Archive for February, 2013

Venting.

February 14, 2013

…or, what I’d say to a certain someone if I wanted to give her the drama on which she thrives…

“In regards to the horrible things you said about my family that you didn’t think I’d notice…

“There’s a lot I could say in response to that, from ‘people in glass houses…’ to bringing up outright all the bad things you’ve done and the utterly shitty examples you’ve set over the last 13 years or so in regards to certain things. But I’m going to be the classy one here and abstain from that.

“I will say this, however — you are fucking dead to me now.

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Observations on last night’s speech.

February 13, 2013

So, on NPR this morning, it was observed that the most emotional part of last night’s State of the Union address was the president saying that victims of people with guns “deserve a vote.”

You know what? I agree. It was. And that is precisely why it should be ignored. This might make me sound callous, but the fact that you suffered a personal tragedy doesn’t mean you “deserve a vote” on denying people rights, especially considering they didn’t play any role in it. I don’t know about you, but those people letting themselves be exploited by shameless politicians — or, in the case of Gabrielle Giffords, exploiting her own personal tragedy — makes me a good bit less sympathetic to their grief. It’s not the fault of the gun owners of America who weren’t involved in those tragedies that their loved ones aren’t here anymore, and to pin the blame on them is just..well, I don’t have the words for it.

Sometimes I think it’s really too bad…

February 12, 2013

that “He needed killin'” isn’t really a valid defense in this state:

A Texas man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting at a crash scene of a suspected drunken driver who authorities say plowed into his sons as they helped push their family’s broken-down pickup truck along a dark, narrow, rural road.

First thing I thought? “Give that dude a medal and a key to the city.” I can’t say for sure, but I bet you most if not every parent who’s had a kid killed in such a horrific manner has fantasized about doing something like that. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to this guy, for sure.

That doesn’t always work.

February 11, 2013

Comment at Saving Country Music, on Darius Rucker’s cover of “Wagon Wheel“:

I think there will be at least a few people who hear this version, google it and might get into bands like OCMS. It probably wont be a great number of of fans, but if it leads to just a couple more people supporting more “independent” artists, then in the end it’s a good thing in my eyes.

I think that “gateway drug” theory is only valid to any significant extent when the “gateway drug” bears at least some semblance to the “harder stuff.” My favorite example of this is Metallica. People raised holy hell when their self-titled “black album” dropped in 1991, and to a point I could understand why. But some of the songs on that album were similar to what they’d done before, to the point that when I checked out their earlier stuff and liked it — loved it, even — and went on to bands like Pantera, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden.

For the country equivalent you might consider more traditional mainstream acts like George Strait. Sure, a lot of his stuff is polished, but he still goes back to the old days often, covering forgotten songs from the likes of, among others, George Jones, Mel Street, and Del Reeves. I think the first time I ever heard Webb Pierce’s “There Stands the Glass” was when Strait sang it live. As far as Strait and alt-country go, I wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few folks have gone out and bought Bruce Robison stuff because of him doing “Wrapped” and “Desperately.” And he’s written some pretty good stuff of his own in that vein on the last couple of albums

But I don’t think Darius Rucker’s covering “Wagon Wheel” applies here, considering that it’s by far the most country thing — hell, probably the only remotely country thing — that he’s ever done. At this point I’d think Aaron Lewis would be a better example.

Hey, wait…

February 10, 2013

what’s this?

…controversial proposals from (California) Assembly Democrats…would…consider taking the state’s 166,000 registered assault weapons from their owners.

But remember, kids, no one is talking about confiscating guns. That’s just crazy talk coming from paranoid racist bitter clinger teabaggers. Who obviously hate kids. I bet they eat live puppies too. And baby seals.

Well, the answer to that one is obvious.

February 9, 2013

Brian Chasnoff, in today’s Express-News:

Why am I picking on Rodriguez?

Chasnoff is picking on George Rodriguez, of course, because Rodriguez doesn’t take the approved position on ethnic studies classes. It seems that Chasnoff implicitly endorses ethnic studies classes for the same reason our friends up at the University of Texas do: they make approved ethnic groups feel good about themselves.

And I suppose $3,000 for a poet laureate might well be peanuts, but I’m pretty sure the folks who teach those ethnic studies classes make quite a bit more than that. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out that to whatever extent Texans are opposed to increased funding for education, it’s because people like Brian Chasnoff and Carmen Tafolla advocate throwing that money away on useless feel-good bullshit like ethnic studies instead of more math and science classes to prepare students to compete for the high-paying jobs at places like Boeing and Toyota.

‘Splain, please.

February 8, 2013

Somebody tell me why the issue of running background checks for gun buyers and the issue of keeping violent people in jail (you know, people we want to make sure don’t get guns) are completely independent of each other and why saying they need to be discussed in conjunction with each other makes me a troll. I don’t get it.

Definitely not a fluke.

