Yeah, yeah, we know… Cindy Sheehan is not the best spokesperson for the Left. And marches attract way too many hippies. And the media always focuses on a few random nutjobs to discredit the thousands of intelligent, proactive protestors. But we stand by our opinion that attending marches is important. Our media may not cover antiwar rallies, but the international media does. It’s important to show the world that not everyone in this country supports Bush and his war. And simply executing your right to protest is important in and of itself, especially in light of the Bush administration’s attempts to thwart free speech and protest in this country. Hats off to everyone who attended. Here are some photos, via Yahoo:
Archive for April, 2006
“Mr. Young half-jokingly describes ‘Living With War’ as his ‘metal folk protest’ album. It’s his blunt statement about the Iraq war; ‘History was a cruel judge of overconfidence/back in the days of shock and awe,’ he sings, strumming an electric guitar and leading a power trio with a sound that harks back to Young albums like “Rust Never Sleeps” and ‘Ragged Glory.’
Some songs add a trumpet or a 100-voice choir, hastily convened in Los Angeles for one 12-hour session. During the nine new songs he sympathizes with soldiers and war victims, insists ‘Don’t need no more lies,’ longs for a leader to reunite America and prays for peace.
In a song whose title alone has already brought him the fury of right-wing blogs, he urges, ‘Let’s Impeach the President.’ It ends with Mr. Young shouting, ‘Flip, flop,’ amid contradictory sound bites of President Bush. But Mr. Young insists the album is nonpartisan.
‘If you impeach Bush, you’re doing a huge favor for the Republicans,’ he argued, speaking by telephone from California. ‘They can run again with some pride.’ ”
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Lyrics to Impeach the President
Let’s impeach the president for lying
And leading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door
He’s the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
And bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war
Let’s impeach the president for spying
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
By tapping our computers and telephones
What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
Would New Orleans have been safer that way
Sheltered by our government’s protection
Or was someone just not home that day?
Let’s impeach the president
For hijacking our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected
Thank god he’s racking down on steroids
Since he sold his old baseball team
There’s lot of people looking at big trouble
But of course the president is clean
Hastert ditching his hybrid after a press op
From Yahoo News: House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Ill., center, gets out of a Hydrogen Alternative Fueled automobile, left, as he prepares to board his SUV, which uses gasoline, after holding a new conference at a local gas station in Washington, Thursday, April 27, 2006 to discuss the recent rise in gas prices. Hastert and other members of Congress drove off in the Hydrogen-Fueled cars only to switch to their official cars to drive back the few block back to the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
It’s an election year, so it’s not surprising that Congress has begun to “get serious” about price gouging and inflated profits in the oil industry. Of course, the “investigation” Bush is spearheading will undoubtedly result in nothing more than rhetoric. Tough talk with little action. Now that political “outrage” over the price of gas has begun to be voiced on Capitol Hill, let’s all take a moment to reflect on three key facts:
1. The GOP Congress gave the oil industry over $2 billion in tax breaks in August of 2005.
2. Oil and gas companies [will] receive about $10 billion in tax breaks over the next five years
3. Much of Congress (and of course Bush himself) took millions from the oil industry to run their campaigns.
At least we can find it reassuring that Dennis Hastert is doing his part:
“Here at the Capitol, we’re switching off all unnecessary lights, unplugging equipment that drains energy when not in use and turning off computers and monitors when they are not being used,” Hastert said.
Mark your calendars. From the official website: [Thanks John]
“6.6.06 isn’t a date that comes around very often (once per century, to be exact), and while plenty of stupid horror movies and terrible albums will be released for the hype value of the day that bears “the number of the beast”, we here at NDoS decided that this would be a perfect day for Hessians across the country to come together and engage in something upon which we can all agree – listening to Slayer! Also, do you really want those evangelical Neo-Cons to have all the fun with their ‘National Day of Prayer’?
Official Statement on Participation
— Listen to Slayer at full blast in your car.
— Listen to Slayer at full blast in your home.
— Listen to Slayer at full blast at your place of employment.
— Listen to Slayer at full blast in any public place you prefer.
Taking that participation to a problematic level
— Stage a “Slay-out.” Don’t go to work. Listen to Slayer.
— Have a huge block party that clogs up a street in your neighborhood. Blast Slayer albums all evening. Get police cruisers and helicopters on the scene. Finish with a full-scale riot.
— Spray paint Slayer logos on churches, synagogues, or cemeteries.
— Play Slayer covers with your own band (since 99% of your riffs are stolen from Slayer anyway).
— Kill the neighbor’s dog and blame it on Slayer.”
Lovely lady, Scarlett Johansson, is on the new compilation “Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars.” Scarlett opens the album with “Summertime” and is joined by Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Garner, Jeremy Irons, John Stamos, Lucy Lawless, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Teri Hatcher (among others). Audio samples are available here. This is what Pitchfork has to say:
[Via Pitchfork] Indie America’s #1 Pinup Girl (mainstream’s too, says FHM) does the responsible thing by covering dusty old “Summertime”, rather than tackle a song with more cred. Had she taken on “Only Shallow” or something by Blondie, you’d be reading about thousands of hoodie-wearer deaths in tomorrow’s alternative weeklies. With audio alone, “Summertime” probably won’t even cause heart palpitations, as there’s little in this version that’s unique to Scarlett– her enthrallingly deep speaking voice here transmuted to a fairly generic (if passable) “American Idol” jazz vocal.
As with most movie-stars-do-music projects, the main purpose here is proof of versatility, so everything about this standard is standard, from the stringy, sleepy arrangement down to the trills in her voice. Irony fetishists may enjoy a woman named Scarlett singing about cotton and Mammy, but the rest of us can wait for the video.
Since we’ve done so many religious stories thus far. But when we see James Dobson say something we actually agree with, we feel obliged to run it:
“I’ve been on the air here with Focus on the Family for 25 years; it’s the first time I’ve said this. But in the State of California and places that have moved in the direction that they’ve gone with the schools, if I had a child there, I wouldn’t put that youngster in the public schools… I think it’s time to get our kids out.” [read the rest]
Sounds like a perfect solution. If fundamentralists are so concerned about tolerance towards gays in schools–they’d rather gays be bullied–they should simply go elsewhere. Now if they’ll just stop trying to impose their values on public school boards, we’ll all be happy. (Dobson image care of Talk to Action)
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“Georgia marched back into the culture wars last week when Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill allowing Bible classes in public high schools. An estimated 8 percent of the nation’s schools offer some form of Bible study. But the Georgia law is the first to set statewide guidelines and earmark public dollars for a Bible course. Five other states are considering similar measures….
In the past, school Bible lessons were informal. Now two groups with national influence and powerful backers are offering states comprehensive curricula. Last fall the nonprofit Bible Literacy Project published “The Bible and Its Influences,” a textbook endorsed by moderate Christian and Jewish groups. So far, 30 schools are teaching the pilot program, and the group says 800 schools have shown interest. Meanwhile, the National Council for Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, backed by a long list of conservative evangelicals, including Pat Robertson, says its curriculum is already taught in 353 school districts. However, if Georgia opts for either program it will be the first time that a state has officially adopted a Bible curriculum.”
Via Huffington Post:
“…this is about exchanging ideas… it’s about getting a message out. It’s about empowering people by giving them a voice. I know not everyone believes what I say is what they think. But like I said before.. ya know.. red and blue is not black and white. We’re all together. It’s a record about unification.” -Neil Young (4/18/06)
Check it out Living With War.