Saturday, February 20, 2010

Gone Fishing

Due to some personal issues, I am going on an indefinite hiatus from blogging and the show at BlogTalkRadio. Those of you that know how to contact me may do so through the usual channels. For the rest of you, I may be back. I'm just not sure at this point when.

Happy Trails, fellow patriots.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

When Nutjobs Attack

Some eight years ago, in March of 2002, accused murderer Amy Bishop was charged with assault in an incident over a booster seat at an IHOP in Peabody, MA.

In the shooting death of Bishop's brother, which was declared accidental at the time, she avoided charges on a technicality concerning lost paperwork which has since been found.

Bishop was also a prime suspect in an attempted mail bombing, ostensibly after finding out she was to receive a negative job evaluation from a superior.

Must be one of those bitter clingers, huh? Not quite...she was reportedly "obsessed with Obama," not to mention a leftist academic fraud. No headlines here, people! Nothing to see! Move along!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Slippery Slope

WARNING: The following article, as linked is not safe for work. Reader discretion is advised.

From wtsp.com out of Tampa, FL:

Dr. Daniel R. Lerom is listed in documents as having a long-standing sexual relationship with his Lakeland patient, listed only as "HK" in a lawsuit filed with Hillsborough County Circuit Court.


So am I resorting to yellow journalism now? This seems like the sort of thing that would make a racy tabloid's inner pages, right? Well here's the money quote:

Ken Kramer is a researcher for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a group that investigates psychiatric abuse.

Kramer was very upset to learn about the details in this case. "It's a felony. It's against the hippocratic oath. It's something you just don't do."


Last time I checked, abortion and assisted suicide were both "against the hippocratic oath" as well. You let the (seemingly) small things go, and it's easy for the rest of your standards to crumble. After all, HK and The Doctor were two presumably-consenting adults.

How about you start standing up for the unconscious, the terminally ill, and the unborn, Mister Kramer? Your complaints about hippocratic oath-breaking will ring hollow to me unless and until you do.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Gryph's Top-Ten Valentine's Day Breakup Songs

#10: Maneater, by Hall & Oates

This one reminds me of my ex...



#9: Jeopardy, by The Greg Kihn Band

Yeah, I know Greg Kihn had "The Breakup Song," but that one seemed too easy. Besides, this one has a disturbingly surreal video and a great beat -- even if it's not strictly a breakup song.



#8: Go Your Own Way, by Fleetwood Mac

When their "Rumours" album was being cut in the 1970's, Fleetwood Mac's internecine drama may have threatened to tear the band apart, but it also resulted in some really nifty creative work that their follow-up album ("Tusk") didn't even come close to matching.



#7: Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover, by Paul Simon

I've absolutely adored this song ever since I could remember. It is probably the most poetic of the great breakup songs, and Steve Gadd's drumming is absolutely stellar.



#6: This Love, by Maroon 5

I'm a sucker for a cinderella story. Adam Levine, Maroon 5's lead singer, performed in front of a crowd for the first time at the age of 12. He was so consumed with stage fright when he had to sing his band's final number, he turned his back to the crowd. It's evident both in this song and its video that he's come quite a long way.



#5: Ain't No Sunshine, by Bill Withers

As breakup songs go, this one is beautiful in its soulful simplicity.


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#4: I'm Not In Love, by 10cc

From the group that ultimately gave the world Godley and Creme, these guys will stand forever in the annals of rock as supreme innovators -- pretty much entirely in analog, to boot. The choral effects in this song would subsequently be used by Billy Joel in "Just the Way You Are," as well as by other artists, but 10cc was the first.

On a more personal note, I just love the song's theme of irrational denial



#3: Love Stinks, by J. Geils Band

Unlike most of the videos on this countdown, I couldn't get it to embed. It's still worth taking a listen. J. Geils and the boys have encapsulated my feelings on love in a wonderful two-word chorus.

#2: Always on my Mind, by Willie Nelson et. al

The number of times this song has been covered is testament to its impact. Apologies for the funky aspect ratio in the video, but the music makes it worth the slight visual dissonance.



And the #1 breakup song on Gryph's list is...

Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me, by Juice Newton

As much as I hate Valentine's Day, I have to end this list on a mildly triumphant, rather matter-of-fact note. Follow the link to check out the video, and if it doesn't make you smile, you may be a lost cause.