CLA Radio – August Hiatus


ConservativeLA Radio (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday nights, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will be on vacation during the month of August (2015).

The following reruns are scheduled:

August 7: #26 – No Depression

August 14: #47 – Radio, Radio

August 21: #75 – Dreams

August 28: #122 – Ray Charles

CLA Radio 07/31/15: Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon 1976 by Klaus Hiltscher

(Photo by Klaus Hiltscher.)

This week’s ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday, 7/31/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will feature one of the greats, and one of my favorites: Warren Zevon.

Introductory comments by someone who, in the case of Warren Zevon, has less musical sense than God gave badgers.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

The Spotify playlist is here (less additional audio marked with an asterisk).

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Thanks to Breck Nichols and DJ Peachy J for their able assistance with the set list.

Set list:

* Introduction
* VH1 Profile
Life’ll Kill Ya
Night Time In The Switching Yard
Splendid Isolation
* Interview – All Mixed Together
Back In The High Life Again
My S***’s F***ed Up
Lawyers, Guns And Money
* Interview – Themes, Bio, Books, Classical Music
Excitable Boy
Mohammed’s Radio
* Crystal Zevon: Book-Signing and Interview
Heartache Spoken Here
Fistful Of Rain
Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner
Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School
Johnny Strikes Up The Band
Battle Ship Chains (Hindu Love Gods)
Werewolves Of London
Mannish Boy (Hindu Love Gods)
A Certain Girl
Tenderness On The Block
Raspberry Beret (Hindu Love Gods)
Hit Somebody!
Hasten Down The Wind
Empty Handed Heart
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
Bed Of Coals
Join Me In L.A.
Desperados Under The Eaves
* Interview – Getting The Hang Of It
* Interview – David Letterman and Hunter S Thompson
Keep Me In Your Heart

CLA Radio 07/24/15: Cowboy Music


This week’s ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday, 7/24/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will explore the wonderful world of Cowboy Music (and a bit of cowboy poetry, as well).

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

The Spotify playlist is here (less additional audio marked with an asterisk).

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set list:

Sons Of The Pioneers: Tumbling Tumbleweeds
* The Big Lebowski: The Dude Meets The Stranger
Rich O’Brien & Norman Blake: Flop-Eared Mule
Carl Sprague: Mormon Cowboy
Don Edwards: Whoopi Ti Yi You
Johnny Cash: Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
Chris LeDoux & Garth Brooks: Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy
Willie Nelson: My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
Arkansas Woodchooper: I’m A Texas Cowboy
Curtis Grimes: The Cowboy Kind
Tom T. Hall: Faster Horses
Harry McClintock: Goodbye Old Paint
Thin Lizzy: Cowboy Song
Jerry Jeff Walker: Ro-Deo-Deo Cowboy
* National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Jesse Smith: Three-Wheeler
Billy Williams And The Westerners: Blood On The Saddle
Ray Bierl: The Old Chisolm Trail/Indian Nation
Michael Martin Murphy: The Bunkhouse Orchestra
Frankie Laine: Gunfight At O.K. Corral
* Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: Wiener Roast
Bob Dylan: Bunkhouse Theme
Red Steagall: Ridin’ Down The Canyon
Emmylou Harris: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
His Champion Rep Riders: The Wandering Cowboy
Riders In The Sky: Down The Trail To San Antone
Roy Rogers & Dale Evans: Colorado Trail
Vince Gill: What The Cowgirls Do
Harry Jackson: Little Joe, The Wrangler’s Sister Nell
* National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Rodney Nelson: Good Clean Fun
Patsy Montana: I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart
Guy Clark: Rita Ballou
The Light Crust Doughboys: Lasso A Girl From El Paso
Gene Autry: Dear Old Western Skies
Buddy Miller: Cattle Call
Rex Allen: Riding On Across The Prairie
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks: I’m An Old Cowhand
Merle Travis & Joe Maphis: Back In The Saddle Again
* Tonight Show: Cowboy Poetry
Matthias Gohl: Get Along, Little Doggies
Gene Autry: Sing Me A Song Of The Saddle
Sons Of The Pioneers: Where The Rio Rolls Along
Sam Cooke: Twilight On The Trail
The Ventures: Ghost Riders In The Sky
* National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: RandyRieman: Purt Near
Sleepy LaBeef: Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
Slim Whitman: Home On The Range
Roy Rogers & Dale Evans: Happy Trails

CLA Radio 07/17/15: Fiddles (repeat)


Tonight’s ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday, 7/17/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will be all about fiddle music (the program originally aired on 9/05/14).

