It doesn’t hurt anybody. It’s something I love to do, and it doesn’t
hurt anybody. And the world probably doesn’t need any more songs, but I
need more songs. It’s satisfying and lovely to do. I feel better, and
as a band—I think I can speak for everyone—we feel better making
something that wasn’t there ten minutes ago. Whatever spirit there is
in the universe, I think that puts you closer to it. The act of
creation, you know, it’s a very powerful thing, and very gratifying. I
wish it on everyone. I wish everyone could enjoy making something that
wasn’t there before.
Welcome to the United States Corporate Socialized Republic, comrades! Your tax dollars not only fund illegal and useless wars to the tune of $3 billion each month, they also provide $85 billion bail-outs to Wall Street capitalists! And that's just for starters! Wait till the shit really hits the fan next week! These greedy corporate welfare sharks are gonna bankrupt the living fuck outta you!
This is conservatism? