I met Clash sometime around 1990 while running parties at the Chicago area sci fi conventions.  We served bodacious amounts of booze, played music, filled rooms with young people and generally had a great time.

Certain of the older lit-fic crowd were less than thrilled.  We were all about fun, not serious study of blahblah.  But quite a few others from 16-90 attended our parties and had a great time.  In fact, in 1993 at the Chicago Worldcon, we drank beer with Timothy Leary.  He happened to be in town, stopped by the convention, was invited to our party.  Our booze tab for that weekend broke 4 digits.

So Clash was a DJ.  In short order, he DJed almost every convention dance in the area, and in some other areas, and at several clubs.  He had an amazing selection of tunes, including some really outré alternative stuff, punk, remix, hip-hop, proto-steampunk, techno, everything.

His day job at the time was loading cargo for UPS, and he was ripped.  He looked more like a wrestler than a sci fi nerd, who was also a beer geek.  For at least one convention in San Fran, he and friends flew in a week early to LA, rented a car, and drove up through CA sampling every brew pub en route.  I'm amazed they survived.

Like a Time Lord, he always had a Companion. First DJ Sparrow.  Then a variety of hot chicks who really did learn DJing from him, then various schleps to haul the gear, then Amy, whom he finally realized he should marry.

Back in 1994, I drove from Champaign to Bloomington to pick up another friend, to Chicago, picked up Clash and all his gear, then we drove to Winnipeg, with a stop overnight in MN, for Conadian, that year's Worldcon.

We first ran into issues at the Pembina, ND border crossing.  Despite National Guard plates, military ID, and "vacation," we were directed to pull over for inspection.

Out came some little shortass with neither humor nor professionalism and said, "Open the doors."

I said they were unlocked.  He didn't say, "I need you to open them, sir." He just stood there until I realized his type and opened the doors and gate of my wagon.

He dove in like a dachshund after a rabbit, rooted through, found my underwear in my luggage, then found Clash's rolling case of CDs and mix board.

"What's this?"

"A mixing board."

"Electronics?"

"Yes."

Then he found my four guitars, signal processing racks in the travel case, power supplies and amps.

"Are you a musician?"

"Yes."

 "What are these?"

"Signal processors."

 "What do they do?"

 "Process signals."

 "Are you being funny?"

 "Well, sir, that one's got overdrive, analog and digital distortion, signal compression-expansion, flange/chorus/delay with reverb and selectable hall size and shape with inversion options and noise gates and ADSR.  The separate box is an envelope filter, and the rest are stereo imaging mixers.  The synth has arpeggiators, sequencers and an external memory module with waveform shapers and both VCO and external oscillator inputs."

 Clearly overwhelmed, he started some blather about how I should talk to immigration if I was planning on working.

 "Sir, I have right of abode in Canada, so if you really want to talk to Immigration they'll tell me to go ahead.  I'm not working, I'm on vacation, and this stuff is for a demonstration."

 "What's it worth?"

 "Oh…ten thousand or so."  (I didn't realize until that moment how much my gear was worth.)

 Clash said his was worth about $2000 for the board, plus the CDs, and that, "It's for a demonstration. I throw parties."

 Shortass opened a bag and said, "Is this for a demonstration too?" then realized it was full of whips and floggers.

 I said, "That's personal" and he decided to drop it and let us on our way.  He never actually inspected the grain alcohol and mixers I had.  Dumbass.

 (Actually, the floggers were for friends to use for costume purposes.  Trust me on this.)

 So we arrived in Winnipeg, and Clash was out of the car, bouncing around in eagerness.  I had to tell him three times to slow down.

 We got to the room we were sharing with Prime Slime and a friend's 16 year old daughter (nothing inappropriate happened and nothing was intended to happen, but looking back, and looking at the laws now…yikes.)

 Then Slime opened up his cooler, with all his supplies pre-measured.  He pulled out the powdered sugar, in Ziploc bags, each containing exactly one pound, for mixing his signature drink of Slime.

 Clash said, "Uh, Slime, you didn't cross the border with those, did you?"

 "Yeah, why?" Then he looked down at the 1 lb Ziploc of white powder…

 "Oh, shit."

 Looking back, I am amazed we weren't all in jail by that time.

 So we were in Canada, with Illinois plates, which of course meant we were Chicago gangsters.  And we had women in chainmail bikinis and high strength booze.

 Next, Clash grabbed his gear and got dressed for the first evening, with a kilt he'd borrowed.

 "This may not be my size," he said.

 I took a look, snickered, decided if I should, and decided he was a friend.  "Clash, pleats go in back."

 "Are you sure?"

 "Where was I born, Clash?"

 "Oh, right. Hold on." He went back into the bathroom, while me, Slime and the young lady snickered, and came out wearing the kilt properly, and it fit much better.

