December 9th, 2004



I've been busier than hell the last couple of days, but I just wanted to tell you about two things:

1. The Mighty Wind soundtrack is on Rhapsody and holy shit, it rules. I have to say, I think the Folksmen kick ass. Even if they are fictional. I just can't get over how well everyone from that movie can sing. Damn. Those are some complicated harmonies. Oh... the best part of it is a track that's not in the film at all - the Folksment covering "Start Me Up". Awesome. Especially the end.

2. Saw Jello Biafra speak at the Showbox last night and damn. That man is angry. He's the only one I've ever seen who is more liberal than mom. It was like listening to vespaden, except for one big difference. Where, after an hour or so, me and vespaden will usually go, yeah... fuck it... shit's fucked up, and then drink a beer, Jello went on for FIVE HOURS. That's right, dudes. Five hours of Jello calling out everyone from G.W. Bush to Herbert Hoover. I think the only one he didn't touch was Kennedy. He made some good points, but it really sort of bummed me out to think about exactly how dismal the political situation is and what it would take for things to change. And he really got me thinking again about how easily John Kerry rolled over and he said what I've been thinking but never talked about, because I didn't want to sound overtly wacko - maybe things went exactly as planned. Maybe, despite what we knew going in to it, our loss was a little too easy. Maybe the myth of the single Republicrat party is more true than we think. Maybe Kerry wasn't being too soft during the debates and maybe he didn't concede too early. Maybe he did those things exactly as planned. Maybe he and Senator Edwards and Senator Gore weren't turning a deaf ear to the black members of Congress who wanted to present proof of voter fraud back in 2000 and needed just one of them to agree to hear them. Scary.

Well, sorry for the spookfest, but 46 year old punk rockers will do that to you.

By the way, there's no need to point out that I'm probably the only person in the world who spent five hours last night listening to an ex Dead Kennedy and then woke up and listened to an hour of fake folk music from a mockumentary. I already realized it.


I've been thinking. With all the anti-gay legislation that passed on election day, I think the it's in the best interest of those of us who are pro-civil rights to start petitioning for laws and constitutional amendments that protect those civil rights. What I mean is, we shouldn't wait for the day when there's some proposal to amend our state constitution to say something like, "no homosexual civil union or domestic partnership shall be recognized by the state and be entitled to any of the same benefits as a heterosexual one." so we can bitch about it and try to outvote its supporters. Instead, we should start RIGHT NOW trying to an amendment to our state constitution that says "no law may be passed that restricts the rights of any couple based on their race, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation." and another one that says, "no law may be passed that restricts a woman from choosing for herself whether or not to terminate a pregnancy." Let's start protecting the civil rights we have left and start trying to claim some of the gray areas for our side.

Does anyone know what the procedure is for something like this? Do I write to my state senator or something to get the ball rolling?