Sunday, September 18, 2005
REEFER MADNESS, KICK ASS DOWNLOADS, AND COMMENTARY FROM THE ANONYMOUS LIBERAL
De Ja Vu all over again? The government brings back REEFER MADNESS! (you may have to view a brief ad before you get to this article, but trust me, it's worth it). We are truely ruled by idiots. The guillotine is definitely in order!
I haven't done any downloads lately, mostly because I haven't come across any I thought were worth bothering with. Then all at once I come across four:
Amy Rigby is a throwback rocker with a great sound. I have had this song in my head since I first heard it!
DANCING WITH JOEY RAMONE-Amy Rigby
(note to Laura and Andrea: Amy's gonna be a Schuba's on Oct. 29. I'm planning on being there. Let's party!)
I have always been fan of Beck. I can't quite put my finger on what it is that intrigues me about his music, but it does.
FAREWELL RIDE (SUBTLE REMIX)-Beck
I have been a big fan of Guitar God Richard Thompson since 1969, when a buddy of mine came back from England with an album (Liege and Leif) by this new group who had invented something called folk rock. The band was Fairport Convention, and Thompson was their guitarist extraordinaire. Rolling Stone lists him as #19 on the 100 greatest guitarists of all time (well ahead of such legends as Chet Atkins, Les Paul, George Harrison, and Dire Straits' Mark Knoefler)
UNINHABITED MAN-Richard Thompson
I have also been a big fan of Janis Ian since 1966, when, as a 15 yr old, her single Societies Child reached #1 on the charts and stayed there for several weeks. She was only a year older than me, and it was amazing to see this teenager performing on the Tonight Show and Merv Griffen! At 17 is still one of my all time favorite songs. I've seen her perform a number of times, and she is just great!
TENNESSEE HILLS - Janis Ian
Great commentary from THE ANONYMOUS LIBERAL:
Over the last two decades, the Republican political machine has engaged in a relentless and systematic assault on all of the institutions in our society that have traditionally served as checks on excessive partisanship. They have attacked the press, the judiciary, academia, even the very concepts of science and empiricism. Their goal is to discredit and disable the referees, to politicize, marginalize, and co-opt any and all non-political institutions, and thereby eliminate any meaningful policing of political discourse. And they have been remarkably successful. In a relatively short period of time, conservatives have managed to convince a large segment of the population (including most of the Republican base) that the media, the judiciary, and even science itself cannot be trusted. Beyond damaging their credibility, this withering assault has actually transformed the institutions themselves. Fear of the "liberal bias" charge has effectively emasculated much of the press corps. The federal judiciary has been disproportionately stacked with reactionaries and Federalist Society-types. And our scientific and empirical knowledge has been polluted and corrupted by pseudo-science and ideologically-driven research. We've reached a point where nearly all truth is politicized. The line separating facts from spin has been hopelessly blurred, and political discourse has become a joke.
Unfortunately, I suspect that the only way out of this partisan trap is for the party that started it all to be confronted by the real world consequences of its near-sighted and reckless policy decisions. Bad policy and bad governing inevitably lead to bad results, and as we've seen in the last week, there are some facts and some failures that are nearly impossible to ignore or spin. Sooner or later, there will be a reckoning.
Rock on Great White Bear!
My top 5: Mark Knoefler (Chet said he was the best, who am I to argue with Chet?), B.B. King, Clapton, Ry Cooder, (tie) Chet Atkins, Jerry Garcia
We're staying here in Austin. We'll get hit with forecasted gusts of 75-100mph, rain and tornadoes (the tornadoes and rain are nothing new, heck we're renown for our flash floods here, but the winds are not what we are accustomed to). At least we're not Houston or Galveston. All of the friends I know in Houston, they are all leaving and either started today or will start tomorrow. They've forecasted possible winds in Houston of up to 160 mph.
Of course that is if Rita doesn't lessen before coming ashore. It could go either way right now. It could continue to gain strength now that it's stalling in the Gulf and hit around a Cat 4 or 5 on land or it could weaken and hit land at a Cat 3 or less.
Me, I'm hoping for the latter one!
Thank you for your concern my friend. I'm so glad to count you as one of mine. :)
One can only hope it will be sooner rather than later. On all accounts.