 After that it was a fairly "normal" SF con, as normal as those get.  Until Saturday.

 Saturday night, there was a dance.  They had a big hall, a goodly number of people, and dance music…most of it 80s pop.

 After 5 songs, Clash commented to me, in a shouted whisper, that he wasn't sure if he should comment on their music choice.

 What he was asking was if he should create an incident, and as a friend, I of course told him to proceed.

 So he hand-signed for permission to approach the podium (he was a professional), got it, climbed up, and said,

 "Hey.  I'm Clash, I DJ most of the Chicago conventions and some clubs. I have a case of disks with me if you'd like to pick through for some stuff. Some's pretty new and edgy."

 Well, these were CANADIANS!

 In fact, they cleared a space and offered to let him set up his own board alongside theirs.

 Dueling DJs, game on.

 So we founds some schleps to get the gear, and in twenty minutes, Clash was set up behind his board, headset on, black villain mask, black poet shirt, kilt, black boots, belt equipped with leashes in case he got lucky, and he had music cued up.  Rum may have been involved.

 He showed me the first case.

 Oooooooh, shit.

 And the host DJ announced, "Okay, we're going to throw in something else here. From Chicago, this is DJ Clash!"

 Cue international incident in 3, 2, 1…

 Something by Madonna faded out…and in came…(Language warning): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcbZUmLlNEo

 By ten seconds, the dance floor was empty, and the Canadians looked as if they'd been head-beat with ball bats.  Clash was laughing maniacally.

 And within another 10 seconds, everyone was back on the dance floor, as the Canadian DJ looked at the disk case and said, "Oh, yes, I'd heard something about this."

 Clash followed that with "The Punk Polka."

 I'm not sure what it did for international relations, but it worked okay for the dance.  There were no hard feelings, and they went back and forth between 80s and edgy.

 If you look at his Facebook page, every photo shows him grinning.

 That was Clash.  If there was a party, he was there.  If there wasn't, he created one on the spot.

 He followed that first kilt with others, with Scotch, and with all things Scottish, because if it's not Scottish, it's CRAP!

 The last couple of years he appeared to have some health problems, but nothing critical.  I was in Holland when another of the pack IMed me, asked me to call, and since I couldn't from overseas, gave me the bad news.

 Clash is a year younger than me, far too young to die of mundane causes.  There's a whole list of people who shouldn't die anytime soon, and he's near the top. But we don’t get a choice.

 The convention dances aren't going to be the same without him. Whoever takes over the task has huge combat boots to fill.  And he better bring Scotch.

 So let's toast him with high end Scotch, or rum if you must.

 RIP—Rest In Party.

Spangdahlem Air Base, 2 November, 2013:

https://www.facebook.com/events/292771870822485/412991242133880/?notif_t=like

And the American Book Center in the Hague, afternoon of 3 November:

http://www.abc.nl/

Do please stop by and introduce yourself.  Military/DoD/contractors and family can get a free signed book at Spang.  In the Netherlands, you can buy a copy and have me deface it in person.

