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Alex will eat your ass

Aaah, good times, right after the lockdowns beginning…

“I will eat Your leftist ass like corn on the cob – I’m ready!!”

And if you aren’t familiar with the folk music musings of Alex Jones, try this old standard:

Or if you’re more into dance, rave, house electronic tunes:

Hasan Minhaj’s Brush with Counter-Terrorism in 2002

Hasan Minhaj: The King's Jester | Stifel Theatre

A few Sundays ago, my wife and I went out for an entertainment event for the first time since the pandemic lockdowns began in March of 2020. We bought the tickets to see comedian Hasan Minhaj (of PATRIOT ACT show fame) months ago. It was the first time we’d been in a crowd of any size; there were undoubtedly thousands at this very restrictive (vaccination / negative covid test required and cellphones bagged) event at the Long Center across from Auditorium Shores here in Austin.

We both thoroughly enjoyed the show and Hasan’s very personal stories about becoming a father at the same time as he was becoming a social media comedic-activist-icon.

Besides hearing about the dangers to his family’s safety resulting from his work on his PATRIOT ACT show – particularly his fears concerning Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – he also described an incident from his childhood in 2002 that he says spurred his aspirations of becoming a comedian. 

Hasan related his childhood experience of with an extreme body-builder fellow who wanted to convert to Islam and joined the Mosque that his family attended. He told of how obvious it was that this non-Muslim was an infiltrating law-enforcement provocateur who was trying to spur young Muslim kids into confessing to wanting to commit acts of terrorism. Hasan went on to describe the police and anti-terror task force descending on he and his friends after he (Hasan) decided to prank the obvious government shill … all of which convinced Hasan of the power of humor to strike back against those who would abuse their power and influence as this infiltrator (and so many more, as it turns out) had done. 

He went so far as to show clips of the CNN news reports on these and other such FBI infiltration campaigns, including a report which specifically showed the body-builder agent~!

As someone who has reported for decades (with great concern for the implications for our country’s soul) about such FBI-entrapment efforts, this story was not surprising, and it made me very happy to know that someone directly effected by one of these ludicrous efforts had used it to turn his life towards a path of empowering himself and others against such discriminatory tyranny.

 – SMiles Lewis

 

For more on these types of FBI entrampment cases, see the links below.

For more on Hasan’s tour, visit: The King’s Jester with Hasan Minhaj

 

US citizens v FBI: Will the government face charges for illegal surveillance?

Muslim citizens are suing the FBI for subjecting them to undercover surveillance after 9/11 in violation of rights

by Ed Pilkington, Sunday 7 Nov 2021 / SOURCE: TheGuardian.com

 

See also:

Interviews with the author by Scott Horton:

 

 

SMiles Lewis is this week’s guest on TRUTH WANTED

Truth Wanted 04.11 with ObjectivelyDan

and SMiles Lewis (Anomaly Archives)

Friday, March 19th at 7pm CST

Call the show Fridays 7-8:30pm CT at 1-512-991-9242 or call with your computer 💻 http://tiny.cc/calltw

Truth Wanted is a show about getting to the bottom of beliefs, whether it’s karma or Christ, Bigfoot or crystals. Truth Wanted would like to know how you know it’s true. Hosted by ObjectivelyDan, Truth Wanted takes calls from the community (that means YOU!) and features new guests every week, emphasizing thorough conversations over name-calling and scoffing (most of the time). Truth Wanted focuses on how and why people believe what they believe, and how you can talk about beliefs in more effective ways. Join us for truth investigations and lively conversations every Friday at 7:00pm CT!

https://www.youtube.com/TruthWanted/

 

 

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Snow day: January 10, 2021 in Austin, Texas

Snow day: January 10, 2021 in Austin, Texas

video playlist ordered from last to first … most snowfall to least snowfall.

AusTex Flashback: CRUST (Live) “Bumblebee” via Weird Texas

As recently mentioned over on my personal blog (SMiles Lewis dot com – August 2020), I’ve been meaning to resume posting to my remaining websites. This site is an amalgamation of the remains …

Source: AusTex Flashback: CRUST (Live) “Bumblebee” | Weird Texas

Sticker in Austin

Sticker just seen on the back of a sign here in downtown Austin…

Alex Jones Is One Of THEM

Raiders Of The Lost Archive – KUT’s ATXplained Covers the Mysterious Warehouse that is part of my fantastic Day-Job

Raiders Of The Lost Archive – KUT’s ATXplained Covers the Mysterious Warehouse that is part of my fantastic Day-Job

Imagine my surprise driving to work the other morning and hearing a familiar refrain on the radio during KUT’s latest ATXplained project episode as they began to describe the warehouse in which I used to work in terms of the secret warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was a nice little audio episode but I was disappointed at not hearing them mention the portion of the facility that is a part of my day-job: The Talking Book Program. They focused on the front facing facility, State and Local Records Management, but ignored (at least in the audio portion of the program) our fantastic service’s circulation operations located in the back of the facility. Well, at least they mentioned us (and our space’s use in the opening scenes of the 2006 Mike Judge movie Idiocracy) in the online article.

