Upsetting
Thursday, July 31, 2003
 
factitious \fak-TISH-uhs\, adjective:

1. Produced artificially, in distinction from what is produced by nature.
2. Artificial; not authentic or genuine; sham.
 
 
God again!

The good news is that according to Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, God is on our side in the war on terrorism. This is a definite improvement over the Jerry Falwell-Pat Robertson position, stated and then partially retracted, that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. were proof of God's wrath over our national indulgence of lesbians and the like.
 
 
The University will receive applications for spring 2004 admission during the CSU application filing period, August 1 to 31, 2003. Those who apply will be advised that the state budget may prevent their admission even if they are qualified as a CSU student.
 
 
DMC in the place to be, he went to St. John's University:

"You'll see a lot of artists on TV that wait 'til somebody dies and then they'll show up and have a big benefit, they'll do a record, you know, in the memory of the person, and then we all go back to living the same way," DMC said.

"I think it takes the artist's heart being more vocal and saying something, instead of 'I'm just representing the 'hood, you know what I'm saying.' They gotta really talk about what's going down."
 
 
To be totally honest, I don't have a problem with a terrorism-futures market -- my friends and I have already set odds for which U.S. city will be the next to be hammered. I think I posted the odds up here a long time ago, and New York, Washington and L.A. were at the top. Seattle and Chicago followed Boston, I think. (I hope nothing happens when I'm in Chicago this weekend, but it's not like I can do anything about it. It is reassuring to read this right before you go to the airport.)

Anyway, the only issue I have with Poindexter trying to set a futures market for terrorism is that he's (was) in a position to manipulate the market. Then again, if I knew which side he was trying to influence I would load up over there.

As my friend says about gambling, "Who cares if it's fixed, so long as you bet on the side it's rigged for."
 
 
The Queers, Don't Back Down

It doesn't get any better than this. On Don't Back Down the rip-roaring punk songs with no melody ("No Tit," afor instance) are more than counterbalanced by the many mind-blowingly catchy songs ("Punk Rock Girls," "Number One," "Janelle, Janelle," ad nauseam). Some of the songs, dare it be said, even surpass many of Brian Wilson's perfect pop songs. Whereas the Ben Weasel-fronted group the Riverdales aspire to be nothing more than Ramones imitators, the Queers successfully use the musical vocabularies developed by the Ramones (as well as Brian Wilson and others) and take their songs to new levels.
 
 
Soldiers are killing themselves.
 
 
''The first ball he hit hit the lights, and I yelled at him,'' he said. ''I thought, 'This guy stinks.'''

Yeah, right.

Van Nistelrooy is among the most acclaimed athletes in Europe, the idol of boys and girls dreaming of soccer stardom. Fans stand in line for hours just to meet him, and teams have paid millions to have him on their fields.
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2003
 
Pussy.
 
 
If you had children or loved ones die fighting for God knows what in Iraq, I hope you don't find the words of the president of the United States condescending and out of tune with your pain:

As for the continuing attacks on U.S. troops, Bush appealed for patience at home as Iraqis try to form a new, free society.

"I didn't expect Thomas Jefferson to emerge in Iraq in a 90-day period," he said.
 
 
God, these terrorists really fucked us (the world) on Sept. 11. It's staggering.
 
 
This is a fascinating story about these fascinating times.

NEW YORK -- It was the luck of the draw.

Some other spring morning, Donna Newman would have encountered a different client in a prison jumpsuit, someone accused of fraud or drug trafficking. Instead, arriving at the federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan in May 2002, she met Jose Padilla.

Newman serves on a panel of private practice attorneys who occasionally take on indigent clients facing federal charges. She accepts new cases two days a year.

"I believe in defending indigents," she said. "You gotta give back." At the time, though, she had no inkling how much she was about to give.

Padilla, arrested by the FBI at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on May 8, had been flown east to appear before a grand jury as a material witness. The subject he supposedly had knowledge of -- an al Qaeda plan to detonate a "dirty bomb" in the United States -- sounded scarier than most.

Another alarming sign was that every time Newman set her pen down on the courtroom table during that first appearance, federal marshals handed it back to her, evidently so that Padilla couldn't seize it as a weapon.
 
 
The USA passes England in world soccer rankings!

FIFA world rankings (last month's positions in brackets):

1 (1) - Brazil

2 (2) - France

3 (3) - Spain

4 (5) - Holland

5 (11) - Mexico

6 (4) - Argentina

7 (7) - Turkey

8 (6) - Germany

9 (9) - USA

10 (8) - England
 
 
The memo is the latest high level Canadian insult to Bush and Americans that cattle industry representatives say are not helping their cause.

Prime Minister Jean Chretien's former press secretary, Francoise Ducros, was forced to resign last November after being overheard calling Bush a "moron."

Earlier this year, Liberal MP Carolyn Parrish was overheard saying, "Damn Americans, I hate those bastards."
 
 
While attending the funeral of fellow Temptations alum David Ruffin on June 10, 1991, singer Eddie Kendricks was arrested for failure to pay child support.
 
 
There's a new movie out with Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, and I read something today that said the film "makes 'Ishtar' look like 'Citizen Kane.'" That's saying quite a lot.
 
 
Some of the bands and artists that have appeared on The Simpsons over the years include Sonic Youth, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Spinal Tap, the Ramones, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Shawn Colvin and Tito Puente. Yo La Tengo is one of the many groups that have covered the show's theme for its closing credits.
 
 
My baby, you know I love the way she walk,
When the girl get sleepy, I love the way she baby talk.
 
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
 
This is the big fantasy football e-mail I received today.

The scoring has been revised this year in a way that is closer to standard fantasy scoring yet still rewards the extraordinary touchdowns by different positions (i.e. a tight end running one in). The alterations were made in effort to legitimize the league without sacrificing any of the excitement it is known for.

The premise behind the system is that when a player scores in a way atypical of his position (i. e. a quarterback who runs one in) he receives time and a half. That means he will receive exactly 50% more points than normal (i.e. a running back running one in). Some additional bonuses were include this year to make receivers and running backs a bit more prominent than in the past.

Basically the same players that were good last year will be good again, but some of the old-school workhorse players who don't do anything exotic on the field will be more competitive.

For a complete breakdown of the new system drag the "Help" toolbar and click on "League Rules". The default scoring is set up as time and a half and the specific positional scoring fields represent the base scoring system... I know it's confusing but check it out and
call me with any questions.
 
 
America does to me what I knew it would do: it just bumps me . . . . The people charge at you like trucks coming down on you -- no awareness. But one tries to dodge aside in time. Bump! bump! go the trucks. And that is human contact.

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), British author
 
Monday, July 28, 2003
 
Because he listened to and played good music – rare double qualities these days – because he respected women and because he had an infectious, self-deprecating sense of humor, I am saddened by the loss of Cranford.

