COLUMN IS REALITY-BASED

This week’s Continuing Crisis column for the Bulletin lists many Bush myths—but not all of them, since I only have the one page. Also in the Bulletin:

* The Easybeats leave for London in 1966;

* And the Easybeats return from London in 1969. The intervening three years appear to have been enjoyed.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/31/2006 at 08:22 PM
    1. Clinton’s IQ is 180 ? is that part of the false assertions ?
      if not it should have been in brackets.
      Makes you wonder what kind of IQ tests they have reserved for presidents.

      Posted by davo on 2006 05 31 at 09:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh there’s someone out there who gets it in the selection of Doctors..

      Harry Medlin, a long-serving lecturer and former department head who retired from the university’s council last week, said the protocol for selecting students using a combination of an interview and academic results was biased. RE; The Australian

      Now, can we start to learn Anatomy rather than “personality assessments?

      Sorry Tim Tam, when’s the next Bulletin Sandwich exhibition?

      My IQ is common sense.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 05 31 at 09:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Tried google
      Your search – “nathan chirp” – did not match any documents.

      Who the heck is Nathan Chirp? Or was it just some random name?

      Posted by Jools on 2006 05 31 at 10:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. I have always considered myself to have talent at atroposification – but I sit at the feet of 1.6, the true master.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 05 31 at 10:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh yeah, Tim Blair, make up a column by choosing the obviously moon-batty theories.

      You conveniently ignore the real faults of Bush that have plunged the planet into crisis:

      *  Not signing Kyoto has caused the earth to wobble on its axis because of the drag of all that extra CO2; this wobble is the reason for a 100% increase in hurricanes and cyclones.  Evidence:  How many hurricanes destroyed New Orleans during Clinton’s time?

      *  Secret underground nuclear explosions have opened up cracks under Iraq, allowing its oil to be secretly drained away to more pliant US client states, such as Yemen and Saudi Arabia.  Evidence:  Bush’s opposition to Iran’s nuclear bomb program peaceful nuclear energy is obviously to stop them cracking open channels to drain Iraq’s oil back to them!

      I could go on, but you Tim Blair are obviously not interested in exposing the real horror’s of Bush’s Stalin-like regime.  You take cheap shots at the nutters but ignore the Left’s heavyweight debaters such as LLL, gutsy, the AddamsFamily, anyone on WebDiary et al.

      How do you refute the evidence above, Tim Blair?

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 05 31 at 10:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dubya didn’t stand by idly after Katrina hit.  No sir!  He did something, not nothing; he cavorted, recreated, and generally had hisself a grand ol’ time whilst Katrina victims suffered horribly and died.  Died, d’ya hear??????

      It’s inhuman, I tells ya!  Simply inhuman.  Nathan Chirp (God rest his soul in 2077, whoever the hell he may be) was right in blaming Bush.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 05 31 at 10:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey!  There are numerous true assertions in that column!!!

      And you forget that he personally ordered the deaths of millions of Africans from HIV despite only giving more money than the rest of the world combined.  I thought that villainry merited mention.

      Also cleverly stacking the Supreme Court with far-right raving ideologues so sneaky and deceitful that under microscopic examination they actually looked like perfectly qualified appointees.

      Posted by scoota on 2006 05 31 at 10:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Can’t we talk about The Easybeats instead?  Though I blame everything on the longer hair.

      Posted by Pat Patterson on 2006 05 31 at 11:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. Tim, you forgot to mention that despite obtaining an MBA from the Harvard Business School, the world’s most prestigious, Bush is regarded by the Fairfax Press and the ABC as an ignorant uneducated dunce.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2006 05 31 at 11:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. #4: I sometimes get the feeling that 1.618 must be having ongoing topical threads among the stuff she posts, and it would all make sense if the posts weren’t scattered across several weeks’ worth of Tim’s threads…

      Posted by PW on 2006 05 31 at 11:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. I still say the British Invasion and 1964 to 1966 was the coolest period in modern music, ever.  I love those Beatles style hair cuts.  So cool.

