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August 19, 2007

Frank Zappa: On Freedom and the First Amendment; on Crossfire and in Prague, Czechoslovakia

By Deborah Newell Tornello a.k.a. litbrit

As promised  in the thread about Frank Zappa and the issue of PMRC labels yesterday, here is the video of Frank Zappa's prescient and pro-First Amendment brilliance as seen on Crossfire in 1986. Also in this post, I've uploaded a film short of FZ's Czechoslovakian adventures. And later today, I'll type out a portion of the transcript from the 1975 British lawsuit in which Frank Zappa sued the Crown and post that, too. You readers deserve the best, right?!

Okay, then, let's get started. What you're about to see is a video clip--in three parts--of Maestro Zappa appearing on the CNN program Crossfire. Also appearing are On the left! Tom Braden, On the right! Robert Novak, and along with Mr. Zappa--In the crossfire!--is Washington Times columnist John Lofton.


Also offered in three parts, here is a film short of Frank Zappa during his historic visit to Prague, where he met and socialized with mutual fan and friend Vaclav Havel. In comments at the FZ thread yesterday, Captain Goto wrote:

Vaclav Havel was an enormous fan, who invited Zappa to visit Czechoslovakia as a sort of cultural ambassador. Zappa was quoted as saying to Havel how sorry he was that Havel would have to meet with Reagan, mincing no words about his opinion of Ronnie's intelligence.

In Zappa's retelling, in less time than it takes to blink, US officials roared into Prague to inform the Czechs, in no uncertain terms, that Frank would be have *no* part of *any* kind of meeting with Havel for *any* reason, under *any* circumstances...

Some of the soundtrack is in English while other parts are in Czech, which I don't speak; even so, I thoroughly enjoyed--and therefore highly recommend--this rare and unusual film.

August 19, 2007 in Government, Music | Permalink

Comments

thank you for these.

Posted by: minstrel boy | Aug 19, 2007 11:55:41 AM

Heh.

litbrit, thanks for the credit!

Posted by: Captain Goto | Aug 19, 2007 9:10:10 PM

The really crazy thing is, The Drive-By Trucker haves a *beautiful* song about incest. Check out "The Deeper In". Its an *anthem* of incest. Since incest is some sick shit it didn't have an impact on reality, but it is a great song.

[quote] [quote] In terms of slotting priorities, I would try to get RA to 6 soon, RI leave at 1-3 until the other early powers are sorted out, AM to 3 (recharge, end mod later) blasts to 3-4, TT to 6, Stamina to 3, EF to 2, LR to 4-5, EMP to 4-5, then fill in everything else when there is room to spare. [/quote]

Most of what you suggest regarding slotting seems sound but I disagree with the importance of RA vs. RI.

I don't think I have ever slotted RA with more than 3 heals. I guess if you have some sweet IO plans for the power it might be worth slotting up more but I have never felt the need to have it recharge faster. If I did add any other slots to an SO build it would likely be a an endred.

I think that getting RI 4 slotted (1end/3thohit debuffs) should be a priority.

With a well slotted RI I've never really needed to spam heal and the 3 slots I don't put in RA can almost always be better used else where. [/quote]

Good points. Personally, I like a good beefy heal that is up whenever I need it, so I *really* like to 6-slot RA. Doctored Wounds isn't that expensive if you are patient, and I've got + 90% heal and + 90% recharge *and* a global recharge bonus. But that's no reason for folks to feel like they have to 6 slot RA ASAP. Get it to *3* slots ASAP and then evaluate. It would be a mistake, IMO, to 6-slot RA before squaring your other powers away.

That said, at early levels, the + recharge in RA is worth more than the + tohitdebuff in RI and, neither one of them are worth much. Prior to SOs and the extra slots in RI will not be a big deal. Prior to SOs, a 3-4 slotted RA with +recharge *will* make an impact on your teams. When you have RA 3-slotted, think twice about adding an additional slot to RI . . . and evaluate how you like the power (on live and on test).

http://www.archive.org/details/dbt2005-11-18.483.flac16

Check out Zip City for the best song about mutual statuator rape ever written.

Posted by: Wi | Aug 19, 2007 11:22:20 PM

I don't believe I have ever used this acronym before, but I'm thinking this is the perfect time to break it in:

WTF???

Posted by: litbrit | Aug 19, 2007 11:47:31 PM

Thanks. That was great. I love Lofton's claim that incest has only become a problem in the past 20 years or so, and Zappa's eye roll.

Posted by: Joseph Hovsep | Aug 20, 2007 11:53:51 AM

The segment actually makes me like Robert Novak as an interviewer. Lofton is just a jerk who seems to just want to berate Zappa and Braden might as well have stayed home. But Novak asked thoughtful questions that encouraged Zappa to speak and clarify his point of view.

Posted by: Joseph Hovsep | Aug 20, 2007 12:17:26 PM

Great job, John! Keep up the good work! John Lofton.

Posted by: John Lofton | Aug 20, 2007 11:45:52 PM

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Posted by: judy | Oct 11, 2007 7:43:15 AM

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