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Hello, today some American punk history, The Dead Kennedys, sadly they've fallen out over money, rights etc - interestingly at the time of the courtcase against them the bandmembers felt no need to share the heat..over a silly poster with penesis instead of those beloved guns..personally i saw a strong advert for protected sex...but that word gets the smallminded American middleclass in a frenzy too, beyond hypocrital more like insane..Horror/violence..good...Love/Sex...bad. How twisted an upbringing American youths get..Sad...Anyway 3 years ago i started to rip my Fresh Fruits album, ..alas the poor pressing together with it's punked use made it a hopeless case. As these things go a few months ago i came across this compilation in a sec hand shop..had to pick it up, they belong to music's history !

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Dead Kennedys formed in San Francisco, California in June 1978, when East Bay Ray (Raymond Pepperell) advertised for bandmates after seeing a ska-punk show at the Mabuhay Gardens. They were heavily influenced by the bands they saw there. The original DK lineup consisted of Jello Biafra (Eric Reed Boucher) on vocals, East Bay Ray on guitar, Klaus Flouride (Geoffrey Lyall) on bass, and 6025 (Carlos Cadona) on drums. This lineup recorded their first demos. In early July, the band wanted a more experienced drummer, so they recruited Ted (Bruce Slesinger). Drummer 6025 left the band, but he was invited back as second guitarist. Their first show was on July 19, 1978, at the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, California.Their music mixed the more experimental elements of British 1970s punk with the raw energy of the 1980s American hardcore punk scene.

Dead Kennedys' songs mixed deliberately shocking lyrics with satirical and sarcastic criticism of social and political issues of the Reagan era. Their name was not meant to insult the assassinated Kennedy brothers, but to quote Biafra, "to bring attention to the end of the American Dream". In June 1979, the band released their first single, "California Über Alles", on the Alternative Tentacles label. In early 1980, they recorded and released "Holiday in Cambodia". Later that year, the band released their debut album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. It reached #33 in the UK Albums Chart. In January 1981, Ted announced that he wanted to leave to pursue a career in architecture, his replacement was D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley).

1981's In God We Trust, Inc. EP saw them moving toward full on hardcore/thrash. In addition to the EP's controversial artwork depicting a gold Christ figure on a cross of dollar bills, the lyrics contained Biafra's most biting social and political commentary yet. The following year (1982) they released a full album, Plastic Surgery Disasters. The album's cover (won the 1980 World Press Photo) features a withered starving African child's hand being held and dwarfed by a white man's hand. Musicwise the band had evolved much in a short time, moving away from hardcore formulas toward a more innovative jazz-informed style, featuring musicianship and dynamics far beyond other bands in the genre. By now the group had become a de-facto political force, pitting itself against rising elements of American social and political life such as the religious right, Ronald Reagan and the idle rich.

While they continued to play live shows during 1983 and 1984, they took a break from releasing new records to concentrate on the Alternative Tentacles record label, which would become synonymous with DIY alternative culture. The release of the album Frankenchrist in 1985 showed the band had grown in terms of musical proficiency and lyrical maturity. While there were still a number of loud/fast songs, much of the music featured an eclectic mix of instruments including trumpets and synthesizers. However, the band got embroiled in an obscenity trial in the US over the artwork of their album, Frankenchrist, which included the explicit titular subject of H. R. Giger's Penis Landscape. The band was charged with distribution of harmful matter to minors, but the trial ended with a hung jury. Nevertheless it all but ruined their recordlabel Alternative Tentakels and all so unnecessary 12 years earlier the album by E.L P. - Brain Salad Surgery had basicly the same poster added together with more wonderful album artwork by Giger..presedence like that should have thrown the case out or possibly kept the band from using it...

The Frankenchrist album got shunned by the shops fearful of recieving lawsuits..it hastened the end for the Dead Kennedys. In addition to the obscenity lawsuit and being ignored by the mainstream media (MTV and most radio stations gave such groups scant notice, not to mention airplay), the band became increasingly disillusioned with the "underground" as well. The band continued to work on songs, with Biafra penning songs such as "Chickenshit Conformist" and "Anarchy for Sale", which articulated their feelings about the "dumbing down" of punk rock. During the summer they recorded these songs for their final album, Bedtime for Democracy, which was released in November. The artwork, depicting a defaced Statue of Liberty overrun with Nazis, media, opportunists, Klan members, corrupt government officials, and religious zombies, echoed the idea that the punk scene was no longer a safe haven for "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free". In December, the band announced their split

Dead Kennedys released five studio albums before officially disbanding in 1986. In 2001, the band reformed without original singer Jello Biafra, who had been in a legal dispute with the other members over royalties. The band will played three dates in October 2010. On one of the dates, they debuted two of their first new songs since 1986, "Area 51" and "You're Such a Fake".Since the dissolution of Dead Kennedys, Biafra has continued to collaborate and record with other artists, including Lard, Mojo Nixon, Al Jourgensen of Ministry, and The Melvins, and has gone on to be a spoken word performer, covering political topics in particular.