– SMiles

There is another building next door, which houses the Texas Talking Book Program, a federally funded program that provides books on tape for people with visual impairments across the state. (It was also featured in one of the opening scenes of the 2006 Mike Judge movie Idiocracy.)

As we leave, I can’t help but think back to that Raiders scene when government officials squirrel away the Ark of the Covenant in a similarly expansive warehouse. Did we really see it all?

“Well, I don’t think we saw it all,” Eric joked. “Maybe four floors below here – they didn’t take us in. This is all a cover! All this we saw here … this is all just an elaborate ruse to cover up what’s in the basement. That’s my story.”

Source: Raiders Of The Lost Archive: Is This Building Off Shoal Creek A Top-Secret Warehouse? | KUT

Saw José González and Bedouine at the Long Center last night

Saw José González and Bedouine at the Long Center last night!

Bedouine was great! Hadn’t heard her before…

José G is a fantastic acoustic guitar player… He didn’t say much between songs but acknowledged “Doomsday people cults” as inspiration for one of his songs. He played some great tunes and closed out his encore with Teardrop.

“Where José’s previous albums, “Veneer” and “In Our Nature,” might have sounded sparse and barren in parts, “Vestiges & Claws” has an altogether new feeling to it, at once warmer and darker than before. He talks about how he’s found inspiration in sprawling ’70s Brazilian productions, American folk rock and West African desert blues this time. And how he’s decided to waive the principle of having everything on the album reproducible in a live context.

Bedouine | The Long Center for the Performing ArtsOpening for José González is the Syrian musician Bedouine, touring to promote the release of her eponymous debut—sixties folk meets seventies country-funk with a glimmer of bossa nova cool. Sweeping and hypnotic with a nomadic heart, the music of L.A.-based Bedouine is impressionistic, with careful words and striking, cultural conviction.”

The Long Center and KUTX present José González plus Bedouine, Saturday, February 3 in Dell Hall. Read More ›

Source: José González – Long Center

 

SMiles Lewis

SMiles Lewis at La Feria 2015

Pic of me by my wife at South Austin Tex Mex restaurant La Feria.

You shall know us by the weird trail of our past publications…

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Congrats to Russell Dowden on a year of publishing Rockstar Magazine!

Check out the 2-page spread on page 25. It’s a flashback retrospective on the long-strange trip from producing the conference program for the ill-fated 38th annual National UFO Conference slated for September 14-16th, 2001 and the launch of Austin Para Times, which became Weird Magazine, which got bought by Alex Jones, and morphed into InfoWars Magazine, and ultimately led Russell to briefly publish Paranoid Magazine and now for a year, Rockstar Magazine.

http://issuu.com/rockstarmagazine/docs/rockstar_sept_05b3706603846d/25?e=9192827/9210105

Art Blondin of Artz Rib House fame has passed away

I just learned of Art Blondin’s death. I probably first met him back in 1990 when I was working downtown at the main branch of the Austin Public Library. One of my friends and coworkers had a roommate working for Art when he was based out of the BBQ Caboose on West 5th Street. The coworker and I would go there for our lunch break and climb up into the cupola to eat our food. Art and his wife “Z” were always so friendly to me and my young freak friends.
The good food and good memories continued on to the South Lamar ArtZ Rib House and Live Music venue.
It wasn’t until running into Art & Z at Gino’s one night that I became aware of Art’s musical side; seeing him get up on stage and play bass guitar with the rotating musical guests.
I guess the last time I saw him I was having dinner at El Mercado on South Lamar, probably a Monday night musical shindig.
Farewell Art.

Very sad news to pass on. Art Blondin of Artz Rib House fame has passed away. He was found at 10 a.m. this morning at his new barbecue joint in Florence by an employee coming to work. Florence police chief Adam Marsh said the cause of death is under investigation. I met Art as a bass player for Jon Emery. His Rib House on S. Lamar Blvd. was always a music-friendly venue until it closed a couple years ago. Just stunned by this news.