He was refreshingly authentic, a man of flesh and blood trying to fit into an artificial world.
 
 
Praise : Super fast service & great communication. Thanks!
 
 
The last show Nirvana ever played was at the 'Terminal Einz' in Munich, Germany on March 1, 1994. Their final song performed in concert was "Heart Shaped Box".
 
 
Politicians live or die by their defining moment. For George W. Bush, it was Sept. 11. For Gov. Gray Davis, it was the energy crisis of '01 -- and in most voters' eyes, he came up short.

"No question about it," said pollster Mark DiCamillo, who has been tracking Davis for the past five years. "That was the trigger. That's when he crossed the line.

"Look at the numbers," DiCamillo said. "In January of that year, Davis' approval ratings were at 57 percent. Four months later they were under 36 percent."

Davis never recovered.

"In the public's mind, he was fiddling while Rome burned," said UC Berkeley political science Professor Bruce Cain.
 
 
And London's burning.
 
 
Limp Bizkit loses it in Chicago. I had no idea they were still together.

The metaphorical fireworks started much earlier, however, when heckling fans induced a profane tantrum from Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and the band quit playing after just 20 minutes.

It was easy to predict a rough reception for the rap-rock has-beens when a significant segment of the crowd booed a mention of the band by previous openers Linkin Park. When Limp Bizkit actually appeared around 7 o'clock, the boos intensified, and some fans pelted the stage with garbage.

The famously brainless Durst only fanned the flames, first encouraging the catcalls and flying trash, then swerving into a bizarre tirade against the crowd and city. Ranting that he'd fight anyone in earshot and spluttering explicit sexual putdowns, uncreative curses and ludicrous homophobic slurs, Durst simply self-destructed.

Had the villain in "The Wizard of Oz" been a vile little boob like Durst rather than a snarly old lady in greenface, the movie's "I'm melting!" scene might have looked like this.

The crowd, perhaps stunned, calmed down, and Limp Bizkit played a few more songs (including a sarcastic, gay-bashing cover of George Michael's "Faith" with potty-mouth lyrics that would embarrass a fourth-grader). But then the band left the stage and Durst resumed his vulgar invective from the wings until, mercifully, he was relieved of the microphone.
 
 
You might be a redneck if ... half of your car is a Cadillac.
 
Sunday, July 27, 2003
 
A long time ago I was in a thrift store looking through all the old cassette tapes. I liked to buy the 90-minute ones for a quarter each and tape stuff off the radio and CD's. I came across a piece-of-shit tape with RAGAN YOUTH written on one side and DESSENDENTS scrawled on the other. Whoever made the tape was so punk they didn't care how the names of the bands were spelled.

The Descendents side I'd heard, it was the fart-happy record Enjoy.

But I'd never heard Reagan Youth, I don't think, though I'd heard a lot about them. How could you forget that classic name?

The little tape was in terrible shape, and I think whoever made it must've just put a microphone up to a speaker to make the copy. There was only about an EP's worth of Reagan Youth before Enjoy started, and even the Descendents were interrupted by a brief bit of the Fishbone song "Cholly."

What I heard -- crude as it was, in recording and performance -- of RY I loved, and I always told myself I would get a real copy of that record. I think the mini solo on "Degenerated" is my favorite guitar solo of all time. (By the way, that song is the one that those guys covered for their big break in the movie "Airheads.")

So this morning, I was looking on the Internet for some info about the RY compilation A Collection of Pop Classics, I found this little bio about the band and how one of the bandmember's girlfriend was killed by a New York serial killer named Joel Rifkin.

Small world, I guess.
 
Saturday, July 26, 2003
 
Ain't no runnin' from the past.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Last month, Penn State University officials learned something about professor Paul Krueger that wasn't on his resume -- he is on parole for a triple murder committed in Texas nearly 40 years ago.

The university knew nothing about Krueger's conviction until late last month, when the Pennsylvania Bureau of Probation and Parole contacted the university, spokesman Bill Mahon said Friday.

``We're in shock to find out some of the details, and we're still looking into it,'' Mahon said. ``We've never had a situation like this before.''
 
 
Neil Bush was an executive for a Colorado oil company, JNB Exploration, and a member of the board of directors of Silverado Banking, Savings & Loan here.

The oil company never was profitable, but its investors still were rewarded. Bush approved hundreds of millions in loans to them from Silverado, loans that were never repaid.

When Silverado failed, it posted $1 billion in losses, most of which were covered by taxpayers.

Bush was not prosecuted in the Silverado fraud.
 
 
Four U.S. Soldiers Charged With Abuse
 
 
This article was written by my good friend Joe Hughes. I think the trend in the story will hold up the longer addictions are criminalized and the gap widens between the haves and the have nots.

San Diego is becoming more violent.

The city's violent crime rate rose over the first six months of the year when compared to the same period last year – the first time that's happened since 1992, according to a report that goes before a City Council committee Wednesday.

Crime in the city
Led by a 28.5 percent spike in reported rapes, the violent crime rate rose from 5.47 incidents per 1,000 residents in the first half of 2002 to 5.68 incidents per 1,000 residents through June of this year.

Increases in the property crime rate were even more pronounced.
 
 
DRUDGE: Oh, yeah. I'm a prolife conservative who doesn't want the government to tax me.

There are issues that I'm so frightened of—1.2 million abortions a year scares the hell out of me. Oftentimes when I see these superstorms forming, you know, sometimes—I wouldn't be honest if I didn't think it was retribution.

I also am opposed to big government.

Now, you would argue: Well, how could you support a government interfering with the rights of a woman over her own body?

But I would argue: No.

That all life is sacred. Abortion is the issue that really motivates me.
 
Friday, July 25, 2003
 
The "best chance" to uncover the Sept. 11 plot was lost in San Diego – where FBI agents were tantalizingly close to discovering two terrorists living with a government informant in Lemon Grove, according to a congressional report released yesterday.
 
 
I was just hanging at my friend’s apartment and some crackheads came in to rob him, basically just a home invasion style robbery.

I remember seeing guns and thinking, I guess I will finally find out what happens when you die. They came in telling us to get down, and then a fight broke out and I wake up in the parking lot realizing that I had been shot.
 
 
Being compared to Rancid is the least of Armstrong's worries.

Some punks have labeled her a gold digger as well. But in the end, she says working with her husband and the Epitaph gang is more a community thing than a business deal.

"A lot of our friends ended up on Hellcat," says Armstrong. "Timothy started the label for his friends, and now Lars [Frederiksen, Rancid's guitarist] is on there and Matt Freeman [Rancid's bassist] has something coming out and the Dropkick [Murphys] are there too. It's definitely a family business."
 
 
Lollapalooza has capitulated to corporate sponsors, touting video games and mobile telephones; it has also accepted the frat-party sensibility of rock radio and MTV.

