Friday, March 31, 2006
Well, we're done with the Rocky Mountain Bootleg series, and returning to just supplying any good choons we find. Today I'm going to link y'all to the Carbon Silicon website. For those not in the know, Carbon Silicon (C/S) is Mick Jones' (of The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite) and Tony James' (of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik) new band, a mix of rock with some electronic influences. The music is badass, and the band has recently released some free recordings that are far and away the best tracks they've laid down to date. So, go to the site, grab the mp3s, and enjoy the new sounds of some old geezers. Have a good weekend.
As Dostoevsky used to say... "what the fuck!"
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
(via The Carpetbagger Report)
- He wasn't the problem. Hardly the most powerful chief of staff in presidential history, Card was a glorified scheduler who took a back seat to Vice President Dick Cheney and his own supposed deputy, Karl Rove.
- This is no shakeup. Even some Republicans on Capitol Hill were calling for a "gray beard" -- a former member of Congress or someone high profile from outside the White House -- to replace Card with a portfolio to fire others.
- Josh Bolten is no "gray beard." The OMB director might not sit in the West Wing, but he is inside the bubble of this White House, and lacks the background and friendships on Capitol Hill that GOP leaders were hoping for in a new chief of staff.
- Finger in the levee syndrome. Just as firing Michael Brown as FEMA chief failed to stem criticism of the administration's Katrina handling, trying to create the impression of change with the Card-to-Bolten maneuver could only serve to provoke more calls for more change.
- Ousted staffers tend to take revenge. While Card is loyal to the Bush family, he has strong ties on background to many in the news media. Any frustrations he might feel are likely to come out over time.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
As with most kos diaries, many of the comments are probably at least as informative as the entry itself, and others provide criticism which I would, only they say it better. In short, I'm still weighing this new information, and going to be stacking it up against what CNN, the BBC, the Economist, the Guardian, etc. are saying about the riots. The fact that this one lone entry in a sea of non-information regarding alternative views of the riots is even worth mentioning when the chips are so stacked in favour of the prevailing viewpoint speaks to the quality of DailyKos and many of the diarists there.
Anyhow, as for the article, I'm a little dubious as to some of its number crunching, and some of its claims are highly suspect, but its worth reading. I haven't provided links to the other views mentioned, because... well... just throw a stone into the sea of news and you'll hit one of those articles. Wow, I'm very metaphorical today.
Hmm... with no stance taken, its sure hard to end these gosh darned entries.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
In other Sox news, the rumor mill is is in full swing that Clemens may be in the wings for the Sox. Clemens' agent had a meeting with Theo the other day, and word is that Clemens just bought a home in MA, so I guess anything is possible. If this materializes then I'll feel better about losing Arroyo (although I still think we could have used him out of the bullpen).
Thursday, March 16, 2006
National Blacklist & Punkaholics Anonymous - I've been pimping my band (National Blacklist) for as long as I can remember, and the tracks are nothing special (download anyways!), but I'm bringing up my site for another reason, a better reason. As I related in my other blog - I found an mp3 from a band that my band used to play with all the time - a band that was much better than we were (and we made them open all the time, weren't we just big jerks? Yes.) and made a very fine, very enjoyable track called "Money" which you should all go get off my site. I made up a little cover art to go along with it, so you all can make your very own P.A. singles. If anyone in the band (read: Steve-O) has a problem with all this, let me know and we can work stuff out. I may try and start slowing accumulating tracks from the old scene and uploading them to my site. It would make a nice memorial to those times.
COTapers - This is a nice little site that shares torrents of live shows that were taped in Colorado, and many of the bands featured are also from Colorado. A neat little site, enjoy if torrents of live shows are your thing.
Dave Matthew Band - This site (Ants Marching) is a fantastic resource for downloads, trading, torrents, and whatever else when it comes to the dave matthews live show community. DMB actually got there start at a bar about 20 minutes from where I live in Colorado. The bar is burned down now but that band is still going strong. I know a lot of you mock my enjoyment of this band, and to all you: shut up and just move onto the next offering, you'll be glad you did.