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

No Spotify playlist this time, alas.

(I’m also on Twitter.)

And a shout-out to everybody at TribbleFest!

Set list:

John Hartford: Long Hot Summer Days (Mark Twang)
Frank Stokes: Right Now Blues (Violin, Sing The Blues)
The Punch Brothers: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, III. Allegro (Antifogmatic bonus DVD)
Henry Williams: Lonesome Blues (Violin, Sing The Blues)
Merle Haggard: Take Me Back To Tulsa (A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player…)
Tommy Peoples: Two Jigs (Fiddle Sticks…)
Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli: I Got Rhythm (Quintessential)
Tommie Bradley: Adam And Eve (Violin, Sing The Blues)
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks: Shorty Falls In Love (Where’s The Money?)
Memphis Jug Band: Memphis Shakedown (Violin, Sing The Blues)
The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotter: Bogtrotter Blues (Bogtrotter Blues)
Alison Krauss & Union Station: The Road Is a Lover (So Long, So Wrong)
The Red Clay Ramblers: Fiddlesticks (The Red Clay Ramblers)
Mobile Strugglers: Memphis Blues (Violin, Sing The Blues)
Mahavishnu Orchestra: Celestial Terrestrial Commuters (Birds of Fire)
Louie Bluie & Ted Bogan: Ted’s Stomp (Violin, Sing The Blues)
Carrie Rodriguez: Devil In Mind (Give Me All You Got)
Alison Krauss & Union Station: Wouldn’t Be So Bad (Lonely Runs Both Ways)
Peg Leg Howell: Beaver Slide Rag (Violin, Sing The Blues)
Jean-Luc Ponty: King Kong (King Kong)
Tommie Bradley: Window Pane Blues (Violin, Sing The Blues)
Beethoven: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61, III (Perlman)
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks: I Scare Myself (Striking It Rich)
Alison Krauss & Union Station: Take Me For Longing (New Favorite)
Nickel Creek: Excerpts from Austin City Limits 8/25/14 taping

CNN: OPM Director Not Vetted Properly By…Republicans

ArchuletaFrom Evan Perez and Wesley Bruer at CNN comes a wonderfully funny article: “OPM Director Katherine Archuleta steps down.”

Washington (CNN) Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta resigned Friday, a day after revealing the recent data breach of government computers was vastly larger than originally thought.

Which is also a day after she vowed to stay put.

Thought by whom? Do you mean, vastly larger than Archuleta claimed?

Archuleta confirmed her departure in an email to OPM staff.

“I write to you this afternoon to share that earlier today, I offered and the President accepted my resignation as the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management,” she wrote. “Leading this agency and serving with all of you has been the highlight of my career.”

You have to really screw up to get shitcanned by this Administration.

Starting Saturday, Beth Cobert, currently the U.S. Chief Performance Officer and a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget, will take over as acting director of OPM.

Interestingly, Ms. Cobert came to OMB from McKinsey & Company, which has “offered some of the worst advice in the annals of business.”

Archuleta acknowledged Thursday that her agency had discovered in April that hackers had breached sensitive personnel databases and had stolen the personal data of 22.1 million current, former and prospective U.S. government employees, and their family members.

What is that sentence trying to say? That Archuleta and OPM have been underestimating the extent of the hack since it was made public? The figure of 21 million was announced by OPM yesterday. OPM consistently low-balled its estimates: On June 4, “OPM publicly [announced a] data breach of personnel data systems affecting as many as 4.2 million current and former federal employees. Some officials [said] those estimates undercount[ed] the true scope of the attack.”

Support for Archuleta crumbled after her testimony. But she had never received a thorough vetting of her qualifications for the job.