MC Supernatural, a freestyler (improvising rapper) who appeared on the second stage, summed up his dream: "my own show on MTV." Later, Steve-O, who has his own MTV stunt show, "Jackass," made an appearance, using a staple gun on his genitals.
 
 
EAGLE, Colo. - The family of a young woman wrongly identified on the Internet as Kobe Bryant's accuser is demanding that Web site operators remove her photograph.

Beth Matthews, the mother of the wrongly identified woman, said Thursday that her daughter was upset to see two photographs of herself, apparently lifted from a high school Web site, spread to hundreds of sites and viewed by people around the world.
 
 
Regardless of your politics, if you have a job in the United States of America, you helped pay for this ridiculous campaign opportunity.

How do you feel about your hard-earned money being wasted on an unnecessary gesture that ultimately serves to make the rich richer?

I know, you don't care. You're American. You are patriotic. You support what you are told to support.
 
 
Nice one.

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Police Department has apologized for issuing a community alert that described a suspect in a series of sexual assaults as resembling Ice Cube after a television station aired one of the rapper's videos during its evening newscast.

Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted three woman in Wicker Park, a trendy neighborhood on the city's North Side.

A police alert Sunday described the suspect as a black male in his mid-20s who "resembles the popular rap artist Ice Cube.''

On Monday night, Chicago CBS station WBBM showed an Ice Cube music video when it reported the story.

"We acknowledged the information should not have been on the alert,'' police spokesman David Bayless said Tuesday. "We took immediate corrective action. We apologize to Ice Cube for what was an honest mistake and came with no ill intent.''

The community alert was reissued without a reference to the 34-year-old, whose real name is O'Shea Jackson.

The rapper-actor had begun filming "Barbershop 2,'' the sequel to last summer's surprise hit "Barbershop,'' in Chicago on Monday. Cast members were watching as WBBM-TV broadcast the video, said Matt Labov, a spokesman for Ice Cube.

"This is an unfortunate and hurtful situation for Ice Cube,'' Labov said. "That his good name ever came up in association with the events currently taking place in Chicago's Wicker Park area is damaging to Ice Cube as a father, husband and artist.''

Both the police department and the TV station have since apologized, Labov said.
 
 
What the fuck is this?
 
Thursday, July 24, 2003
 
While recording Smashing Pumpkins' "Crush," producer Butch Vig told Billy Corgan he'd have to take off his jewellery for the guitar solo. Instead he kept it on, and the percussive effect audible in the background is the jewelry playing loosely in time with Billy's wrist as he strums.
 
 
Just days after admitting to millions of people that he cheated on his wife, Kobe Bryant has reportedly spent millions on a gift for her.

The Lakers star called what he did adultery. You can call what he bought his wife, Vanessa, whatever you want: damage control or sincere apology attempt.

According to the New York Post, People Magazine will be on the newsstands Friday with a report that Kobe has purchased a $4 million eight-carat, purple diamond ring for his wife.
 
 
Greetings from a world built on hustling.
 
 
Radiohead's original name was On a Friday — since that was one of the days the band practiced on.
 
 
My sympathy goes out to Maryland.
 
 
Jessica Lynch, where are you? (At home ... with amnesia.)

Troops Didn't Know Brothers Were in Villa
 
 
A military official who has seen photographs of the bodies of Saddam's sons said that Odai appears to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head.
 
 
Now that John Manley has bowed out of the Liberal leadership race, should the Prime Minister move up his planned retirement date?
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
 
Other Kentucky Derby winners that would make great condom names. (An e-mail)

Spend a Buck
Gato del Sol (for some reason, I really like that one)
Genuine Risk
Foolish Pleasure
Canonero II
Proud Clarion
Lucky Debonair
Chateaugay
Venetian Way
Iron Liege
Needles
Swaps (I admit at this point, I'm just giddily tired)
Shut Out
Bold Venture
Clyde Van Dusen
Flying Ebony
Exterminator
Wintergreen
His Eminence
 
 
U.S. still unready for bio attacks

By Robyn Suriano | Sentinel Medical Writer

Nearly two years after the Sept. 11 and anthrax attacks terrorized the nation, America remains far short of a national warning network to spot bioterrorism outbreaks early enough to prevent disaster.

Health officials nationwide are struggling to find better ways of detecting potential biological attacks in their earliest stages by tracking everything from sales of over-the-counter drugs to symptoms of emergency-room patients.

Yet few communities have managed to establish such a system, known as syndromic surveillance. A recent government report found that 34 surveillance systems are in various stages of testing, but their use is "piecemeal," with little uniformity between cities and states.
 
 
Jordan's Top Ten Tips To Tempt and Tease

1. Remember, the whole female body is an erogenous zone, so explore and enjoy!

2. Lacy is racy, leather is nice, but silk will always add the spice

3. The tongue is not just for talking

4. Think cow in a field, not bull in a china shop - gently does it

5. If you're not too hot with words, send saucy text or email messages throughout the day and they will be desperate to get their hands on you

6. It's not always good to argue - but it does have its advantages - the sex after a blazing row can be explosive so make the most of it

7. Live out your fantasies and you will feel fulfilled

8. Teasing is pleasing, so take your time - the best things come to those who wait

9. Props and toys are not just for boys

10. Don't just massage his ego.....
 
 
There's a conversation happening here.

Would a clean-cut, straight-laced, Ivy League-educated District Attorney in the middle of Colorado spend two weeks poring over evidence of rape allegations involving the planet’s biggest basketball star and then decide to file charges … on a whim?

It seems doubtful.

Or are there small-town politics at work in a case involving celebrity of this magnitude, and the sheriff’s arrest and announcement of such arrest compel the DA – who’s all of 34 years old – to bring charges to appease the town’s real power brokers despite his better judgment.

It’s interesting.

For one, I do not have the answer.
 
 
One rationale for the ban was that an attempt on the life of a foreign leader could produce retaliation — a concern borne out in U.S.-Libyan tit-for-tat attacks during the late 1980's. Libyan agents killed two U.S. soldiers at a German disco in early April 1986. Days later, Reagan authorized the bombing of Libya; Gadhafi was spared but his 15-month old daughter was killed. Libyan agents were behind the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988, killing 270, most of them Americans.
 
 
Like every other Rancid record, the East Bay quartet’s glorious new 19-song masterpiece “Indestructible” roars out of the gate on the muscular shoulders of bassist Matt Freeman’s otherworldly runs. In the final verse of the sub-2-minute opening title track Rancid founder Tim Armstrong’s asserts, “Keep on listening to the great Joe Strummer, ‘cuz through music we can live forever.”

The proclamation is twofold. It acknowledges with true punk sneer the too-easy but always-made Clash comparisons leveled at the band over its 10-year career: Fuck you, only a fool wouldn’t aspire to the musical heights reached by Strummer, Jones, et al.
The invocation of the late Clash leader also points out that Rancid itself is again ready to inherit the mantle of The Only Band That Matters.
 
