Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Buy I Am Pol Pot for the holidays

As the holiday's approach many of you are looking for that perfact gift—one that is not just a lot of junk that no one really needs or wants. How about a book. And that brings me to I Am Pol Pot. Here is an historical interpretation of what the former dictator of Kampuchea might have been like if he had written his own auto biography.

From Amazon; this book is a steal at $19.16.
But for those who need something a little cheaper trie buying it as an i-books, for $8.99.
Just click on those hyperlinks and the book is yours. Buy it as a gift or for your own library.

A great Goth Night at Kirby's

By SJ Otto
Tonight I had a great time at Kirby's for Goth night. First there was the band Marticia, with Matt the Batt doing vocals over recorded music. It was great fun. Then Jedediah Ghouled and Christina played some awesome music for the crowd. There was dancing and lots of fun. I never miss Goth Night if I can help it.  
Jed and Christina were played some great tunes.
Matt was at his best.
And who could resist all that fun dancing.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A few words on Florence Hederson

When I was a kid I sometimes watched the Brady Bunch. After a while I thought it was boring. But there are a lot of people who liked the show so it is too bad that Florence Henderson died. Here is an article on her:  -SJ Otto

(CNN)She was one of America's moms, a television icon that endured through generations. Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch," died Thursday from heart failure at the age of 82.
Her death was unexpected. Henderson had not been sick, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said. Just this week, Henderson attended a taping of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" to cheer on Maureen McCormick, who played her TV daughter Marcia Brady.

For the rest click here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Black Friday—and buying lots and lots and lots of crap!

By SJ Otto
We stand on the edge of time for another Black Friday, a corporate consumer holiday designed to send the bold and adventurous, in the early morning hours of the day, to try and buy cheap stuff. Yeas cheap is the word. They want all their stuff to be bought cheap, but at a pace that brings them huge profits.
The corporate captains of our day have changed the story of a little baby in the manger into a crass orgy of consumerism and greed. From Thanksgiving until Christmas day, that important holy day for Christians around the globe, capitalist corporate pirates will be trying to entice people into buying various products for themselves and as presents to their friends, relatives and children.
As a child, I understand the joy of getting new toys on Christmas day. But as I get older I realize that trying to fulfil my needs, wants and desires from this season are mostly good for the capitalists who make all the money providing these things.  And let's  be serious folks. A lot of what we are enticed to buy is useless crap that most people don't need. And there are always those items we think we will enjoy but they become forgotten so quickly.
I'm not a Christian. I do like the holidays but as an Epicurean. I celebrate Winter Solstice rather than Christmas. That is a holiday that allows the same traditions. (they were taken from early Pagans by the early Christian Church.)  But I avoid buying a lot of crap from name brand stores.
I don't buy many gifts and the ones I do buy I try to get from small local businesses- not large corporations like Wal*Mart. 

So for me on Black Friday...I'm home relaxing and drinking a beer.

Frank Zappa/ Mothers- Uncle Bernie's Farm

Monday, November 21, 2016

Another Thanksgiving- more mythological fun

By SJ Otto

Today, Thanksgiving is seen by many as a "politically incorrect" holiday. The pilgrim forefathers took advantage of the Indians. And some people believe that it is barbaric to plan a holiday over killing a turkey. Still there are my relatives and I probably won't tell them how bad their holiday is, at least not until after we all eat. So I print this so all may know the truth.
There was a “first Thanksgiving” dinner, but not likely turkey or the fixings we see today. The original meat was fish and deer.  The turkey became part of Thanksgiving about 1857. It is supposed to be of foods native to the New World. It became a national holiday in 1941. The traditional fixings came from a women’s magazine in the 1850s.

However, many of us will go to a holiday feast with the intention of celebrating time with our families and/or friends. We are thankful in life for some things. Most of us have either accomplished something of success in our lives or we may like our relatives—spouses—or our friends and lovers. Since I’m an Epicurean and don’t believe in praying to god, I will simply be thankful. I also won’t dump a guilt trip on my relatives for the sins of their ancestors or the fact that they are eating a murdered animal.

