael ("Faith"). Hundreds of artists have covered Diddley songs.

His debut single was his self-titled 1955 classic, with "I'm a Man" as its B-side. The songs were released on Chicago's Chess-Checker Records label, also the home of Chuck Berry and Willie Dixon.

"It was the first in a string of groundbreaking sides that walked the fine line between rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll," his Hall of Fame biography says.

Diddley, a contemporary of Berry, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley, cut a stylish figure on the rock 'n' roll landscape. With his guitar, dark glasses and black hat, he looked vaguely menacing; his music was much earthier and bluesier than that of his rock 'n' roll contemporaries.

However, Diddley wasn't above climbing on bandwagons in search of wider popularity; his early 1960s albums included such titles as "Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger," "Bo Diddley's a Twister," "Bo Diddley's Beach Party" and "Surfin' with Bo Diddley."

Eventually, Diddley returned to his roots and became a rock 'n' roll elder statesman. He was featured in the Thorogood video "Bad to the Bone," playing pool with Thorogood, and showed up during the Nike "Bo Knows" campaign starring Bo Jackson.

At the conclusion of a Nike commercial that showed Jackson excelling at a variety of sports, the athlete picked up a guitar and produced a squall of noise. Cut to Diddley, listening to the attempt: "Bo, you don't know Diddley," he said.

"I never could figure out what it had to do with shoes, but it worked," Diddley told The Associated Press. "I got into a lot of new front rooms on the tube."

Diddley was born Ellas Otha Bates in McComb, Mississippi, later taking the name McDaniel after being adopted by his mother's cousin. Diddley's family moved to Chicago when he was 7, according to his Hall of Fame biography.

He played violin as a child, but said he was inspired to pick up the guitar after hearing John Lee Hooker's 1949 rhythm and blues hit, "Boogie Chillen."

He told many stories of how he got the name "Bo Diddley." In a 1999 interview, he said it came from his childhood friends, according to AP. Other tales included a one-string instrument from traditional blues called a diddley bow, the AP notes.

Either way, it became his own -- as did his music.

"I don't like to copy anybody. Everybody tries to do what I do, update it," he told the AP. "I don't have any idols I copied after."

"They copied everything I did, upgraded it, messed it up. It seems to me that nobody can come up with their own thing, they have to put a little bit of Bo Diddley there," he said.

He continued to tour well into 2007, but suffered a stroke last May and a heart attack in August.

He was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in January 1987.

Though he was upset that he never received the financial rewards he expected -- "I am owed," he told the AP, adding "a dude with a pencil is worse than a cat with a machine gun" -- he reflected modestly on the rock 'n' roll revolution he helped start.

"Well, it's no different from anything else, I guess. I started sumthin'. I just happened to be the first one," he told the British magazine Uncut in 2005. "But I never thought it would turn into what it did. Somebody had to be first, and it happened to be me."

A true Rock-N-Roll legend...and one HELL of a nice says everybody who ever met him. (outside a few ex-flames, that is)

...if there's a Rock'N Roll Heaven...


Hajji said...


No objection to the post, but just yesterday a neighbor of mine said of Obama, "I can't believe nobody shot him in West Virginia!".
"Somebody WILL take a shot, I gaaronntee!"

So, y'know...


DEN said...

Hajji, Does not say much about our fellow citizens and their inclinations.


micki said...

You guys keep yakking it up and you'll be sure to help flush out some lunatic.

David B. Benson said...

Plenty of lunatics right here.


DEN said...

"You guys keep yakking it up and you'll be sure to help flush out some lunatic."

Now see what you did?

You said we would flush out loonies and Doc, popped up.

Tsk, tsk, tsk!

Hajji said...

Might as well hold a "Lunatics AnyMouse" meeting, eh?

David B. Benson said...

I see that everybody has been taken back to the funny farm.

David B. Benson said...

Aha! Must be meeting time.

Hajji said...

Just in from the local farmers' market...

Cantaloupe $1. Zucch's 4/$1, Sweet, Red Bell Peppers 2/$1, red bliss 'taters $1/lb...Big 1.5lb chunk of some kind of local, yellow cheese from a red wax wheel, $2...Local butcher had local grass-fed rib-eyes, NY strips or sirloin for $2.50/lb.

