Amy Winehouse, R.I.P.

LONDON — Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27.

Winehouse shot to fame with the album "Back to Black," whose blend of jazz, soul, rock and classic pop was a global hit. It won five Grammys and made Winehouse — with her black beehive hairdo and old-fashioned sailor tattoos — one of music's most recognizable stars.
She was a talented artist with a disease, and a long line of enablers who depended on her. As an aside, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, and Janis Joplin died at the same age and in a similar manner.


Song Of The Day: Tramp The Dirt Down

This song is really for Maggie Thatcher, but it is so illustrative of the avarice shown by our own idiot politicians I just had to post it. And I love Elvis.

Tramp The Dirt Down by Elvis Costello

I saw a newspaper picture from the political campaign
A woman was kissing a child, who was obviously in pain
She spills with compassion, as that young child's
Face in her hands she grips
Can you imagine all that greed and avarice
Coming down on that child's lips

Well I hope I don't die too soon
I pray the lord my soul to save
Oh I'll be a good boy, I'm trying so hard to behave
Because there's one thing I know, I'd like to live
Long enough to savor
That's when they finally put you in the ground
Ill stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down

When England was the whore of the world
Margaret was her madam
And the future looked as bright and as clear as
The black tarmacadam
Well I hope that she sleeps well at night, isn't
Haunted by every tiny detail
Cos when she held that lovely face in her hands
All she thought of was betrayal

And now the cynical ones say that it all ends the same in the long run
Try telling that to the desperate father who just squeezed the life from his only son
And how it's only voices in your head and dreams you never dreamed
Try telling him the subtle difference between justice and contempt
Try telling me she isn't angry with this pitiful discontent
When they flaunt it in your face as you line up for punishment
And then expect you to say thank you straighten up, look proud and pleased
Because you've only got the symptoms, you haven't got the whole disease
Just like a schoolboy, whose heads like a tin-can
Filled up with dreams then poured down the drain
Try telling that to the boys on both sides, being blown to bits or beaten and maimed
Who takes all the glory and none of the shame

Well I hope you live long now, I pray the lord your soul to keep
I think I'll be going before we fold our arms and start to weep
I never thought for a moment that human life could be so cheap
Cos when they finally put you in the ground
They'll stand there laughing and tramp the dirt down


PISA And The Lies The Reformers Tell (I Got Yer Truth Right Here!) Updated

Results from PISA 2009 disaggregating OECD countries and United States schools by the level of child poverty. Inspired by a blog posting of Mel Riddle, but with new data from UNICEF.
We are #1! America, fuck yeah! (In the graphs, FL means "free lunch" which is America's poverty school  measurement.)

Update: Sorry I didn't post the link to Marder's site before.


Wednesday Cartoon Fun: Used To Be Edition


I'll Be On Blog Talk Radio Again Tonight

Neil has invited me on his show to rebut the nonsense I rebutted yesterday. Seeing as how I didn't have time to do the rebutting justice, I will be on his show tonight at about 7:30pm California time. Click the picture to go to BTR and the show's page.


Listen To TFT On Blog Talk Radio Monday, 7/18

I will discuss Neil Haley's (the Total Tutor) new conservative radio show where he chooses to lie about the SOS March, among other things.

Should be a good 1/2 hour!

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