Too Many Hi-Hats


Pearl Drums is asking the question, not me. What would you do with this pile of drums?

Well, for starters, I'd rearrange it. I'd remove the superfluous hi-hats and floor toms and I'd probably add some effects and some trigger pads. I would probably separate this into another set and go from there.

I mean, do you really need this much? Or is this just a trick question?

Is North Korea Missing Any Submarines?


We will probably never learn the truth, but here goes:
A passenger describes women screaming in the darkness. A father learns his child is trapped. A son, fearing death, tells his mother he loves her.
Investigators haven't said what caused a South Korean ferry boat carrying hundreds of passengers to capsize on Wednesday. But as rescuers searched frigid waters for nearly 300 missing people, text messages surfaced describing the harrowing moments after the ferry started to roll.
CNN affiliate YTN reported on several messages, purportedly from passengers aboard the sinking vessel to their loved ones. CNN could not independently confirm the authenticity of the messages or when they were sent. It's also unclear what happened to the people who sent them.
The messages, widely reported in South Korean media, paint a chaotic picture of the situation aboard the ferry as hundreds of passengers waited for help and some reached out to loved ones.
It could be a number of things that "hit" the ship, but my guess is that there is a North Korean mini-sub or perhaps an infiltration ship--something that sits just below the water line--at the bottom of the sea nearby. The aggressiveness of the North Korean navy and their infiltration craft is legendary. If they have, indeed, killed three hundred South Koreans in a single stroke, the repercussions are going to be felt on both sides. If that's what happened, and South Korea does nothing, it will anger the elements of that government who know the truth.

The North Koreans simply do not care. Three hundred people drop dead from starvation or meet their doom on a regular basis. Life means nothing to them.

Stay Classy, Kentucky Fans


This drives them crazy:
A blast as large as the one involving City College on Feb. 18 exploded on Oct. 20 when Hogan arrested Kentucky basketball players Ralph Beard, Alex Groza and Dale Barnstable for accepting $500 bribes to shave points in an NIT game against Loyola of Chicgo in Madison Square Garden in 1949. Groza and Beard had been on two NCAA championship teams and Beard also had been on one NIT winner. The 1949 games were an attempt to win the 1949 NIT and NCAA, which CCNY achieved in 1950. Beard and Groza had also been on the 1948 Olympic basketball gold medal team, and this Olympic unit was the nucleus of the NBA Indianapolis Olympians in 1949.
Judge Streit awarded suspended sentences to Groza, Beard and Barnstable and placed them on indefinite probation and barred them from all sports for three years. The NBA commissioner Maurice Podoloff also suspended the trio.
In the last stages of the hoop scandals or 1951, there was another significant event.
Bill Spivey, Kentucky's All-American center and leading player on the NCAA champions of 1951, was barred on March 2, 1952 from athletic play at the university. Spivey was never implicated in point shaving, so the action was surprising, though there were accusations against Spivey by teammates.
Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp had claimed his team was untouchable: "They couldn't reach my boys with a ten-foot pole." He was wrong. The NCAA suspended the Kentucky basketball program for the 1952-53 season.
Corruption is endemic to college sports; you'd have to be a brazen fool to believe otherwise. The school you root for is irrelevant; the whole thing is a rigged game.

When John Calipari does what he does and walks away from Kentucky, leaving behind a closet full of the stench of his cheating and the broken lives of young men who mean nothing at all unless they win games, he'll simply find another bunch of suckers. This country is so full of rubes, he could count on gainful employment for the next thousand years, were he able to coach that long. He's a mercenary. He trades a temporary lock on a national title for money. When that title is vacated, he's already spent your cash.

Here's some of that Kentucky class everyone knows and loves [see below for updates]:
"I'd say that you have your priorities in order. Does your mother know that you're a jackass?" 
"You, Sir, must be a butt hurt Memphis fan. "
"or a Louisville Fan- libel from a man who must hate his mom to be so miserable"
They'll attack your family and your sexual orientation all because they worship a school's basketball team. Hilarious.

Everything is About Money


It's not like Jameis Winston will be the first NFL prospect to moonlight as a serial rapist, but he is entitled to the presumption of innocence. The problem with granting him that right is that there is no way the cops in Tallahassee, Florida are even remotely capable of properly investigating the rape of a young woman.

Walt Bogdanich isn't going to be invited to any booster activities any time soon:
When The Times asked Mr. Winston for an interview, an Atlanta lawyer advising his family, David Cornwell, responded, “We don’t need an investigation, thorough or otherwise, to know that Jameis did not sexually assault this young lady.” Mr. Cornwell, who has represented major sports figures and the N.F.L., added, “Jameis has never sexually assaulted anybody.”
Mr. Winston has previously acknowledged having sex with his accuser but said it was consensual. His account has been supported by two friends from the football team who were with him that night, Chris Casher, who took the video, and Ronald Darby.
A month before the rape accusation became public, the university’s victim advocate learned that a second woman had sought counseling after a sexual encounter with Mr. Winston, according to the prosecutor’s office. The woman did not call it rape — she did not say “no.” But the encounter, not previously reported, “was of such a nature that she felt violated or felt that she needed to seek some type of counseling for her emotions about the experience,” according to Georgia Cappleman, the chief assistant state attorney, who said she had spoken with the advocate but not with the woman.
The victim advocate was concerned enough about the episode to have alerted Mr. Winston’s first accuser.
There's a lot of money at stake here, and that's the underlying theme of this whole sordid, sickening affair. Money kept Winston from being accused properly and investigated. Money is the reason why a young woman now has to live with the stigma of being raped by a privileged young man.

In a day and age where John Calipari can get away with publishing a book about how he takes care of players, it is easy to understand why the whole culture of sports at the collegiate level in this country has dissolved into nothing more than a racket, a farce, and an excuse to ignore the law and keep making money hand over fist. This is corrupting the country and there isn't a lawmaker around who can do anything about it.

You need to read the whole thing in order to discover for yourself just how horrible the police are down there and how the racket--college football--is just a machine to print money. Jameis Winston has thrived in that machine, and he'll probably thrive in the NFL as well. 

He had better hope that he doesn't play pro football in a city where there actually are cops who take rape seriously.