Picture This

Finest shotgun ever made.

Browning .12 gauge, made in Belgium. The Russians made good use of this weapon while advancing across Russia towards Berlin. Street by street, town by town, the fascists retreated before them.


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  1. Rachel Maddow notes an particularly specific warning from the director of the ODNI’s National Counterintelligence and Security Center that “pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption” as part of Russia’s efforts to manipulate the 2020 U.S. election against Joe Biden and in support of Donald Trump. Derkach has not only been using Rudy Giuliani to spread his claims, but Republican senators Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley have also been receptive to the Russian tactic. Aired on 8/7/2020

    rachel, you forgot to list lindsey

  2. A tiny sliver of American history, resting on my guitar chair.

    30” barrel. Take that thing to a turkey shoot and you go home with a turkey.

  3. hogs with guns?


    Thousands of bikers poured into the small South Dakota city of Sturgis on Friday as the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally rumbled to life despite fears it could lead to a massive coronavirus outbreak.

    The rally could become one of the largest public gatherings since the pandemic began, with organizers expecting 250,000 people from all over the country to make their way through Sturgis during the 10-day event. That would be roughly half the number of previous years, but local residents — and a few bikers — worry that the crowds could create a “super-spreader” event.

    Many who rode their bikes into Sturgis on Friday expressed defiance at the rules and restrictions that have marked life in many locales during the pandemic. People rode from across the country to a state that offered a reprieve from coronavirus restrictions, as South Dakota has no special limits on indoor crowds, no mask mandates and a governor who is eager to welcome visitors and the money they bring.

    Bikers rumbled past hundreds of tents filled with motorcycle gear, T-shirts and food. Harley Davidson motorcycles were everywhere but masks were almost nowhere to be seen, with an Associated Press reporter counting fewer than 10 in a crowd of thousands over a period of several hours.


  4. Short Story of the Day:
    ”The Use of Force”  by William Carlos Williams. 
    in re vaccinations, power and submission.

  5. I might be wrong about this but I think by the senate refusing to budge on the relief bill and stalling negotiations leading to SFB preparing executive orders to provide an extension of supplemental unemployment Benefits and a payroll tax cut SFB got a fairly big win that he’s going to yammer on about for at least a month. The house offering to compromise will be lost in his lies. Pisses me off. 


    Angry Staffer



    Basically. This entire thing was Kabuki theater — the GOP was never going to come to the table without letting Trump look tough with his executive orders first.

  7. pogo & sturge,  i agree myrtle and co purposefully stalled the deal to let the toddler in chief play big boy.  as soon as he wrings the most free media coverage on his EO, they will suddenly accede to something close to the 2T the house has agreed to.   probably by end of next week so they can recess for electioneering purposes.  or wait until after dem convention just to throw shade and cause dems a problem

  8. If I had a band going to play Sturgis for the mota-sickles gathering I’d call it “Sturge’s Death Rattlers”

    We’d knock ‘em dead.

    We’d have em packed into that joint so tight they couldn’t laugh “ha ha ha” they’d have to laugh “ho ho ho”.

  9. Sturg, I believe you are right. Now it’s time for the press to hold the asshole accountable- if you’ll recall he said executive orders were unconstitutional when it was Obama issuing them. He’s made Obama look like he knew issuing EOs was unconstitutional so he did so reluctantly and rarely. 

  10. I wonder how many times SFB ever cut the grass in his pathetic lifetime. I know how many times I didn’t and why I didn’t. One of them won’t be this morning. Bye

  11. Gonna have to wait and see about that press hold the asshole accountable part….been waiting quite awhile now and he’s still just no-account.

  12. Book of the Month, Aug. 1995.

     WHITE WIDOW  by Jim Lehrer.

    A nice little turn of writing about Greyhound and Trailway type bus drivers.

  13. Just ran across this video. 
    For any work at home parent doing conference calls and Zoom,  it is familiar

  14. abcnews via msn:

    President Donald Trump cannot delay or stop a defamation lawsuit by a former advice columnist who has accused him of rape, a judge in New York has ruled.
    The judge, Verna Saunders, denied Trump’s request to stay the defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll.
    Saunders cited the recent Supreme Court decision that allowed Manhattan DA Cy Vance to proceed with a subpoena for Trump’s tax returns, a ruling that rejected the president’s claim of absolute immunity from any aspect of criminal procedure while in office.
    “This court construes the holding in Vance applicable to all state court proceedings in which a sitting President is involved, including those involving his or her unofficial/personal conduct,” Saunders wrote.
    “We are now eager to move forward with discovery so that we can prove that Donald Trump defamed E Jean Carroll when he lied about her in connection with her brave decision to tell the truth about the fact that Donald Trump had sexually assaulted her.”
    “See you in court,” Carroll tweeted Friday, tagging the president.

