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Wednesday, May 05, 2004

What kind of insane Upside Down World do we live in?  Why on earth is Bush leading in almost every poll? Ok, so they may be statistical dead heats.  Why on earth are they statistical dead heats?

This feels like 2000 all over again, except--even worse--we now <b>really know</b> how insanely bad Bush is for America, let alone the rest of the planet.  Why are over 40% of this country still willing to support him?  Why is Kerry chasing the center? Didn't he and his advisors learn anything from 2000? from 2002?  What the hell?  Doesn't Kerry realize that the Repugnicans have pulled the "center" so far to the right that phrase has no meaning?  If Bush can play to his base, why the hell can't Kerry?  Why do the Dems bend over backwards (or forwards, really) for civility?  I'm all for being civil, but that doesn't mean you can't speak the truth!

Bush and his gang of evil-doers are bad! They're doers of evil.  They need to be called on their actions.  Why won't Kerry just stand up and call Bush on his shit?  So what if it tarnishes some of Kerry's past votes like, oh, voting for the idiotic war in Iraq or the PATRIOT Act, Kerry is tarnished even more by not saying these were poor choices and he has freakin' learned from his mistakes!  Jesus, neither Kerry nor Bushie can admit to making a single mistake! 

Why would we want a leader who can't learn?  What kind of a leader is that?  They're going to lead you right into one ocean or the other.  A real leader admits they don't know all the answers, but they're going to try to figure it out!  They'll learn from their mistakes.  That's one of the things that got Clinton so far with folks--he admitted fallibility.  Sure he was far from perfect--who is?--but he copped to mistakes (not all, but at least some) and made ouvres to remedying them.  Bush hasn't tried that once and Kerry doesn't seem to be making any effort to.


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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

so, I bopped over to the page for ShitBegone toilet paper, which if memory serves I found via BoingBoing, and while there I folowed a link for sample rolls of ShitBegone.  Looking at what else BeWild had to over, I checked out their link for flags.

There are 59 flags, of which there are:
  • 9 that show the American flag
  • 12 that show the Confederate flag
  • 3 that show a skull and crossbones
  • 15 that relate to the military (including POW-MIA)
  • 12 that relate to commerce (flea markets, tag sales, used cars, antiques, etc.)
  • 3 that relate to motorcycles
  • 1 smiley face
  • 1 Israeli flag
  • 2 Rainbow Pride flags
Now, obviously there's a certain demographic at play here, but the Israeli flag and the Rainbow pride flags seem rather incongruous.  As they note for small (4"x6") rainbow flag, " Whether you like rainbows or you want to show your gay pride this flag makes a great gift!"

Whatdya make of that?

8:39:31 PM    comment []

Monday, April 05, 2004

I'm listening to Markos on AirAmerica and I just heard Randi Rhodes rant used as a plug for her show, where she says the Green Party is something Ralph Nader created!  She's obviously missing several decades of European history and over a decade of history within the U.S.  The more I hear of her--and it's not much still--the more I don't want to hear more.  I don't like the idea of having another ignorant talk-over windbag on the radio--let alone one that's supposed to represent my "side".

9:28:09 PM    comment []

Thursday, April 01, 2004

A little bit ago, link hopping from blog to blog, I stumbled upon Bohemian Mama.  The very first post I read sucked me in. Immediately, there's nothing particularly unusual about it--sure, just another person's reaction to the first day of Air America and thoughts about the SCLM (So-Called Liberal Media), but I found her point well made and worth reading to the end.  And, the sidebar is well laid out with lots of things I'm going to check out, like the whole section called Bringing Up a Bohemian Kid.

Oh, and did I mention she's got a picture of  (what I presume to be) her kid wearing a t-shirt I've been meaning to get for my kid.  Actually, when Emma was born, my mother got her a (union-made) bib w/ the same image, but Emma's not wearing bibs so much any more.  Both are available at the Northland Poster Collective.  Anyhow, the image is of an IWW black cat (only more of a kitten) with the slogan, "An Owie to One Is an Owie to All."  Definitely words to live by.

9:41:31 PM    comment []

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Once upon a time, I had a dream. Like most, I've actually had a bunch. The dream in question, though, was to have a website dedicated to music and politics and their intersections. I registered and .com, set up a topica list, and...never got much farther.

Yesterday, several years later, I was curious to see if the domain was still available. Well, .com was taken by some folks who are squatting for a buck--288 of them to be exact. .org was still available--and since that's where my focus had always been, I bought it and while I was at it, I set up a quick blog at I've already put up a few items.

I've been running the blog you're reading on Radio.Userland. It's a better blog platform than Blogger, I'm sure, but I found blogger to be a bit more immediate--which, when you want to start something immediately, is often the way to go.

So, feel free to spread the word on (which for now will link to the blog). If anyone wants to have access as a co-author at the blog, just let me know. I'd always envisioned it as a co-operative environment.

rock on.

5:02:30 PM    comment []

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Emma is asleep and I have the monitor on.  A heavily distorted voice just intoned, "Yak."

Or at least, I think that's what it said.

3:25:15 PM    comment []

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Courtesy of Tom Tomorrow comes this little anecdote about Rumsfeld:
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, asked about Tuesday's car bombing in Iraq that killed about 50 people, said there are murders in every major city in the world "because human beings are human beings."
Car Bombs, those crimes of passion.  Unpremediated.  It just happens.  One moment you're drinking tea, then the realization that your country has been invaded by an Imperialist power, next thing you know, you've grabbed your car bomb from the shelf in the garage and there ya go.

I guess, though, that that's the new PC version of "boys will be boys"... and nimrods will be nimrods regardless of what office they hold. Unelected, mass-murdering, drug-addled, corrupt pResidents will be Unelected, mass-murdering, drug-addled, corrupt pResidents...

2:53:09 AM    comment []

or something akin.  Now, I knew that Kerry had some music in his past--differently so than Clinton.  I dunno.  Not on the same as Mr. Orin Hatch.  Was he every in a band in his youth?  Anyhow, there's an interesting Washinton Post article on Kerry's 60s band, the Electras.

The article also mentions Erik Lindgren, a cool musician in his own right, who runs the great Arf! Arf! Records

I initially misread the line: "The Electras album is worth less." ... course that's different now.  Not that it'll garner four grand, but magine if/when Kerry's president... that record'll be something.  Maybe erik'll get reiss rights.

2:27:43 AM    comment []

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