Archive for October, 2009

Quote of the Day…

October 8, 2009

…from Kayla, just now on the Boneyard, Sirius Ch. 19, as she related what a friend was telling her:
“When Weird Al Yankovic beats Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the apocalypse is upon us.”
Truer words, as they say…

Today’s musings are brought to you…

October 8, 2009

…by AC/DC and “Hells Bells,” which was on Classic Rewind a few minutes ago…
Why do I not have Back In Black in my cd collection? Good grief. I’ve heard all but about maybe two songs from that record and they’re all absolute classics. Brian Johnson’s vocal pyrotechnics on that album took the band to an entirely different level than they were on with Bon Scott. It’s safe to say Back In Black is on the level of Appetite for Destruction as one of THE greatest rock records ever made, and not just because of the record’s sales — 22 million-plus in the U.S. and 49 million-plus worldwide since its 1980 release. Yes. There will be one more to that total, very, very soon…

Pardon my cynicism…

October 7, 2009

…but once again, this is pure idealist fantasy:

With President Barack Obama presiding, the U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously endorsed a sweeping strategy aimed at halting the spread of nuclear weapons and ultimately eliminating them, to usher in a world with “undiminished security for all.”

What do you say to that? I’m sure the Israelis are saying, “that sure sounds good, but it’s so easy for you to say because you don’t have a genocidal maniac living practically next door.” Reading on down in that story reveals that Israel rejects the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, as well they should. And maybe it’s the cynic in me coming out here too, but I just don’t believe the Libyan U.N. ambassador’s plea had nearly as much to do with “fairness” as it does making sure the Israelis can’t strike back with any kind of significant force if and when the Iranians launch a first strike on them. But better to be a cynic than a starry-eyed idealist, no? I would think being the former gives you a much better chance of staying alive in this day and age, but maybe that’s just me.

Nothin’ political today…

October 6, 2009

…just a few observations.
It really is funny how things happen, in the blink of an eye almost, when you don’t expect them. You think you’re going to be just friends with someone, but something deeper takes over and it goes far beyond what you thought it might be. You find she shares your passions and outlooks almost to the letter, and you can talk for hours and still find more to talk about, and when the silence takes over it isn’t the least bit awkward or tense. No subject’s off limits, from music to politics to guns, even. She stirs your intellect like no other, and it’s a feeling like you’ve never known before in your life. Neither of us can know for certain yet where it’s going to go (I would say the saying to which she referred was dead on and tell you what it was, but that would just ruin the surprise!), but it does look so very promising.

Some Monday morning thrash.

October 5, 2009

When one gets past the vocals on some of the heavier forms of music, such as the various metal subgenres, one will see that the practitioners of the art can come up with some damn good lyrics. I recently discovered another example of this, with California thrash metal band Testament’s recent work. Much of it I have yet to hear, but I was privileged recently to hear the band’s take on the events of September 11, 2001, a fine little record called “The Evil Has Landed.” From everything I’ve heard and read about Testament, the band more or less falls into the second tier of the ’80s thrash bands below what everyone calls the Big Four — Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth — but everything I’ve heard from them sounds damn good, and this cut from their latest album is no exception.

“…see the flames on the river, is this our judgment day…”

Well isn’t this nice…

October 4, 2009

…borderline defamation of CHL holders in this morning’s Chronicle:

…Experience, however, shows that concealed handgun permit holders are a direct threat to police. Research by the Violence Policy Center has identified at least eight law enforcement officers who have been killed by concealed carry permit holders nationwide since May 2007. Clearly state legislatures need to substantially revise these laws to protect first responders and innocent citizens.

Mm. I believe research by the Violence Policy Center has been shown to have serious flaws, too.

Random quote from a conversation…

October 4, 2009

….with a certain person:
“Oh, fuck the AP stylebook. Those bastards want me to drop the final comma out of my lists.”
Lol. She has an attitude, she does, and it’s a great one. I could never get enough. Never thought I’d appeal to someone’s inner grammarian, I’m tellin’ ya…

Just a rhetorical question…

October 3, 2009

What do you do, when you find someone whose passions match your own, in every single way you can think of? When this person finishes your own thoughts on what seems like an hourly basis? When you can talk to them for hours upon hours and not get bored with each other?

Just a few observations…

October 3, 2009

The United States has played host to the Olympics four times since 1896, when the Games were revived after some 1,200 years. In fact, Atlanta, Georgia landed the most important and celebrated Olympic Games since their re-establishment, the centennial Olympics in 1996. I remember them well, because I was there. So, keeping all that in mind, why is the Associated Press analyzing Chicago’s first-round loss in the IOC voting for the 2016 Games as if it was actually something so damn important? I am not understanding the gravity of such a loss, especially with the fact that Rio de Janeiro was long-overdue for the Games considering the fact that South America has yet to host them. In a way, it’s rather ironic; the press has been trying to spread this America-isn’t-so-overbearing-anymore narrative, yet the President of the United States jets into Copenhagen as if he’s some sort of celebrity, Chicago’s bid gets shot down and the press treats it as the worst thing since Watergate, it seems. One wonders what they’d have been writing had George and Laura Bush hopped a jet for Copenhagen to lobby for Houston votes for 2012 back when hosts were being considered for that year’s Games…

Is there such a thing…

October 2, 2009

…as a low-powered gun? I do so tire of the journalists speaking of “high-powered” guns, because that’s just as much of a loaded term as is “assault rifle” or “cop-killer bullet.” Even a .22 will kill a man if you put it in the right spot. And I’d love to find out how many of those 141,440 rounds came from the Mexican military as opposed to American gun stores….