Saturday, January 10, 2009

Under the Moon and Over the Stars

Still on the DL Garlic Fans, however, there are small signs of progress.

We should be back tomorrow with some regular posting, albeit, in-between shoveling, as big snow moving in tonight, and through tomorrow afternoon (followed by a week of some more snow and absolutely frigid temps - by Wednesday, we'll be lucky if we break into the teens for highs) ...

Ah, but we are not empty-handed this evening.

Nosireebob ...

In fact, we have quite the gem

It comes via Angela Bofill, who, sadly, has suffered ill health recently.

Fire it up and kick back, it's a killer tune!

Angela Bofill-Under the Moon and Over the Stars (1978)

Visit the Angela Bofill website

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10 January 2008... On The Garlic

Editor's Note: Another Delay In Posting ...

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"Hey Gang. Let's Put On A Surge!" ... The Results - The Garlic Weekly Poll

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10 January 2006... On The Garlic

Garlic Exclusive! - White House Calls In Scandal Leaders Of Past For Strategy Session

Top Ten Cloves: How Andy Rooney Would Spend $20-Million, Instead Of Giving It To Katie Couric

Friday, January 09, 2009

Witchi Tia To

As the various posts this week might indicate, it hasn't been an auspicious start to the new year, here at The Garlic.

Still feeling under-the-weather, though the more significant, messy parts of the Head Cold have passed, we're not out-of-the-woods just yet (and battling to keep the dreaded sinus infection at bay).

So, rather than throwing up another, bland "Editor's Note", we thought we give you a little more, something new, something different (perhaps), a bang-for-your-buck, so to speak.

We'll hip you to the first (perhaps only) American Indian Jazzman.

Jim Pepper.

From Scott Yanow's All Music Guide;

Jim Pepper will always be best remembered for his popular recording of "Witchi-Tai-To," a peyote chant put to music. Pepper, who is definitively profiled in the hour-long documentary Pepper's Pow Wow (available on video), infused advanced jazz with the influence of his Native American heritage. The son of a father who also played saxophone, Pepper early in life loved to tap dance. He largely taught himself both tenor and clarinet, developing a soulful sound and keeping his style open to both free expression and the influence of world music. Pepper grew up in Oklahoma and moved to New York in the mid-'60s. He was a major part of one of the first fusion groups, Free Spirits, which made a record for ABC/Paramount in 1967. Pepper, who played in the "Everything Is Everything" band in the late '60s, was encouraged by Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry to put more of his heritage into his music. Jim Pepper worked with Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, and his own bands. He recorded with Paul Motian and Bob Moses, and led a session apiece for Europa (1984) and Enja (1987). Pepper passed away at the age of 50 from lymphoma.

Jim Pepper, on Wikipedia;
Jim Pepper was an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and singer of Native American ancestry.


In his own projects, he recorded with Cherry, Naná Vasconcelos, Collin Walcott, Kenny Werner, John Scofield, Ed Schuller, Hamid Drake, and others. His CD Comin' and Goin' (1983) is the definitive statement of Pepper's unique "American Indian jazz" with nine songs played by four different line-ups. He worked also with the Liberation Music Orchestra, Paul Motian' s quintet, Bob Moses, Marty Cook, Mal Waldron, David Friesen, and Amina Claudine Myers, and toured Europe intensively.

Pepper died in 1992, of lymphoma.


In 1998, composer Gunther Schuller arranged, conducted and recorded The Music of Jim Pepper for symphony orchestra and jazz band. Pepper was posthumously granted the Lifetime Musical Achievement Award by First Americans in the Arts in 1999, and in 2000 he was inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame. In 2005 the Oregon Legislative Assembly honored the extraordinary accomplishments and musical legacy of Pepper.[2]

In April 2007, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. accepted Pepper's saxophone and hat at a ceremony honoring his music and legacy.[3]

And now, the infectious 'Witchi Tia To'

Jim Pepper -Witchi Tia To

Jim Pepper Lives!

