Archive for January, 2011

Impressive Impresario RIP

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2011 by braincoffey

It’s hard for The IP to not appreciate the life of one of America’s most famous impresarios, Don Kirshner. His passing this week brought back memories of late Saturday nights as a teenager watching his Rock Concert show. If a rock or R&B band was on the charts at that time, it was almost guaranteed that they would get a gig on Kirshner’s show. Here’s a partial list from The Wiki: 

Sometimes it takes more than talent to get exposure, and Kirshner was one of those behind-the-scenes kinda guys that made things happen. Sure, his brief intros for the bands were kinda stiff, and he was far from charismatic, but for a teenage kid with nothing to do on a Saturday night, Don Kirshner was a good friend you could count on once a week for some actually-live music.


Where else could you see live rock acts like the one below for free on TV?



Vine Spectator

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2011 by braincoffey

The world’s oldest winery was discovered in Armenia. Around 6,000-years old.

A wine archeologist on the BBC had some interesting things to say about this and similar finds. Perhaps the most interesting being that the success of these ancient wineries (and today’s) was contingent on having hermaphroditic vine stock. Imagine that.  MORE HERE.

Daniel Boone Was a Man (And So Was Ed Ames)

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9, 2011 by braincoffey


Hey all you pithecanthropes. Been a while since The IP blogged at ya. He’s just chillin’ at home, watching an old episode of Daniel Boone, and wondering if the predicted snowpocalypse will indeed make all of Atlanta crawl to a halt.

The IP was also thinking about that Arizona shooting. The rhetorical fallout from that event is gonna dominate “the news” for a long time. Of course, when “the news” is part of a for-profit enterprise, expect a lot of sound bites and quotes geared to upset and titillate. Gotta attract and retain viewers and Intar-Webs readers, after all.

That Laughner dude reminds The IP of an equally eccentric person that grew up in his neighborhood. Something in the eyes kinda telegraphs a certain level of mania. This childhood neighbor of The IP used to lecture him about the links between The Beatles White Album and Charlie Manson; he carried a worn copy of Helter Skelter (the book) in his back pocket.

If you think that Palin’s crosshairs were the only example of questionable Intar-Webs graphics related to Giffords, there are actually a lot more out there.

The IP found the above pic here. 

It probably took some people by surprise to find out that Gabrielle Giffords is Jewish. Now there’s a whole new anti-semitic angle playing out on the Intar-Webs.

But back to Daniel Boone. The IP forgot that thrift store vinyl crooner, Ed Ames, played Mingo the Indian on that show (above photo).  Ames was born of Ukranian Jewish parents, but his complextion and black hair made him a good fake Indian for that show.

The below clip featuring Ames (boy is he tall) is from an old Johnny Carson show.  Johnny takes advantage of the situation to make a “Jewish” joke.

To Be Expected

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2011 by braincoffey

Sometimes the simple facts say enough.  This from a fairly decent editorial in today’s NYT: 

A rule will be passed requiring that every bill cite its basis in the Constitution.  A bill will be introduced to repeal the health care law.  On Thursday, the Constitution will be read aloud in the House chamber.  And in one particularly self-important flourish, the new speaker, John Boehner, arranged to have his office staff “sworn in” on Tuesday by the chief justice of the United States.

This is all part of the “essentialist” interpretation of the Constitution.  It’s as if the past amendments to the same upset the GOP as well.  And just when The IP started thinking about that notion, the editorial spoke for him:

“Certainly the Republican leadership is not trying to suggest that
African-Americans still be counted as three-fifths of a person.”

Sometimes you wonder if that snarky comment might hold some truth.  Oh, and the name of the bill they are going to introduce:

“Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act”

Ugh.  This is worse than all those dead birds falling out of the sky.  Maybe these events are related.

And then there’s that orange guy:

Talk about a cold and dreary Winter.

Name the species of bird, get a prize.

Beachgoers at Little Bay and Waikawau Bay found the fish – many with their eyes missing – dead on the sand yesterday.


Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2011 by braincoffey

It has not been good news these past few days for certain species of birds and fish.  All the below have died in spades, and in weird ways:

Hundreds of blackbirds fall from sky over Louisiana, days after similar phenomenon in neighbouring Arkansas