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“Heads Up Eyes Open,” from Talib Kweli’s new album, Radio Silence

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Sid Caesar’s Scintillating Comedy

February 16, 2014 Leave a comment

The 1950s comedy is so scintillating it still holds up today as some of the freshest, funniest theatricality you will ever see. If you’ve never seen Your Show Of Shows or Caesar’s Hour, do yourself a favor and go buy the DVDs. You are in for a treat! Check out who wrote for Caesar. : )

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Here are some youtube videos of some of my favorite sketches.  It’s worth buying the DVDs to see all of them.
“20 Minutes For Lunch”
“The Professor on Mountain Climbing”


“The Small Apartment”

The Beatles Unplugged – John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison perform an acoustic White Album of sorts, with other songs you may enjoy

February 2, 2013 Leave a comment

It’s so good that I had to share it. : )

Track listing thanks to The Wall Breakers…

0:00 Intro
0:15 Cry Baby Cry
2:42 Child of Nature (an early version of Lennon’s later solo work, Jealous Guy)
5:25 The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
8:15 I’m So Tired
11:24 Yer Blues
15:00 Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
18:00 What’s the New Mary Jane
20:39 Revolution
24:49 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
27:29 Circle
29:47 Sour Milk Sea
33:22 Not Guilty
36:36 Piggies
38:42 Julia
42:47 Blackbird
45:02 Rocky Raccoon
47:49 Back in the U.S.S.R
50:50 Honey Pie
52:54 Mother Nature’s Son
55:09 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
58:08 Junk
1:00:46 Dear Prudence
1:05:27 Sexy Sadie
1:07:52 Spiritual Regeneration
1:10:22 Spiritual Christmas”

Open letter to President Obama

January 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Mr. President,

Let’s get music programs available for all students in every school K-12. Music helps with math skills. Music is math.

Please do what you can to get music in every school. If we can find Trillions of dollars to fund wars halfway around the world, then we can find a few billion dollars to increase our country’s…ahem, math scores. I’m talking about all of the equipment: guitars, bass, drums, pianos, trumpets, saxophones, electronic recording equipment, etc. It will give those armed guards at the schools something to do most days. They can guard the music equipment.  : )

Your fellow American,

Justin Bass



>>>The Correlation Between Music and Math: A Neurobiology Perspective | Serendip Studio

>>>Music helps children learn maths via @Telegraph


Everything Under the Sun by Justin Bass

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment


March 6, 2012 Leave a comment

FAH-Q = For All to Hear & Question. ; )


Advance to minute 2:20 of The New York Times’ “TimesCast” to see an example of an Ignorant Conservative/Ignorant Republican voter in Columbus, Ohio by the name of Isaac Shupe, who is susceptible to the rhetoric of campaign commercials and repeats those talking points in place of his own reasoning.

Today on TimesCast
The Times’s Jeff Zeleny previews Super Tuesday | The changed perspective of a Republican voter in Ohio.

Could The New York Times’ reporter and the editors of the video have taken Isaac Shupe’s words out of context? Yes! We do not know what Isaac Shupe said off camera, we only know what he said on camera. That is why it is necessary to keep questioning the sources of our information: campaign commercials, TV/Radio/Internet/Print News reports, your neighbor, me, everybody. For All to Hear & Question…that goes for everybody.


Can you feel your soul? I can feel mine. Wishing people dead is not good for my soul. I can feel it. I still hold on to the hope that Fact & Evidence, Reason & Sense will win out over the people who lie, cheat and steal…and that We, the People, will V-O-T-E for the best ideas and the best solutions that benefit the majority of Americans. Maybe there is hope of changing the greedy, self-serving demagogues and sophists, like the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney?



FAH-Q National Football League (NFL)

March 5, 2012 Leave a comment

FAH-Q = For All to Hear & Question. ; )

Check out the video:


Question: Is there a correlation between the rise of the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex — the increasingly militaristic attitude of America — and the adoption of free substitution in the NFL — the increasingly violent nature, without consequence, for defensive specialists? Think about it. Because the NFL and the game of Football has become ingrained in our culture, not to mention tied in with saluting our troops. How do we define Freedom? Will we ever have Peace if we are always practicing War? And the real question for all you Christians out there, WTF does Jesus have to do with a Football game? Answer: Nothing. 


I’m talking about the timeline of the free substitution rule in the NFL (1943,1946,1949,1950) just about the time we “create[d] a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions,” according to President and WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Constant War became a part of American culture — Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq War 1, Iraq War 2 — and we tell our kids to act like warriors and practice war on the gridiron, or Football field.

You know what would improve the game of American Football? Go back to the same players on offense and defense. Like the game of Rugby, the predecessor of American Football. Then those defensive players might not try to rip off a guy’s head, if they soon become the ones whose heads could be ripped off. American Football, in its present form, really is a barbaric sport. I guess, the same could be said about boxing, but I still like watching it. In boxing, there are rules about no hitting below the belt, no biting (Mike Tyson), no rabbit punches, no headbutts. In American Football, there are rules too, but those defensive players can deliver blindside hits, which can cause serious concussions and internal bleeding, and lead to even more serious health problems for the recipient of those blindside hits later on in life. If those blindside hits are done with malicious intent then American Football is simply barbaric. In boxing, the point of the exercise is to knock out an opponent. I do not believe that is the point of American Football, and it shouldn’t be. If American sports represent our culture then we should change the barbaric nature of American Football, so that we do not regress into a barbaric country.