  15. next week if biden picks kamala harris (age 55, mother from India, father from Jamaica  for veep, i predict the rump will replace pence with nikki haley (age 48, mother and father from India) immediately thereafter.  

    he can then shift blame of covid onto out-going pence, show gender ethnic diversity  and cut into  2nd biggest minority bloc.

    from an npr interview earlier this year:

     TOM GJELTEN, BYLINE:  Indian Americans, about half of whom are Hindus, are the second-largest immigrant group in the U.S. after Mexicans. In 2016, fewer than 20% of Indian Americans supported Donald Trump, but Republicans think they can get a bigger share this year. One reason – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a big Trump fan.

  16. Sturge, in between the cute kid I noticed that. As a musician you can probably address this.  How much do you need to have fellow players close where you hear them and feed off of what they are doing?
    I know a lot of albums are made where the musicians are never in the same room and they each play their piece and someone puts it all together. 
    Just wondering

  17. Recording musicians are already used to hearing the mix thru headphones so they’re all good with that part.  I’ve not been a part of much recording, enough to get a few basic concepts here and there….I guess playing with everyone in a different room means the engineer does his same deal.  Must be done by feeling with much less visual

  18. But it really is a remarkable advance however they do it.   I went to a John Conley audition once and a sat in a dark studio at the piano, they played the song over headphones—everything but the piano part they cut out for me to supply.   Funny feeling but it worked ok. 

  19. The Dems tried to get you more stimulus money, more federal, unemployment supplementation, more everything.  
    The Republicans blocked it so tRUMPSKY could give you peanuts via EOs.    
    The MSM needs to make sure everyone understands that they have been scammed by Republicans, again. 
    The MSM needs to remind Americans that their constitutional rights have been repeatedly violated by tRUMPSKY and his Russian/Republican enablers.  
    The MSM needs to spotlight Republicans who spout Russian propaganda in order to sew dissent among Americans, and, slander anyone who opposes tRUMPSKY.
    * I hope E. Jean can get that DNA sample from SFB to compare with the DNA from her attacker.  
    If Nikki Haley is smart, she will have nothing more to do with tRUMPSKY.  She resigned when she realized she belong to a fascist-shitstorm  of an administration.
    Just look at the trail of discarded, feces-covered carcasses he has left in his wake.  

  20. sturgeone – a while ago I was watching a couple of YouTube videos about recording studios which rebuilt to the old days of the 50’s , 60’s and 70’s.  They could create results matching any of the technologies from a two track up to multi-track on tube to transistor equipment.  One video of a London studio had the musicians perform the same song using the various technologies.  It was fun.  I have a few of the early teens to mid-fifties jazz albums which are fantastic.  You can hear the people in the studio talking when I filter out the music.  One of my favorites is a 1949 or 1950 jazz album with two microphones, one for the vocalist and one for the piano.  Raw and powerful.

  21. I’ve done a middling amount of bounce recording, for low level demos and such,  record a track on one tape machine then play that back and add a new track onto  a second tape.  Primitive, but it worked.  Old vs versus new.    They can’t reproduce that old “hot” sound with modern equipment. The same way no electric piano can get close to being a piano.  IMO, but some may disagree.  Maybe that’s why I find what they’re doing now for pop music sounds beat-heavy and everything else thin and whiny. Or maybe my ears are just old.  

  22. The Beatles really hit a lick in the recording biz……Things were never the same after they began to knock down limitations.

  23. You had pockets here and there which stretched out the old days…..Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Macon, Nashville, The Wrecking Crew in LA, Detroit’s Motown,  NY and Philly, etc.  

