Music Night. Happy Birthday Johnny and C.J.

Choosing a birthday celebration is easy enough when two of the people sharing a birthday are Ramones. Johnny Ramone was integral to the original band, serving as guitarist from 1974 to 1996. I thought it was interesting that Johnny was #16 on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitar players and was on Time magazine’s 10 greatest rock guitarists, because frankly, I’ve never thought of any of the Ramones as “great” instrumentalists. Johnny’s guitar technique was simple and basic, but it was incredibly influential among punk bands. He died of cancer in 2004 at age 55, the last of the three original Ramones (preceded in death by Joey and Dee Dee). C. J. Ramone shared a birthdate with Johnny but was born 17 years later and replaced Dee Dee in the band, on bass and vocals.

More after the jump, including C. J. Ramone performing Blitzkrieg Bop. Your tunes, of course, in the comments.

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The Watering Hole: Friday, October 8, 2010 – How Much is Enough?

Alan Greenspan, who championed the cause for the Bush Tax Cuts that disproportionately favored the rich, is now saying, “‘We’re going to have to start to cut’ from government entitlement programs.”

While tax cuts favor the rich, entitlement programs benefit the poor. The question is, how much is enough?

This author submits this number is unattainable, for if a man gathered unto himself all the riches in the world, so that he had everything and everybody else had nothing, it would still not be enough, for he would then look to the stars and seek to put those jewels into his vault as well.

This is our Open Thread. Please feel free to add your thoughts on this, or any other topic that comes to mind.