Testimony? What testimony? Do the authors mean her June 25 testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee? Then say so. Are we supposed to be mind-readers?

But the most interesting part of that paragraph is that it sets up the following narrative: No blame is assigned to the Obama Administration for nominating an unqualified, inexperienced political hack for OPM Director; the real issue, per the authors, is the failure of the Senate to knock down her nomination in general, and the failure of Senate Republicans to do so in particular. Hey you guys! Why didn’t you go after the Latina nominated by the Obama Administration!

Uh huh.

When she won Senate confirmation to lead the Office of Personnel Management, the chief objections from lawmakers who voted against her focused on Obamacare.

That was October, 2013, and the 62-35 vote reflected the political concerns at the time about how the agency, which serves as the federal government’s HR department, would implement parts of the health care law opposed by Republicans.

Read that as: Republicans were so obsessed with Obamacare that they failed to adequately vet Archuleta. Democratic Senators, and President Obama, get a pass.

Less attention focused on the agency’s role in handling government security clearances and how it safeguards some of the most sensitive U.S. government databases.

Damn Republicans. If only you would have done your job.

Even less was paid to why Archuleta — whose most recent job was as a national political director for Obama for America, the President’s reelection campaign — was the person to help fix what was an agency already struggling to deal with technology problems and serious data breaches.

Because there’s nothing Democrats love more than the optics of Republicans obstructing Presidential appointments when it can be made to seem that racial animus and/or sexism is the motivation.

So even less attention was paid, certainly by the authors, as to why the President nominated her in the first place.

Note the passive voice: “was the person to help fix….” Again, the President nominated her. The passive voice deliberately obfuscates where the responsibility lies.

Aides to Republican lawmakers who voted for her confirmation now acknowledge they didn’t pay enough attention to the importance of technology in the agency Archuleta was taking over.

Yep, you got us. We totally dropped the ball.


U.S. investigators believe Chinese government hackers are behind the breach, the worst ever against the U.S. government. Some of the most sensitive security background check data, including information on mental and drug histories of federal job applicants, is now in the hands of Chinese intelligence, according to U.S. authorities.

Who are these vague “investigators” and “authorities”? Are you people journalists?

Also, that information is likely already “in the wild,” so limiting it to “Chinese intelligence” is wildly incomplete.

Also, nothing about phishing.

House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday became the highest ranking lawmaker to call for Archuleta resignation. He was joined by Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, of Virginia. In recent weeks more than 20 other lawmakers had demanded she be fired.

Maybe this can be written in such a way as to blame Republicans for both her firing and her confirmation?

Critics now call her a political hack who shouldn’t have the job, even though she got the job with bipartisan support and her political past played little role in her Senate confirmation.

So basically, this is passing around the gun to make sure everybody’s fingerprints are on it.

Administration officials privately acknowledged Archuleta has performed poorly in hearings and briefings, and that she has made missteps to hurt her own cause. At a recent hearing she was asked if she had met with FBI Director James Comey to discuss the investigation, given the seriousness of the breach. No, was her answer.

Hold my beer. I got this.

Her briefings for lawmakers have come across as misleading, in part because she stuck by a public estimate that only 4 million people were affected by the breach, even as Comey had told lawmakers the number was nearly five times larger and cited OPM’s own internal data.

Then why did you write, earlier in the article, that “Archuleta acknowledged Thursday that her agency had discovered in April that hackers had breached sensitive personnel databases and had stolen the personal data of 22.1 million current, former and prospective U.S. government employees, and their family members”?

The White House was saying even Friday morning that President Barack Obama continued to have confidence in her.

I can’t even.

Even before Archuleta took the job, there were signs of trouble at OPM that demanded attention. Internal audits found the agency was woefully behind in meeting security standards for sensitive databases.

Signs of trouble? As Jeffrey Lebowski said, THE G**DAMN PLANE HAS CRASHED INTO THE MOUNTAIN!”

And more suchlike nonsense….

People get paid to write that sort of nonsense. ‘Murica.

CLA Radio 07/10/15: Close Harmony


The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday night, 07/10/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will showcase Close Harmony and suchlike.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

Here’s the Spotify playlist. (Two pieces of additional audio* not included–thanks to Breck Nichols for both of those.)