  24. Nashville had em a schism…..they packed up all the old guys and sent em on off to Branson, Mo.
    Revolution was in the air……

  25. politico:

    When President Donald Trump connected by phone last week with Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson — perhaps the only person in the party who can cut a nine-figure check to aid his reelection — the phone call unexpectedly turned contentious.
    The 87-year-old casino mogul had reached out to Trump to talk about the coronavirus relief bill and the economy. But then Trump brought the conversation around to the campaign and confronted Adelson about why he wasn’t doing more to bolster his reelection, according to three people with direct knowledge of the call. One of the people said it was apparent the president had no idea how much Adelson, who’s donated tens of millions of dollars to pro-Trump efforts over the years, had helped him. Adelson chose not to come back at Trump.
    When word of the call circulated afterward, Republican Party officials grew alarmed the president had antagonized one of his biggest benefactors at a precarious moment in his campaign. They rushed to smooth things over with him, but the damage may have been done.
    Adelson’s allies say it’s unclear whether the episode will dissuade the Las Vegas mogul — long regarded as a financial linchpin for Trump’s reelection — from helping the president down the home stretch.

  26. Rep. Jim Clyburn on MSNBC now about Trump exec orders: “This stuff he’s signing today is a joke. He knows it’s a joke. He’s seeking headlines. He’s trying to divert attention from the great harm he is visiting upon this country.”

  27. Man Baby actually thinks his bogus executive orders are “bills”, that’s what he called them several times today. Of course he missed “how a bill becomes law” in prep school where he was thrown out for punching a teacher.

  28. My dad bought an 8-track system, so he could record at home.  Cheaper than studio time in the long run, I guess.  The old, 45s he recorded in a studio sounded pretty tinny. The stuff he did at home and put on cassettes to sell had no depth of sound.  

  29. Craig
    The bad thing is how little your fellow journalists understand it.  I’ve heard everything from a tax holiday to a deferral. But it is not, by law as an employer I am legally required to collect payroll taxes and pay my share on a timely basis. That is legally binding on me, not Trump or anyone else.  If I don’t then they can legally come after me for it.  So while I don’t have an employee, if I did I would be following the law especially given that Trump may not be here 6 months from now.

  30. BTW
    The same for the unemployment payments. If they don’t have a legal funding vehicle  then who ever authorizes payments is in trouble.

  31. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wfaa.com/amp/article/news/nows-not-the-time-to-relax-says-disappointed-tarrant-county-judge-as-popular-televangelist-wraps-up-large-multi-day-convention/287-3ad1b0a9-3339-4c1a-87a3-61ec579d2254
    This isn’t Christianity.  It is selfish idiocy. I’m sure a scam-artist minister who spit on COVID has protected everyone at the event.  Dumbasses.
    And, then there is what is effectively a triple-K rally in Sturgis, SD.   Evil dumbasses. 

  32. Don’t count on the media for anything
    they are currently focused on a feckless and factless discussion of the Biden vp pick
    Remember nothing SFB says is true 

  33. My Statement on President Trump’s Executive Orders to Sow More Chaos and Confusion
    Joe Biden

    Unable to deliver for the American people in a time of crisis, Donald Trump offered a series of half-baked measures today. He is putting Social Security at grave risk at a time when seniors are suffering the overwhelming impact of a pandemic he has failed to get under control. And make no mistake: Donald Trump said today that if he is re-elected, he will defund Social Security.

  34. I’m no recording engineer, but I know when I hear something I like. Alan Parsons certainly knows the Beatles and that two person recording sounds better than 90% of the stuff that made the final cut in the 60s. The Robertson/Ringo international recording is beyond good. I’m beginning to believe there’s more to the internet than I know.
    Recording quality is dependent upon the input signal quality. Just as an example, there’s a world of difference from performance mics to recording mics. LP has a couple of mics for performance – Shure 58 &59 for voice and instruments. He has a recording vocal mic – Rode something or another that was 3x the cost of the Shures, and it’s an “entry level” recording mic. The technology differences are vast even at that amateur level. Actual studio quality mics cost 5-10 times what his recording mic cost. 

    PCs and Pro Tools have replaced 24 track boards and tape for a shitload of recording, but they are not a substitute for  studio recording equipment, although a lot of what you hear for much of the non mega artist music out there probably started there. You want it hot like it’s from a Marshall Plexi, program it hot. You want it warm like through a ‘64 Fender Princeton Reverb, program it warm. It is insane. 

  35. I was just thinking about this the other day. Back when there was some respect for congress, and there was some decorum & demeanor.  And there was corruption. But it was simpler then.

  36. TT, thanks. i needed that.

    a little bit of randy is like a little bit of brandy – takes the chill off chilling things.

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