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Assuming they have the right people.  Eight former soldiers have been charged with the murder of Victor Jara.

There have been a number of legends about his end, some of them in song.

And for something of the artist himself:

I’ll post more stuff on topic later.

On the Middle East in general, and what he argues is the deep threat of Islamism.  7:00 to 8:00.  Call-ins welcom.

I have no idea who these guys are.  Can anyone here read the language?

For the first half hour – he will have some parting thoughts as to where the county is at, where it’s headed, and what you should focus on politically as the Board will now function with a property rights supermajority.   And he will discuss the county’s economic future.

Tom TomorrowWe are NOT coming for your stupid guns.  And you are NOT the real victims here.

End of note.

What: Musical icon Steve Earle in an intimate evening at Mateel!
When: Friday, January 4th, 2013 / Doors at 7pm / Special Guest at 8pm
Where: Mateel Community Center
Tickets: Main Floor Seating $50 / Standing Room or Mezzanine $35 / MCC members receive $2 off!

Join us for an intimate evening with musical legend Steve Earle!

Please note two types of general admission tickets for this show, and the other following details:

~ $50 tickets offer SEATING on the main floor.
~ $35 tickets offer STANDING ROOM ONLY & space in the upstairs mezzanine.
~ Only 200 of each ticket type are available and they are expected to go fast.
~ All attendees, including children, must have a ticket.
~ The kitchen will benefit a local non-profit and a bar will serve those 21 & over.

Steve EarleSteve Earle

A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.

1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.”

What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including:

~ The biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988)
~ The minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995)
~ The politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002)

…and the Grammy Award Winning albums:

~ The Revolution Starts…Now (2004),
~ Washington Square Serenade (2007)
~ Townes (2009)

~ I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2011) is Steve Earle’s 14th Studio Album and shares the same name with his 2011 debut novel. Of the novel, Patti Smith stated, “Steve Earle brings to his prose the same authenticity, poetic spirit and cinematic energy he projects in his music. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is like a dream you can’t shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades.”

Find out more about Steve Earle at his Official Web Site:

Bouncingboy (1)After a recent conversation about comic book collecting during childhood, I started thinking about some of the sillier comic book heroes I had encountered in my massive comic book readings.  I haven’t kept up with them, and I understand that some of the heroes have been updated to make them a little cooler.  I’m focusing on heroes with powers that just seem like they would have very little superhero utility in real life.  Not that they wouldn’t come in useful in other endeavors.  I think these were the heroes that editors had to throw into story lines to meet a deadline.  Mind you, these are not intentionally satirical heroes – or at least not marketed as such.

1.   Bouncing Boy.

His power is to will himself into the shape of a ball and bounce.  He is a member of the Legion of Superheroes, which is filled with characters with dorky powers.  He is the first of two to make this list.

2.  Matter-Eater Lad

Also in the Legion of Superheroes.  He can eat anything.  His jaws and digestive system can handle it.  Later, they gave him a little bit of offensive capability – he has corrosive saliva and can spit a hole through a steel wall.  Gross, but it comes in handy all the time.  No really!matter_eater_lad1 (1)

3.  The Red Bee

This hero had no powers.  He was just smart and tough.  What’s lame is his animal sidekick.  Most hero animal sidekicks are pretty cool – like a super-powered dog, a winged horse, a saber tooth tiger, or plasma blob thing from another planet that changes shape – or maybe even just a cool regular animal like a falcon or a wolf.  The Red Bee’s animal sidekick?  A bee.  He keeps it in a box in his belt until called upon.  Or he kept it.  He was actually killed during World War II by a Nazi super villain named “Baron Blitzkrieg.”

4.  The Horn Blower

I understand that they’ve improved on his powers, but back in the 1970s, the first DC African American superhero of record (Marvel by then, I think, had the Black Panther, Luke Cage, and the Falcon.  The Hornblower’s girlfriend, Honeybee, was the first African American heroine to my knowledge.), the Horn Blower, was given a very lame power.  He had “Gabriel’s Horn.”  When he blew it, he got sort of whatever he needed to get out of a jam, except that he still had to work for it.  Or something like that.  And he hit people with the horn.  That probably hurt.

Dazzler5.  The Dazzler

She was a musical performer who could convert sound into light.  And if it was loud enough, she could convert it to lasers which she shot from her finger tips, which is pretty useful for a superheroine I suppose.

6.  Cypher

He was a junior member of the X-men who could instantaneously translate any language – even languages from off planet cultures.  Again, this would be very useful in real life.  But the writers had to contrive stories to make it useful for superheroing.

7.  Doll Man

This guy could shrink, but unlike heroes like the Atom and Ant Man, who could shrink to small enough sizes to get into places other heroes couldn’t go, it just doesn’t seem like much of a power to shrink to about a foot tall even if you’re retaining your full human strength.   The Atom could shrink so small that he could dial a phone and travel to the destination of his call by riding the electric flow.  That’s pretty small!

8.  Hourman

Takes a pill which gives him super strength for an hour.  No more.  And he can only take one a day, or something.  How many stupid and predictable plot lines can you get from this?  Oh, the suspense – can he save her in less than an hour?  Is he still the stuff of heroes once his power runs out?  He was introduced in the 1940s and he’s still around.  In all the stories I read as a kid, nothing ever went easy and quick.  What would be the point?  The most interesting aspect about the character is that he always wears a shroud which makes him look like an old time executioner.  Plus, what’s with the name?  It only serves as an advertisement for his evil opponents to remember that all they have to do to defeat him is hold on for awhile.

9.  Squirrel Girlarm_fall_off_boy

She looks like a squirrel, with buck teeth and all which can bite through wood and stuff.  She’s agile like a squirrel.  And she talks to squirrels.  Not telepathically like Aquaman talks to fish.  She knows squirrel language.

10.  Arm Fall Off Boy

He could pull his arms off and use them as clubs.  What else can I say about him?

Bad BunnyA children’s book.  It’s getting a lot of media discussion.  But somebody needs to warn Bunny Dad that the phones at jail aren’t secure, so that he doesn’t inadvertently cough up a recorded confession.

Unfortunately, this is a book, if it isn’t too dorky, which may be of use around here.  But it looks pretty dorky.

Local author/blogger/bookstore owner Amy Stewart has a promo for a new book to be released next week.  The Drunken Botanist explores the botany of booze.


December 2012