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set list:

Stanley Brothers: East Virginia Blues
Bob Paisley & The Southern Grass: Think Of What You’ve Done
Buddy & Julie Miller: Keep Your Distance
Blind Boys Of Alabama: Nobody’s Fault But Mine
The Carter Family: My Clinch Mountain Home
Everly Brothers: That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine
Emmylou Harris: Sweet Dreams
Lucinda Williams: Jackson
The Delmore Brothers: Bury Me Out On The Prairie
The Token: Please Write
The Chordettes: Careless Hands
The Mills Brothers: Smoke Rings
Jim & Jesse: Are You Lost In Sin
The Blue Sky Boys: Are You From Dixie
The Louvin Brothers: Are You Afraid To Die
Del McCoury: Eli Renfro
Bobby Vinton: Blue Velvet
The Beatles: I Feel Fine
The Golden Gate Quartet: Swing Down, Chariot
George Jones & Tammy Wynette: Southern California
Gillian Welch: Revelator
LeFevres: That Old Gospel Ship
The Beatles: Drive My Car
Comedian Harmonists: Minuet
Alison Krauss & Union Station: Stay
Gillian Welch: By The Mark
Wally Fowler & The Oak Ridge Quartet: I Want To Be More Like Jesus
The Andrews Sisters: Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
The Delmore Brothers: I Ain’t Got Nowhere To Travel
The Flatlanders: Dallas
Gene Parsons: Drunkard’s Dream
The Everly Brothers: When Will I Be Loved
The Boswell Sisters: Doggone, I’ve Done It
Stateman Quartet: Somebody Bigger
Comedian Harmonists: Mein Kleiner Gruner Kaktus
Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch: Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby
The Beatles: Rain
The Beatles: Day Tripper
The Modernaires: Bugle Call Rag
* Samuel Barber: Reincarnations, Op. 16
* Tinariwen: Adounia (NPR Tiny Desk Concert)

#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/30/15: Progressive Mass Hysteria

The brilliant Victor Davis Hanson never disappoints:

What started out just days ago as a reasonable move by the state of South Carolina, in the aftermath of the Charleston mass shootings, to remove the Confederate battle flag from public display on state property, within hours had descended into something like the mob’s frenzy over Mytilene. We have now gone well beyond removing state sanction from a flag that represented an apartheid society. Indeed, Americans of the new electronic mob are witch-hunting the past with a vengeance, as private, profit-driven companies seek to trump one another’s piety by banning the merchandising of Confederate insignia….

These outbursts of public frenzy at supposed enemies may reflect grassroots furor, but they are also orchestrated by progressive grandees who are inconsistent in their targeting of history’s villains — offering context and exemption for liberal fascist and racist thought, speech, and iconography, while connecting their present-day political rivals to the supposed sins of the country’s collective past. Manipulating the past, in other words, becomes a useful tool by which one can change the present….

Manipulating the past, in other words, becomes a useful tool by which one can change the present. In another analysis, Thucydides reminds us, in regard to the stasis at Corcyra, that in frenzied efforts to reconstruct both the past and present to fit ideological agendas, “Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them.”

Be sure to read the whole thing.

CLA Radio 07/03/15: The Rat Pack


The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday night, 07/03/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will showcase the Rat Pack.

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!  Chat participants will be expected to employ the appropriate lingo, Jack.

Here’s the Spotify playlist. (Three pieces of additional audio not included.)

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set list:

