Regularly scheduled blogging will resume…

Until then, here’s this week’s black and white “Indian Head” test pattern — The Who when they were still The High Numbers (1964)


Transsexual punk icon Jayne County banned from Facebook for using the word ‘tranny’ or something

County writes:

 “What a sad day this is for the poor LGBT Community. All over a few words that have been made even more powerful and evil by those that seek to erase them! If this is what you are going to do with your rights then you don’t deserve to even have them!”

When I reached out to Facebook for comment, they said that someone within County’s Facebook community had reported her status for “containing slurs,” and her account had been temporarily suspended for a 24-hour period. (It’s currently back up.) This is an across-the-board policy.

Facebook says that if they receive a report for a violation of their hate speech policy, they remove the hate speech and don’t spend time “interpreting what people mean.”

Facebook doesn’t have a specific list of terms people get banned for, with over a billion users, they rely on fellow users to report when violations have been made.


Remember the ‘vast right wing conspiracy’? Friday document dump from Clinton Library names names


The original 331-page report was distributed by the White House and the Democratic National Committee to select reporters in an effort to discredit those behind the critical reports on the Clinton White House – namely billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, journalist Joseph Farah, political activist Floyd Brown and the American Spectator. (…)

Farah points out that this concern by the White House was very early in the history of the Internet.

No one had yet heard of Matt Drudge,” Farah says. “No one knew about the ‘blue dress.’ This was before WND, or WorldNetDaily as it was originally known 17 years ago.

To keep things in perspective, I think Monica Lewinsky was a teenage undergraduate student at the time.”


Rock and Roll around the world, from the Pathe Archives

Pathe just uploaded 85,000 archival films to YouTube.

If you’re a Stones fan, have fun.

Meanwhile, if you only watch one of these, make it the first one.

And watch for Mods and Rockers creating “bedlam in half less than no time.”

Rockers help old people across the street. No sound:

Mixed race punters at Hammersmith Palais, 1973. No sound, alas, just raw footage:

How I Doubled My Freelance Income in Two Years (Part 4)

In the final installment in my PJMedia series, I tell freelancers to “trust no one — not even themselves.”


Jonathan Demme interviews Roger Corman

DEMME: Speaking of you as a character, I’ve heard about Joe Dante’s new picture, and it thrills me. Is he really making a picture about you called The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes?

CORMAN: Yes. It’s a picture about me when I made The Trip, and about The Trip. That movie had all kinds of psychedelic shots in it, and we used some old kaleidoscope lenses for certain sequences, thus the title.

DEMME: It’s a brilliant title. I know that Joe is going to make an extraordinary film. Who can play you, though?

CORMAN: His first choice was Colin Firth, which I thought was a great choice, and Colin seemed to be interested, but after he won the Academy Award, his price probably went up. I don’t know who he’s going to go with now.

DEMME: My hope for this film would be that it contains a good degree of sex, some violence, a bit of nudity, and perhaps a subtle social statement.

CORMAN: I have never objected to that formula.

(Demme goes on to call The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) “one of the best gangster movies every made,” which is just bizarre. I talked about how bad it is here.)

Anyhow, The Trip (1967).

I’ve never taken psychedelics because I’ve never needed to. What goes on “naturally” inside my head is, er, colorful enough.

And I hate hippies. So I’ve never watched this movie and can only imagine doing so to make fun of it.

I’ll probably still watch this new Joe Dante one though, out of curiosity.

Speaking of Roger Corman, TCM is airing The Terror (1963) tonight at 3:45 am ET, another of Corman’s collaborations with Jack Nicholson:

Talk Radio Watch: Weekly recap of conservative talk radio highlights

My NEW Talk Radio Watch column is up! Check out audio highlights from the week in conservative talk radio, including:

  • Michael Savage’s amazing new ratings results
  • Rush Limbaugh vs. Stephen Colbert
  • Glenn Beck: Movie producer

and more!


Mark Steyn and Hugh Hewitt discuss the Virginia Supreme Court’s bizarre pro-Mann decision:

HH: Nevertheless, I am shocked that this, I haven’t had a chance to read the decision, yet, but when Mark Steyn, NPR and the Washington Post are betrayed by Madison’s and Jefferson’s court, it’s a bad day for speech.