Jim Pepper House

Jim Pepper Legacy in Recorded Music: a Treasure Chest

This Date ... On The Garlic

9 January 2007... On The Garlic

Chopped Garlic - When In Doubt, Send The Marines

9 January 2006... On The Garlic

White House Meets With Robertson; Plan Video Blitz

West Wing Actor Sheen Diagnosed With MS

Top Ten Cloves: Things About Ted Koppel Moving To Discovery Channel

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Editor's Note: More Woes ...

Good Evening Garlic Fans

Boy, what a week ...

In a previous Editor's Note, we stated some of the things we were dealing with this week, and, apparently, my ebullience was premature.

I've been pinned down, and mercilessly beaten, by a Head Cold, which, in my case, with bad allergies and sinuses, it all goes straight to the sinuses ... Think shiny, gleaming prongs of a rake going on in there, coupled with prolonged periods of feeling like sneezing, but not, and you begin to get the picture.

I worked though it yesterday, but today, it was no go.

Carried through with the Aunt duties, and in- between, it was a day of stretching out on the sofa, taking cat, and power, naps, as best I could.

Hopefully, I'll have the energy (and a less-jammed-up-head) tomorrow to get some posts up (and, as I write this, news is on, with another snowstorm heading in, Saturday/Sunday, with up to 9-inches of snow - wonderful ...)

As always, thanks for coming by The Garlic ...


This Date ... On The Garlic

8 January 2008... On The Garlic

Willow Weep For Me ... If Not, Then For Hillary - Or With Her ...

New Bush Export - Preemptive Horseshit!

Today's Must Read: Al Giordano's "Damn you, Barack Obama" ... It Lays Out What We Are Seeing Now

We Wonder If Rush Lobbied For This, The Way He Did For The Nobel?

The Garlic's Weekly Poll Is Back!

8 January 2007... On The Garlic

You Can Come Out Now, I Think The Ford Funeral Is Over ... The Results - The Garlic Week Poll

Editor's Note

8 January 2006... On The Garlic

Weekend Special - Sautéed Cloves... On The Garlic

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Oh God ... He's Back!!!

To those intrepid ones who went across the seas to be the eyes and ears of America ....To those forthright ones who saw the early clouds of war while many of us at home were seeing rainbows ....To those clear-headed ones who now stand like recording angels among the dead and dying ... To the Foreign Correspondents - this motion picture is dedicated ....

Foreign Correspondent-- (Movie Clip) Main Credits

Johnny Jones, aka Huntley Haverstock, must be rolling in his grave.

Word comes today, that the world's most famous non-working-plumber, aka, the Stumblin' Bumblin' John McKKKain campaign's mascot, Joe The Plumber, is going over to cover the conflict in Gaza, for PajamasMedia's, PajamasTV, as a journalist.

Jesus, who over at this "Pajamas Are Us" outlet thought up this earth-shattering idea?

To stay in JTP mode, was it Izzy, the Idea Idiot? ...

Are the Flying Monkeys so stressed out, that, with the worldwide coverage of Israel's bombardment of Gaza isn't capturing the essence of the story, they have to scrape the bottom-of-the-barrel and pull out this fame-seeking fool?

Couldn't they get The Wasilla Whiz Kid, Sarah Palin, to, I don't know, stand on a chair, and look beyond Russia, to see if she could focus in on Gaza and phone in some reports?

Jeff Gannon's gotta be pretty pissed off.

He's just as good as the next fake journalist at lobbing softballs.

And, softballs is what it will be ...

From Think Progress;
"I get to go over there and let their "Average Joes" share their story, what they think, how they feel -- especially with, you know, world opinion. Maybe get a real story out there."
There you go ...Professionals, with long careers, covering numerous wars and conflicts, they aren't able to get the "real story".

With the long, twisted history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, covering decades, it comes down to this alleged plumber from Ohio to jaunt over there and dig out the "real story".

And how is he going to do it?

From Steve Benen;
Asked if he's concerned about his personal safety, he added, "Being a Christian, I'm pretty well protected by God."
That's it, throw one out to the Jesus crowd ...

No doubt, the Flying Monkeys will be riveted.

And just who is Huntley Haverstock?