 

 

Support my friend’s Recovery Fund: Author Stephen Romano Needs Our Help

The Stephen Romano Recovery Fund

Stephen Romano

Author Stephen P. Romano

One of my best friends was recently struck by a Ford F150 truck that jumped the curb, hitting him hard, sending him up and over the vehicle. Every bone but one was broken in his right leg and he is covered with bruises, abrasions, cuts, and road-rash. He’s lucky to be alive. My friend is Stephen P. Romano, a noted science-fiction / horror author who is one of the most creative people I know and one of the biggest inspirations in my life. And now I have even more to be inspired by in his amazing strength moving forward with his recovery from this terrible incident.

But he needs our help and so I hope you will consider donating to his Recovery Fund at

www.GiveForward.com

 

Some of my past acknowledgements of Steve’s efforts:

Local Heroes

One of my very best friends in the world has a brand new book out called Black Light.

I first met “Romano” while in my senior year attending Stephen F. Austin high-school. We were both dishwasher / prep-cooks at Magnolia Cafe on South Lamar. I quickly discovered he is one of the most driven writers I’ve ever met. I’ve watched him spend hour upon hour, day upon day, for months and years, writing by hand and typing into computers the myriad fantastic adventures filling his imaginative mind.

Our friendship lead us to work together on a variety of audio, video and print projects, as well as the odd event now and then. Steve has come a long way since my first meeting with that already accomplished writer, director and storyboard artist. He’s befriended and worked with

Stephen has a vast and rapidly growing body of work ranging from “Comic Book Soundtracks” to published (and unpublished) books, comics, teleplays, graphic novels, soundtracks, faux vintage retro movie poster art, and even package designs for movie related memorabilia. He has also created and hosted some of the most fun and exciting events I’ve ever attended. Check out the growing list (at the bottom of this post) of amazing projects and events that Stephen Romano has produced over the years.

Steve is the creator of several amazing works ranging from novels (The Riot Act, Black Light, and others), to TV & Movie Adaptations (Masters of Horror: Incident On And Off A Mountain Road and others), to comic books and digital art (Zombie, Shock FestivalHalloween Returns to Haddonfield, Masters of Horror: Incident On And Off A Mountain Road, and others) , to DVDs (StarCrash Special Edition and Shock Festival), as well as other artistic creations.

 

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An Incomplete List of the Works of Stephen Romano:

  • MAXXIUM SOUND (Audio book/Comicbook Soundtrack),
  • SHADOWHAWK: THE SECRET REVEALED (Audio Book/Comicbook Soundtrack),
  • INVASION OF THE MUTANOIDS (Novel),
  • BATTLEJACK AND LAZERPUNK (Graphic novel. Unpublished.),
  • TO LUCIO FULCI: A SYMPHONY OF FEAR (Tribute album),
  • CANNIBAL FEROX/ZOMBIE (Soundtrack/tribute album),
  • THE BEYOND (Graphic novel/soundtrack),
  • LUCIO FULCI MEMORIAL FILM FESTIVAL (1999-2001),
  • PHANTASM-ANIA (Film festival),
  • PHANTASM: OVERMINDS (Comic series),
  • PHANTASM (Novelization, editor),
  • HALLOWEEN RETURNS TO HADDONFIELD (Comic/magazine/tribute album),
  • PHANTASM (Remake, screenplay, un-produced),
  • PHANTASM FOREVER (Screenplay, un-produced),
  • ESCAPE FROM FREAK MANSION (Screenplay, unproduced),
  • MASTERS OF HORROR: INCIDENT ON AND OFF A MOUNTAIN ROAD (Teleplay),
  • THE RIOT ACT (Short story collection),
  • BUBBA NOSFERATAU: CURSE OF THE SHE-VAMPIRES (Screenplay),
  • SHOCK FESTIVAL (Illustrated novel),
  • REMEMBER THE ALAMO (Documentary, producer/director),
  • BLACK DEVIL DOLL (Novelization),
  • SHOCK FESTIVAL: THE DVD (Companion 3-disc set),
  • STARCRASH (DVD release, co-producer, commentator) … and much more to come,
  • BLACK LIGHT (Paranormal Sci-Fi Thriller),
  • RESURRECTION EXPRESS (High-Tech Gumshoe Action Thriller),
  • WAYWARD PINES: BEFORE THE FALL (Kindle Worlds),
  • ELEMENTARY (New Novel Coming Soon)

www.StephenRomanoShockFestival.com

 

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