Despite becoming a more militaristic nation, we still made progress as far as women’s rights and minority rights. Change is possible: we have a black president in 2012. Now if we can only make progress toward Peace by becoming a more responsible country, starting with demanding more responsibility from the NFL — our nation’s testosterone-addled, proxy-war theatre every Sunday of the Autumn and extended into the Winter, ironically just in time for the holidays. Gooo Jesus!

* What would Jesus do on the Football field? Whom would Jesus Christ blindside tackle? Read the Bible again if you think Jesus has anything to do with Football, because his teachings are about turning the other cheek and not about intentionally harming somebody else. 


Ronnie Lott hit hard without trying to rip off a guy’s head…


Now Dick Butkus was a different story…but I wonder if Dick Butkus would have been as malicious if he had to take his turn on offense?




“1943–The NFL adopted free substitution, April 7….

‎1946–Free substitution was withdrawn and substitutions were limited to no more than three men at a time….

1949–Free substitution was adopted for one year.”



‎”In 1950…the NFL permanently instituted free substitution….offensive and defensive specialists were born, and the clock was ticking on the Sixty Minute Man. More and more, players chose one side of the ball or the other.”


Worth Repeating…

From page 653-655 of That Is All by John Hodgman:”FOOTBALL is a working-class game in which men shove one another back and forth for no reason. They do not choose how, when, or whom they shove. All of that has been decided for them in advance. All they need to do is follow the orders given to them before the game, showing them where to run and how to violently deploy the meat of their bodies against the meat that is running at them. They are doing this in order to please one angry old man on the sidelines. This man is called ‘coach’ or ‘yelling surrogate dad who will never be happy.’ For even when the footballers win (which they do by moving a ball repeatedly to one end of the field or the other, then ritually bathing the old man in a vat of what I presume is the finest urine-colored champagne), the old man will soon get mad again, and his brief, fury-filled victory smile will once again become a scowl. Then a week later, they will have to try to earn his love once again by hitting other people as hard as they secretly want to hit him (and/or themselves)….By the 1960s, with war becoming less and less fun-seeming, Americans poured their martial fantasies and hatred of other regions into a newfound love of professional football at the national level. And so the pigskin soon was passed from the sickly gin fiends of the northeastern colleges to the hearty farm boys of the American Midwest, with their incredible lung capacity and often third or fourth hearts, and the invention of the American jock was complete….I appreciate that there are defenders of school sports–football especially–who point out that athletics is not merely a fun, concussive way to make our children fight like gladiators for our amusement. It also teaches young people valuable lessons such as DISCIPLINE, TEAM-WORK, and HOW TO LIVE IN A BRUTAL CASTE SYSTEM THAT YOU WILL NEVER ESCAPE.”

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“But one hit still resonates. In a game against the Redskins in 2006 — when Williams was Washington’s defensive coordinator — Manning was hit low, then high. His body twisted awkwardly as he was pulled down and his neck was wrenched, his helmet flying off. Manning later said that Phillip Daniels ‘wouldn’t let go of my head.’ Daniels defended Williams to The Washington Post on Friday. Tony Dungy, then the Indianapolis coach, and Jim Sorgi, then Manning’s backup, have spoken about that play. They say it was the beginning of the neck troubles that caused Manning to miss last season. ‘I have no idea what was going on in Washington,’ Dungy, now an NBC analyst, said Saturday. ‘I do know in Tennessee they definitely had bounties. We had players that went there in free agency; we had some of their players who came to us as free agents who told us. You can draw your own conclusions from that’….
Williams has never been shy or modest about his intentions. Before the Saints played in the Super Bowl in 2010, he told a Nashville radio station that he wanted his defenders to put ‘remember me’ shots on Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. When asked if his players worried about drawing penalties for hitting Manning, Williams responded: ‘When you put too much of that type of worry on a warrior’s mind, he doesn’t play all out. If it happens, it happens. And the only thing you’d like for me to say is that if it happens, you hope he doesn’t get back up and play again.’”
For lagniappe:
Ah, now this is writing!
“Think of all the illusions about the National Football League that the revelations of a bounty program in New Orleans shatter. Think of all the silly pretensions those revelations deflate. The preposterous prayer circles at midfield. The weepy tinpot patriotism of the flyovers and the martial music. The dime-store Americanism that’s draped on anything that moves. The suffocating corporate miasma that attends everything the league does — from the groaning buffet tables at the Super Bowl to the Queegish fascination with headbands and sock lengths while teams are paying ‘bounties’ to tee up the stars of your game so they don’t get to play anymore. What we have here now is the face of organized savagery, plain and simple, and no amount of commercials showing happy kids cavorting with your dinged-up superstars can ameliorate any of that.”

NATIONAL BESTSELLER The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units · Anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough · Fact is that which enough people believe.”