"It's morning in America, Hackenbush, and you
work the nightshift."
Saturday, November 1,
Ruth Conniff does not like General Clark.
I have a question and a suggestion for Ms. Conniff and her kind: All other candidates aside, would you rather have four years of a legally elected President Clark or a continuation of what we have now?
The suggestion is that you cutting edge types split hairs when there's a Democrat in the White House; you might get somewhere then. Dissing Clark, who might be able to win, simply guarantees your continuing irrelevance (and newfound destructiveness, too [see Nader 2000]) and the country's, if not world's, continuing destruction for at least another four years.
I got a three year subscription to The Progressive because I felt sorry for it. I will not be renewing. Ms. Conniff is preaching to the choir, I do wonder when she'll be handing out the grape Kool-Aid.
Note: I don't care who is President in 2005 as long as it's a Democrat.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:30 AM PST [Link]
Friday, October 31,
"Diebold Election Systems has had a tumultuous year, and it doesn't look like it's getting any better."
Did E-Vote Firm Patch Election?, by Kim Zetter, Wired, October 13, 2003
Black Box Voting, by Bev Harris
pdf and purchace at Plan 9
More information: http://blackboxvoting.com/ and http://blackboxvoting.org/
We trust ATMs with our money; why can't Diebold make a voting machine that is as reliable? Hm?
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:45 AM PST [Link]
Thursday, October 30,
"The club's air-conditioning system competed with the chants a bit, and played even more havoc with the evening's most entertaining set, by the California trio Purple Gums. It was organized by tuba player William Roper, sporting an incongruous Davy Crockett hat, and featured Francis Wong on tenor saxophone and the revered cornet player Bobby Bradford.
"Wong and Bradford blended beautifully, and the leader has a big, wall-shaking tone and impressive range on tuba. Even better were Roper's several monologues, delivered under the music. Alas, they could be hard to hear; miking problems were such that no one from management seemed to note his request that the AC be turned off. But his confessional spiel on the "cultural dissonance" of an African-American man electing to wear a coon-skin cap was uproariously funny, and had wider implications regarding ethnicity, assimilation and mass culture."
It's just jazz -- that grabs your attention, by Kevin Whitehead, Chicago Sun Times, October 27, 2003
If you ever have a chance to hear William Roper, do so, it's very rewarding.
Edit: But you can also get hep on CD:
Darn Yarns Three wacky tales of desire and love lost by Los Angeles based composer, spoken word artist and tuba player William Roper.
Juneteenth by William Roper. L.A. Weekly, June 22, 2001, vol.23, no. 31 "Itís a spare but highly sensual affair, featuring cross-resonant vibrations...Youíll enjoy the music.."
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:00 PM PST [Link]
Songs that get stuck in your head:
Those Were the Days
Sigh. Am I really that old?
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05:02 PM PST [Link]
Thanks, Jim, at Rittenhouse Review for the link.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:59 PM PST [Link]
Wednesday, October 29,
Darkness at Sunset and Vine, by Ginger Mayerson
Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Very political and very violent, please avoid if you don't like either, thanks. This is not a Hackenbush story.
Darkness at Sunset and Vine was written in a fury after bush's "Give me $87 billion so I can start to clean up my mess that never had to happen" speech. I wish to thank Jane Seaton, Laurel Sutton and Lynn Loper for editing the snarling and teeth gnashing and for their input. Everyone should have friends and editors like Jane, Laurel and Lynn.
This novella is the first fiction I've written since I finished the Hackenbush novels. I don't usually write things like this, but it was either write it or die of outrage. Links to this story would be much appreciated.
Thank you to everyone who still reads this blog.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:37 PM PST [Link]
Well, of course!
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:54 AM PST [Link]
Tuesday, October 28,
Maybe it's the jet lag, but this made me cry a lot this morning.
Our government sends decent kids to do unspeakable things; those kids are still decent, it's our government that's become monstrous.
I don't know about anyone else, but as soon as the Dems stop fucking around, I'm volunteering for whichever campaign it is. I might not agree 100% with whoever it is, but I simply can't take much more of what my government has turned my country into.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:16 AM PST [Link]
Man, I leave town for a week and 9 Chickwood Lane gets scathing.Today's 9 Chickwood Lane
What'd I miss?
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:51 AM PST [Link]
Monday, October 27,
Okay, I'm back from the UK, jetlagged, but back, and glad I flew into LAX today when it was open instead of yesterday when it was closed. Hope you got home from O'Hare okay yesterday, Roper.
Regular blogging will resume... zzz... soon.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:01 PM PST [Link]