MOOOOve over kids! Poppy's burnin' some beef tonight!


DEN said...

Well maybe there are lunatics here, never thought of that, might explain some stuff.

Am I too late for the meeting?

Hi my name is Den and I am a lunatic.

DEN said...

Man! Hajji, that sounds like some fine eatin, drooooool.

DEN said...

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) expects its nascent solar-energy business to hit the $1 billion annual revenue mark over the next three years or so, with its key challenge to make the green energy source less costly, the head of the unit said on Monday.

"I'm very optimistic about solar. I think it will be a billion-dollar business for GE sooner rather than later," said John Krenicki, president and chief executive of GE Energy, which has businesses ranging from gas turbines to nuclear power to windmills.

Asked about how long it would take the solar arm to hit that mark, Krenicki told the Reuters Global Energy Summit: "In a three-year time horizon, which is kind of our planning period right now."

The unit, which sells photovoltaic cells that can be used to convert the sun's rays into electricity, currently has over $100 million in revenues.

Looks like BIG MONEY sees more money to be made, Stand back BIG OIL, BIG MONEY comin thru.

David B. Benson said...

Hmm. Seems the meeting is over now...

DEN said...

OK us loonies, we got nuthin on this chick:

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese man who was mystified when food kept disappearing from his kitchen, set up a hidden camera and found an unknown woman living secretly in his closet, Japanese media said Friday.

The 57-year-old unemployed man of Fukuoka in southern Japan called police Wednesday when the camera sent pictures to his mobile phone of an intruder in his home while he was out on Wednesday, the Asahi newspaper said on its Website.

Officers rushed to the house and found a 58-year-old unemployed woman hiding in an unused closet, where she had secreted a mattress and plastic drink bottles, the Asahi said. Police suspect she may have been there for several months, the paper said.

"I didn't have anywhere to live," the Nikkan Sports tabloid quoted the woman as telling police.

Local police confirmed that they had arrested a woman for trespassing, but would not comment further on the case.

(Reporting by Isabel Reynolds; Editing by David Fox)

Wedge in wherever you like, it is Japan after all where they stack you like wood.

DEN said...

Doc, I might take offense but I am a lunatic after all.

One must have an excuse.

Who ever heard of a one man meeting.

DEN said...

The looney biz is getting tough, too much competition.

I might just quit.

DEN said...

Sorry Bo had to go.

Heaven called doncha know.

The band up there must be somthin to see,

when I go thats where I want to be,

in the crowd cheering on,

the Rock and Roll legends all day long.


Lunarlanding said...

SCIENCE WATCH: The Moon and Lunacy

micki said...

...just another example of changing one's mind, I suppose.

Obama's spokesman, Hari Sevugan, said that Obama agrees that the Iranian Red Guard should be labeled a terrorist organization.

I suppose he'll tell participants that same thing at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on Wednesday when he addresses them.

Oh, well.

David B. Benson said...

One man, one woman.

Best kind of meeting...

tytandanmar said...

Just read on Drudge that Hillary is willing to concede if Obama helps her pay off her campaign debts. Once a Clinton always a Clinton. They are owed and it does not matter whether it comes from tax payers or other politicians, they are above going one penny in debt for their so called public service. As far as I am concerned, the public has spoken and they rejected Hillary, campaign debt and all!

micki said...

Paying off an opponent's campaign debts is not a new phenomenon. But, Ty, Drudge has apparently left out an important point in the report you cite -- when Obama's campaign first found out that Clinton had loaned her campaign money (months ago), they offered to pay off her debt in exchange for her to drop out. She refused. Obama's campaign was trying to embarrass her and hurt her fundraising capabilities. But, she stood firm.

Don't worry. She'll pay off her debts.

An aside: Presidential campaigns have run up debts for generations. Political scientist Ray La Raja, author of a history of campaign finance laws, notes that whatever the situation Clinton finds herself in, she won't have the choices that were available in 1916, when Democrats went into the red re-electing Woodrow Wilson. After the party promised but failed to finance the campaign from a base of small contributors, La Raja said, "President Wilson's rich roommates from Princeton paid off the debt, equivalent to about $13 million in today's dollars."

micki said...

BTW, Hillary gave Obama some of her Senate campaign funds when he ran for his seat in Illinois.

I hope she regrets it.