      A couple years back I took the family to Cleveland (like Mecca, every family should go there, at least once in their lifetimes) to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  A whole aisle was devoted to Jimmi Hendrix and onewas shared by the British (and probably Australian, although I never knew they had any in the Sixties until now) rock bands.  The Animals, the Who, Herman’s Hermits, and so on.  I do understand that Jimmi Hendrix was a great musician but equal to all those British rock bands?  I don’t think so.

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 06 01 at 12:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. And for the record, although I’m admittedly ignorant of Sixties rock bands from Australia, I know some great ones from the Seventies.  Men at Work, Air Supply, and the Little River Band put out some great music.

      Oh good lord.  Now I’ll be humming “Reminiscing” all evening.

      Hurry, don’t be late, I can hardly wait
      I said to myself when we’re old
      We’ll go dancing in the dark
      Walking through the park and reminiscing

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 06 01 at 12:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. Tim Blair: telling truth to power, one Bulletin page at a time.

      Somewhere, a naive and sheltered moonbat, unaquainted with Tim’s world view, is reading that page in the Bulletin, and nodding in sad and silent agreement.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 01 at 12:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well I dunno wronwright. In my totally objective opinion Hendrix’s contribution was equal to quite a number of mortal rock musicians.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 06 01 at 12:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. #12- Wronwright, you really are evil– we’ve been trying to live down those abominations for thirty years; even the Japs and the Sausage Eaters were eventually forgiven for their transgressions.

      Posted by Habib on 2006 06 01 at 12:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. Harry Vanda was the standout interviewee on the mainly lame Long Way To The Top. He seems like a smashing bloke.

      Posted by Tony.T.Teacher on 2006 06 01 at 12:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. April 2077: Nathan Chirp, 92…His last words: “I blame Bush.”

      I’m sure Bush will be well and truly vindicated by then, after the implementation of his   alternate energyprogramme 68 years prior.

      Posted by Zoidberg on 2006 06 01 at 12:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. Work a hard-working bunch of lads those Easy Beasts. They crammed 20 years of drug and alcohol abuse into a mere 3 year span. Quite remarkable.  Did any of them live to see 1970?

      #12 wronwright. Thanks. Thanks a whole flippin lot.
      attempts to purge brain with 2 hours of continuous Franzl Lang yodeling music

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 06 01 at 01:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. O/T   Hmmmm, thankfully here in Oz it seems we can only muster 100 or so clowns who seem to want to put up a feeble re-enactment of what tens of thousands of clowns and half wits in Paris recently thought was the way to resolve issues (sans the car-b-q’s)….

      French protests inspire local action

      that combined with the fact that swines like Mumma Sheehan and her travelling band of ratbags can only attract a hundred or two manky leftards to her anti-US, anti-West diatribes almost gives cause for relief that it seems many Aussies have their heads screwed on properly and their grey matter in relative working order…

      we may not be perfect, but at least there is some hope that the Bob Brown’s and Kerry Nettle’s seem to be in a fairly small minority….

      Posted by casanova on 2006 06 01 at 01:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Steph Scott needn’t worry – she will be sacked for good reason.

      They had the pick of the bunch with their protestors. Their best quote could only come from a 14 year old.

      Posted by amortiser on 2006 06 01 at 02:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. That wronwright is positively diabolical, ain’t he?

      Thanks for the earwig, bub.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 06 01 at 02:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. That early to mid-sixties era should go down in history. It was the last time bands seemed to be allowed to get away with smiling and looking happy.  Affecting a scowl or angst has become so ingrained in rock music now that to hear a cheery and happy muso now makes you prick up your ears.

      i was watching some of the beatle anthology at a mates place a couple of months back. what struck me was how cheery, open and friendly they seemed.  didn’t seem to hurt their music much.

