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Month: September 2005

Tom Tomorrow in Seattle

Tom Tomorrow in Seattle

Hey all you fans of This Modern World! You will be pleased to hear that the keynote speaker at the ACLU of Washington’s 2005 Bill of Rights Celebration Dinner will be Dan Perkins, a.k.a. Tom Tomorrow. The event will be on Saturday, November 19th at the Red Lion Hotel in Seattle. I received a notice in the mail about this yesterday. I checked the ACLU-WA website for a link today, but there isn’t anything on their site yet. I will…

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Remembering James Dean

Remembering James Dean

Fifty years ago today, James Dean was killed in a car accident near Cholame, California. Californians commemorated his death by renaming the intersection of Highways 46 and 41 where he died the “James Dean Memorial Junction” and placed a memorial plaque there. What should you do? I don’t know… maybe just go light up a cigarette and try to look cool, then go watch your favorite James Dean movie.

Brown Blames Horse’s Ass

Brown Blames Horse’s Ass

I read this story about Michael Brown’s “blame game” in this morning’s Seattle Times… “Ironically, it started with an organization called horsesass.org,” Brown told Congress, “that on some blog published a false and, frankly, in my opinion, defamatory statement that the media just continued to repeat over and over. … I guess it’s the media’s job. But I don’t like it. I think it’s false. It came at the wrong time. And I think it led potentially to me being…

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Sponge Bob

Sponge Bob

During the second half of No Direction Home one of the musicians featured throughout the film (I think it was Dave Van Ronk, but I’m not certain…) said something about how Bob Dylan had absorbed, like a sponge, all the music and styles that he was exposed to and then invented himself as something new. The movie documented Dylan’s metamorphosis into a near god-like pop star with interviews, photos, movie clips, and archival footage of performers that influenced him. During…

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Read Bob, Listen to Bob, Watch Bob

Read Bob, Listen to Bob, Watch Bob

The Common Dreams site has posted an excerpt from Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, Volume One. It’s from the section of the book about his time spent in New Orleans recording Oh Mercy with Daniel Lanois. Here’s a bit of the excerpt. There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better. There’s a thousand different angles at any moment. At any time you could run into a ritual honoring some vaguely known queen. Bluebloods, titled persons like…

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Deaf Vision

Deaf Vision

We’ll get the debris removed, get the water up and running and get the bridges rebuilt. But what you need to do is develop a blueprint for your own future. We look forward to hearing your vision so we can more better do our job. Dubya — Gulfport, Mississippi, Sep. 20, 2005 Well no wonder he lacks the vision thing. He can’t hear it, and he speaks like a child.

That Vision Thing is Sorely Lacking

That Vision Thing is Sorely Lacking

There’s a great article at Common Dreams today by Jeremy Rifkin about Bush’s lack of vision and leadership. Here’s an excerpt: If I could get the ear of George Bush, for just a moment, I would say: “Mr President, if you had looked deeply into the eye of the storm, what you would have seen was the future demise of the planet we live on.” It’s time to tell the American people and the world the real lesson of Katrina:…

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“KISS MY EAR!”

“KISS MY EAR!”

That’s a direct quote from Rep. Don Young, Republican-Alaska. This he said when asked by a Fairbanks reporter whether he’d return the $223 million he had “earmarked” for a bridge near Ketchikan. Don Young is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. For more information about this clown’s elephantine bridge to nowhere, visit Bob Harris’s site. He covers it quite well and even has a map of the proposed bridge. The following is from a Washington Post story about…

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Media Accountability Day

Media Accountability Day

Yesterday Molly Ivins proposed that our country adopt a “Media Accountability Day” and then reported on “Project Censored’s annual release of the 10 biggest stories ignored or under-covered by mainstream media.” Coming in at numbers one and two are: No. 1: Bush Administration Moves to Eliminate Open Government. This administration has drastically changed the rules on Freedom of Information Act requests; has changed laws that restrict public access to federal records, mostly by expanding the national security classification; operates in…

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The British Insurgency

The British Insurgency

Two British Marines were pulled over today by Iraqi police. The individuals, dressed in traditional Iraqi attire. Upon being pulled over, the undercover Marines opened fire on the police, only to be apprehended. Turns out that they were doing there best to get away from the police because their car was loaded with explosives. So, the question of the day is why were two British Marines, dressed as locals, driving a civilian car loaded with explosives? Well, we’ll provably never…

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