Sex in the Sub City
The Republicans are Coming!
shot of the month
What the fuck is wrong with Ed Koch? Have you seen his
face plastered across the city on signs for the republican
convention, about to engage in some serious tongue action
with an elephant? He's a democrat, right? So why the hell
is he welcoming these turds into our city with open arms?
Has he no shame? I mean, if it was Bloomberg, fine, or even
Guliani, but Koch? I don't get it. It makes me mad to say
the least. Not as mad, though, as the fact that from August
30th to September 2nd we are playing host to 50,00 rich,
white assholes. We don't have enough security problems as
it is, and now we have to deal with Bush and co. invading
our city like some fatcat, fratboy circus.
But the worst of it is the date of the convention. Normally,
they're held in late July or early August, but not this
time. This time, in order to roughly coincide with 9/11,
the republicans have pushed back their convention to further
mine our nation's greatest tragedy. It's politics at its
worst. It's shameless. It's wrong. Luckily, in addition
to all the dicks flooding our streets, there will be folks
of a very different sort: protesters. Thousands and thousands
of them, from all around the world, will also be descending
on New York, providing a nice balance to all the negative
energy. For more information on all the protests, and to
get involved yourself, go to www.counterconvention.com.
There's plenty going on, and some of the events sound so
great it makes me almost glad the republicans are coming.
We're going to give them a welcome they'll never forget.
Meanwhile, several groups are doing their best to shed
light on Bush's misguided policies, as well as registering
people to vote and raising money for worthy political action
committees. Moveon.org, the best of these, has even retained
the great documentarian Errol Morris to shoot their next
commercials. And instead of hiring actors, he's asking regular
Joes to come forward and share their stories. If you or
someone you know thinks you're a good candidate, go to www.moveonpac.org/morrissurvey.html
to sign up.
Also making waves are two pro-Kerry organizations, Concerts
for Kerry (concertsforkerry.org) and Downtown for Democracy
(downtownfordemocracy.org). Both host parties and events
with great bands and performers, with all the proceeds going
to help defeat George Bush. Other groups include Bands Against
Bush (bandsagainstbush.com), which was profiled on this
website, and Punk Voter (punkvoter.org). Individual bands
and artists making the rounds to help oust Bush include
Jack Black, Grant-Lee Phillips, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists,
and even my own humble band, Pretty Flowers (prettyflowers.org),
which recently completed our own mini Lick Bush Tour.
So you see, things are happening, wheels are turning, events
are being set in motion. If even the musicians are out there
stumping, people who spend most of their time drinking,
drugging, fucking and sleeping, there's hope for us all
yet. Add to this Michael Moore's amazing Fahrenheit 9/11,
which will do more for Kerry than millions of TV ads will,
as well as the docs The Hunting of the President, about
the right's incessant quest to bring down Clinton, and Outfoxed,
about the blatant conservative bias on everyone's fave Fox
News, along with the plethora of Bush-bashing books, and
of course Air America, our own liberal station (1190 AM
for those not aware), and we seem to have all bases covered.
All we have to do now is vote. That, and pray that our
votes are actually counted. Before then, we at least have
the convention to look forward to. My goal is to kick at
least one republican a day. Yours can be the same, or more
if you're itching for some real action. I've also registered
to volunteer for the convention, several times actually,
under fake names. Apparently, many others have also done
so. Of the 10,000 people who've already volunteered, my
guess is that a large portion of them are fictitious. To
add yours to the list, go to www.2004nycgop.org/contents/volunteers.
And if you're really looking for some action, why not volunteer
and actually show up? You can probably screw up a lot of
shit if you put your mind to it. That's what I call being
politically active. Ed Koch, go fuck yourself.
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