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Dead Palestinian babies and bombed mosques – IDF fashion 2009

A T-shirt printed at the request of an IDF soldier in the sniper unit depicting a heavily pregnant Palestinian woman in the crosshairs above a slogan reading “One shot, two kills.’



“…Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children’s graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques – these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order to mark the end of training, or of field duty.

The slogans accompanying the drawings are not exactly anemic either: A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription “Better use Durex,” next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him.

A sharpshooter’s T-shirt from the Givati Brigade’s Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull’s-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, “1 shot, 2 kills.”

A “graduation” shirt for those who have completed another snipers course depicts a Palestinian baby, who grows into a combative boy and then an armed adult, with the inscription, “No matter how it begins, we’ll put an end to it…”

An extract above from a very disturbing story which shows the real mindset of Israeli soldiers, from the online edition of the Israeli daily newspaper ‘Haaretz’ here.

Another story here explores how during Operation Cast Lead, Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians under permissive rules of engagement and intentionally destroyed their property, as evidenced by soldiers who fought in the offensive.

Yet another story here alleges that IDF soldiers were given orders to fire upon the rescuers of injured Gazan civilians! “Rules of Engagement: Open fire also upon rescue,” was handwritten in Hebrew on a sheet of paper found in one of the Palestinian homes the Israel Defense Forces took over during Operation Cast Lead.

More Israeli soldier’s stories here.

Following the damning testimony the other day from IDF soldiers involved in the January assault on Gaza that unarmed civilians were deliberately killed, claims by warmonger Ehud Barak that the Israeli army is the most moral in the world are now at last clearly being shown to be insane.


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March 23, 2009 Posted by | Israel, Nazi, _ARTICLE | Leave a comment

Suicide / Bruce Springsteen – Dream Baby Dream

Suicide would prove as influential as The Clash. Listening to their self-titled 1977 debut from the vantage point of late 2002, it’s all so obvious: the synthpop, techno, and industrial dance sounds of the ’80s and ’90s, and now the new New Wave of electroclash, all gesture back to that foundational album.

– Wilson Neate

A seminal track from Messrs. Alan Vega and Martin Rev, AKA the hugely influential Suicide!

With assistance from Ric Ocasek of The Cars and the inspirational figures of Englishman Michael Zilkha and Frenchman Michel Esteban (the brains behind ZE, New York’s then newest and hippest record label), the group released this famous track as the double A side single “Dream Baby Dream/Radiation” back in 1979.

The lyrics here won’t exactly win the Nobel literature prize, but the song is about much more than that and is a wonderful powerful piece nevertheless.

A song way ahead of its time, with a beautifully obsessive tone and lush, repetitive structure, Dream Baby Dream is now regarded as the classic Suicide record.

Suicide went on to be a huge influence on a slew of bands the likes of Joy Division, U2, New Order, Stereolab, Sisters of Mercy, Radiohead, The Cars and even Bruce Springsteen.

Springsteen used an interesting pared down solo keyboard version of “Dream Baby Dream” to close the concerts on his 2005 Devils & Dust Tour. See below.

Some good Suicide links:

keep that flame burnin’
keep that flame burnin’
forever

dream baby dream
dream baby dream
forever, and ever
forever, and ever

I see that smile on your face
yeah
yeah, makes you free
I see that smile
oh..

dream baby dream
dream baby dream
dream baby dream
dream baby dream
forever …

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Boris Carmi – Woman on Tel-Aviv beach, c late 1950’s

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Cassic Brassaï shots

Brassaï, the pseudonym of Gyula Halász, (9 September 1899 – 8 July 1984), was a hugely influential Hungarian photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker who rose to fame in France in the 1920’s.

Halász was born in Brassó, Romania, to a Hungarian father and an Armenian mother.At age three, his family moved to live in Paris, France for a year, while his father, a Professor of Literature, taught at the Sorbonne.

As a young man, Gyula studied painting and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, before joining a cavalry regiment of the Austro-Hungarian army, where he served until the end of the First World War.

In 1920 Halász went to Berlin, where he worked as a journalist and studied at the Berlin-Charlottenburg Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1924 he moved to Paris where he would live the rest of his life. Living amongst the huge gathering of artists in the Montparnasse Quarter, he took a job as a journalist. He soon became friends with Henry Miller, Léon-Paul Fargue, and the poet Jacques Prévert.

