It will be the 30th anniversary of Boney M's immortal tune Rasputin. I have it on iTunes. It just kicked earlier this evening in after Tennessee, a Bob Sinclar tune. For some reason, I Googled Rasputin and saw that Rasputin was released in 1978 — and it has been part of the wedding DJ's canon ever since. And [...]
The Dead Kennedys officially formed in June 1978, but they didn't start to hit the relative big-time (in the context of being a snarly, snotty, highly political underground punk band) until 1980. That year, the group released its debut LP – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. And my world was never the same again.* :) [...]
From the BBC: The Malaysian government has reversed a decision to ban a Christian newspaper using the word Allah to refer to God. The government had threatened to refuse to give the Weekly Herald a publishing permit if it continued to use the word. The paper's editor said the word had long been used by [...]
I just phoned for a cab and had the following exchange: Dispatcher: Where you going? 9 Channel Nine? (i.e. CTV) Me: You read my mind. Dispatcher: Well, I used to work for a psychic line.
This story, datelined Bremerton, Wa., moved across the wires today and greatly amused me: A 25-year-old woman was arrested for investigation of second-degree assault for getting into an argument with her boyfriend over whether his dog should be in the bathroom while the couple were taking a shower together. A police report said the 26-year-old man [...]
Longtime Turkmenistan dictator Saparmurat Niyazov — the eccentric, self-styled Turkmenbashi, or father of all the Turkmens — checked out about a year ago. Now, energy-rich Turkmenistan is still largely a dictatorship, but a normal one — one where people look down on Uzbekistan. From the BBC's Natalia Antelava: Tatyana, an attractive, 36-year-old single woman, told [...]
From the NYT: William Kristol, one of the nation’s leading conservative writers and a vigorous supporter of the Iraq war, will become an Op-Ed page columnist for The New York Times, the newspaper announced Saturday. Mr. Kristol will write a weekly column for The Times beginning Jan. 7, the newspaper said. He is editor and [...]