Month: August 2007

This is why the recording industry is doomed

When a 25 year old grad student can write and play all his own music as well as sing it, you know that commercial music is dead.

Tay Zonday taught himself to play the piano among other things.

I was surfing around YouTube and found his Chocolate Rain video. Quite interesting.

One thing I will mention is that he does a cover of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”. Not so good but he does very well with his own stuff. He’s got a nice deep voice though.

Amazing the stuff you find when trolling the net.

The two party system

I used to consider myself a Democrat but that had changed over the years. Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you I’m a Republican either since the current occupiers of the Republican Party are in reality neo-conservatives who want nothing more than to transfer wealth from the average citizens into the pockets of a greedy few.

But the Democrats are really no better. They’re bought and paid for by special interests aka corporations and our opinions mean nothing. A good number of citizens of the U.S., myself included would love to see Bush and Cheney impeached. But the Democratically controlled congress won’t move to do so.

It is almost as thought they’re trying to make the Republicans look as bad as is possible. Little do they know that they need to step forward and undo the harm done to this country, not roll over and play dead and allow Bush to wiretap without a warrant. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve restored the oversight process among other many other things. The Democrats are definitely in pocket though not as blatant about it.

Remember the movie with Eddie Murphy, “The Distinguished Gentleman”. That gives a small taste of what goes on in congress, a tiny little peek into the window but it’s enough to disgust me.

They might win me back if they collectively grew a huge set of balls but I doubt that will ever happen.

What I’d now like to see happen is a grassroots effort to get candidates elected on a new slate. We would all need to dig deep to support such an effort but what we’d get from it is representatives sensitive to our needs, not those of faceless corporations. We could then push to amend the Constitution of the United States of America to specifically exclude corporations from the rights enumerated by the Bill of Rights.

Just think of some of the benefits of such a simple act taking place. Truth in advertising is one, protection of the air, land and water is another. Maybe even restore funding to PBS since I’m so tired of the conservative push to abolish it. Those are just a few I can think of right off the top of my head. Maybe you can think of some others.

To hell with you Bishop Tobin

There is a case currently before the Rhode Island Supreme Court regarding whether the family court can dissolve a gay marriage.

The state AG, Patrick Lynch has already said there’s nothing in the law the precludes it from happening. Since his sister Margaret (Peg) is a lesbian this doesn’t surprise me but I still applaud the AG’s willingness to come forward on this issue.

Governor Don Carcieri says that marriage is defined as one man, one woman. I expect that from Carcieri since he’s a horses ass and really isn’t qualified to be governor, a more suitable office would be dog catcher. Typical behavior for a Republican (Hereby referred to as Repug.)

But the one who really raises my hackles is Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Diocese of Providence. In classic fashion he says that there will be profound and radical consequences. The thing that really bugs me is that the Bishop never says what those consequences might turn out to be. Father John Codega gave a foreshadowing of the Bishop’s sentiments during testimony for the Marraige Equality bill in the house. I’ve written about Codega before and suffice to say the man shouldn’t be a priest but an attack dog. But Codega’s argument was that straight institutions needed to be ‘protected’ from gay people.

Anyhow I’m left to imagine the consequences. If I use my biblical studies as a rough guide any one of the following will occur should RI allow a gay person to marry the person that he/she loves.

  • Man marries animal – the slippery slope argument at its finest.
  • Cat and dog mate and have offspring, do we call it a Cog or a Dat?
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will certainly make an appearance if Bishop Tobin is to be believed
  • Maybe the rivers will boil. Then again with global warming pretty much confirmed on all accounts this isn’t hard to believe
  • Maybe the rivers will run red with blood of slain Christians. If only that were the case, maybe then the rest of us could get on with our lives in peace without interference from the church.
  • The reality of it is that none of the above will happen if gay people are allowed to cement their relationships by getting married. This has been proven time and again in Massachusetts.

    And to the Bishop I say fuck you, and to hell with you. I’d like to take that big crucifix you wear and shove it up where the sun doesn’t shine. Maybe then you’ll see the light. Except there is no hell so my fondest wish won’t come true. I can wish that he live in interesting times, and it looks like we might make that a reality for the man.