Nazi In Sherman Oaks

I never (and I mean never) watch local news broadcasts. Something got into me last night and I decided to turn it on. Actually, I just wanted to see the weather because it’s been raining in Los Angeles, which is a bit odd. Anyway, so they lead off with this story about some guy that was firing his gun in his Sherman Oaks home. They speak to some residents and… well, I thought the name Nazi was weird enough, but with a last name of Kohen, I have to think they made a spelling error. You tell me.

And just in case you’re wondering, I took this photo of my televison and there was no photoshopping involved.

Clinic = Snooze

I went to see Clinic last night at the Henry Fonda Theatre and walked out 40 minutes into the set. It was only a matter of a few songs before I decided I was going to duck out early, but I wanted to make sure I gave them a fair chance before I did so. I was so bored by them, it was painful. All I could think about was the fact that my legs were getting stiff just standing there. I was trying to pay attention, but watching the crowd was more interesting. At least they were a bit more animated.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve seen far less live music. More often than not I am so uninterested in seeing bands play live. I recently bought tickets to several shows in hopes of changing my own mind. Monday is Helmet at the Troubadour, which should be interesting. I’ll let you know how that goes.

More On The Election

I’ve been so busy reading all of the poitical email (and responding) that I haven’t really felt like posting much over the last week. Seems all that’s on my mind lately has been politics and I’m boring myself to tears with it. I want this coming Tuesday to be November 2. I’ve been getting pretty anxious about the outcome of the election. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve spent a few hours on the phone for MoveOn PAC. I’ve been phoning eligable voters in Arvada and Englewood, Colorado. A large portion of that time was spent getting wrong numbers, but when I finally did get someone on the other end of the phone, it was interesting. I spoke to a few undecided voters, some Bush supporters and quite a few Kerry supporters. Generally speaking, and I don’t think this is neccesarily representative of the country, people who were supporting Bush were less likely to talk about why. People who were voting for Kerry were much more engaging. I had a couple of 15+ minute conversations with Kerry supporters this afternoon. Now, to be fair, most people knew MoveOn PAC and it’s no secret who they support. But what I really found interesting was that of the people that stayed on the phone long enought to let me know why they were voting for Bush didn’t mention the war! They were more concerned with Bush’s morality and the issue of abortion. This surprised me quite a bit.

I’ve read several articles over the last week that dealt with Bush’s religious beliefs, his faith and how it plays into his politics. It’s terribly disturbing to me that he is so much more concerned about his conviction and consitancy than he is about the truth. He will not admit his mistakes, and that is probably one of the weakest characteristics he has. Part of the reason why he won’t admit them though is because he doesn’t see them. He is blinded by his faith and conviction.

I don’t think I could be much more convinced that John Kerry is our only hope for a better America. This election is so important to our future. Please, get out and vote on November 2. There are so many people who don’t plan on voting. Perhaps you know some of those people. Urge them to go to the polls!

Youth Ask For Answers

The youth of America (18-35) ask the questions and the candidates (and/or their people) answer. I’m not quite clear on whether The New Voters Project Presidential Youth Debate was actually an in-person debate or if it was done over email or something. Either way, I have to admit being somewhat disappointed by John Kerry’s responses. At least he could have used a little more rhetoric to beef up his responses in a lot of cases. I’m soliciting responses here, so what do you think after reading the answers?

Listening To My Own Mixes

Someone emailed me the other day asking me if I just put my monthly mixes together for my site. The answer is no. I have been doing these monthly mixes for a while now and listen to every one of them until they start grossing me out. They are usually the only CDs I have in my car. I don’t listen to full albums (in one sitting) as much as I used to. I dunno if it’s an attention span thing or what. The mixes serve as a musical journal. I go back to old ones all the time, which is pretty fun. I used to design cover art for each one. I even had a few people do the artwork for them. Michael Miller has done my year-end double-disc for the last couple of years. My good friend Shayna did one as well. I’m listening to the new one as I type this. It was completed in the wee hours of this morning. Put it together and enjoy. Happy Rocktober m/

No Room For Humor

I’m not a big fan of t-shirts that say anything on them, but I did purchase a Stewart/Colbert 2004 t-shirt. The day I decided to wear the shirt, I was probably out in public for all of about 4 hours and was asked about my choice of candidates at least a dozen times. Most people asked where I got the shirt, but there were a few who said it was irresponsible. I suggested they get a sense of humor. One person didn’t take so kindly to the suggestion and angrily exclaimed that there was “no room for humor in this election.” I happen to think otherwise.