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Daily Investigation Report: Field Agent J. Harpoon

Here are the fruits of today’s investigations. This first is fabulous.

Potential Darwin Awards in every one.

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A fabulous Rube Goldberg machine

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More to come, surely

 

Nobody for president. some dadaist political candidates

Of course, the argument can be made that all political candidates are jokes, but that is a subject for another post. I turned up this first guy, Vermin Supreme, thought he was okay and so started to look around for some more. I have included Screaming Lord Sutch, father of them all. This guy ran his stupid Benny Hill type campaign in pretty much every English election from the 60’s until his death in 1999.

My interest in this sort of campaigning started young. In 1970, I ran for Student Council office at my high school in Pueblo, Colorado on the “Don’t Vote for Blaine” platform. No one did. My running mate was a cholo named Mingo Sena who had once pulled a knife on me. I thought he epitomized the Bizarro world perfection that was my campaign.  Here is one of the campaign flyers, incredibly saved by a friend of mine from the East High Facebook page, Melanie Osterman.

don't vote for blaine
from my 1970 campaign for student body president at East High School, Pueblo Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, though, Vermin Supreme.

Introducing Vermin Supreme, 2012 U.S. Presidential Candidate

and another incarnation of ol’ Vermin

 

Screaming Lord Sutch his own bad self

and the wikipedia article on the Lord

 

Screaming Lord Sutch – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaDavid Edward Sutch (10 November 1940 – 16 June 1999), also known as "Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow", or simply "Screaming Lord Sutch", was a musician from the United Kingdom. He was the founder of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and served as its leader from 1983 to 1999, during which time he stood in numerous parliamentary elections.

and finally, Wavy Gravy again, talking about his “Nobody for President” campaign

 

Origins of ziggy

I just found out that Vince Taylor + The Legendary Stardust Cowboy= Ziggy Stardust. My education progresses. Learn something every day thanks to the miracle of the internets.

This

+This

 

=This

 

and there is also this, lifted from a wikipedia article, which is itself lifted from this burroughs interview.

In a Rolling Stone interview with William S. Burroughs, Bowie expanded on the Ziggy Stardust story: The time is five years to go before the end of the earth. It has been announced that the world will end because of lack of natural resources. Ziggy is in a position where all the kids have access to things that they thought they wanted. The older people have lost all touch with reality and the kids are left on their own to plunder anything. Ziggy was in a rock-and-roll band and the kids no longer want rock-and-roll. There’s no electricity to play it. Ziggy’s adviser tells him to collect news and sing it, ’cause there is no news. So Ziggy does this and there is terrible news. ‘All the young dudes’ is a song about this news. It’s no hymn to the youth as people thought. It is completely the opposite. […]The end comes when the infinites arrive. They really are a black hole, but I’ve made them people because it would be very hard to explain a black hole on stage. […]Ziggy is advised in a dream by the infinites to write the coming of a Starman, so he writes ‘Starman’, which is the first news of hope that the people have heard. So they latch onto it immediately…The starmen that he is talking about are called the infinites, and they are black-hole jumpers. Ziggy has been talking about this amazing spaceman who will be coming down to save the earth. They arrive somewhere in Greenwich Village. They don’t have a care in the world and are of no possible use to us. They just happened to stumble into our universe by black hole jumping. Their whole life is travelling from universe to universe. In the stage show, one of them resembles Brando, another one is a Black New Yorker. I even have one called Queenie, the Infinite Fox…Now Ziggy starts to believe in all this himself and thinks himself a prophet of the future starmen. He takes himself up to the incredible spiritual heights and is kept alive by his disciples. When the infinites arrive, they take bits of Ziggy to make them real because in their original state they are anti-matter and cannot exist in our world. And they tear him to pieces on stage during the song ‘Rock ‘n’ roll suicide’. As soon as Ziggy dies on stage the infinites take his elements and make themselves visible.[15]

 

 

 

Ripped apart on stage. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Bowie, Elvis birthdays January 8th

Hippy Birthday grandpa and grandma. Elvis would be 77, Bowie 65. Now the thin white duke can ride from station to station with a senior discount ticket.

David Bowie 65th birthday: 65 iconic images of the ever-changing starA very happy birthday to the Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane. Yes, the man behind all those guides and more, David Bowie, who is 65 years old tomorrow. Over the course of 40-odd years, no-one has been able to match his ability to flit between the worlds of music, acting and art.

via Mirror

also born on January 8th

Robbie Krieger of the Doors, Stephen Hawking, and Shirley Bassey.

January 9th  gave us Jimmy Page and Richard Nixon. Too bad they weren’t interchangeable. I wonder how well Richard Nixon would play “Stairway to Heaven”. (or whether Jimmy Page would have gone to China or sent burglars to the Watergate). We will never know.

Let us not forget Scott Walker, 69 today.

More celebrity birthdays at

http://www.famousbirthdays.com/welcome.html

Sunday news: Gay Marriage in Archie comics, boon to rednecks

I always thought it would be long time sweethearts Archie and Reggie. Or maybe Jughead and Moose. Will the Archies play at the wedding?