Tuesday, July 22, 2003
 
2003-07-21, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Notes
Appr. 3 hours, 10 minutes.

E Street alumni Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez plays the drums on "Spirit in the Night".


The Rising
Lonesome Day
Jackson Cage
Night
Prove It All Night
Trapped
Empty Sky
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
For You
The Promised Land
Worlds Apart
Badlands
Out in the Street
Mary's Place
Cadillac Ranch
Into the Fire
No Surrender
Spirit in the Night
Where the Bands Are
Bobby Jean
Ramrod
Born to Run
My City of Ruins
Land of Hope and Dreams
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Dancing in the Dark
Hungry Heart

 
 
I don't know if you've used this Web site -- or if I posted it here earlier -- but it's the place to go if you want to get off the magic list used by telemarketers.
 
 
But Janelle Medina, 19, who attended Eagle Valley High School and was in the choir with the alleged victim, said the photo is of another girl with the same first name.

Internet user "Dudemac" posted what he claimed are three pictures of Bryant's accuser on two websites. The pictures included two from prom night at Eagle Valley High School and one of the cheerleading and dance team of which the woman was a member.
 
Monday, July 21, 2003
 
ascetic \uh-SET-ik\, noun:

One who renounces material comforts and practices extreme self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion.
 
 
We got them ... he's hyped. Thanks.


 
 
SAFETY AND SECURITY: Cote d’Ivoire has experienced an extended period of instability since a military coup d'état in 1999. In September 2002, a large-scale military rebellion divided the country. Rebel groups control the north of the country above an east-west line running just south of Bouake, the country’s second largest city. Western rebel groups control the cities of Man and Danane and a strip of territory running along the border with Liberia. There are armed forces and volunteer barricades at many points on the highways through both the government-controlled and rebel-controlled portions of the country; they check documents and frequently demand cash for permission to pass. Cote d’Ivoire’s borders with Liberia, Guinea, Mali, and Burkina Faso are currently closed. Only the border with Ghana remains open.

Political instability has led to economic decline and high unemployment, exacerbating social tensions and creating the potential for labor unrest and civil disorder. The entire country has been under a curfew order since the outbreak of the 2002 crisis, and the curfew is strictly enforced by the security services. Violators may be subject to deadly force. Americans should avoid crowds and demonstrations, be aware of their surroundings, and use common sense to avoid situations and locations that could be inherently dangerous. Diplomatic efforts to end the crisis are ongoing. However, further coup attempts or resumption of hostilities cannot be ruled out.
 
 
"The times that I have been charged, it's nerve-wracking," Charles Barkley said Friday in a SportsCenter interview. "I had to stand before a jury I think five or six times, and that's the only time I've ever been nervous in my life.
 
 
Please tell me you see the irony in this.
 
 
I don't know about this, but someone sent me this link that purports to be the woman who has accused Kobe of raping her. I think I'm putting it up here before I really think about any moral issues.
 
 
Here's one I never saw coming:

WASHINGTON - A new report by internal investigators at the Justice Department has identified dozens of cases in which employees have been accused of serious civil rights and civil liberties violations.

The cases involved enforcement of the sweeping federal antiterrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act.
 
Sunday, July 20, 2003
 
As might be expected of fanatical flag idolaters, the GAR did not accept refusals lightly, and in one instance in Illinois impugned the patriotic loyalty of recalcitrant local school administrators by spreading rumors that one of them was a foreign alien yet to be naturalized and the other a draft dodger who evaded Civil War service by fleeing to Canada.

-- Albert Boime, The Unveiling of the National Icons
 
Saturday, July 19, 2003
 
No wonder "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" was such a great record. Look at all the people who worked on it:


Earl Robinson - Vocals (bckgr)
Shelly Thunder
Sabrina Johnston - Vocals (bckgr)
Lori Holland - Organ, Clarinet, Organ (Hammond), Piano (Electric), Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Angelic Voices of Faith - Photography
Tom Barney - Bass
Bud Beadle - Flute, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
Mary J. Blige - Vocals
Kenny O. Bobien - Vocals (bckgr)
Errol Brown - Assistant Engineer
Rudy Byrd - Percussion
D'Angelo - Vocals, Fender Rhodes
Francis Dunnery - Guitar
Don E. - Piano, Organ (Hammond), Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Paul Fakhourie - Bass
Dean Fraser - Sax (Tenor)
Christopher Meredith - Bass
Herb Powers - Mastering
James Poyser - Organ, Celeste, Harpsichord, Piano (Electric), Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer, Moog Bass
Tony Prendatt - Engineer
Warren Riker - Engineer, Mixing
Kevin Robinson - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nambo Robinson - Trombone
Earl "Chinna" Smith - Guitar, Vocals (bckgr)
Andrew Smith - Guitar
John Stephens - Piano
Eddie Stockley - Vocals (bckgr)
Brian Vibberts - Assistant Engineer
Fayyaz Virji - Trombone
Robert Williams - Assistant Engineer
Matt Howe - Engineer
Elisabeth Valletti - Harp
John Wydrycs - Engineer
Ramon Rivera
Julian Marley - Guitar
Carlos Santana - Guitar
Erwin Gorostiza - Art Direction
Commissioner Gordon - Engineer, Mixing
Lauryn Hill - Guitar, Arranger, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Executive Producer, Art Direction
Chris Theis - Engineer
Chuck Young - Vocals (bckgr)
Robert Browne - Guitar
Greg Thompson - Assistant Engineer
Grace Paradise - Harp
DJ Supreme - DJ
Al Anderson - Guitar
Marc Baptiste - Photography
Ken Johnston - Engineer
Johari Newton - Guitar
Tejumold Newton - Piano
Vada Nobles - Producer, Drum Programming
Tara Wilkons - Vocals (bckgr)
Racheal Wilson - Vocals (bckgr)
Jennifer McNeil - Vocals (bckgr)
Stewart Zender - Bass
Lenesha Randolph - Vocals (bckgr)
Rasheem "Kio" Pugh - Vocals (bckgr)
Fundisha Johnson - Vocals (bckgr)
Indigo Quartet - Strings
Squiddly Ranks - Drums
Che Pope - Programming
Everol Ray - Trumpet
Derek Khan - Stylist
Storm Jefferson - Engineer, Assistant Engineer
Devon Kirkpatrick - Digital Editing, Assistant Engineer
Andrea Simmons - Vocals (bckgr)
Jamie Seigal - Assistant Engineer
Matthew Rubano - Bass
Che Guevara - Producer, Drum Programming
Chip Verspyck - Assistant Engineer
Jared "Chocolate" Crawford - Drums
Neil Tucker - Assistant Engineer
Ahmed Wallace - Vocals (bckgr)
Debra Ginyard - Stylist
Veronica Fletcher - Hair Stylist
Anita Gibson - Make-Up
Tameka Foster - Stylist
Johnny Wyndrx - Engineer
John R. Stephens - Piano
Earle Brown - Assistant Engineer
 
 
I have new Pasadena niece, and I'm so excited to see her today.
 
