In the summer time when the weather is high, you can stretch right up and touch the sky. Mungo Jerry, kids. Do you know what the Foghat connection to Mungo Jerry is? That's a great song, and it was in Despicable Me 2 as well. Anyway, welcome to the Phile. It's crazy hot outside. I'll give you an example. Remember Joey Chestnut, the competitive eating champion who recently ate 106 hot dogs in a minute? It was so hot today that he ate 68 Dove bars. Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, wants asylum in Venezuela. He also wants to be able to have summer asylum in the Hamptons. He says he may seek asylum in Russia. Well, he should really love the freedom and openness of that society. According to a new study, inactivity can kill you. You can die from doing nothing. Believe me. These findings scare the hell out of the Congress. President Obama told a group of school children that broccoli is his favorite food. You know, it's one thing to lie to the voters, but when you’re lying to kids, come on. In a landmark legal case, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled a dentist could legally fire his female assistant because he found her too sexy and a threat to his marriage. You can be fired for being too sexy, I better watch out at work then. Haha. Britain, the great country from where I am from, is in a heightened state of alert. Right now they're in royal baby watch. Yes, everyone's on the lookout for the helpless little bald creature that will someday become the most powerful person in England. But enough about Prince Charles. William's brother, Prince Harry, is said to be very excited. He'll be an uncle for the first time. And he will no longer be the only one running around in the royal palace naked. Queen Elizabeth is also on pins and needles. Who can blame her? It's been 120 years since a British monarch has been alive for the birth of a great, great grandchild... or as Prince Charles noted, it's been 120 years, five months, three days, and 15 hours. Doctors have warned that the birth could be very painful because there's a 1 in 4 chance it's going to have Prince Charles' ears. Hey, good news I guess... Twinkies went back on sale for the first time in eight months. Twinkies are back. Grocery stores are calling it a good week for business, while Spanx is calling it a GREAT week for business. Do you know what's going on right now? The San Diego Comic Con? I was invited by a friend to go out there, but I opted to stay here so I can do this blog. You're welcome. I don't think I'm missing much. It's not like there's a hot security cop with big breasts walking around...
Son of a bitch. At SDCC, as the cool kids call it, a new show was revealed, and I have the poster for it right here.
I'll watch that. R2/D2 is there plugging his new CD. I didn't know Artoo had a CD until I saw the cover.
We salute you. Hey, Monopoly is back at McDonald's. Personally I'm waiting for Stereopoly myself. McDonald's also has another promotion that is going on that I thought I was a bit odd.
LOL. At first I thought it said 'Get McCrapped'. Well, it's summer as you know and all through summer so far I have been showing you some phascinating swimming pools. Well, today I have the last one to show you, unless you know of one I didn't mention. Email me a photo of a phascinating pool to email@example.com. In the meantime, here is the last one I have.
This is a cool infinity pool that looks out over a breathtaking skyline from several stories up. This is definitely a great place to enjoy the sunset at the Crown Towers Hotel in Taipa Island Macau. It looks nice, right? Alright, now for some sad news...
August 4, 1920 - July 20, 2013
That should put an end to all those annoying questions.
It's 4:23, 87 degrees and Kelly is gonna uncover her family’s past on TLC’s all new-season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Tuesday, July 23rd at 9PM EST!
She's thinking about me right now in that photo, I know it. I'm such an idiot. You know who is not an idiot? Our good phriend who is a patriot, singer and renaissance man. It's time for...
To the giggly young girl who was too busy flirting with her co-worker to put the lid firmly on my cup of coffee at McDonald's..... I burned my chin, neck and chest... ruined my shirt, silk tie, suit and pants and now how to stop home and change... I hope you have a lovely day and wonderful life. EXCEPT for this Saturday night when you have a date with that cute new guy you've been dying to kiss... I hope on the morning before the big date you get the biggest pimple this side of Texas on your nose... and you get your period in the middle of your first makeout session in the back seat of his mom's Subaru. You innept fucking MORON!
Me: Hello, Lindsay, welcome back to the Phile. So, what did you want to say about civil rights?
Lindsay: Hi, Jason. When the Supreme Court struck down a critical part of the Voting Rights Act last month, it effectively gutted one of our civil rights landmarks.
Me: What happened after that?
Lindsay: The court left it up to Congress to act.
Me: So, what's Congress gonna do?
Lindsay: Congress will move forward with hearings to restore these protections under the law.
Me: Is there an act named something?
Lindsay: Yes, the Voting Rights Act.
Me: Alright, so Congress wants to restore the law. That means there was a law already? What happened? What's the story?