      Posted by Francis H on 2006 06 01 at 02:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. And the easybeats seemed to be one of those bands that could have done so much better with a bit better management and production. i had a few of their LPs (all lost now). there was some really good songs on them but most didn’t seem to be produced very well.  there selection of singles wasn’t always wise as well. a bit too much trying to keep up with current fads rather than releasing stuff that showcased their best songs.

      Posted by Francis H on 2006 06 01 at 02:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. #12 -‘I do understand that Jimmi Hendrix was a great musician but equal to all those British rock bands?  I don’t think so.’
      Oh yeah Wron! Herman’s Hermits are right up there with Jimi Hendrix – check the lyrics to this Brit Rock masterpiece.

      Mrs Brown you’ve got a luvly daughter

      Posted by Islam/cancer-Chuck Norris/answer on 2006 06 01 at 05:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. “…Air Supply… Little River Band…”

      Looks like I may have to take Bertha out of her case and pay another visit to wronwright after all.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 06 01 at 06:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. Monday morning feels so bad,
      Ev’rybody seems to nag me
      Coming Tuesday I feel better,
      Even my old man looks good,
      Wednesday just don’t go,
      Thursday goes too slow,
      I’ve got Friday on my mind.

      The Easybeats exploration of the human condition in the modern age was unsurpassed, particularly Mondays.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 06 01 at 07:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. Looking at the before and after pictures of the Easybeats, all I can say is… London must be hard on people.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 06 01 at 08:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Reads comments. Smiles and shakes head over the ‘60’s pop music debate. Pushes “play” button on CD player, while the percussive and infectious rhythm of Sammy Price’s piano and Sid Catlett’s drums fills the room with the 1945 digitally remastered recording of “Boogin’ with Big Sid”.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 01 at 08:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. London must be hard on people.

      Yeah.  I had a hard on for most of my years in London.

      Posted by murph on 2006 06 01 at 09:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. I love Glenn Miller; its a shame he’s retired and not put out an album gramaphone for a while.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 06 01 at 09:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. That’s a pretty long flight from London. They’re just tired.

      Posted by bc on 2006 06 01 at 09:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. #30 He “retired” in 1944, when his plane vanished over the English Channel. So, nothing new coming from that quarter.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 01 at 09:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. Huh… I thought the Easybeats was the band Homer, Apu and Barney were in on The Simpsons…

      Posted by anthony27 on 2006 06 01 at 11:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. #28, Paco,

      You really caught me smiling with that post.  I’m listening to some vintage Hoagy Carmichael, remastered recordings from the late 20’s and 30’s, including a piano solo of Stardust played by Hoagland himself (1933), and a previously unreleased 1929 recording of “Rockin’ Chair”, with Harry Werner doing the vocal.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 06 01 at 04:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. 11 Wrong

      I do understand that Jimmi Hendrix was a great musician but equal to all those British rock bands?  I don’t think so.

      Well, there were one or two of them that were almost fit to shine Jimi’s shoes.  And all of them put together might have sufficed to serve as a warm-up band for him.
      (#12) And Air Supply was the only (I hope) band on earth with sufficient faggitude that they could make a Jim Steinman song sound whiney and lame.

      14 H von T

      In my totally objective opinion Hendrix’s contribution was equal to quite a number of mortal rock musicians.

       

      All put together, maybe so.  Jimi invented most of the guitar-playing techniques, and devices, that the following generations of guitar players have come to take for granted.  Before Jimi, there was nothing LIKE the variety and splendour of what we’re accustomed to today.
      Anyway, if the Little River Band is too intense, one can always chill out with some David Gates and Bread.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 01 at 05:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wronright,

      I hate you. I’ve been trying to self-trephine all morning to get that song out of my head. My staff are somewhat concerned.