Dead Kennedys - Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death (86 119mb)

01. Police Truck 2:23
02.Too Drunk To Fuck 2:38
03. California Über Alles 3:26
04. The Man With The Dogs 3:01
05. Insight 1:38
06. Life Sentence 2:38
07. A Child And His Lawnmower 0:54
08. Holiday In Cambodia 3:43
09. I Fought The Law 2:17
10. Saturday Night Holocaust 4:22
11. Pull My Strings 5:53
12. Short Songs 0:20
13. Straight A's 2:05
14. Kinky Sex Makes The World Go 'Round 4:17
15. The Prey 3:44
16. Night Of The Living Rednecks 5:10
17. Buzzbomb From Pasadena 2:20

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Pommies Decorate the Christmas Tree

My sister's Christmas video with all her little Pomeranians helping to decorate the Christmas tree.

Christmas Advent Calendars

Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity (birth) of Jesus at Christmas. At least in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist calendars, Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25, the Sunday from November 27 to December 3 inclusive. Christians believe that the season of Advent serves a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ's return. The theme of readings and teachings during Advent is often to prepare for the Second Coming while commemorating the First Coming of Christ at Christmas. With the view of directing the thoughts of Christians to the first coming of Jesus Christ as savior and to his second coming as judge, special readings are prescribed for each of the four Sundays in Advent. The usual liturgical colour in Western Christianity for Advent is purple or blue.

The O Antiphons are Magnificat antiphons (devotional compositions sung responsively as part of a liturgy) used at Vespers of the last seven days of Advent in various liturgical Christian traditions.

Each antiphon is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture. They form the basis for each verse of the popular Advent hymn, "O come, O come, Emmanuel". They are:

December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,reaching from one end to the other mightily,and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.
Isaiah had prophesied: "The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord." Isaiah 11:2-3
"[...] he is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom." Isaiah 28:29


December 18: O Adonai (O Adonai)
O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel,who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

Isaiah had prophesied: "[...] but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins." Isaiah 11:4-5
"For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our ruler, the Lord is our king; he will save us." Isaiah 33:22


December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.

Isaiah had prophesied: "A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots." Isaiah 11:1
"On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious." Isaiah 11:10


December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Isaiah had prophesied: "I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open." Isaiah 22:22
"His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore." Isaiah 9:7
"...To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house."Isaiah 42:7.


December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
O Morning Star, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Isaiah had prophesied: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined." Isaiah 9:2


December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)
O King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race, which you fashioned from clay.

Isaiah had prophesied: "For a child has been born for us, a son given us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
"He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Isaiah 2:4


December 23: O Emmanuel (O Emmanuel)
O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

Isaiah had prophesied: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count down or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of the birth of Christ which we celebrate at Christmas on December 25th. It also symbolizes our anticipation of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It was traditionally counting down the 24 days to Christmas Eve but many today do count down 25 days to Christmas Day. Modern Advent Calendars usually have a way of concealing small treats or gifts.

An Advent Calendar would be a great way to teach your children about the birth of Jesus Christ, the anticipation of Jesus. If it becomes just another way to give your children candy then you've missed the opportunity to use it as a teaching tool. In fact, the original Advent Calendars were just ways to mark the season. The Advent used to be a time of fasting and penitence. You would make a mark on your front door with chalk or cross it off a calendar. Paper calendars for the season would have a little door which, when opened, just showed the number of the day, no treats involved. Jesus was the "treat".

Most American children have enough candy or small gifts, it's not like they need any more. So the whole purpose of an Advent Calendar is to anticipate Christ (not the secular Xmas). Tell the Christmas story to your children and talk about what a gift God gave us when he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this world to die for our sins and give us forgiveness, salvation and eternal life. Then let them open up the bag/drawer/door and let them have a tiny gift. I was impressed with the Advent Calendars that had a creche (nativity scene) and each drawer opened contained a figure in the scene and the child could add the figure to the creche.
























































Christmas Decorating

I got online this morning and looked for Christmas decorating ideas. I just love what people come up with. You'll notice that people aren't just sticking with the traditional red and green and, yet, it's definitely Christmas decorating. Really cool!











I love this person used old silver pieces to hold pine cone trees. I still have my silver baby cups!



































Thanks to all those who share their ideas and photos on the Internet for the rest of us! You stimulate our creativity!