Happy Birthday Muffti

Today (April 7th) is Muffti’s birthday. I was reminded of that when I read this recently:

pantera and south park, i’m pretty high-brow. that’s what a philosophy degree gets you; a love of speed metal, cartoons, bud light, and drum machines. bertrand russel would be proud. or ashamed. or indifferent. probably ashamed.

No. That’s not the Muff pontificating on the pleasures of Pantera and cartoons. Though it may as well be. Except for the Bud Light part. This was a quote from Moby. No not the confused anarchist, I’m talking the good Moby. The one with the new album out titled Last Night. Our Muffti is clearly part of a larger Zeitgeist, where people with Philosophy majors, usually relegated to careers as naked house boys, actually do something productive and even fun. That’s our Muff. Productive. Fun. Not a naked house boy. Now I can launch into a whole series of “remember that time when…” or “and that other time when…” but those that know, know, and the rest can’t even begin to imagine. Also, when Muffti blushes he turns really, REALLY red. Look at that pic above taken in the Sinai. Pretty pale eh? So yeah. Happy birthday from Ir Hakodesh. I’m a get drunk in your honor. Or something.

Here’s Pantera doing Cowboys From Hell, cuz it seemed appropriate:

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  • “The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.” ~Bertrand Russell

    Keep up the good work, grandest of GrandMufftis!

    Happy Birthday, with a big smooch,

  • Sweet video! thanks CK! Muffti remembers ALL those times when…but we’ll do that soon enough when we a get drunk together! No thanks for the pic, however…sadly muffti is not especially photogenic.

    As for the Moby quote, muffti would leave out the bud-light and the self ascription of high-browness. Muffti’s brows are right around the middle.

    Thanks Giyoret.

  • Muffti,

    I think you’re pretty dang photogenic. Why else would I agree to be your wife for the entire ride back to Eilat?

  • Ad me’ah v’esrim – ad me’ah k’esrim.
    Til 120 – and ’til 100 with the vigor of 20.

    This is the second Muffti photo I remember on this blog. So why isn’t this cutie married already?

  • Not that i’m pressuring or anything – I just want to see you settled and happy before I die.

  • Ben-David, are you proposing?

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, Muffti!
    (Muffti should be glad ck did his b’day tribute – I’d have chosen an outline map of the Benelux states instead of Pantera. 😀 )

  • B-D, we’re all hoping you live a wonderful long life so Muffti feels no particular rush! Muffti isn’t settled, but he is happy.

    Thanks JC and Froylein…and good to hear from you ex-temporary-wife Lori. Though he’s pretty sure your agreeing to be your wife was more out of a misplaced sense that Muffti could provide some protection than photogenicity!

  • Happy birthday Mufti,
    Your pal,
    Yankel from Cote Saint Luc
    (bringing new meaning to imaginary friends….)

  • Well, thank god xisnotx chimed in. I just didn’t know when it was appropriate to say it but now that he’s broken the ice, I have to add that Pantera SUCKS.

  • Pantera doesn’t suck; at least they don’t suck at heavy metal…in Muffti’s humble opinion. The lead singer never struck muffti as especially white power-ish to be honest though in the midst of a lot of heroin who knwos what people are prone to say.

  • If that man is not photogenic, I don’t know who is.

    Le sigh..

  • Here you can see the volks at Stormfront debating Pantera’s racist creds:


    While there are some disagreements, this one fellow seems very sure:

    “Omg, no Way, Duuuuuudes, Pantera is Racist, many Skins go to their shows, and they know it, I was reading Ls1.com forum once and someone went to their concert and said they shouted out ’88’ and asked what it meant. But thats not the only time I heard them say 88…..”

  • The Guest of Honor said:
    Pantera doesn’t suck; at least they don’t suck at heavy metal…in Muffti’s humble opinion.
    – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Hey, it’s your birthday party, but… this is way to smoothly produced to be good heavy metal, imnsho. Rod Stewart also sings hoarsely… so?

  • Ben-David, who do you prefer? Sepultura, Biohazard or Clawfinger?

    xisnotx, I don’t know about Pantera’s political stance, but I’d not necessarily rely on information provided by right-wing fascists. Over here like-minded groups have tried to corner hardrock bands into a far right political position that the band did not hold.

  • Sepultura sounds like either a perfume or a Sephardic delicacy…

    Clawfinger – is that the latest James Bond movie?

  • Muffti thinks very highly of sepultura – though he has to admit that clawfinger is new to him. Sepultura is pretty raw – especially back in their chaos ad days.

    Cowboys from Hell was a little overproduced, BD – Muffti agrees…but he thinks its still pretty high quality metal.

  • Sepultra – original take (at least this clip) and yes its raw. Never liked the Satanic aspects of heavy metal, and this kinda hit those old buttons – but still very real and original.

    Clawfinger – clever but this clip didn’t go anywhere after the first idea. Based on this clip I’m not sure if I’d call this “heavy metal” as opposed to just “rock”.

  • Froylein, that’s a good point.

    I saw Pantera in the mid-90’s. The lead singer, Phil Anselmo, gave a rant which reached its apotheosis when he told the crowd it was ok to be proud to be white. The crowd seemed much relieved.

    check out this article from a Montreal paper in which Anselmo
    had to apologize for saying stuff like “Tell the niggers to stop eyeballing me” and “This is our world, and tonight is a white thing.”

  • Unfortunately, most clips by Clawfinger suck so much that the music were better off standing by itself.

  • Muffti just can’t let this go on with out posting some of the original masters of the genre: Slayer! Sorry B-D, you don’t get any more sillily satanic than these guys.