More GOP politics
As we continue to look to the Republican Party for comic relief during the interminable run-up to the 2008 election, we frequently turn to the ever-extended La Famiglia Giuliani. While the ex-wives tend not to check in as much these days, the kids are always good copy.
Young Andrew, who has been a fabulous attention magnet ever since his impromptu mugging back when Daddy was being sworn is a NYC mayor, is being outmaneuvered these days by his 17-year old younger sister, Caroline.
As is the case with most kids these days, they are making their personal marks all over the Internet. In Caroline’s case, in her profile on the popular Website Facebook, she noted that her politic views were “liberal” and that was a member of “One Million Strong for Barack,” an Obama campaign group.
Though the only people supposedly privy to Caroline Giuliani’s page were her schoolmates at Trinity in Manhattan and at Harvard, where she is enrolled in the fall, might one imagine that some students at Harvard who just might bear Democratic Party sympathies would pass along Caroline’s Barackmania to another news outlet? Duh.
As the New York Times reported on August 7, the folks at the online magazine Salon (who, we suspect, spend a great deal of time conducting surfing safaris on the Web) took note of Caroline’s Facebook entry and broke the news. Naturally, within hours of this happening, her profile changed a bit. She decided to resign her membership in the Obama fan club at 6:01 am the next day (we guess that her thinking is really clear early in the morning) and, within hours, her entire Facebook page had been taken down.
Just another unknown genius
Lee Hazelwood passed away on August 4 in Henderson, Nevada, at the age of 78. He was best known for writing and producing the Number 1 hit for Nancy Sinatra, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and his duet with Ms. Sinatra, “Some Velvet Morning.” At Casa Diablo, this is seen as schlock — inspired schlock, perhaps, but schlock nonetheless.
The real deal on Hazelwood, however, was the stuff that he did that was not as well-known and that, friends, was genius. He hooked up with the young Duane Eddy in the mid-1950s. Eddy was the artist and Hazelwood the co-writer/producer who was largely responsible for the sound of Eddy’s guitar. And it was the sound that made Eddy and his records unique. According to one obituary, Hazelwood created the twangy, echoey guitar effect by putting an amplifier and microphone in a grain elevator. This is not unlike the Elvis vocal echo fact, achieved by dropping the microphone directly over a toilet bowl in a bathroom.
Hazelwood also put out a few acclaimed solo projects, most notably 1963’s Trouble Is a Lonesome Town and his final disc, completed just months ago, Cake or Death. Hazelwood was not the first or the last person to look like a purveyor of schlock who was, in reality, a very cool hipster.
Why they’re in third place
A pat on the back and tip of the sombrero to Chuckie Bakst for publishing his conversation with ABC Channel 6-WLNE general manager Roland Adeszko vis-a-vis the station’s decision to screen an infomercial instructing young “entrepreneurs” on how to successfully manipulate tax sales of properties whose owners have gone bust (obviously a burgeoning new opportunity market) in lieu of the final 30 minutes of a national GOP Republican presidential primary debate.