MS: Yeah, basically this is the issue of whether Michael Mann, the global warming hockey stick guy, will cough up his data. And this case in Virginia worked its way to the Supreme Court…. The reason the Washington Post and NPR and all these people got into it was because they understood that a victory for Michael Mann at the Supreme Court would gut the Freedom of Information Act in Virginia. I mean, the University of Virginia is a public university. So these emails are documents of public employees. But essentially for ideological reasons, the court decided to read the University of Virginia, and presumably all other higher education institutions, all other education institutions, indeed, out of the Freedom of Information Act…


TCM Saturday night: ‘The Iron Curtain’ (1948), about Igor Gouzenko, was even filmed on location in Canada


Soviet sympathizers attempted unsuccessfully to disrupt location shooting in Ottawa, where Fox captured exteriors during a cold Canadian winter.

Pickets also turned up at the Roxy Theatre in New York to protest the film’s preview. Soviet sympathizers, liberals, conservatives and members of the Catholic War Veterans mobbed the streets until dispersed by the police.

In truth, there was no preview for them to protest. The Roxy had canceled it six weeks earlier, but word had not reached any of the concerned parties.

Oddly, one of the most controversial aspects of the film was its score. At one point, an official at the embassy explains that loud music is played in the decoding room to prevent people from eavesdropping on their work. Composer Alfred Newman, the head of the 20th Century-Fox music department, pulled that music from the works of Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Aram Khachaturyan and Dominik Miskovsky, all of whom had been censured by the Soviet government for “formalism,” the charge leveled at artists whose work was not seen as supporting the Soviet state.

Although they could not have seen the film, the four signed a letter complaining that their music had been stolen for what they called an “outrageous picture.” Historians have theorized that the Stalinist government forced them to sign the letter.

“After 36 years of secrecy, Igor Gouzenko’s testimony before the Kellock-Taschereau Royal Commission of 1946 is made public. The testimony fills 6,000 pages and reveals details of a spy network operating in Canada.

But a new NFB-CBC documentary compares the handling of the Gouzenko affair by the RCMP and the Mackenzie King government to a comic opera, full of bungling, mistakes and misunderstanding:”


Gavin McInnes: Feminist Fallout — A Roll Call of Regrets

Gavin McInnes writes:

Most women would be happier at home raising a family, and many are just going through the motions by choosing careers. There. I said it.


Today in yesterday: 21-year-old Eddie Cochran dies


Although Eddie Cochran was only 21 when he died, he left a lasting mark as a rock and roll pioneer. Cochran zeroed in on teenage angst and desire with such classics as “C’mon Everybody,” “Something Else,” “Twenty Flight Rock” and “Summertime Blues.” A flashy stage dresser with a tough-sounding voice, Cochran epitomized the sound and the stance of the Fifties rebel rocker.

But he was also a virtuoso guitarist, overdubbing parts like Les Paul even on his earliest singles and playing with an authority that led music journalist Bruce Eder to pronounce him “rock’s first high-energy guitar hero, the forerunner to Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman and, at least in terms of dexterity, Jimi Hendrix.” Cochran was also proficient on piano, bass and drums.

How I Doubled My Freelance Income in Two Years (Part 3)

Next installment of my PJMedia series:

There’s planning and “being prepared,” and then there’s just plain stupid…


John Derbyshire gets a stand up desk (and other adventures)

He writes:

I have to report mixed results. Sure, it’s healthier to be mostly standing. If you’re not used to it, though, it’s a bitch on your knees and calf muscles. Allow for a period—at my age (the largest even number that can’t be expressed as the sum of two nonprime odd numbers in two or more ways) it’s about a month—of getting used to the darn thing.

And face it: You’re never going to catch the zeitgeist. Just as I was congratulating myself on having caught up with all the bright young kids, I started reading news stories about treadmill desks. I give up.



My column on BoyfriendTwins hits the 100 comment mark.


Mark Steyn guest hosts for Rush Limbaugh today at noon ET

Station guide here.


I won’t lie: That ‘Double Indemnity’ hairdo is my ideal

I’m still working on it…

Anyhow: The 9 Most Stylish Film Noir Movies…

Like a lot of film noir leads, William Holden’s Joe Gillis begins Sunset Boulevard rather down on his luck, but that doesn’t mean he’s incapable of putting together decent outfit. It’s enduring proof, perhaps, that the definition of “schlubby” has come a long way since the 1950s, when walking around town in a buttoned-up dress shirt and light blazer would have apparently been a sign of prevailing misfortune rather than taste. Would that we all could dress so sloppily.

Incidentally, Esquire is correct:

People think James Dean popularized the leather jacket in Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause, when in fact he wore a far less iconic red windbreaker in that film.

The leather-jacketed young man actually predated even The Wild One (1953); the original was Farley Granger, in another Ray film, They Live By Night (1948).


Trannies are NOT disturbed, attention-seeking narcissists, you haterz!!!

Boston Marathon Hoaxer Turns Out to be Attention-Seeking Drag Queen