 
Where exactly are these tickets? It's a new stadium, so I'm not sure what CLUB seating means????

Thanks! I am interested in taking my visiting cousin. He is from Manchester! :-)
 
Friday, July 18, 2003
 
Keep marching you fucking sheep who call me a commie for not wanting to see people die for no good reason. Forced patriotism of the insecure and passive, the soldiers aren't even supported by their billionaire puppetmasters. Got to hell, the lot of you. You're ruining America -- and I'm just as much dyed in the redwhiteandblue as you, so fuck off.
 
 
"Liz Phair is Rickie Lee Jones (more talked about than heard, a persona completely unrooted in substance, and a fucking chore to listen to.) A rich suburban girl who made a name for herself (by) having an incredibly aggressive publicity campaign come to bear on her"

--Steve Albini, Chicago record producer
 
 
So I've been in Korea for about a week and a half now and what can I say, LIFE IS GOOD....

I've got a spanking brand new 2000 sq. foot 3 bedroom apt. with a 200 sq. foot terrace running the entire length of my apartment with a view overlooking Korea's main river and nightline......

Why do I need 3 bedrooms? Good question,.... the main bedroom is for my queen size bed,...where CHUNG is going to fuck every hot chick in Korea over the next 2 years (5 down, 1,000,000,000 left to go).... the second bedroom is for my harem of chickies, and the third bedroom is for all of you fuckers when you come out to visit my ass in Korea.

I go out to Korea's finest clubs, bars and lounges pretty much every other night on the weekdays and everyday on the weekends to (I think in about 2 months, after I learn a little bit of the buyside business I'll probably go out every night on the weekdays).

I know I was a stud in NYC but I pretty much get about, on average, 5-8 phone numbers a night and at least 3 hot chicks that say that they want to go home with me every night I go out.

I love the buyside,.... I have bankers calling me everyday with opportunties and they pretty much cater to my every whim - you know (golfing events, lavish dinners, a night out clubbing).

The guys I work with are also all chilll - I live in the same apt building as my VP and he drives me around in his Porsche (1 of 3 in all of Korea) to work and when we go out. What can I say,.... live is good,... CHUNG is KING of his domain here in Seoul.....

So,.... all of you fuckers better keep in touch and start making plans to come out and visit my ass ASAP, I'll show you guys an unbelievable time....My contact info is below.... Oh, by the way,... someone's gotta start fedexing me boxes of domes,...I brought out about 40 but I think I'll run out of them by Saturday.....

Laters,
CHUNG

Peter Chung
The Carlyle Group
Suite 1009, CCMM Bldg.
12, Yoido-dong, Youngdeungpo-ku
Seoul 150-010, Korea
Tel: (822) 2004-8412
Fax: (822) 2004-8440
email: pchung@thecarlylegroup.co.kr
 
 
Welcome Home

A Nevada brothel is welcoming GIs back from Iraq with, um, open arms. The Moonlite BunnyRanch is offering free sex to troops returning from the U.S.-Iraq war, and plans to offer 50 percent discounts on sex to the military for the next few weeks. The first 50 servicemen and women will receive a knockoff of their military-issued personal-hygiene kits, containing condoms, lubricant, an adult magazine and a certificate for free sex. Thirteen men and three women in uniform have shown up so far to claim their gifts. The brothel's patriotic offer will cost it about $50,000. Takes flag waving to a whole new level.
 
 
Marv Glovinsky is a clinical psychologist. He says Hunting for Bambi is every man's fantasy come true.

"You might think of all men as little boys who have never grown up, so they entertain their adolescent fantasies and they go through life being adolescents on the hunt."
 
 
I suppose it was inevitable that someone would come up with the idea for this game.
 
 
Good Morning, and TGIF!

Don't forget......to celebrate National Ice Cream Month (like we really needed a reason), the girls from Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream will be here Monday afternoon to serve up these flavors of ice cream:

Butter Pecan Coffee Sweet Cream & Cookies

Listen for the announcement around 2:00 pm.
 
Thursday, July 17, 2003
 
This man has promised that his Major League Baseball club will take no longer than seven years between playoff appearances.

Not bad, eh Cubs fans?
 
 
febrile \FEB-ruhl; FEE-bruhl; -bryl\, adjective:

Of or pertaining to fever; indicating fever or derived from
it; feverish.
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
 
Here is a list of women some people admire.
 
 
Pyrrhic victory \PIR-ik\, noun:

A victory achieved at great or excessive cost; a ruinous
victory.
 
 
Instead, he maybe chose a sequel to "Michael"?

I am in constant wonder about which is more miraculous: that John Travolta managed to resurrect his career with "Pulp Fiction," or that he has managed to destroy it anew.

BERLIN (Reuters) - John Travolta, who became an icon for the disco craze with his dancing in "Saturday Night Fever," says he made a big mistake in turning down a starring role in this year's Academy Award winning film "Chicago."

"You're rubbing salt in my wounds," Travolta told Germany's Bunte magazine in an excerpt released ahead of publication on Thursday. "I'm still angry with myself that I turned down the role of the lawyer in Chicago that Richard Gere then got."

Travolta said Gere did a great job with the dance numbers in Chicago, which dominated the Academy Awards and won best picture.

"But oh, how I would have loved to have showed them all what I can do one more time," said Travolta, 49.
 
 
The impact of a historic deficit

The White House Tuesday estimated this year's deficit at $450 billion or more - the largest such shortfall ever.

By Peter Grier and Liz Marlantes | Staff writers of The Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON – The presidency of George W. Bush is rapidly becoming Reaganesque in at least one area: the deficit.

That's right - the river of red ink that characterized federal budget policy in the 1980s and early '90s is back. Tuesday the White House released a midterm budget update that estimates this year's deficit will be $450 billion or more. In dollar terms, even after adjusting for inflation, that would easily be the largest such shortfall ever.

In the short term, the political effect of the rapid reversal from Clinton-era surpluses may not be great. An economic recovery could cause the budget picture to improve. And given the war in Iraq, the public seems amenable to increases in military spending.

But if nothing else, the new deficit numbers emphasize that the GOP is no longer the national party of green eyeshades. Tax cuts, not balanced budgets, remain the top Republican fiscal priority.
 
 
The departure of David Beckham to Real Madrid has greatly diminished interest in the Man U-Celtic game in Seattle next week, and as a result my friend is selling a pair of tickets to the big game on eBay. If you are interested in picking them up, please click here.