None other than the protagonist/hero (portrayed by the great Joel McCrea) of one of Alfred Hitchcock's best film's, 'Foreign Correspondent'.

Here's the trailer for 'Foreign Correspondent'

Here's a themed clip, "Hats"

And this, classic Hitchcock!

1940 - Foreign Correspondent: the assassination

Bonus Joe-The-Joke Riffs

Daniel Nasaw: Joe the War Correspondent ...The media's favourite campaign gimmick heads to Israel for a conservative website

Michael Calderone - Joe the Plumber: war correspondent

Josh Marshall: Don't Get No Respect

Spencer Ackerman: In Defense of Joe The Plumber’s Reporting Cred

Libby Spencer: Right wing assault on internets launched


Michael J.W. Stickings: Sign of the Apocalypse #62: Joe the Plumber, war correspondent and pro-Israeli propagandist

"It's like hearing my obituaries while I'm still here." ... Nat Hentoff's Last VV Column

We made reference to this last week, about the great Nat Hentoff being cut loose from The Village Voice.

And, yesterday, came his final column

Nat Hentoff's Last Column: The 50-Year Veteran Says Goodbye ... I used to say, 'I've been at the Voice since the Civil War.' But now I'm off to other combats

I've borrowed Woody Guthrie's 1942 song to report that this is my last column for the Voice. I'm not retiring; I've never forgotten my exchange on that decision with Duke Ellington. In those years, he and the band played over 200 one-nighters a year, with jumps from, say, Toronto to Dallas. On one of his rare nights off, Duke looked very beat, and I presumptuously said: "You don't have to keep going through this. With the standards you've written, you could retire on your ASCAP income."

Duke looked at me as if I'd lost all my marbles.

"Retire!" he crescendoed. "Retire to what?!"
The Village Voice might be dumping him off at the side of the road, but Hentoff isn't going to lay down in any ditch, but rather keep his busy schedule of writing various columns at various other publications, as well as having two new books due out very soon.

Go read Hentoff's final VV column (it's good, as usual), and poke around the World Wide Web and keep track of him, you will be well rewarded.

Bonus Links

Nat Hentoff on Wikipedia

Books by Nat Hentoff

Bill Moyers Interview with Nat Hentoff

This Date ... On The Garlic

7 January 2008... On The Garlic

Clinton Camp, Burnishing Her Experience Resume, Claims David Bowie Song "Changes" All About Hillary

Top Ten Cloves: Other Things Bill O'Reilly Will Do To Get Interview With Barack Obama

7 January 2006... On The Garlic

The Garlic Year In Review: 10 Most Popular Posts

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

This Date ... On The Garlic ... Top Posts of 2008

Today is one of those rare occurrences, where we went four years without a post on this day.

So, rather then leaving you dry and empty, and also, to break the string of goose-eggs, we follow the other tradition of early January, in presenting our Top Posts for 2008.

Not quite a proper "Year in Review", but it will serve as a good substitute.

Top Posts of 2008

We Looked In the DIY Section, But Bob Vila Didn't Have A Handbook On It ...

The Bob Dole For The New Millennium

Hillary's Smelling Burning Rubber! ...Or: The Garlic Was Right - Hillary Has Built Her "Field of Voices"

There's Sucker's Born Every Minute ...

"Can we have our $40,000 back?"

Tinkerbell Meets Norma Rae - The Daily Kos Strike

Oh Ronnie, How I Long For You ...

No Doubt, Lou Dobbs Will Go Absolut-ely Apocalyptic

Heston Dead; Coroner Can't Pry Gun From Cold Dead Hands

Boy, And We Thought Russert and Williams Sucked

She's Stalking Donuts Now!

Life Imitates Art ... Or, Did Burt Lancaster Invent Google Earth?

Forget The Green-Screen, Why Show Him Throwing Out Garbage?

Retro Garlic: Bush Is Batman? ... Holy Batshit!

