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Oh My! “Auntie Maxine” Kicking Chumph Behind!

Gosh…I can see why the board Trumpazoid is so hot for Maxine! I mean, the well attired Octogenarian really has the boy’s head spinning!

That’s what that Trumpaholism will do to your brain. The only known cure is to pull the victim’s head out of their ass. Sometimes requiring heavy construction equipment…Or an implanted MOAB.

Try not to whimper, little one.

How Maxine Waters became ‘Auntie Maxine’ in the age of Trump

Maxine Waters knows what “throwing shade” means now. She urges people to “stay woke.”

In the past few months, young people have embraced 78-year-old Waters and her acerbic comments about President Trump, bringing the Los Angeles Democrat national fame in her 14th term, and a new nickname: Auntie Maxine.

“It’s unusual for elected officials to step outside of the box,” Waters said in an interview. “The millennials keep telling me for the most part they’ve never heard someone talk like that before.”

Since refusing to attend Trump’s inauguration, Waters, the longest-serving black woman in the House, has achieved icon-level status. Her image and quotes appear on T-shirts and posters. Twitter and Facebook are full of people rubbing their virtual hands in glee at what she might say next.

“When I grow up, I want to be @MaxineWaters. Thank you, Rep. Waters, for being unafraid to speak the truth,” Crystal Webb, a young Twitter user, posted.

“On a different note, @MaxineWaters clap black game is sooooo strong!! #goals,” said another.

“Anyone think Auntie @MaxineWaters is a hero?,” asked another.

Young black activists in particular see a powerful and familiar figure in the impeccably dressed older woman expressing her opinion, even if it might be painfully honest, said Rashad Robinson, who leads the New York-based Color of Change, a progressive civil rights group.

“Maxine Waters has given us the viral videos to go along with our rants,” Robinson said. “People are shaking their heads when she talks, and they are saying, ‘Thank God someone said that.’

“I think for many young black folks, they have that sort of auntie or matriarch in their family that sort of says it like it is,” Robinson said.

The congresswoman’s sudden popularity has led to interview after interview in the likes of Teen Vogue, Jet, Elle, Essence, Cosmopolitan and millennial-focused news sites like Mic and BuzzFeed, with headlines like, “Maxine Waters Is Back and She’s Not Here to Play.”

Southern Californians have long been familiar with Waters, who lives in the Vermont Knolls section of South Los Angeles and is not known for holding her tongue.

In 1994, she was gaveled off the House floor when she refused to stop loudly criticizing a Republican member she felt had badgered a female witness during a hearing. In 2011, she accused President Obama of neglecting black communities, then a week later, said the tea party could go “straight to hell.”

“Nobody should be surprised about me,” she said.

But her derision of Trump goes far beyond previous criticism of political foes, and the new, norm-breaking president has energized her in a way other Republicans she’s opposed have not. In an age when the call from many on her side of the aisle is “Resistance,” Waters has become a de facto leader of the charge.

She couldn’t fathom Trump’s rise during the election, she said, pointing to his insulting comments about former presidential rivals Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton, the lewd “Access Hollywood” video in which he bragged about grabbing women and his mocking imitation of a disabled reporter.

“I can’t get it out of my head,” she said. “I’ve never seen anybody as disgusting or as disrespectful as he is.”

The attention began when Waters refused to go to the presidential inauguration. She also stayed away when Trump gave his first speech to Congress, telling the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t honor this president. I don’t respect this president. And I’m not joyful in the presence of this president.”

She has been saying she thinks Trump is headed for impeachment since even before he was sworn in. At an anti-Trump tax march in April, she said she’ll “fight every day until he is impeached.” She refers to his staff as the “Kremlin Klan” and has pushed for an independent investigation into Russian interference in the election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

Waters has made it clear she doesn’t want to be in the same room with Trump, much less extend the courtesies commonly afforded the president, regardless of party. She has put politeness aside.

“Newsflash to Trump: Republicans control Washington. Russians control you,” she tweeted in late April.

Waters has always been a target of conservative media, but the attacks have increased since she began in January to speak of impeachment. Last month, the far-right news magazine American Thinker called her unhinged and the “poster child for Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

Now-ousted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly joked earlier this month that he was too distracted by her “James Brown wig” to hear her comments on the House floor about patriotism under Trump. He later apologized.

Waters responded on MSNBC: “Let me just say this: I’m a strong black woman, and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody.” Her comments quickly went viral….Read the Rest Here


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Cassette Tapes Make a Comeback…

This one is strange. Cassette tapes killed the 8 Track Tape, due to size. They were in turn killed, just when cassete tape manufacturers had worked all of the quality issues out by the CD – principally because it was easy to songs in any order you wanted to, without waiting for the tape to wind. Cds also were designed to sound good on lousy audio equipment – a decent home cassette player cost north of $500.

Much of what the article complains about in terms of “hiss” has to do wit the equipment used to play the cassette. Top end players like the Nakamichi didn’t have that problem. Funny thing is, those Nakamichi “Dragons” which guys part with, seem to disappear in a few minutes in the online forums.

Anyway – being a collector of music, I’ve never been able to cross the Rubicon of having music I purchased being out there in Cyberspace, with someone else telling me when, or how many times I can listen to it. Thinking about the number of high-tech companies that are here today, and gone tomorrow – it seems to me risky.

And then there is the issue or trading down to lousy sound quality.

Ah well…

The "Dragon"

Miss the Hiss? Fanatics Flip for Tunes on Cassette Tapes

Luke Thordarson is an audiophile with a houseful of fancy amplifiers and speakers, but he has been hunting for one special piece of technology to complete his setup.

He found it on a blue tarp at the flea market here one Sunday recently. “How much are you asking for this?” Mr. Thordarson asked the vendor, trying to hide his excitement.

There it was, nestled between a car rim and some used blenders: a Technics RS-616 cassette deck.

Mr. Thordarson haggled the price down to $20 from $30. Making his day more glorious, he also found a vendor with blank cassettes still in their wrappers.

“It’s treasure-collecting in its oldest form,” says Mr. Thordarson, who will add the tapes to his collection of 600 cassettes.

Mr. Thordarson, a professional DJ, is part of a small group of cassette-tape connoisseurs, a fringe of audiophiles who find the tape’s flat tones and fuzzy hiss to be a comforting throwback.

Most music lovers have abandoned cassettes. The Oxford English Dictionary says it is removing the term “cassette player” from its Concise dictionary. Sony says it stopped shipments of its Walkman cassette player in Japan earlier this year.

But cassette devotees say that tapes are underappreciated. They see cassettes following in the shadows of their analog brethren, vinyl records, which are currently enjoying a renaissance.

The Compact Cassette was invented by Philips, the Netherlands electronics giant, in 1963, and took off in the 1970s, especially after Sony introduced its legendary Walkman in 1979. U.S. music-cassette shipments peaked in 1988 at 450 million tapes, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The cassette’s decline began as compact discs took over.

Most music lovers don’t miss the hiss, the background noise caused when the tape passes over the playback head. “Listening to a cassette for quality is like driving a Smart Car in the Indy 500,” says Bob Lefsetz, author of a music newsletter and blog, who says the cassette is a poor music medium.

The hiss is part of the magic for cassette lovers. “Tape hiss has the same amount of charm as a little crackle when listening to a record has,” says Mr. Thordarson. “It makes it seem more real.”

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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Music, From Way Back When to Now


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