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I'm a right wing libertarian and I want freedom of the press and freedom from a self-serving, dishonest press which is what we have now. 
The clearest example of this is the Daily Mail's inverse relationship with the Editors' Code where its editorial policy and business plan is to publish "inaccurate, misleading and distorted" information.
I'm very disappointed that the Telegraph is competing with the Mail in a race to the bottom. Increasingly, the only difference between the two papers seems to be the size of the page.
Implement Leveson in full. The Fleet Street mafia needs to be broken up so that true journalism can flourish.
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"Right wing libertarian" is like a "militant pacifist."
So it shouldn't be surprise that you want state control of the media for "freedom." You're just a right winger.
All press has a bias inherently. People are human beings. It's up to the educated reader to determine which is accurate, and which suits their agenda.
Clearly. you fear that your position will suffer if you can't cram it down people's throats.
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Seth Breidbart Everybody is in favor of Freedom of the Press when they believe that the press would publish stuff they like if it could. They tend to oppose such freedom when they come to believe that the press would publish stuff they don't like.
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Ray Spitz I think the word you were looking for is "Authoritarian." The Press, having service its purpose, is now to be controlled so that no one else can use it at the Left did. It is called "Pulling up the Ladder."
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Seth Breidbart You can't have freedom of the press and freedom from a dishonest press; who gets to define "dishonest"?
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Mike Lorrey MiniTru, of course
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Phill Suchman I thought it was Snopes or Huffingtonpost that decided what was true & what is dishonest.
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John Hamill Our "Betters" want to control tge information we get, for our own good of course...
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Ray Spitz You can, however, have strong libel and slander laws that will punish outright lies.
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James Meval The US had strong libel and slander laws and they were used to attack the press for political reasons and did shut down many.
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Ray Spitz But nowadays, the MSM can outright lie without fear of punishment because you have prove "intent."
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Maya Bohnhoff The press seems to print all sorts of stuff, inflammatory, opinionated, downright scathing about just about everyone and everything. Where's the lack of freedom?
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Michael Z. Williamson Maya Bohnhoff this references proposed legislation in the UK.
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Tad Williams And Fox News had to go to court to say they weren't really a "news" organization but an "entertainment" org., so they wouldn't have to tell the truth. (You can look it up.)
I don't recall this ever happening to CBS or NBC news. Maybe I missed it.
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Michael Z. Williamson Tad Williams: Not quite. Again, the public commentary is incomplete on the actual event. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Akre
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Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dateline_NBC... and I guess you missed this about NBC, Tad Williams
The 60-minute program focused on General Motors' Rounded-Line Chevrolet C/K-Series pickup trucks allegedly exploding upon impact during accidents due to the poor design of fuel tanks. Dateline's footage showed a sample of a low-speed accident with the fuel tank exploding. In reality, Dateline NBC producers had rigged the truck’s fuel tank with remotely controlled model rocket engines to initiate the explosion. The program did not disclose the fact that the accident was staged. GM hired Failure Analysis Associates (FaAA, now Exponent) whose investigators studied the footage, and discovered that smoke actually came out of the fuel tank six frames before impact.
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Michael Z. Williamson http://www.nytimes.com/... or the NYT, Tad Williams
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Michael Z. Williamson http://www.theblaze.com/.../ NBC again, Tad Williams, and it's going to cost them dearly.
http://www.poynter.org/.../ and this
http://www.ihatethemedia.com/... or this "news" photo that was heavily photoshopped.
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Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/... Time Magazine, maybe? Tell me when my point is made.
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Jerry Chancellor Well, it took a while Tad, but I think you mean this one:
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/.../1310807.html
(Please take note that this is the actual judgement rendered by the court, not an internet rumor.)
The District Court of Appeal in Florida ruled against a woman claiming whistle-blower protection because.... wait for it.... she wasn't a whistle blower under the law. Whether or not Fox News lied or didn't lie was not at issue. What WAS at issue was whether or not she was fired for threatening to go to the FCC over what she perceived as pressure to lie. 
No court ever found that Fox News lied and Fox News never claimed they had the right to lie. They did say that she did not deserve remuneration under a whistle blower statute because what she was threatening to report would have been, if it were true, a violation of a policy, not of a law.
Isn't it amazing what a little research can turn up?
NEW WORLD COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA INC WTVT TV v. AKRE, No. 2D01-529., February 14, 2003 - FL...
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Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents_controversy Oh, here's CBS. There were several things wrong here. First, it was obviously word processed TNR, not something done on a typewriter. Arguing that it COULD have been done on certain typewriters at that time neglects the fact that an ANG secretary would not have such a machine, which still wouldn't have had smart apostrophes back then.
This also doesn't take into account that the lingo in the alleged memos is Army (They were "found" by an Army officer) not USAF (having served in both, it jumped out at me. No USAF officer would phrase a memo that way).
And his claim that he found them "in a dumpster" during an alleged cover, when the Privacy Act of 1974 is plastered in every orderly room, next to the shredder, which is expected to be used, and tossing stuff in a dumpster would be a security violation.
Not counting the fact that important stuff is duplicated at state HQ and possibly National Archives.
Which leads up to the entire dishonesty that somehow Bush was a "draft dodger" while flying a fighter aircraft. Do not even go there, I did 12 years Air Guard in a leadership position, know some of the people mentioned in the documents, and will spank any challenger. 
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Michael Z. Williamson IOW: Both dishonest AND poorly researched.
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Michael Z. Williamson Hmm...it seems the "liberal" expose sites have as much trouble with the facts as conservative ones. Who would have guessed?
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Michael Z. Williamson On the "Bush" thing, I read through all the FOIA docs in 5 minutes, and laughed. Since I have the context to know what I was reading, there was absolutely nothing the slightest bit questionable. Without context, any dozen quotes could sound suspicious...except I have all the same docs in _MY_ records.
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Joseph Capdepon II Maybe Tad or another "liberal" could answer this question.
What is up with the hatred of Fox News? 
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Michael Z. Williamson So what I'm taking away from this is the irony that the leftist media activists accusing Fox of lying are...lying.
And they want the rules changed so they can make the judgment calls.
Doesn't that just fill you with confidence?
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Seth Breidbart I like it that everybody gets to decide what is true and what is dishonest, and everybody else gets to laugh at them. They all get the credibility they deserve (in the eyes of the person deciding how much credibility to accord them).
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Jerry Chancellor Seth, with regards to this particular question, Fox News, you can look at the link I posted and decide for yourself. It's the actual decision of the court.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100240554/for-generations-radical-leftists-fought-for-press-freedom-why-have-they-abandoned-it-now/

Peter Reynolds: 2 days agoI'm a right wing libertarian and I want freedom of the press and freedom from a self-serving, dishonest press which is what we have now. 
The clearest example of this is the Daily Mail's inverse relationship with the Editors' Code where its editorial policy and business plan is to publish "inaccurate, misleading and distorted" information.
I'm very disappointed that the Telegraph is competing with the Mail in a race to the bottom. Increasingly, the only difference between the two papers seems to be the size of the page.
Implement Leveson in full. The Fleet Street mafia needs to be broken up so that true journalism can flourish.