For what it's worth, this is my favorite soccer player in the world.
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
 
And then, of course, there is this horrific story.
 
 
Research: Illegal Downloading Of Internet Tracks Boosting Sales Of Albums

Claire Smith of The Scotsman reports that groups such as METALLICA, GARBAGE and the RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS who try to prevent fans downloading their tracks are "shooting themselves in the foot," according to research.

Patrick Johnston, a music business analyst, said: "Far from damaging the music industry, downloading music from the internet can be a useful and significant marketing tool."

Music fans who illegally download their favorite tracks from the internet still buy albums in the shops, according to the research.

The findings explode music industry fears that such Internet file-sharing is killing the record industry. The results suggest most music fans still like to own genuine copies of their favorite albums.

Music Research and Programming, industry research experts who surveyed 500 serial downloaders aged between 13 and 45, discovered that 87 per cent of those who "try before they buy" would still buy albums when they were commercially released.

A total of 91 per cent of file-sharers download individual tracks, but more than two-thirds go on to buy the album, with even the heaviest downloaders saying they like to own real CDs.

Only half of people who download music illegally from the Internet believe they are doing something morally wrong. Almost half of the people who responded to the survey were "heavy downloaders" who obtained more than 100 tracks. However, surprisingly, 34 per cent of them said they were buying more music than ever before.

Although 38 per cent of heavy users said they were buying less music, about 28 per cent said their Internet activities had not affected the number of CDs they bought in a year.
 
 
July is National Ice Cream Month

More importantly,
Monday, July 21st is ____ Ice Cream Day!!

Ben & Jerry’s girls will serve ice cream for all at 2:00 p.m.
Location to be announced.

Be sure to come by and try every flavor!
See you there.
 
 
Most of the ladies and gentlemen who mourn the passing of the nation's leaders wouldn't know a leader if they saw one. If they had the bad luck to come across a leader, they would find out that he might demand something from them, and this impertinence would put an abrupt and indignant end to their wish for his return.

Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. Money and Class in America, ch. 10 (1988).

"Leadership," Lapham wrote, "consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint."
 
 
(Pat) Robertson has launched a 21-day "prayer offensive" directed at the Supreme Court in the wake of its 6-3 June vote that decriminalized sodomy.

Robertson said in a letter on the CBN Web site that the ruling "has opened the door to homosexual marriage, bigamy, legalized prostitution and even incest."
 
 
habitue \huh-BICH-oo-ay; huh-bich-oo-AY\, noun:

One who habitually frequents a place.
 
Monday, July 14, 2003
 
wheedle \HWEE-d'l; WEE-d'l\, transitive verb:

1. To entice by soft words or flattery; to coax.
2. To gain or get by flattery or guile.
 
 
Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?
 
Friday, July 11, 2003
 
If you're going to San Francisco ...
 
Thursday, July 10, 2003
 
Sucks for them.

WASHINGTON – American troops could still be in Iraq four years from now, the war's former commander told members of Congress concerned about persistent, deadly attacks.
 
 
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

"There was no effort or attempt on the part of the president or anyone else in the administration to mislead or to deceive the American people," Powell said. "The president was presenting what seemed to be a reasonable statement at that time."
 
 
Support our troops -- except the ones that steal from those who have served their country in wars past.

DALLAS – A federal grand jury has indicted seven active-duty Navy personnel accused of conspiring from April 2001 to mid-June 2003 to embezzle and steal money from a program providing educational benefits for veterans.

According to the indictment handed up on Tuesday in Dallas, they conspired to apply for reimbursement checks, under the VA's Tuition Assistance Top Up (TATU) active duty educational assistance reimbursement program, and direct deposits for educational classes never attended.
 
 
Eleven-year-old Justine Gallagher sometimes eats three sheets of paper a day, having substituted paper for peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches beginning at the age of 5.

Jennifer Richard, 30, has been hospitalized more than 100 times since she decided as a teenager to subsist on only Diet Coke.

Twenty-three-year-old Garret Athenas was 15 when he started exercising four hours a day and barely eating, turning himself from a hale 140-pound athlete into a 125-pound anorexic.

The three Long Island, N.Y., residents are a few of the people who could potentially benefit from a proposed outpatient program for Islanders who have battled eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
 
Wednesday, July 09, 2003
 
PRETORIA, South Africa, July 9 -- President Bush received a cool reception today in the capital of Africa's largest economic power, as opinion leaders across the continent complained about his policies on Iraq, AIDS and the International Criminal Court.

Bush has come with many goodies for this long struggling region: the promise of billions of new dollars for development, disease fighting and counter-terrorism efforts, and the prestige conferred by his making only the third sub-Saharan Africa tour by a U.S. president. But Africans have responded with anti-Bush demonstrations, diplomatic snubs and critical media coverage.

Here in South Africa, the country's revered former president Nelson Mandela, who sharply criticized Bush on Iraq and once said he "cannot think properly," arranged to be out of the country for the three nights Bush is here.
 
 
"By any measure the United States is the most armed country in the world," it said. "With roughly 83 to 96 guns per 100 people, the United States is approaching a statistical level of one gun per person."

The country with the second-highest gun ownership is Yemen, with between 33 and 50 firearms per 100 people, followed by Finland with 39 per 100, the new survey said.
 
 
In case you were wondering -- and my friends at work and I were -- Mets pitcher Tom Glavine is a pussy.

And if you read this fascinating article, you realize that Jeff Cirillo -- who bats .223 and makes nearly $7 million a year -- is a classist prima donna that no one should spend money to watch perform.
 
 
To read more terrible poems like this one, check out this Web site. You won't believe who the author is.

Eyes piercing
People laughing
Walking on this tight rope
Every tiny step I make
Judged
I can’t fall
The spotlight burns my eyes
Vision is blurred
Am I making the right decisions?
I can’t see through the smoke and mirrors
Suddenly
Time stops
My heart is filled
I am destined to make it to the other side
Isn’t that why I joined this circus?
 
 
TERRORISM IS NOT YOUR FAULT
TERRORISM IS NOT YOUR FAULT
TERRORISM IS NOT YOUR FAULT
TERRORISM IS NOT YOUR FAULT (I'm going to Disneyland)


Expert: U.S. Knew al-Qaida Might Attack

By LAURENCE ARNOLD, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The United States and the international community sat by for a decade as Afghanistan became "a terrorist Disneyland" where attackers were trained and assaults were planned, a terrorism expert testified Wednesday.


 
 
In case you were wondering, these are the 10 most dangerous intersections in the United States of America, according to State Farm Insurance.
 
 
This is where Kobe was staying in Colorado.
 
Tuesday, July 08, 2003
 
Some recent fatal shootings at U.S. workplaces:

–Feb. 25, 2003: Emanuel Burl Patterson, 23, allegedly opened fire at Labor Ready Inc., a temporary employment service in Huntsville, Ala., killing four fellow job-seekers and wounding a fifth.

