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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I think I'm going out of my head 


Great! We've shown those barbarian terrorists how a beheading should be done!

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The problem amateur hangmen have with pulling the head off is well understood. Professional executioners use tables to compute the drop based on the weight of the person being dropped. See Charles Duff's A Handbook on Hanging for full details and instructions.

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No, the video hasn't been shown yet, but how long do you think it will take?
posted by Tom  # 1/16/2007 09:53:00 AM
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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Turn one up for Weeping Tommy Brown 


My home state of Georgia is where the foundation of modern popular music was laid: Little Richard, Ray Charles, and James Brown. And many more.

And then, there's Weeping Tommy Brown. You've never heard of him, but you can be pretty sure that Richard, and Ray, and James had heard of him. He brought the crying, weeping, scream into modern music, before Johnny Ray, before Little Richard, before anyone else he was delivering unhinged grief over lost love. Soul in music, you might say, in 1949.

I saw him in 1957. He sang his heart out so completely that he collapsed to the floor. While the band vamped behind him, an attendant came out and helped him to his feet and, as Tommy Brown recovered, the realization of his loss overcame him and the screaming returned. He tried to leave the stage, but he couldn't abandon his anguish. He sang the chorus of "Weeping and Crying" again and again, falling, rising, falling again, until finally, he tumbled from the stage!

The band dropped out. The spotlight sent out its feelers and finally shone against the front of the stage. An arm appeared, twisted in anguish, reaching, grasping, the band boomed out, and, amazingly, Tommy Brown rose from the floor, clawed his way back on the stage, and sang the chorus one more time before leaving at last, emotionally exhausted, as were we all.
posted by Tom  # 1/03/2007 04:37:00 PM
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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A pardon covering past, present and future crimes 


He healed nothing. He performed the last step in the coverup of Republican malfeasance. This is a job best done by an honest decent chap. I wonder who they have lined up to step in when the administration of George W. "W" Bush is on the run. They're pretty low on honest decent chaps these days.

Don't forget that without any investigation or oversight by either Congress or press, the President's own Supreme Court concluded in the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision that the administration had committed war crimes. Imagine what would turn up if we actually start looking. Imagine what might have turned up if only they'd kept looking back then.
posted by Tom  # 1/02/2007 12:24:00 PM
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