MichaelZWilliamson: "Right wing libertarian" is like a "militant pacifist."So it shouldn't be surprise that you want state control of the media for "freedom." You're just a right winger.All press has a bias inherently. People are human beings. It's up to the educated reader to determine which is accurate, and which suits their agenda.
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Seth  Everybody is in favor of Freedom of the Press when they believe that the press would publish stuff they like if it could. They tend to oppose such freedom when they come to believe that the press would publish stuff they don't like.4 hours ago · Unlike · 3


Ray I think the word you were looking for is "Authoritarian." The Press, having service its purpose, is now to be controlled so that no one else can use it at the Left did. It is called "Pulling up the Ladder."4 hours ago · Like · 2
Seth Breidbart You can't have freedom of the press and freedom from a dishonest press; who gets to define "dishonest"?4 hours ago · Unlike · 5


Mike L MiniTru, of course4 hours ago · Unlike · 2


Phill I thought it was Snopes or Huffingtonpost that decided what was true & what is dishonest.4 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2


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Email from "Organizing For Action" from the Racist in Chief (President 0bama, (D-Egypt)), with his official logo on it, pimping dead kids for "reasonable action to stop gun violence."
I don't recall Bush ever sending out email with HIS logo on it demanding action on abortion, marriage or any of the issues he was alleged to be pushing.  It may have happened, but I never saw it.
By "Reasonable action to stop gun violence," The Racist in Chief means he wants to make it harder for honest people to exercise their civil rights under the 2nd Amendment.
He doesn't mean he'll stop sending guns to Mexican drug cartels or F16s to Radical Islamic nutjobs in Egypt.
THE PRESIDENT’S PLAN INCLUDES:
Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands
THERE IS NO "LOOPHOLE," THIS IS A LIE
Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and taking other common sense steps
THIS DIRECTLY VIOLATES SCOTUS' RULING IN THE HELLER CASE
Making schools safer
EXCEPT BY ACTUALLY INCREASING SCHOOL SECURITY WITH, YOU KNOW, SECURITY MEASURES
Increasing access to mental health services
BY FINDING MORE WAYS TO ACCUSE PEOPLE OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND TAKING THEIR 2nd AMENDMENT RIGHTS AWAY
He's invoking Columbine--14 years ago, WHICH DIDN'T INVOLVE ANY "ASSAULT WEAPONS" and did involve a background check for a third party, thus proving that all gun control laws are completely worthless bullshit, but don't let reality get in the way of your narrative.

Email from "Organizing For Action" from the Racist in Chief (President 0bama, (D-Egypt)), with his official logo on it, pimping dead kids for "reasonable action to stop gun violence."
I don't recall Bush ever sending out email with HIS logo on it demanding action on abortion, marriage or any of the issues he was alleged to be pushing.  It may have happened, but I never saw it.
By "Reasonable action to stop gun violence," The Racist in Chief means he wants to make it harder for honest people to exercise their civil rights under the 2nd Amendment.
He doesn't mean he'll stop sending guns to Mexican drug cartels or F16s to Radical Islamic nutjobs in Egypt.

THE PRESIDENT’S PLAN INCLUDES:
Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands
THERE IS NO "LOOPHOLE," THIS IS A LIE


Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and taking other common sense steps
THIS DIRECTLY VIOLATES SCOTUS' RULING IN THE HELLER CASE.  IT'S ALSO AS DISHONEST AS CALLING A JEEP A "MILITARY STYLE ASSAULT VEHICLE."

Making schools safer
EXCEPT BY ACTUALLY INCREASING SCHOOL SECURITY WITH, YOU KNOW, SECURITY MEASURES

Increasing access to mental health services
BY FINDING MORE WAYS TO ACCUSE PEOPLE OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND TAKING THEIR 2nd AMENDMENT RIGHTS AWAY

He's invoking Columbine--14 years ago, WHICH DIDN'T INVOLVE ANY "ASSAULT WEAPONS" and did involve a background check for a third party, thus proving that all gun control laws are completely worthless bullshit, but don't let reality get in the way of your narrative.

But at least he closed Guantanamo, as he promised in 2007.

Oh, wait...