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Reason #742 John McCain is a tool August 30, 2008

Filed under: Music,things i hate — nashsmom @ 4:10 pm
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I’ve worked in the music business and the advertising industry most of my life.  Music licensing is sort of my speciality and I’ve been involved with it in some way, shape or form for the past two decades.  So it always baffles me we when someone thinks they can use a song for “free” or without getting permission.  John McCain has now done this THREE times during his campaign.  

Back in February, John Cougar Mellencamp asked McCain to stop using “Our Country” and “Pink Houses” at his rallies.  Four days after the request, he stopped using them.  Lesson learned, right?  WRONG.

Earlier this month, Jackson Browne – who we in the ad business know as one of the untouchables that WILL NOT license his music for advertising – filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Republican Party, the GOP and McCain himself for using is classic song “Running on Empty” in a commercial.  The lawsuit claims copyright infringement as well damages for creating the false impression that he in any way endorsed John McCain.  

The Tool  MUST have figured it out by now, right? 


Yesterday he strutted out on stage in Ohio with Van Halen‘s “Right Now” blaring out over the loudspeakers. And guess who didn’t approved the use and is pissed about it?  That’s right, our friends in Van Halen.

WTF?  It’s like his camp is just picking songs from a vending machine and not even thinking twice about any rights that may be associated with the use of it.  There’s not just the band, but the record label, the publisher, performing rights, singer rights, musician rights, union rights, implied endorsement issues…. the list goes on and on.  How he/they can have no respect for the intellectual property rights of these songs is shocking.  And frankly, as a musician, would you want this guy in the White House having anything to do with copyright issues right now with all the controversy of illegal downloads?  He clearly doesn’t give a shit.  Tool.


Officially now a super tool – The Foo Fighters blasted McCain for using their song “My Hero” at rallies without, you guessed it, seeking any sort of permission.  I didn’t think I could hate him any more, but I was wrong.


Oh internet, you’re so silly August 29, 2008

Filed under: Nash,things I love — nashsmom @ 1:53 pm

I can’t remember what blog I read about this site on but I thank them, cuz this is funny.   It’s called Yearbook Yourself and you just upload a photo and choose a mall and voila!  You are transformed into various poses from the 50’s to the 90’s.   Here’s a sample of Nash from a couple different decades…..


       The 50’s….clearly channeling a little Buddy Holly and sporting his skinny tie.  He  looks more like my old shop teacher than a student…















 Here’s my personal fav, circa 1976.  He would have totally had a bitchin’ Camaro driving around listening to “Fox On The Run” by Sweet.  














         And finally, the 90’s.  I would have guessed 80’s and I’m pretty sure this haircut would match up well with parachute pants.


Ouch. August 28, 2008

Filed under: things i hate — nashsmom @ 5:32 pm

OK, here’s the deal.  For the last two weeks I’ve been in pain.  Like on a scale of 1 to 10, a 7 pain.  Constantly.  And it’s all in my knee.  My left knee, to be exact.  Because as some of you may recall, I spent SIX months in physical therapy last year for my RIGHT knee.  And guess what?  Not related.  So basically this girl has bum knees.  They don’t know what caused it.  Every visit starts with this:

Them: Are you sure you didn’t have some trauma to it?

Me: Yes

Them: Maybe you fell?

Me: Nope

Them: Car accident?

Me: No.  Oh wait – that’s right I was in a car accident and my knee went through the dashboard! (not)

So I had an x-ray last week and it looked like my knee cap was shifted over to the outside and that was probably what was causing the pain, but they ordered up an MRI to get a closer look.  On Friday I spent 45 minutes in a tube getting pics of my knee and yesterday I got to see those pics.  Ladies and gentlemen, it was not pretty.  It looked something like this:

See that pretty heart shaped bone on the bottom?  The one on top of it is supposed to mirror that.  But notice the missing chunk?  That’s what I’ve got.  It’s what my knee guy first called a “shark bite” then later referred to it as a “pot hole”.  Cuz that’s what y’all want in your knee bone.  A big old gouge.  And that black outline around the outside of the bone?  That’s the cartilage.  Also missing.  And if that’s not enough, I have some deterioration on my knee cap.  Two separate injuries causing this girls some massive pain.  I’ve been driving to work as the walk to and from the train station was unbearable.  And don’t get me started on steps.  My biggest nightmare.  And please note I live in a 3 story house and have a 6 year old. A bad combo all around.

Here are some of the highlights from the report:

A large knee joint effusion is present.  There is some prepatellar fluid.  Medial popliteal fossa cyst measures 5-6 cm.  Subcutaneous edema diffusely.  Degenerative subcortical edema in the patella.  Moderately large osteochondral defect.  Anterior aspect of the lateral femoral condyle.

If anyone has any experience with any of these words, please let me know.  I’m currently at the mercy of this guy:

I’m sure he’s taking good care of me, but what do I know?  He did give me a prescription for an anti-inflammatory pill that seems to be working and promised me a cortisone injection if I still hurt in two weeks.   But he also discussed using cadaver parts to fill in my pot hole.  eww.  

Needless to say, I’m cranky.  So if you see my hobbling, don’t laugh.  It freaking hurts.  

But in more exciting news, I got a shout out on my hero Bean’s blog today!   Click here to check it out….


Get Crafty!* August 24, 2008

Filed under: wtf — nashsmom @ 8:04 am

Moooom, I’m bored.  

Ever hear those words?  Daily around these parts, even with a playroom that puts most Toys R Us stores to shame.  Well, whip out a box of tampons and check out this site TamponCrafts.com.

It’s loaded with all sorts of great ideas like this easy peasy ghost:


Or this fabulous turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving:


Or amaze your friends with this pitch perfect pan flute!


A shout out to Bean who blogged about this site a while back on stronglywordedletter.com.  (Holla!)


*Go ahead and “ewww” me.  I was going to call this “Sunday Bloody Sunday”.  But I didn’t.  So there.


Zuma Nesta Rock August 21, 2008

Filed under: Celebs,wtf — nashsmom @ 10:17 pm

Ok, I have held my tongue on all the wacky celeb baby names that have come out over the past year.  I figure I named my kid Nash so who am I to judge?  But Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rosdale just topped them all with this one.  Zuma Nesta Rock??  WTF??  I can only guess that this is where the little guy was conceived.  On ZUMA beach near a ROCK and now they’re adding him to their NESTa?  Whatev.  Maybe Pilot Inspector (Jason Lee’s son) or Levi and Miller Light (Matthew McConaughey’s son and nephew) will come over for a play date.


I’d like to thank the Jonas Brothers August 20, 2008

Filed under: Me — nashsmom @ 3:39 pm

Today I checked my “blog stats” on WordPress and there have now officially been OVER 10,000 visitors to nashsmom.com. WTF, right? Sadly I think most of them are teenage girls that somehow dug deep in their search engines for anything Jonas Brothers and found my random little post. But hey, I’m going to celebrate anyway. Won’t you join me?

BTW, I’m huge in South America…..


In case you need to laugh August 19, 2008

Filed under: things I love — nashsmom @ 7:26 pm

This is a special dedication to anyone that needs to laugh tonight.  My pal Chuck sent this to me and it needs to be shared with all.  I’ve been savoring it and slowly reading through this blog.  I laughed so hard I cried.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you:

Cake Wrecks 

And don’t stop reading after just the first page.  I’m telling you, bookmark this bad boy and keep going back to it until you’ve read them all!  You can thank me later.

Here’s a taste of what the 4 year olds are ordering up these days….