....It's finally Spring in the MidWest!
Kicked some serious ass this weekend. Scoop Jackson
, Ms. Kitten Kennedy, and Senorita Marnie McCuen are in the Twin Cities for a party flyby and what some have called Dooosh Dank 2005
Anyway, Friday night Marnie, Paul and I went to the Bell and saw a wonderful 1974 polemic documentary by Peter Davis
: Hearts and Minds
. This fascinating movie is made more so by the lack of narration and its' use of images and interviews instead of a biased narrator. Stacked full of interviews with Georges Bidault, J. William Fulbright, George Coker and stunning archival footage from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After the movie won its Academy Award, the next Oscar presenter, Frank Sinatra, denounced it. A polemic indeed.
In sizing up the situation in Vietnam, president Lyndon Johnson once famously said: “The ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people.” This is where the title of the documentary comes from and was also of importance to Marnie and I, seeing that we wrote a song for The Field
that within its lyrics discusses the reuse of Johnson's phrase by G. Dubya Bush.
From the Weekend...
Moving on to Saturday...after a hip-hop throw down at Mel's Beauty Bar (Kitty's best friend from High School is Mel), we moved on to Ba-sik at First Ave. for a little dancing...ugh...um...let's leave we said almost as we entered First Ave...I'm all for First Ave re-opening and kicking ass...but really band dance music and a bunch of teens? no fun on a Saturday...so Poop de'la-Scoop and Schrein-time and I headed over to St Paul for some serious partying...
We arrived at Ms. Kitten's hip-hop karaoke party with the party almost over, quickly, Scoop and I grabbed the mics and threw-down with some wack rhymes and drunken lyrics about Dubya, Terry Schivao and the Hearts and minds of the Christian Right. Now, I don't normally throw my hat into a Karaoke party, but this one deserved me throwing my whole ass into the mix...The owners of the party house had replaced the basement floor with a Saturday Night Fever lighted dance floor:
In the News...
File Sharing gets it's day in the Supreme Court tomorrow, March 29, 2005. The case is against Grokster and Morpheus. The Movie Studios and Music Industry, wants to make it illegal for companies to create software in which illegal music/movies/tv can be traded via the net. I'd have to say that whatever happens in the highest court of the land won't make a smidgen of difference in my ability to download music/movies/tv. For the record, I love to support local and independent music and buy as much local and independent stuff as I can. It feels good to know the music is going right into the pockets of the local/independent artist. As far as other music, music supported by massive industries, I have no problem downloading Radiohead or the latest Beck album. I download them, listen for a few weeks and then buy the album if I like the full album. (for the record I've bought all of Radiohead's albums and all of Beck's albums...on Vinyl and CD...). I also have no problem downloading TV shows and some movies...
I think the problem with the current court case is although the Supreme Court may be the highest court in the land and can actually enforce most of it's ruling...ie. Gore -vs- Bush, this lawsuit is unenforceable. If the courts make file-trading software illegal (which would be detrimental for the computer industry and I'd argue the movie/music/tv industries in the long run...since this software IMHO is the future of these industries...), people will create new programs that are even harder to detect and more invisible to the SnoCap
's and BigChampagne
's out there.
Saturday The Times reported that the Army would not prosecute 17 American soldiers implicated in the deaths of three prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A lawsuit against Donald Rumsfeld has been filed by the ACLU and Human Rights First, A NY-based group. The suit charges that Rummy personally authorized unlawful interrogation techniques and abdicated his responsibility to stop the torture and other abuses of prisoners in U.S. custody. It contends that the abuse of detainees was widespread and that Rummy and other top administration officials were well aware of it.
Lawlessness should never be an option for the United States. Once the rule of law has been extinguished, you're left with an environment in which moral degeneracy can flourish and a great nation can lose its soul...NEWS FLASH: AMERICA HAS ALREADY LOST IT'S SOUL...THANKS KARL ROVE!!
To what extent will Karl Rove lie to America to get what he and Bush want?