February 7, 2013

This one’s more for you San Anto/South Texas folks.

Albatross, in comments here:

I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. Because the last time I ate at Taco Tote the experience was so bad I swore I would never go back. And I haven’t, lo these 15 years or so.

We went back to El Taco Tote last night for our weekly dinner with the kids, and I am very happy to report Sunday’s great meal was not a fluke. We all gorged ourselves on adobado pork and top sirloin tacos. And those corn tortillas…good stuff, Maynard, all around. The chips and guacamole salsa were pretty good, too.

I noticed for breakfast one of the things they had advertised was a big-arsed burrito, with barbacoa and I don’t remember what else in it. Looked promising, and they serve breakfast till noon…yep, definitely worth regular trips.

And they wonder…

February 7, 2013

…why they have no credibility:

When describing the situation along the Mexican border, (Attorney General Greg) Abbott drew an exaggerated picture of a frontier overrun with drug cartels where ranchers regularly have to confront gangsters with deadly force.

Exaggerated picture? Yeah. Go tell that to the families of David Hartley and Rob Krentz. I’m sure that’ll be quite the consolation to them.

Behold the troll, in all his glory…

February 6, 2013

…or, What the hell, blogfodder…

BS, Brain-dead ballwashers like you are pathetic. I love the band, always have, but there’s lots of ego and blame to go around. Maybe Michael and Scott should have gotten off their butts and written more so Tate wasn’t the only one relaly contributing. Maybe Geoff and Scott shouldn’t have let their overbearing wives stick their fingers in the business as much as they did, but then maybe if they’d all have stepped up they wouldn’t have been able to step in. Maybe if Eddie and Michael would have stopped partying long enough to take an interest Chris might not have gotten burned out, PO’d and left. Blaming one side is retarded, they’re all culpable. TLaT is an okay vocalist, but he’s not as good as Tate, nor is Tate’s new crew likely to be an equal to Rockenfield and Co. even with Blotzer and Sarzo. Then again, Mike Stone was good but the guitar tandem hasn’t been as tight since Degarmo left.

The best we can hope for is for all of them to put out some good tunes because what was Queensryche is no more. Now it’s like squabbling parents after a divorce hanging with “new mommie” and “new daddy”.

Let’s take this bit-by bit…

The whole writing issue has already been hashed out in the court documents. The former lead singer has been talking shit about how the other guys didn’t contribute and no doubt he’ll keep doing that, but as you’ll see if you read the declarations, Whip, Scott, and Eddie actually did step up and contribute, but the former lead singer turned their contributions down and on at least a couple of albums even shut them out of playing on the recording.

As for the “overbearing wives” bit…well, I’m not sure where Misty Rockenfield comes in here, but the issue with the former lead singer’s wife was elaborated on in the declarations as well. In short, again, the former lead singer stepped up and said, “you hire my wife as manager or I will quit.”

As far as Chris DeGarmo leaving, somehow I doubt our troll here has an inside source who told him that CDG left because of the other guys’ (alleged) laziness. The only solid thing we have is what the other guys said and hinted at in the declarations, which was best summed up by Michael Wilton:

“…the songwriting chemistry of Chris DeGarmo and Geoff Tate may have run its course, but more so Geoff Tate’s personal demeanor with Chris DeGarmo had terminated the relationship.”

You’re seeing a common thread here, no?

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And I might agree that both sides are to blame, but what were the other guys to do every time the former lead singer threatened to leave if he didn’t get his way? Frankly, I can’t blame them for biding their time. Not just anyone could sing those songs. Hell, the former lead singer can barely choke out “Silent Lucidity” anymore, let alone the rest of the classic Queensryche catalog.

And no…Todd La Torre is not as good as the former lead singer. He’s a whole fucking lot better. I will agree that TLT is not quite as good as the former lead singer was in his prime, but let’s face it — very few singers were that good. He was the Platonic ideal. But now he’s barely a shadow on the cave wall. Perhaps Todd isn’t the Platonic ideal now, but the fact is that for what he is, he’s damn good.

And comparing the former lead singer’s band of scabs with Queensryche? Hokay then. From what I understand Rudy Sarzo is pretty good, but Bobby Blotzer isn’t fit to carry Scott Rockenfield’s drumsticks. And Kelly “ERMAHGERD GERTER SERLER” Gray? Really?

As for both parties and the music…well, it ought to be pretty obvious to anyone who’s paying attention that the only good music that’s going to come out of this is what will come from Queensryche. The former lead singer has already released his solo album, and it was pretty much Dedicated to Chaos II. (DTC was the last Queensryche album with him at the mike, and it was a critical and commercial failure.) So we know where his creative headspace is. He was saying all the way back in 1995 that he didn’t want to be a metal singer anymore and that he was unhappy.

Sorry, but I’m just not getting where all the defense of the former lead singer is coming from here, other than nostalgia for a past that’s long gone.