Oceans 11 (1960): Trailer
The Antonio Morelli Orchestra: Fanfare And Introduction
Dean Martin: Drink To Me Only
Frank Sinatra: Call Me Irresponsible
Sammy Davis Jr.: The Lady Is A Tramp
Frank Sinatra: Stranger In The Night
Sammy Davis Jr.: I Ain’t Got Nobody
Dean Martin: Buona Sera
Shirley Maclaine: She’s A Star
Joey Bishop: You Win Again
Vince Guaraldi: What Kind Of Fool Am I?
Sammy Davis Jr.: What Kind Of Fool Am I?
Frank Sinatra: I Get A Kick Out Of You
Nancy Sinata: MacArthur Park
Manchurian Candidate (1965): Opening Scene
The Rat Pack: We Open In Venice
Dean Marin: You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You
Ava Gardner: Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
Frank Sinatra: In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Sammy Davis Jr.: My Shining Hour
Nat King Cole: Unforgettable
Dean Martin: Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
Bing Crosby with Lauren Bacall: Don’t Know Why
Sammy Davis Jr.: Impressions
Jerry Lewis: Let Me Be A People
Frank Sinatra: I’ve Got The World On A String
Dean Martin: Sway
Sammy Davis Jr.: I Gotta Be Me
Dean Martin: I’m Gonna Paper My Walls
Cesar Romero: Jealous Caballero
Frank Sinatra: Witchcraft
Sammy Davis Jr.: A Stranger Called The Blues
Judy Garland: I’m Nobody’s Baby
Frank Sinatra: I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Sammy Davis Jr.: Something’s Gotta Give
Dean Martin: Everybody Loves Somebody
Frank Sinatra: Come Fly With Me
Sammy Davis Jr.: That Old Black Magic
Dean Martin: Corrine, Corrina
Marilyn Monroe: I’m Thru With Love
Jimmy Van Heusen: Here’s That Rainy Day
The Rat Pack: The Oldest Established
The Rat Pack: Ring-A-Ding Ding

#CLAHomeworkAssignment 6/28/15: Kevin Williamson re SCOTUS

Boy howdy, an epic short read from Kevin Williamson at NRO:

In the matter of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court ruled that the law must not say what it in fact does say because it would be better if it were not to say what it says and were to say something else instead. In the matter of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court rules that the law must say what it does not say because it would be better if it were to say what it does not say instead of what it says. Which is to say, the Supreme Court has firmly established that it does not matter what the law says or does not say — what matters is what they want….

We can debate all day about how many Angels in America can have their first dance on the head of Anthony Kennedy’s pen, but we know that the Court’s liberals are going to vote one way, that some of its conservatives will probably vote another, and that John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy will, if the goblins in their heads are sufficiently insistent, ratify whatever Starbucks-customer consensus exists for 80 miles on either side of Interstate 95.

Ouch. Read the whole thing. You must.

CLA Radio 06/26/15: Southern Rock


The next ConservativeLA Radio show (on Duane FM in the Hughniverse, Friday night, 06/26/15, 7:00 Pacific/10:00 Eastern) will play some Southern Rock, with the subtext being that racebaiting Northerners ought to quit lecturing the South. (The nearly-immediate hyperbolic politicization of the mass murder in Charleston was despicable.)

Big shout-out to Tribble DJ Peachy J, who helpfully suggested about half of the set list. Thanks, Pete!

Hope you can stop by and listen, and join us in chat!

Here’s the Spotify playlist.

(I’m also on Twitter.)

Set list:

Drive-By Truckers: Two Daughters And A Beautiful Wife
Tedeschi Trucks Band: The Storm
Drive-By Truckers: Tornadoes
The Allman Brothers Band: Les Brers In A Minor
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Gimme Back My Bullets
The Allman Brothers Band: Stateboro Blues
38 Special: If I’d Been The One
The Georgia Satellites: Battleship Chains
Amazing Rhythm Aces: Third Rate Romance
The Raconteurs: Top Yourself
The Black Keys: Hold Me In Your Arms
Molly Hatchet: Flirtin’ With Disaster
Little Feat: Truck Stop Girl
The Marshall Tucker Band: Fire On The Mountain
Blackberry Smoke: Holding All The Roses
Hammerdown: Sun Gods In Exile
Jimmie Van Zant: Southern Rock
Black Oak Arkansas: When Electricity Came To Arkansas
Drive-By Truckers: Decoration Day
Molly Hatchet: Gator Country
Mississippi Mudsharks: Down The Line
Drive-By Truckers: Birmingham
The Raconteurs: Carolina Drama
Patterson Hood: Leaving Time
Patterson Hood: Better Off Without
Drive-By Truckers: The Southern Thing
Seasick Steve: Keep On Keepin’ On
Drive-By Truckers: Never Gonna Change


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