Lindsay: For nearly 50 years, this law has protected voters across the country, ensuring that millions of Americans... in areas that have historically suffered from voting discrimination, can exercise their basic right to vote.
Me: So, were there hearings heard about this yet?
Lindsay: The Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the Voting Rights Act Wednesday, and the House is wrapped up their hearing on Thursday.
Me: So, anyone in particular speak up?
Lindsay: We heard from bipartisan voices from Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat who helped lead the Selma march for civil rights that led to the creation of the Voting Rights Act, to Rep. James Sensenbrenner, a Republican who has helped strengthen the Voting Rights Act twice in his career.
Me: Wot?! A Republican?
Lindsay: That's because the right to vote isn't a partisan issue.
Me: Alright, so, what happened?
Lindsay: Within days of the Supreme Court's ruling, six states submitted voter suppression laws that could make it harder for millions of Americans to vote. There's real support on both sides of the aisle for finding a legislative solution to update the Voting Rights Act and put its critical protections back in place.
Me: That's good, right? It'll be taken care of?
Lindsay: Yes, but Americans need to speak up and voice their support. OFA is going to be fighting across the country to protect this most basic American right.
Me: Well, good luck, and keep us posted, and come back anytime, Lindsay.
Lindsay: Thanks, Jason. Talk to you soon.
Today's pheatured guest is a soulful folk singer whose latest CD and book “I Curse the River of Time: A Norwegian American Tale” is available on iTunes. Please welcome to the Phile... Ed Pettersen.
Me: Hello, Ed, welcome to the Phile. How are you?
Ed: I'm good thanks. Life has been a little crazy lately but so am I.
Me: Okay, before we talk about your music and new CD I have to say I am confused. There's a novel out by Per Pettersen called "I Curse the River of Time" that takes place in Norway. That's a coincidence, right? You're not Per Pettersen are you?
Ed: No, I'm not Per. He spells his last name differently, with an SON instead of the traditional SEN. But I'm a huge fan of his but his publisher gave permission to use the title (especially since it was originally a poem by Mao Tse Tung. Yup, the dictator). I hear he likes my book as well. A huge compliment.
Me: Alright, we got that cleared up... I think. Before we talk about your present release I have to mention the album "Songs of America". That release has 50 songs on it! You play on one song on the album, which other people play on like John Mellencamp and Phile Alum John Wesley Harding. But did you put that project together?
Ed: Yup, that was my project. It was from an idea by my aunt-n-law Janet Reno and I took it from there and organized it all and produced it.
Me: How long did it take for you to arrange all that and how did you get so many artists to take part?
Ed: Well, it turned out to be much bigger and tougher than I originally anticipated and it took nine years from start to finish. I almost gave up a few times from having to deal with managers and labels but we finally got it done. Most of the artists I knew somehow or knew through someone and called them directly. Getting them to say yes though is the easy part. Organizing recording for 50 different artists is kind of tricky. I'm not sure it could be done again since the industry has collapsed. Very few artists want to do anything for nothing anymore and I can't blame them. That said, we only had one artist say no last time so we were very lucky.
Me: I downloaded your album "The New Punk Blues of Ed Pettersen" from iTunes and really liked it. You play so many different kinds of genres, Ed, what one is your favorite?
Ed: My favorite? I guess that would be the one I don't do myself really and that would be R&B. I would never assume I could pull that off myself even with the right team but it's funny that most of the covers of songs I have written have been by soul and R&B artists. I consider myself a simple folk singer really.
Me: Who did you listen to growing up?
Ed: I guess a lot of top 40, singles, and most of the popular bands of the era, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Zeppelin and especially The Who. The are and were my all time favorite act. But I was taken to a Bruce Springsteen show as a high school freshman and that literally changed my life. "Oh, you can do THAT???". It opened a whole new world for me as a solo performer. I also then started discovering folk music through Phil Ochs who I was a huge fan of. I had great exposure to a wide variety of stuff via my high school radio station WKWZ-FM (where incidentally Josh Rosenthal of Tompkins Square Records worked as did Judd Apatow).
Me: You're from Long Island, right? What part?
Ed: Syosset. On the North Shore. We spent a lot of time at the beach in Oyster Bay where my grandparents lived.
Me: I lived on Long Island for ten years. Shoreham first then Port Jefferson. Have you ever been out there?
Ed: Sure, we used to go out there and hang all the time. Lots of great clubs out there to terrorize
That's about it. The Phile will be back tomorrow with the kid's from the band Damon Familiar. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye. Strawberry Blondes Forever!