Fox’s Megyn Kelly a horrible person towing the po po line on Freddie Gray

From here:

Kelly found that thought abhorrent. “Don’t you see the danger to the community if we start locking up cops for exercising poor judgment?” she asked.

Mckesson replied that the system, as currently constructed, “guarantees officers will not be held accountable for their actions,” which prompted Kelly to ask, yet again, “What did [Officer Nero] do that was wrong?”

This is pretty horrible behavior.  First off, if you don’t lock up cops for poor judgment you have a big part of urban communities that are in danger of being killed or beaten.  Black and Latino folks, but I guess those folks don’t count as much as the urban white yuppie crew.

And to make matters worse, when you have all these media folks asking what did he do wrong then you create this impression that these cops didn’t do something wrong.

It’s unclear that Freddie Gray should ever have been stopped and it’s very clear that he’s dead because of the cops.  So fuck Megyn Kelly and her low IQ defense of the police.

5/24/16: Angry Angles, Zo!, Youth Decay

@@@ Angry Angles: Self-titled (Goner, 2016).  A mash of the Ramones, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Devo and the Strokes after they’ve been to the gym.  Pretty boy motherfuckers.  I don’t think we will hear a whiter drummer than this guy in all of 2016.  The guitars are buzzier and not so corporately slick (good) and the the singer is a bit of dramatical yelper.  Both male and female singer here.  I’m on the third tune and the catchiness of the tunes is dropping with each tune.  Let me peep one more.  Ah, it looks like they put their best foot forward with that first tune.  I see from the GooglePimpTube that this is a ‘retrospective’ record of tracks of Jay ‘Reatard’ Lindsey (who I vaguely remember) and some other person.

@@@ Zo!: SkyBreak (Foreign Exchange, 2016).  A lovechild of Aquarius r&b album I got to via the All Music weekly notable release email.  At least the first tune — piano, female singer, lot of little cymbal touches and a lot of lyrics about love.  This record is the brainchild of this produce named Zo and he’s got a guest singer on each track  so the vibe looks set to bounce around.  This second tune is an early ’80s late disco/funk tune.  Synth washes, medium funky synth bass and not a guitar or bass in sight.  Oh, I forgot the funky plink in the chorus.  Very serious Stevie Wonder vibes on this third tune with a female singer, Musinah.  Myself I like my funk dirtier but that’s just me.  This is much better than the new Meghan Trainor record which is pretty awful.

@@@ Youth Decay: The Party’s Over (New Damage, 2016).  Super pumped power pop punk off this week’s CFUV weekly email. I thought with a name like Youth Decay this would be more on the hardcore tip, but this is pretty much full on SoCal singalong shopping mall punk.  Get your skateboard and yer Red Bull cuz you’re gonna need it or fans of this are gonna make fun of you and shit.  I dig the drummer here, he’s got skills — the guitar player needs a hit of acid or two to loosen him up.

YTD recordings listened to: 458
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 255
Not good music: 169

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 8

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 8

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks

I guess nobody killed Freddie Gray, it was an unfortunate accident or it was Freddie Gray’s fault

From Reuters:

Baltimore police officer Edward Nero was acquitted on Monday of four charges in the 2015 death of black detainee Freddie Gray, the second setback for prosecutors in a case that triggered rioting and fueled the Black Lives Matter movement.

Another bitter lesson in white man’s justice.

Multiple cops interacted with Gray during and after his arrest when he got a horrible injury, but now as the events get sifted in the courtroom it now appears nobody specifically did anything wrong.  One mistrial and one acquittal thus far.

And as somebody who’s lived in a city for a long ass time, this is not good for the future of Baltimore.  They’re gonna keep repressing and building up this anger until there’s an explosion and then wonder, how did we get here?

Wouldn’t you say the New York Times helps Obama keep on with the drone strikes?

Headline from the Times:

Obama says death of Taliban leader is a ‘milestone’

Does anyone else out there find it ironic for Obama to call for the Taliban to give up violence when he just death robot missiled their leader?

How is that double standard on violence going to bring any sort of peace to Afghanistan?

What I think Obama is really saying is we have this drone technology and we’re going to just keep murdering your leaders when we can find them until you give up and surrender to the Afghan government.

5/23/16: Blake Shelton, Kondi Band, Vukovar, Alaric

@@@ Blake Shelton: If I’m Honest (Warner Bros, 2014).  Mainstream beefcake new country superstah Blake Shelton mashes country with classic rock.  In this first tune, nobody’s leaving until they’re outta cold beer.  Yes, yes, y’all and straight into a short big rock solo.  Let’s peep a couple more bangers before heading to darker pastures.  The second tune, She’s Got the Words, is the power ballad.  It’s a word game song, kinda cheesy.  Oh man, this woman did Blake Shelton wrong and he feels it!  She put the her in hurt.  And then into the Bon Jovi big background vocals.  She put the s.o.b. in sober that’s my favorite one, and she put the low in blow as the most double entendre.  Slick Budweiser arena rock, come on and lap it up, post redneck rednecks!

@@@ Kondi Band: Belle Wahallah EP (Strut, 2016).  Some African electronica I got to via the WRIR weekly email.  It’s two tunes and four remixes.  I’m thinking these guys are from West Africa but let me check.  From the bandcamp page it’s a collaboration between a Sierre Leone gent and an American with Sierra Leone roots.  The main African sounds are the vocals, the thumb piano, and the beats.  It’s garnished with some rhythmic synth parts — faux horn lines, and synth bass lines.  I like it.  I don’t love it but I like it a bunch.  The second tune outside of the remixes, Yeanoh, features some really fine singing over a pleasing marimba type arrangement.  Check out that tune, it’s pretty sweet.

@@@ Vukovar: The Blood Garden (Small Bear Records, 2016).  Some catchy UK shoe-gazey rock I got to from an email.  There’s a nice organ melody tucked into the mix before the blossom of vocals in the chorus.  It’s a 6 minute single so it takes its time.  The drums enter at about 1:40 and there’s a breakdown before they start rockin’ pretty good for indie folks.

@@@ Alaric: End of Mirrors (Neurot, 2016).  Record of the week over at Aquarius Records out in over gentrified San Fran.  The first tune opens up drone-y with an accompanying jumpy squiggle before the big rock drums come in.  When it might have gone to full post-hardcore crush, right now it has taken on trippy space rock vibes.  About three minutes in it goes doom metal, squalling guitars big sprays of power chords and a glammy Jane’s Addiction type singer.  This is turning into an art school, downer heavy rock epic which isn’t really my style.  It falls apart across the finish line after doing its thing.

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YTD recordings listened to: 455
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 253
Not good music: 168

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 8

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks

Head of U.S. Army PR, 1966! And it’s the same now!

From here:

“I can’t understand how you fellows can write what you do while American boys are dying out here,” he began. Then he went on to the effect that American correspondents had a patriotic duty to disseminate only information that made the United States look good.

A network television correspondent said, “Surely, Arthur, you don’t expect the American press to be the handmaidens of government.”

“That’s exactly what I expect,” came the reply.

 

Congrats to Uncle Sam for killing head of Taliban and peace talks!

From Reuters:

KABUL/WASHINGTON – The United States has killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban in an air strike in a remote border area just inside Pakistan, Afghanistan said, in an attack likely to dash any immediate prospect for peace talks.