–Feb. 5, 2001: William D. Baker, 66, killed four people, then himself at a Navistar International engine plant in suburban Chicago.

–Dec. 26, 2000: Software tester Michael McDermott accused of killing seven people at a Wakefield, Mass., Internet consulting company, Edgewater Technology Inc. He was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.

–March 20, 2000: Fired employee Robert Harris, 28, accused of shooting five people to death at a Dallas-area car wash. He was convicted and sentenced to death.

–Dec. 30, 1999: Housekeeper Silvio Izquierdo-Leyva, 36, accused of fatally shooting five co-workers at Tampa's Radisson Bay Harbor hotel.

–Nov. 2, 1999: Copier repairman Byran Uyesugi, 40, accused of shooting seven people to death at Xerox Corp. in Honolulu. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

–Aug. 5, 1999: Truck driver Alan E. Miller, 35, accused of shooting two co-workers to death at Pelham, Ala., office, then killing former co-worker. He was convicted and sentenced to death.

–July 29, 1999: Former day trader Mark Barton, 44, killed nine people at two Atlanta brokerage offices and later committed suicide.

–March 6, 1998: Former Connecticut Lottery Corp. accountant Matthew Beck, 35, shot four lottery executives to death, then himself.

–Dec. 18, 1997: Fired employee Arturo R. Torres, 43, kills four former co-workers at maintenance yard in Orange, Calif., and is shot to death by police.

–Sept. 15, 1997: Fired assembly line worker Arthur H. Wise, 43, opens fire at Aiken, S.C., parts plant, killing four. He is convicted and sentenced to death.

–April 24, 1996: Firefighter Kenneth Tornes kills four superiors at Jackson, Miss., firehouse. Tornes dies on death row.


 
 
A former Upstate radio personality says she was fired for opposing the U.S. invasion of Iraq, according to a lawsuit filed Monday ....

... alleges in the suit that some of the Clear Channel officers and directors have financial ties and are loyal to President Bush and his policies. It alleges that Cordonier was forced to participate in a pro-war rally ....

... named the 2002 Radio Personality of the Year by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, said she believes it's an employer's right to broadcast what it wants, but that it shouldn't stifle opposing views.

"Either don't talk about it at all or make it fair," she said.
 
Monday, July 07, 2003
 
You people are so stupid and gullible. You actually trust your government, and when people express doubts you call us traitors. Fuck you.

The Bush administration acknowledged for the first time yesterday that President Bush should not have claimed in his State of the Union address in January that Iraq had sought to buy uranium in Africa to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program.
 
 
Is booze ban a good move?

By CHRIS TOGNERI
BEE STAFF WRITER

It wasn't yet noon, and Hank Denny had almost finished drinking a 40-ounce bottle of King Cobra malt liquor.

Denny, 53, was drinking with his friends at Tuolumne River Regional Park in Modesto. He says he drinks here, and in other parks around the city, often.

"I like it," he said, clutching his bottle. "I should be in church right now, but what the hell? I'm an alcoholic. I'm the town drunk."

Denny said he is upset with the Modesto City Council's decision last week to ban alcoholic beverages in all city parks. The new drinking ban goes before the council Tuesday for final approval.

If the ban is enacted, only those who obtain a special city permit or attend an exempted event will be allowed to drink alcohol.

Although the city's police and parks departments had asked that alcohol be banned only at 57 neighborhood parks -- many of them near schools -- the council decided on the blanket ban for fear that drinkers would flock to the exempted parks.

"You've got to leave something for people like me," Denny said. "Give us one park, at least. I mean, you've got to have alcohol in the parks."

Many parents disagree.

At Graceada Park, for instance, several children spent Sunday playing on jungle gyms and wolfing down ice cream cones.

"It's a good decision," said Michelle Tucker, who runs a children's day care center in Modesto. "It's OK to drink alcohol, but not here. The park is for children and for families."

Shelby Hall of Modesto was tending to her family's barbecue in the park. She also applauded the decision.

"I like the idea," she said. "There's too much rowdiness in the parks, and this is not the place for it."

But others said that the council had overreacted.

Mark Goss of Modesto came to the park with his wife and two children -- Matthew, 2 1/2, and Jonathan, 2 months. He said that while the law targets homeless people who drink to excess, it will affect a larger group.

"It encompasses a lot of law-abiding citizens who may want to come out to the park, with an ice chest, and have a good time," Goss said. "It's overbroad."

His wife, Jeanette, added, "It doesn't make much sense."

City leaders, too, were split on the issue at the City Council meeting Tuesday. Vice Mayor Bruce Frohman supported the citywide ban, as did councilmen Tim Fisher, Bill Conrad and Will O'Bryant.

Mayor Carmen Sabatino and council members Denny Jackman and Janice Keating opposed it. Sabatino said the ban would restrict the rights of all residents because of the misbehavior of a few.

Back at the Tuolumne River Regional Park on Sunday, the group of drinkers around Hank Denny was getting larger as he moved onto his second bottle of King Cobra. The mood was as festive as it was dead-set against the council's decision.

Denny said he wished people would leave him and his drinking buddies alone.

"You can't smoke in the bars, you can't drink in the parks, you can't do this over there and that over here " he said.
 
 
We do not want our world to perish. But in our quest for knowledge, century by century, we have placed all our trust in a cold, impartial intellect which only brings us nearer to destruction. We have heeded no wisdom offering guidance. Only by learning to love one another can our world be saved. Only love can conquer all.

Dora Russell (1894-1986), British author, campaigner.
 
 
The brash, tough-talking Savage is one of radio's hottest jocks. His Paul Revere Society advocates closing borders, deporting illegal immigrants, mandating health tests for immigrants and eliminating entitlement programs.
 
 
I just received this very important Weapons of Mass Destruction information that can be accessed by clicking here.
 
 
According to legend, Jamaican pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry learned all about the sound of dub before he even entered a recording studio. As a kid, he'd throw rocks into a large chasm near his home, and gradually grew fond of the echo-laden pinging sound created by the rocks falling. Thus, dub was born.
 
 
CHRIS ROBINSON: Don't Hold Your Breath For BLACK CROWES reunion

Despite growing rumors to the contrary, ex-BLACK CROWES frontman Chris Robinson says that a reunion of his former band is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

"I wouldn't be too hopeful about that," he said. "I mean, as of today, I don't ever see it happening, you know what I mean? Now, that doesn't mean in a couple of years it wouldn't be fun or something. To be honest, I wouldn't see myself having any time to do it, honestly, in the next four to five years, but as of today, no."

Robinson is currently promoting his first solo album, 2002's "New Earth Mud". He kicks off a tour opening for Elvis Costello on July 7 at the Wolf Trap Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia.

