Monday, February 10, 2003
Coleman Supports Bush Push On AIDS
I'm afraid I'm inclined to agree with the Democratic Senator Mark Dayton when he says that the money could be better used domestically. Obviously the vector of the AIDS virus in Africa makes this a moving disaster but with the shell game being played by the Bush administration to fund this "initiative" it seems pretty clear the money would go much farther here in the United States.
On the other hand if the administration were to actually up the amount of money spent in an honest way then I'd probably be in Coleman's camp and have some measure of support for Bush's agenda on AIDS in Africa. But as far as I can tell it is all a big scam.
2/10/03:11:35:17 PM PST
Gel Protects Monkeys from AIDS Virus
This is exciting stuff. To be sure we have many years of hard work before microbicides enter common use but they seem to hold great promise in relieving a great deal of pain, trauma, & death from sexually transmitted infections.
There's more here & here.
2/10/03:11:13:02 PM PST
For "A.D.I.D.A.S." ("All Day I Dream About Sex"), he turned a clever lust song into a safe-sex warning, saying "I don't need that A-I-D-S/A `D' and an `A' missing out my Adidas." He threw condoms into the crowd and asked people to buy his album to help him support his family: "I got a lot of kids, 'cause I didn't use those."
2/10/03:11:05:55 PM PST
Blue grass has become one of my joys of adulthood. Granted I have little of it and couldn't name any bluegrass artists if I was forced to do so or be forced into a pit of lions. But still when I hear a fiddle, a banjo, and a mean acoustic guitar I am transported into my white trash roots. It makes me annoyed because my father is a big fan of country music and lord knows I wouldn't want to inflate the man's ego by daring to agree with one of his tastes.
I first heard of the Dixie Chicks several years ago in reading an inflight mag cover story on their first album. I dismissed them immediately as yet one more in a long line of flashy new country bullshit being spun out of the coffers of Nashville.
Saturday I heard the Dixie Chicks play for the first time when they appeared on Saturday Night Life. I was literally blown away. They first played Travelin' Soldier off of their new album. What an amazing song. I am a sucker for tales of Vietnam. So much of who I am was distilled in the fields of that land and the effects it had on my family. Many times in my life I have found myself brought to tears by the stories of others' experiences with Vietnam. So sure enough Travelin' Soldier breaks my heart and speaks to me in ways I can't even begin to describe.
It turns out this song Travelin' Soldier is an original composition by an Austin artist named Bruce Robison. It was released in 1995 on his debut album aptly entitled Bruce Robison. Too bad I never saw him play back in the days when I lived in Austin. I suspect it would have been a damn good show. I saw Butch Hancock play at La Zona Rosa and it was just fantastic. I strongly suspect Bruce was in the audience that night. I fear I must begin exploring Bruce Robison's music in more detail.
But back to the Dixie Chicks: of course then the next song they played was some kind of barnstorming bluegrass storm front which damn if it didn't just blow me away. It was called something like "Sin Train' but I don't know. It was an amazing jam. The last time I saw a band on SNL rip it up like that was Perl Jam many years ago.
So on Sunday I went and bought the latest Dixie Chicks album. I'm afraid now I will be forced to buy them all.
2/10/03:8:31:43 PM PST
has just been added to my super special list of telephone numbers in my little black book that I will no doubt never ever use ever!
2/10/03:3:48:09 PM PST
Mysterious Package of Porn for Ashcroft
This is just too sweet! I would love to see a big ole pile of porn being blown up by the Nation's Finest. Unfortunately the devil didn't make me do it! I can just hear old John coming home to the Missus, "Boy I just missed taking big one today hon. But don't worry we're gonna track down those immoral rascals and their porn o' plenty!"
2/10/03:3:07:57 PM PST
"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
2/10/03:12:29:12 PM PST
I have been putting a lot of effort into repairing and expanding the infrastructure around here over the last few months. Apparently it is paying off in the number of visitors. Over the last month readership has been on target to hit 2.8 million visitors in the next year. I'm going to one day soon finish my application for maintaining this number but damn what an increase. It seems like, if my math is not too far off, that over the last 6 months I have managed to add another 2,500 visitors per day. Damn!
2/10/03:9:47:59 AM PST