Addam's Family Values Thanksgiving Play

Alien Sex Fiend - Stuff The Turkey

   Hoodoo Gurus - Turkey Dinner

Thursday, November 17, 2016


You know who knows best which bottles to buy for holiday gifting? The people who pour and sell drinks—that’s who. For 2016, we asked dozens of top bartending and spirits industry professionals to tell us which bottles they love and why. 

Heads up: The numerical order below is not organized by importance or quality; it’s a list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary state to state.

1. EL DORADO 25 YEAR ($522)


For the rest click here.

Monday, November 07, 2016

It is election time again- let's listen to the experts!

It is election day tomorrow and we need some good ol' song for the election:

Alice Cooper - Elected


Sunday, November 06, 2016

Disturbed - The Sound Of Silence

By SJ Otto
Yes this is a cover of the famous song by Paul Simon. I think this is a pretty good version. A lot of people I know hate when these songs get redone but I think it is a compliment. They use to say that imitation was flatery and sometimes I think it still is. This shows that a song from long ago can past the test of time.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

It is Black Friday already

Black Friday is happening today. Stores are not waiting for the traditional last of November sales. May places are advertising sales today.
So here is my traditional Christmas Black Friday song:

Bad News - Cashing In On Christmas

By the way, don't forget to try these holiday gifts. And some toys for tots.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Most Popular Halloween Recipes


Pumpkin is here and I am using it in my old fashioned. I love an Old Fashioned and have upgraded it with a teaspoon of pumpkin butter. The pumpkin adds a bit of spice without adding too much sweetness. Cheers to fall and pumpkin weather!




2 oz
3 dashes
Angostura bitters
1 cube
1 tsp
Pumpkin butter
1 cp



In a low-ball glass add sugar cube, pumpkin butter, dashes of Angostura bitters, and dash of water.
Muddle mixture until sugar is dissolved.
Add ice then whiskey.
*For more recepies click here.

Roger Waters' support of Palestinian rights/ BDS movement reportedly costing him millions

Rockers in the news!

More and more mainstream celebrities are coming out in favor of supporting the rights of Palestinians and opposing their oppressive conditions at the hands of Israel. But that doesn’t mean it happens without flak from Mainstream corporations who still side with Israel. The latest musician is Roger Waters, who played for years, for the band Pink Floyd.-SJ Otto

According to FoxNews:

Roger Waters is planning his most spectacular and expensive tour yet — but the Pink Floyd legend is facing backlash from some big-name sponsors over his views on Israel.

Sources tell us that American Express balked at spending up to $4 million to sponsor Waters’ 2017 US + Them North American tour.”

Also according to the Fox articles Waters said:

“I have been accused of being a Nazi and an anti-Semite for the past 10 years. My industry has been particularly recalcitrant in even raising a voice [against Israel] . . . I’ve talked to a lot of them, and they are scared s - - tless. If they say something in public, they will no longer have a career. They will be destroyed.”

He also slammed Presidential Candidate Donald Trump:

“Waters, who has angered many in New York with his support for a boycott of Israel over the issue of Palestinian rights, shocked people at Oldchella by unleashing a series of brutal images targeting Donald Trump, and slogans such as “F - - k Trump and his wall” and “Arrogant, lying, racist, sexist,” then voicing solidarity with students protesting for Palestinians. He also urged people to support the controversial BDS Movement (boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel) and added, “I encourage the government in Israel to end the occupation.”

For the full article click here.

Pix by LA Daily News Media Center.

Pink Floyd (Roger Waters) Desert Trip "The Wall"

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Halloween Holiday requires some of the best beverages.

There needs to be the official drink of Halloween or Samhain. But there isn't. But there are plenty of drink ideas from Just click on the hyperlink to a world of new drinks for the Halloween Holiday.

And remember folks, there are plenty of wines to choose from, such as from Plonk Wine.