Robinson and his wife, actress Kate Hudson, recently announced that she was pregnant with the couple's first child. The baby is due early next year.
 
Sunday, July 06, 2003
 
toper \TOH-puhr\, noun:

One who drinks frequently or to excess.
 
Saturday, July 05, 2003
 
Here is the "Indestructible" track list:

"Indestructible"
"Fall Back Down"
"Red Hot Moon"
"David Courtney"
"Start Now"
"Out of Control"
"Django"
"Arrested in Shanghai"
"Travis Bickle"
"Memphis"
"Spirit of '87"
"Ghost Band"
"Tropical London"
"Roadblock"
"Born Frustrated"
"Back Up Against the Wall"
"Ivory Coast"
"Stand Your Ground"
"Otherwise"
 
Friday, July 04, 2003
 
Tony Pierce loves his country.
 
 
... bringing close to 30 the number of US soldiers killed and wounded in Iraq since President Bush declared the war ended on 1 May.
 
 
encomium \en-KOH-mee-uhm\, noun; plural encomiums or encomia \-mee-uh\:

An often formal expression of warm or high praise.
 
Thursday, July 03, 2003
 
SAN DIEGO – A shooting that may have occurred during a robbery left a man dead outside a Gaslamp District pawn shop Thursday, authorities said.

Gunfire erupted shortly before 1 p.m. in the 700 block of Fifth Avenue, near G Street, according to San Diego police.

The victim died at the scene, a dispatcher said.

Patrol officers fanned out through the tourist-oriented downtown area in search of the assailant as crowds gathered at the spot where the killing took place.

 
 
I was on the beautiful peninsula of Coronado with the dogs this morning, and the place was really turned out for the Fourth of July. Every other million-dollar house wore bunting, the Navy guys were playing the national anthems in their Jeeps, and the little girls were running in the sand with their flags.

It really is an old-fashioned, small-town thing, this holiday, and I told Ramona that I really enjoyed it back when I was more naive. I asked her if the blowjob president were in office would I feel a little bit better about being an American.

I am an American.

I love my country, I pay my taxes, and I respect my fellow countrymenandwomen and their right to free expression.

But I don't love my government, and there's no getting around that. I don't like the way the world looks at America, and I don't give a shit about France or any other country that doesn't want to do something for itself.

The idea of America to me is many for one, and that's something our government has forgotten.

Now we are one over many, and that's sad. I like the tough guys who don't have to beat everyone up, who are secure enough that they know no one's gonna fuck with them.

And despite what you think about Sept. 11, 2001, with all due respect, we are not the first country to have to deal with this shit.

We are not unique, despite what we've been told all our lives. We are all people, and while some of us certainly are stupid motherfuckers, we're all more alike than we're not.

That's American. That's a global, one-love kinda thing.

Happy Fourth of July. If they could only see us now.
 
 
JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE EAST BAY

3 months go by
he had no home
he had no food
he's all alone

matty said fool me once
shame on you
didn't fool me twice

he went back to new orleans
 
Wednesday, July 02, 2003
 
Piaget believed that development proceeds from the individual to the social world. Egocentric speech suggests that the child is self-centered and unable to consider the point-of-view of others. Piaget also maintains that development precedes learning.


Vygotsky believed that development begins at the social level and moves towards individual internalization. Egocentric speech is seen as a transition between the child's learning language in a social communicative context, and attempting to internalize it as "private" or "inner speech" (i.e., thoughts). For Vygotsky, learning precedes development.
 
 
Gil Scott-Heron's father was the first Afro-Caribbean player for the renowned Scottish football team Glasgow Celtic. He also played for American semi-professional teams including the Chicago Sting, Detroit Wolverines, and Detroit Corinthians.
 
 
A source inside the Pentagon told me that the United States doesn't give a shit about the horror in Liberia because the ruling elite from Texas isn't all that keen on the problems of black people.

"Let's face it," he said. "No one really cares about colored people. Certainly if they don't have anything to offer us."

Rumsfeld is not enthusiastic about international proposals that the United States send 2,000 troops at the head of 3,000 other peacekeepers from various African countries, a senior defense official said.

Still, Rumsfeld took with him to Wednesday's meeting a contingency plan for such a deployment, should the president order it. The Pentagon routinely works up and keeps on hand such plans for numerous problems around the world.
 
 
thaumaturgy \THAW-muh-tuhr-jee\, noun:

The performance of miracles or magic.
 
Tuesday, July 01, 2003
 
Ever seen that movie "Jacob's Ladder"?
 
 
"Most of the books and articles about Altamont are filled with bull. Like the Hell's Angels were the only security, and they were hired for $500 worth of beer. We had every off-duty police officer available and every security guard in Northern California there. There were about 17 Angels who came to the concert because they were in Oakland for a convention. Sam Cutler, the Stones' manager, asked if the Angels would escort the Stones through the crowd on motorcycle and then sit around the stage during the show to protect the band. We had purchased $500 worth of beer for the bands, and Cutler told the Angels they could have some.

"The Angels were blamed for the death of Meredith Hunter. But that kid was waving a gun and screaming that he was going to shoot Mick Jagger. One of the Angels jumped his back, after Hunter fired a shot at the stage, and stabbed him with a knife several times. The audience was going to tear Hunter limb from limb, but the Angels formed a circle around him and got him out of the crowd and into a bread truck where he could be moved to get medical attention. He died in the racetrack office, but the Angels tried to save him.

"A few days later, the district attorney of Alameda called me and said that I was going to be blamed for the murder of Hunter, along with the Hell's Angels and the Rolling Stones. I said, 'For crying out loud, the kid had a gun, it was self-defense! You can see the gun on the film from the concert!' The DA told me I needed to produce the gun. So I tracked down Sonny Barger [a prominent Angel] by calling every lawyer in the phone book. He said he would make some calls, that one of three Angels might still have the pistol. Later that day he called me and said, 'We have the gun.' So I called the attorney, Melvin Belli, who told me to bring it to him in a shoebox. The charges were dropped after that.
 
 
Great Husband? Thank Your Mother-In-Law
By E. J. Mundell

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stereotypes of the nagging, critical mother-in-law may need some revising: A new study suggests that good husbands or boyfriends are often the product of great moms.

Researchers interviewing 33 young couples found "significant" correlations between men's ties to their mothers and their partners' satisfaction with the relationship.

 
 
One last warning from the man who made an enemy of Bush.

UN weapons inspector says Iraqi guilt is still not proven.
 
 
Good afternoon,

Due to preliminary Semi Annual Auditing, the Distribution Center and the Tech Shop will be closed for routine traffic tomorrow (July 2nd) for the majority of the day. An email will be sent once we’ve completed the auditing, and are ready to reopen..

Thanks
 
Formerly GOD'S LONELY MAN

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