      Posted by Dr Alice on 2006 06 01 at 05:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, you know what?  I say screw Jim Hendrix.  God I hate that acid rock shit and the attitude in the Seventies that the volume dial had to be turned up to 10 and had to have mean sounding chords if the music could be considered cool.  Oh how I remember the party heads saying Led Zeppelin rules and how I had to keep my Paul McCartney and Wings 8 track tape hidden in the glove compartment of my jacked up 1970 Monte Carlo.

      Ok, I’m coming out of the closet.  Yes, I like Bread.  “Baby Ima want you, baby Ima need you”.  I also like the Beatles.  “Oh please, say to me, you want me to be your man, and please say to me, I wanna hold your hannnnnd”.  Herman’s Hermits.  “I’m walking around and I’m feeling fine, got something special on my mind”.  And yes, The Monkees.  “Val -aaaaah – aaaah – aaaah – lerie”.

      Yes, I might be evil, but I love a good beat, a great harmony, and a romantic sentiment.

      (decides not to mention Bay City Rollers)

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 06 01 at 05:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. #32 paco #30 He “retired” in 1944, when his plane vanished over the English Channel. So, nothing new coming from that quarter.

      Ha!  Sucked in by neocon propoganda!

      I saw Glenn Miller and his entire Big Band at Covent Garden only last year.  Elvis did a guest spot on harmonies <vomit>

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 06 01 at 06:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Everybody remembers the Jimi Hendrix or Are You Experienced? and Axis Bold As Love but conveniently forget Rainbow Bridge.  And absolutely no one wants to remember all the L. Ron Hubbard inspired “discovered” in the vaults albums.

      Yes I know Jimi wasn’t, to the best of my knowledge, a Scientologist but like L. Ron he became more prolific after he died.

      Posted by Pat Patterson on 2006 06 01 at 09:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. OK, I love the Bay City Rollers. I take it back. (The happiest recent moment I had was at the gym when the Musak started playing “Saturday Night.”)

      Posted by Dr Alice on 2006 06 01 at 09:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. 25 Cruella

      Looks like I may have to take Bertha out of her case and pay another visit to wronwright after all.

      Is Bertha a Telespanker or a Stratospanker?

      37 & 40
      ESS !!
      AYY !!
      TEE !  YOO !  ARR !!
      DEE !  AYY !  WYY !!
      SAT SAT SAT SATURDAY NIIiiiiIIIIIGHT !!
      (choke, gack, just can’t do it)

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 01 at 10:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. No, no, no.  Here it is:

      Gonna keep on dancin’ to the rock and roll
      On Saturday night, Saturday night
      Dancin’ to the rhythm in our heart and soul
      On Saturday Night, Saturday night
      I-I-I-I, I just can’t wait
      I-I-I-I, I got a date

      At the good ole rock and roll road show, I gotta go
      Saturday Night
      Saturday Night
      Gonna rock it up, roll it up
      Do it all, have a ball
      Saturday Night
      Saturday Night
      It’s just a Saturday Night

      I don’t recall Jimmi Hendrix ever doing a great version of this song.

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 06 02 at 12:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. 1/ Jimi.  Not Jimmi.
      2/ There can BE no great versions of that song.
      3/ Jimi, not Jimmi, was dead for at least half a decade before that non-great-versionable song was produced.
      4/ The guitar-playing in that n-g-v song would have been even less memorable, had that n-g-v song not been produced in a post-Jimi-not-Jimmi era.
      5/ You’re welcome.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 02 at 12:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dr John has just released a Johnny Mercer tribute album.  I swear I didn’t make that up, and I don’t remember the title either.  It’s a more-delta-blues / less-psychedelic set of versions of standards from grand-daddy’s day.  Just heard one track.  Weirdly groovy.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 06 03 at 03:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. Rock ‘n Roll?  Yech.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2006 06 03 at 10:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. #44: Interesting Dr. John fact: he played the boogie woogie piano tunes on the soundtrack of “Cannery Row”.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 03 at 11:31 PM • permalink

 

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