The "B" List

McCain VP Confusion; Staff Had Canadian Actress Sarah Polley In Dayton Hotel For Three Days

Handstands, Falling, and Frozen Strawberries ... A Respite

Don't Wink At Me, Sarah Palin

Top Ten Cloves: Things About Citigroup Keeping Stadium Sponsorship After Getting Government Bailout

Remembering THE GAME ... Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

Meet The Freakshow Defender

A Safety Valve, Dressed In Jay Leno's Timeslot

Monday, January 05, 2009

Editor's Note: Eureka!! ... Fixed, Finally! ... But No Joy In Mudville ...


As you may know, if you've been reading The Garlic the past few days, we have been mired in Computer Hell, nailed (ironically, researching some articles for a post) by a Pop-Up Ad, containing the Vundo Trojan, last Friday, leaving us to a weekend of tunnel-visioned obsession with getting rid of it.

Especially after some funky things began occurring.

While MacAfee, and Microsoft security programs whacked away at it, the Trojan persisted, so today, we searched out some alternatives, testing a few with downloading and scanning, still to no avail.

That is, until we stumbled upon Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware.

Scan, about twenty-minutes later, Trojan Be Gone!

Reboot ... All clear, no dreaded pop-ups from MacAfee that they "blocked and removed" said Vundo Trojan.

And, one of the nasty byproducts, that Microsoft Security Alert, of the Automatic Updates being turned off - Solved!

Thank You, Malwarebytes!!!

The "No Joy In Mudville" part

So, now that we have our system back, up-and-running, properly, and with a bevy of juicy news out there, begging to be riffed on, we have to say it will probably be Wednesday, when we will resume normal posting.

For, as I launched on my recovery mission early this morning, and email dropped in that our old Ding Ho alum, Bob Lazarus, had lost his battle with Leukemia last night, passing away at his home.

If you may recall, we helped promote the benefit show for Laz, late last spring, to help chop down the mounting medical costs, sending the dreaded illness into remission, allowing Laz to return to the stage and start making audiences laugh again, as well as earn his living.

Sadly, the remission was short-lived, and last month, Laz started failing, bucking up for one major stage appearance, at the Steven Wright Hall of Fame show.

You have to go over to Barry Crimmins, and read his incredibly poignant remembrance and tribute to Laz.

Nick Zaino, over on Boston Comedy - Funny Grown Here, also has a post up on Laz, and it includes some great links, including one from Mike Donovan, one of Laz's best friends.

The services are tomorrow, which we plan on attending, and with such, we have one of those intersections life springs up on us.

For tomorrow is the birthday of the Aunt I write about so often, her 96th.

So, while it is not written-in-stone that I don't get a post, or two, up tomorrow evening, I wouldn't rush out to Vegas and lay down any cash on it either.

We look forward to Wednesday.

Jimmy Tingle sitting. Warren MacDonald, Bill Campbell, Mike McDonald and Bob Lazarus

R.I.P Laz!

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What A Difference Four Years Make ... Howard Dean

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Twelve Days of Dubya ...The Twelfth Day

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Fox News Agrees With Letterman; O'Reilly Factor Now Only 40% Fair and Balanced

Top Ten Cloves: Things Overheard In White House Meeting of Former Secretaries of Defense and State

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Editor's Note: Just When I Thought It Was Fixed ...

Good Evening Garlic Fans

Another lost day, to scanning, and scanning, and scanning, with still, no clear resolution.

Apparently, I had encountered a "Trojan" program, or, a Microsoft Security Program has gone awry, and that is messing with my system, to some degree.

I am not inoperable, however, it does, and is doing, things it should not do.

So, rather scramble to put up something lame, as I have eschewed most of the outside world today, we will continue to endeavor to correct this problem - so I can live in peace again (or, until the next time a Microsoft issue wants to torture me).

There's plenty of items down the left sidebar to chew on, or visit some friends, over on The Reaction, Barry Crimmins, or Boston Comedy - Funny Grown Here.


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Rachel Maddow: Hillary Apologist and Obama Basher

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Karl Rove: “Be prepared! Find the bastards. And pile on!”

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Twelve Days of Dubya ...The Eleventh Day

Garlic Special - New Congress Theme Song: Across The 110th Congress

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Bushapalooza Planned As Abramoff Plea Has Bush, GOP Citing Bad Intel, Reclassifying Donors

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