The Denver Gentlemen - This Slim Cessna's (of Auto Club fame) first band, and they're good. Very good. Gothic country in the vein of SCAC, Munly, Tarantella, etc. This is their site and it contains their first album available in its entirety free to download. They also have a second album that just came out on Smooch Records, a great label for amazing colorado music. Download the tracks, check out the label, get yer "yee-haw" on. Rock.
That's all for me, posts may be intermittent or non-existant next week (it being Spring Break), but I'll try and get something up. Until next next time...
Monday, March 13, 2006
"There can be debate about whether the law should be changed. There can be debate about how best to fight terrorism. We all believe that there should be wiretapping in appropriate cases -- but the idea that the president can just make up a law, in violation of his oath of office, has to be answered."
And what do Republicans have to answer with? Not any answer regarding the legality of the wiretapping. No, they don't want the president punished because it would make freedom cry. Says Bill Frist:
"He is flat wrong, he is dead wrong," said the Tennessee Republican -- also a potential presidential candidate in 2008 -- adding that "attacking our commander in chief ... doesn't make sense."
See? Telling our president it's wrong to do things that are illegal sends the wrong kind of message to the world. It says to the world, "hey, see us over here? We're so pro-terrorist we want out rights protected. Come and bomb us. Please."
Wait... censuring our president wouldn't sent that kind of message at all. Hey, I guess Bill Frist is just a fucknut.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Sorry about the lack of updates yesterday, that's just how the cookie crumbles. Anyways, today is the 5th Rocky Mountain Bootleg, and I will NOT be using 7 Inch Punk Again. Instead, I'm dramatically shifting gears and offering up something on the country-bluegrass-jam band fusion end of the spectrum, some Yonder Mountain String Band. This Colorado band has a huge following in the state, and probably elsewhere. They're freakin' hippies, and the jams can get a little tedious (in my humble opinion), but they play some mean country an bluegrass, and they do some killer covers of punk and metal songs. They do rock (just don't let any of those freakin' hippies hear me say that). Anyhow, I present you with a show that yours truly attended, the December 30th 2005 Fillmore Concert, a two night event (this being night one) in celebration of the New Year. They play some good music, Peter Rowan comes out and plays, and they cover The Misfit's 20 Eyes. What more do you want? Check out the show here.
Farewell, dear readers. Until next Monday.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
John McCain - Renegade, Maverick Republican Senator who also seems dumber then dirt right now.
Monday, March 06, 2006
Basically, I like the entry because it a) expounds on the rhetoric of the Right, and the idea of teaching "abstinence only" vs. "abstinence AND safe sex," which some people seem to be getting confused about; and b) it supports the notion that their is a place for "single issue" advocacy, something which I think is lacking from the likes of Kos.
EDIT: Expanded the entry a bit, and corrected some spelling errors.
(via Crooks & Liars)
Maybe I'm just not reading the right papers, but I don't generally find articles this good in the U.S. paper. Way to go BBC. A little taste:
The Washington Post reported that 1,300 bodies had been taken there since the upsurge in sectarian violence which followed the bombing of the Shia shrine at Samarra on 22 February.
A former UN official said that many of these bodies showed signs of torture and summary execution.
By contrast the US commander in Iraq, Gen George W Casey Jr, insisted that there had been no great increase in the amount of communal violence and that the number of deaths was probably around 350.
Simson goes on to expalin that in times like this, it makes more sense to trust journalists and their own eyes than to trust government officials. Agreed. Unfortunately, in the U.S. at least, journalists mostly just parrot what the government says as fact and gives less weight to what they themselves may be seeing on the ground. It reminds me of a story:
A woman comes home from work early, and when she gets in the house she hears noises coming from her bedroom. Opening the door to her bedroom, she finds her husband with being intimate with another woman. Rightly outraged, the woman begins to yell at the husband, accusing him of cheating on her. In response, the man says "Baby, I swear I'm being faithful to you. What are you going to believe, me or your own lying eyes?"
A metaphor for the U.S. and Iraq? We report, you decide.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Enjoy the weekend. Baseball is in the air.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
God bless America.