Archie Comics Celebrates 1st Gay MarriageArchie Comics introduced its first gay couple last September and now Riverdale is celebrating its first gay marriage. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Kevin Keller, Riverdale’s first gay character, just got married to Dr. Clay Walker in Life With Archie no. 16. Archie tackled a few controversial issues with its latest story line.

this just in, Rednecks applaud this state endorsement of their livelihood.

Ill. law lets motorists salvage fur, food from roadkillCASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A new Illinois law is letting people with a furbearer license salvage pelts or even food from roadkill. The law comes as pelts from certain wild animals are fetching the highest prices in years with strong demand in Russia, China and other countries where they are valued more for their warmth than as a fashion statement.

Primate Watching (junky plaza)


from stamatis gr photo blog

 

Yesterday I had to go over to the post office on Ebay business. The local post office around here is at the Platia Dimarchios, city hall plaza. For some reason, local junkies and other permanently bewildered types have taken up a sort of residence there. There seems to be only minimal dealing going on, furtive ingestion, not much else except for a sort of Brownian motion and social interaction. I told Maria it was like going to the monkey house to watch our distant cousins. Big time voyeur action. I watched a strange menage a trois as one belle of the balle, her left eye blackened and swollen, squeezed into jeans and boots, decorated with chains flirted openly with another candidate as her bearded oblivious companion phased in and out of existence off to one side. He lifted her up from behind, stretching her back while beardo, resplendent in plaid shirt and baseball cap had image iteration and rendering problems. Then the police came by and no one altered their behavior in any way.

I guess the dope in this town must be of a very high potency because all the junkies are so zombied. They are like calf fetuses suspended in aspic as they dance their slow motion dance of perdition. I suppose they mix it up with rohypnol or some such. What always amazes me is that they often chop up and snort their painfully acquired cargo out of doors, where wind doth blow and rain doth dissolve. I can’t fathom this. Must be cheap too. Or they must be stupid.

I want to feel compassion for these poor dupes (and I do) and contempt for the hell spawn who sell them their ticket to limbo. I don’t mean the low level junkie peddlers who spin in the same blender, I mean the alien-sucking demons who build their economical and political power on their backs, who use chemical shackles to enslave an army of idiot thieves to prey upon society. It’s the old primate game, dad, purple-assed baboon politics.

If I were world emperor I would institute genuine rehabiliation for all, long slow detox assisted by as much of the chemical in question as required, self-analysis and therapy to try and restore the victims of this chemical spill to sanity, dissolution of clandestine pharmaceutical networks and conversion of their assets to fund health care and education initiatives for all.

Oh yeah. That’s all gonna happen. Just the other day I heard Newt Gingrich talking about it with Baron Sarkozy.

Epiphany, the 12th day of christmas

It is Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas in Greece. Bells are ringing, priests moan into microphones everywhere. In honor of the Baptism of Jesus, the priest tosses a cross into the waters (which abound) and swimmers contend to retrieve it.

and furthermore

EpiphanyThe modern observance at Piraeus, the ancient port of Athens, takes the form of a priest hurling a large crucifix into the waters. Young men brave the cold and compete to retrieve it. These days, the cross is generally attached to a nice, safe long chain, just in case that year's crop of divers is something less than desired.

via About

White House Denies CIA Teleported Obama to Mars

 

White House Denies CIA Teleported Obama to MarsForget Kenya. Never mind the secret madrassas. The sinister, shocking truth about Barack Obama's past lies not in east Africa, but in outer space. As a young man in the early 1980s, Obama was part of a secret CIA project to explore Mars.

via Wired

 

White House Denies CIA Teleported Obama to Mars | Danger Room | Wired.com.

 

Trip to Rijeka and Venice

Just back from our new year’s trip to rijeka, croatia with an extra bonus trip to venice. Had a good time in Rijeka, meeting and greeting some of the enthusiastic and friendly Croatian folks and fans, played on a boat, then a blissful little excursion to la serenissima, queen of the adriatic, wenedig, venice, dig. What a gas. Life is good.

The following is a favorite bit from “A Bit of Fry and Laurie” about Venice

 

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Christmas tree haid

 
This picture is me in front of the “christmas tree” at Syntagma square. They didn’t put up a special tree this year, for fear that rioters would burn it down as they did in 2009. This is an inadvertenet conehead shot from my boxing day bike ride around athens. Now we are going to Rijeka, Croatia. We will spend sunday and monday in Venice. Maria’s never been.

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Wavy Gravy, my old boss' husband.

I worked for Jahanara Romney, this guy’s wife at Grand Central Answering Service in San Francisco from 1976 to 1979. It was a gas. I encountered ol’ Wavy a few times. I played Tuxedomoon’s version of “Night and Day” for him. He said “When I hear this and then the original….it’s like night and day!” A hyuk. I used to see him riding the bus in SF, twanging on a homemade tambura and chanting.

Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie – Theatrical Trailer on Vimeo on Vimeo

Wavy Gravy, my old boss’ husband.

I worked for Jahanara Romney, this guy’s wife at Grand Central Answering Service in San Francisco from 1976 to 1979. It was a gas. I encountered ol’ Wavy a few times. I played Tuxedomoon’s version of “Night and Day” for him. He said “When I hear this and then the original….it’s like night and day!” A hyuk. I used to see him riding the bus in SF, twanging on a homemade tambura and chanting.

Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie – Theatrical Trailer on Vimeo on Vimeo