Gyula Halász’s job and his love of the city, whose streets he often wandered late at night, led to photography.

He later wrote that photography allowed him to seize the Paris night and the beauty of the streets and gardens, in rain and mist.

Using the name of his birthplace, Gyula Halász went by the pseudonym “Brassaï,” which means “from Brasso.” As Brassaï, he captured the essence of the city in his photographs, publishing his first book of photographs in 1933 titled “Paris de nuit” (“Paris by Night”).

His efforts met with great success, resulting in his being called “the eye of Paris” in an essay by his friend Henry Miller.

In addition to photos of the seedier side of Paris, he also provided scenes from the life of the city’s high society, its intellectuals, its ballet, and the grand operas. He photographed many of his great artist friends, including Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, plus many of the prominent writers of his time such as Jean Genet, Henri Michaux and others.

Brassaï was a founding member of the Rapho agency, created in Paris by Charles Rado in 1933. His photographs brought him international fame leading to a one-man show in the United States at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.

As well as a photographer, Brassaï was the author of seventeen books and numerous articles, including the 1948 novel Histoire de Marie, which was published with an introduction by Henry Miller. His Letters to My Parents and Conversations with Picasso, have been translated into English and published by the University of Chicago Press.

After 1961, when he stopped taking photographs, Brassaï concentrated his considerable energy on sculpting in stone and bronze. Several tapestries were made from his designs based on his photographs of graffiti.

Brassaï died on 7 July 1984 in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, in the south of France and was interred in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris.

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Ansel Adams Wedding Photo


January 2, 1928
Virginia Best and Ansel Adams
Photographer not specified
Scanned from: Ansel Adams, “An Autobiography”

Wonderful candid shot of the seminal American photographer from birdwatcher

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Meanwhile back at ye olde orgy !

“I say Reginald, fancy a sandwich old chap?”

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Family

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Brassaï – Conchita with sailors, Place d’Italie, Paris, 1932

“OK Boys, who’s first?”

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Grimm Fairy Tales No. 39 Cover

Nice work by david-nakayama

Artist’s Comments:

So here’s my cover for GRIMM FAIRY TALES #39, which plays on the famous parable about a scorpion hitching a ride on a fox’s back only to sting the fox midstream, killing them both. (It’s his nature, you know.)

Sela plays the part of the fox in our image, of course. 🙂

I decided to go back and personally tweak the colors on this one, and I’m really glad I did. I’ll let you guys be the final judge, but I like to think that the image reads more clearly now, looks tighter and cleaner, and ‘ pops’ just a bit more.

Also, due to popular demand, I put Sela’s strap in the scorpion’s pincer, making this cheescake about 50% cheekier. ;D

Pencils, color: Me (with thanks to Nei Ruffino)

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House MD – Family Guy

Nice work from Jukkart

Artist’s Comments:

House MD drawn in the style of Family Guy-toon.

Really liking both shows. Currently in Finland, we’ve only got season 3 of House so looking forward of more!

Medium: Pen-tool in Photoshop CS

House MD (c) Fox 2008
Family Guy (c) Seth MacFarlane

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The Family

Stunning shot from melaniumom


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Goddess

Another fine piece from opiumia

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The Detroit Cobras – Cha Cha Twist



Tell me, baby, have you seen my sis ?


Another classic reinterpretation by Michigan’s finest – and one of the late, great John Peel’s favourite bands – The Detroit Cobras!

This cover of proto-rock ‘n’ roller Hank Ballard‘s “Cha Cha Twist was released as a single in 2004 on seminal Brit indie label Rough Trade but had earlier appeared in a slightly different version on their 1998 LP Mink Rat or Rabbit.



The band’s biggest fan detroitcobracovers.blogspot writes about this track below;

Song: Cha Cha Twist

Artist: Brice Coefield

Written: Hank Ballard

Year : 1960

Album/Single: Madison # 137

Cobra’s Version

Song: Cha Cha Twist

Released: February 24th, 1998

Album: Mink Rat or Rabbit






While I can not find any specific information on today’s selection, I have found some information on Brice Coefield.

Quite frankly, the man was involved with some legendary names in the music industry – “Bumps” Blackwell (songwriter and producer of Little Richard), Herb Alpert (co-founder of A&M records, legendary trumpet player), Lou Adler (producer for, among others, Sam Cooke, Mama’s & Papa’s, the Monterrey Pop Festival) & Phil Spector (I don’t need to explain who he is, do I?). Draw your own conclusion as to why, with all these talented people around him, he wasn’t more successful himself.

