Saturday, December 29, 2007
So 2007 is almost over! So what?
Just kidding, folks. As you already know, the year is pretty much over and we have a new one on the way. With it, many see a new chance to wipe the slate clean and put aside the problems of the past. Others make resolutions they may intend to follow but fall short of and abandon long before the year ends. Either way it's a change for many of us.
As for me, I'm personally glad 2007 is pretty much gone. It was a blah year for me and I really hope things are better in 2k8. Nothing serious wrong went down with me,
but nothing really great happened either. Now before you leave this and go on to something more upbeat, let me explain.
When the year started I was reeling over the end of a friendship - at least I thought
it was a friendship. It finally caved in over the holidays and managed to really darken my Christmas season. I'll describe this in a little more detail later on. From there it was mainly work when it happened (unfortunately, a merger at the paying job meant that there was more down time than I planned on) and not much else.
Don't get me wrong, there were some good times as well. A venue I tried to make it
to when I can (the late lamented No Coast) was a respite for me amidst the bullshit with some killer shows (a couple of examples: I Object, the second to last show of Los Loco Motives) and some good company. I learned who my friends actually were and went to some other cool shows. A ships passing situation made things a little easier to swallow. However, it was hard to get perspective given the black cloud the year
Needless to say I don't exactly have fond memories of the past 12 months. In fact, I think I existed more than lived the past year. I realize it was necessary to go through this shit to see the other side but it still sucks.
As I head to 2008 you may wonder what my hopes for the New Year are? There are the big things (world peace, a move from the currentidiocy in our system to something
more humane and a lot saner, etc) that some may find issue with.
However, if nothing else, I just hope that the people I care and give a shit about are happy, doing well, and creating (if they are so inclined). I know it's not a revolutionary concept but it's how I feel right now.
As for the former friend, this is someone I met a while back and was actually interested in possibly getting involved with. That blew up in my face and a troubled and flawed attempt at being friends (at least I thought it was) emerged from the ashes. While a lot of the pain from the incident had faded some of it still lingered. Then I came across a text file of some emails from her I thought I deleted. At first it seemed things weren't so bad, then I saw the pattern emerge by the end of her replies and my emails: she told me once she felt she would never get to know me yet when I had free time to possibly hang out (and thus get to know each other) she blew me off each goddamn time). I knew any chance of friendship was on life support, but realizing itmight've never been there in the first place cleared a lot of cobwebs and helped heal a lot of festering wounds. It should've ended a long fucking time ago.
With that mostly in the past I hope to embrace 2008 with open arms and hope
things get better. Meeting new people and having new experiences might
be good for me. Will it actually be better than last year? I have no
idea but things change and sometimesal you can do is hope for the best, do what you can, and see how the ride turns out (yeah, I know it sound hella cliche but it's true). Other than that, we're just in the crsshairs waiting for things to go down.
With that in mind, I want to wish everyone reading this an excellent New
Years and hope that everything works out better than you wanted it to.
Monday, December 3, 2007
The latest bill the forced pregnancy movement (most are them aren't really pro life so let's stop callign them that) is trying to put abortion rights as a ballot initiative.
This initiative, like the ones offered in most states, seems to be based on an idea that a woman who seeks an abortion doesn't know what she's doing and needs to be protected from herself. There's something that pisses me off about a group of people who think over the half the world's population aren't intelligent enough to make decisions regarding reproductive freedom and their own bodies.
For a group of people who often like to claim they want to get the government off our back, they sure seem hellbent on putting it everywhere else. Absolutely disgusting.
anniversary issue of The Trouble
With Normal is finally complete. It's a double issue (we
list it in the chronology as issues#85/86) that has some new material
but also, for the first time in our history, reprints some older
articles and has some snippets of past interviews that we found
interesting. I should have it at the stores around this weekend. Yeah,
we had to have a higher price for this double issue, but I think it's
worth it. I just hope readers appreciate the spirit and effort of the
work overall (at 80 pages it's our largest issue yet).
getting it done. I'm glad it's done. I just wish I didn't have to be a
shut in all damn weekend to finally do it. I need to work on my
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
On Friday July 13, 2007 Planned Parenthood in Columbia held a rally on the corners of Broadway and Providence downtown to protest MO Gov. Blunt's signing of the TRAP bill into law. The bill, which requires extensive renovations to abortion clinics by instantly classifying them as ambulatory surgery centers, could make the PP clinic in
The only thing better would be if this was an effigy.
Friday, June 29, 2007
If interested, give it a read and comment on it if you feel like it.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
"I can't recall" by said by Gonzalez over 70 times in the course of his testimony over events that happened as recently as six months ago. Over 70 times? This guy is the top federal judicial official in the U.S. and he claims he doesn't know what's going on in his own department. By the end of his testimony, little was revealed and Gonzalez managed to alienate both sides of our one party system (with several Republican Senators wanting his fired as a result). This was what he spent several weeks practicing? What the fuck?
Like many people, I think he was covering for soemone. It doesn't take Stephen Hawking to realize that one doesn't keep his job at such a position without knowing something about what's going down. Whether he's the fall guy for Rove or Cheney or Bush himself may be uncertain, but something's up in the White House that needs to be known.
However, in an administration where scandals come fast and furious, it's an uphill battle to get any information, especially for the media. From the attorney scandal to the Walter Reed hospital scandal to the war itself, Bush and company seem to be in backlash mode, trying to cover their tracks while attacking those who want to know what's going on. Add to this the returning blowback of the possible coverup regarding the death of Pat Tillman and things get strange. Sometimes it really appears, like i mentioned earlier, that they seem to create scandals to cover up the previous scandals.
Still, we have to give Alberto credit for popularizing a new catch phrase. Thanks to Alberto, everybody who screws up at their job is going to say "I can't recall" when called on it. It's a good thing Gonzalez isn't a doctor or a surgeon, that would really be scary. As for his testimony, how the hell can this guy not know what was going on? What does he actually know? Where would it lead?
We may never know the answers to that. However, here's hoping we find out before it's too late.
Yeah, this isn't as important as the war, national debt, or any number of personal crises' but it's a start. Happy birthday and hope all is well to the friends mentioned above.