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Leonard Cohen is Awesome

Saturday night’s show was superb beyond my wildest hopes. There’s plenty of dates left on what will likely be his final concert tour, so please do yourself a massive favor and get out to see Leonard Cohen if there’s any way at all you can swing it.

Here’s a cellphone video featuring part of Tower of Song from the Broomfield show.

And here’s one from an earlier show on the tour.

Magnificent.

Eat your hearts out!

Why, oh why, have I decided to post at this long-moribund blog? I have nothing to say about the presidential election beyond the obvious facts that Mitt Romney is a sociopath who has no business walking the same streets as decent human beings, and that President Obama has fallen from the dizzying heights of Hope and Change in 2008 to Lesser-Evil status in 2012, but hey, whatever.

No, the reason I’m posting is rub the noses of anyone who blunders upon these words in the fact that my wife and I are going to see Leonard Cohen in concert tomorrow night. I haven’t been to a concert of any sort in years, maybe decades. Can’t even begin to describe how much I’m looking forward to this.

Eat your hearts out, fuckers!

“Nice guy. Meet ’em everywhere.”

Flashback Friday:

Kevin Ayers, Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes

Damn Fine Tune

Thanks to YouTube, everyone can enjoy this obscure tune recorded by a band of high schoolers from Dayton, Ohio long about 1971:

The Fabulous Originals – It Ain’t Fair But It’s Fun

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Sluggo: 1998 — 2009

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Farewell to the goodest of all good dogs and the best friend a guy ever had. We love you, we miss you terribly, and we’ll never ever forget you.

Recent Endorsements — Obama on a Roll

Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama today on Meet the Press.

The Houston Chronicle had endorsed a grand total of one Democratic candidate for president since 1960, and that was LBJ in 1964. That number doubled today when the Chronicle endorsed Obama.

Staunch supporters of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, the Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Obama today.

Other Sunday endorsements include the New York Daily News, the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and the Portland Oregonian.

Our own Denver Post, which had endorsed Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney in the caucuses, endorsed Obama on Friday.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution endorsed Obama on Friday, and offered some words of wisdom for the three or four people who still believe that John McCain is some sort of “maverick”:

[I]n his current role as Republican nominee, McCain has yet to explain how most of his proposed policies and approaches differ from those of the current president. From deregulation of Wall Street and tax cuts that favor the richest 5 percent of Americans to a more aggressive foreign policy, McCain’s approach now reflects the same Republican orthodoxy that has governed this country since 2000. Time and again, he has been offered chances to explain how his philosophy differs from that of the current president, and he has not been able to do so.

Obama also picked up endorsements from two major newspapers that had never before endorsed a Democrat for president, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. In fact, the Times hadn’t endorsed any presidential candidate since 1972.

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A belated Happy Birthday to SCD

This here blog turned one year old on July 30 and even I didn’t notice.

14,246 views, 396 comments, 307 entries, five blocked coronary arteries, one heart attack and a pacemaker later, and still we’re up and running.

My sincere thanks to everyone who’s stopped by. The door’s always open even when there’s no one home. Please feel free to introduce yourself and leave a comment.

Heart Attacks, Coronary Bypass Surgery and Telco Immunity

Yes, it’s been a long time since the last entry. This time, though, I have a much more interesting excuse than the standard “too much work” and “not enough interest” bill of fare. No, really. Check it out.

Poor genetics and decades of ruinous living caught up with me on May 28, 2008 when I had a heart attack on the way to work. It obviously wasn’t The Big One a la the late great Tim Russert; it was more your myocardial infarction of the slow-burn variety (slow enough that the event actually lasted the better part of two days.)

Thanks to my coworkers and the Denver Paramedics, I made it to Porter Adventist Hospital. The dedicated pros at that fine institution saw to it that the heart attack wasn’t fatal and got me ready for Phase Two of the job. It was a pretty big undertaking, seeing as how all five of the arteries that fed blood to the muscle tissue of my heart were totally fucking FUBAR. Enter cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Bradley Hofer, who performed successful quintuple coronary artery bypass surgery on May 30. Mad, mad props to Dr. Hofer for doing such magnificent work.

I truly can’t say enough about the nurses and other support staff at Porter Hospital’s coronary intensive care facility. I was quite the wreck when I came to after surgery, but those superb people had me well enough to go home on June 4. Special thanks to Douglas, Michael, Gloria and Mira. If you absolutely must have a heart attack in the Denver, CO area, I highly recommend doing so in the vicinity of Porter Hospital.

The biggest thanks of all go to Lisa, the love of my life. Her absolute devotion throughout all this has been nothing short of breathtaking. Can’t imagine what a miserable old bastard like me ever did to warrant the love of someone like Lisa, but I’ll sure as hell take it. I love you, baby.

Things seem to be going well so far. I’m spending the days walking around the neighborhood and catching up on tons of lost sleep. I’ve had post-discharge visits with both the surgeon and my cardiologist (that still sounds strange as hell — “my cardiologist”) and they’re pleased with the progress to date. It’ll be a long road, primarily on account of the horrible shit they have to do in order to get at your heart in the first place, but so far, so good.

And, of course, there will be lifestyle changes. No more 80+ hour work weeks, for one thing. That would sound delightful to most, but my fellow workoholics know it’s easier said than done. No more pork fat sammiches with gravy fries and pork fat soda, either. I’m gonna miss that. What I’m not missing very much at all is the two-pack-per-day cigarette addiction that’s dogged me for the past thirty-seven or so years. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, but so far things are good on the not-smoking front.

I’m not sure when — or even whether — I’ll return to blogging on a halfway regular basis. I may have some kind of epiphany that compels me to do something else with my free time. Or not. It’s impossible to say at this point. One way or the other, I’m focused on trying to get well right now, so it’ll be awhile before I return to this insignificant little backwater of the intart00bs regularly.

In news that actually means something in the grand scheme of things, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a “compromise” bill that not only expands the federal government’s power to spy on “terrorism” suspects but also retroactively immunizes telecommunications companies from civil liability for their flagrant violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 , the Communications Act of 1934, the Stored Communications Act as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act, etc., etc. by rolling over and giving protected information to the Bush Administration on request. The new legislation, if it passes the Senate, will moot a number of “state secrets privilege” cases currently pending in federal courts, two of which were discussed here.

Among the many Democrats voting for the bill was my own Congress critter, Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO). As my one or two regular readers know, Udall is giving up a safe seat in the House to run for a seat in the U.S. Senate that Wayne Allard is vacating. When I first heard about that development, I was pretty damned happy. Udall’s amassed a pretty substantial progressive voting record during his ten years in the House.

But then came Udall’s rather cowardly refusal to support articles of impeachment against Cheney and Bush. The refusal was bad enough, but the mealy-mouthed justification for the refusal (“Well, gee whillackers, I don’t know what ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ means”) was absolutely inexcusable.

And now Rep. Udall supports what amounts to complete capitulation to the Bush administration on matters that go straight to the core of freedom and democracy. Well, fuck that.

Udall’s opponent in the Senate race is a monstrously evil Republican jagoff by the name of Bob Schaffer. I’d sooner power-wash my own testicles with battery acid than vote for Schaffer, but I can’t in good conscience vote for Udall either. As of now, I won’t be casting a vote for U.S. Senator come November. Anyone care to tell me why I’m wrong?