He started off in 1955 in Los Angeles with his cousin, Rip Spencer, in a variety of vocal groups. It was Brice’s father who, through jazz pianist Lloyd Glenn, that put them in touch with “Bumps” Blackwell. Calling themselves the “Valiants”, they actually were the first to release “Good Golly, Miss Molly”, one of the songs Bumps had written (Little Richard had recorded it before them but the Valiants were the first to actually release it).

It was the flip side of one of two records they would every have chart – “This is the Night” (#43 R&B / #69 Pop). The other chart success they enjoyed was as members of the Alley Cats with “Puddin N’ Tain” – released in 1962 on Phil Spector’s Phillies Label (Brice was a co-writer of the song as well).

This brief bio was culled from Marv Goldberg’s excellent R&B Notebook – check it out for yourself.

Brice had 5 records released on the Madison label from 1960 to 1961. Four were as a member of the “Valiants”, with today’s record being released simply as “Brice Coefeild”.

Interestingly enough, despite the thoroughness of the aforementioned Marv Goldberg’s R&B Notebook, there is no mention of this record. The song writing credits go to the legendary Hank Ballard (thought jazz keyboardist Les McCann sometime get’s credit for writing it as well).

I would have to assume it was recorded/released late in 1960, to capitalize on the success of Chubby Checker’s massive hit earlier in the year – “The Twist” (which was also written by Hank Ballard!).









(Cha Cha Cha)

(Cha Cha Cha)

(Cha Cha Cha)

Come on baby

Let’s do the Twist

Come on baby

Let’s do the Twist

You look fine, yeah

when you go like this

Tell me, baby

Have you seen my sis ?

Tell me, baby

Have you seen my sis ?

She knows how to rock

and do the Cha Cha Twist

Hully, hully gully

Slop and Madison, too

When you do the twist

to a beat like this

You can Cha Cha with your baby too

Your Papa’s sleeping

and your Mama’s not around

Your Papa’s sleeping

and your Mama’s not around

Well come over here, baby

we’re gonna tear the house down

Hully, hully gully (shake your shoulders)

Slop and Madison, too (hit it)

When you do the twist

to a beat like this

You can Cha Cha with your baby too

Your Papa’s sleeping

and your Mama’s not around

Your Papa’s sleeping

and your Mama’s not around

Come on baby

we’re gonna tear the house down

Oh yaa Twist

Hey baby

The Cobra’s take on “Cha Cha Twist” both speeds the song and rocks it up courtesy of classic Detroit garage guitar crunch. What’s interesting on the original is all the stuff going on in the background – all the “Oooohhhhh Aaahhhh”, “Cha Cha Cha” and “Wuh Wuh” vocals that run throughout the song. If you listen closely to the Cobra’s version you will hear them doing similar things, but buried much deeper in the mix.



I understand this was used for a Diet Coke commercial a few years back. Never saw, but it had to be cool.

They did shoot a video for “Cha Cha Twist” (their only video ?) with Meg White as “Little Red Riding Hood”. Interestingly enough, it seems to be a different version of the song that was released on “Mink Rat or Rabbit”.

Some Cobras links:



The Detroit Cobras – Cha Cha Twist

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March 23, 2009 Posted by | Brice Coefield, Hank Ballard, Music_Alternative, The Detroit Cobras, _BABE, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Bride’s exorcism II

Wonderful work from opiumia

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Red Army soldier, circa 1919

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Pig Mothership

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Ruth Orkin – Humphrey Bogart, 1950


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Let’s play Economic Collapse

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Offensive Pope Benny Offended

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E-mail Pat. Visit Pat’s site.

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Thai Expo Hotties

So you thought tramping endlessly around a gigantic Expo hall the size of a small town, full of assholes trying to sell you stuff you’ll never need is as bad as listening to an insane, interminable, six hour sermon from madcap Pope Benny? Well you’re right!
Except in Thailand!

There it’s just like walking around a gigantic go-go bar!

Next year, we plan to spend our entire vacation inside a Thai Expo hall!

We like Thai Expos long time!

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March 22, 2009 Posted by | Thailand, _BABE | Leave a comment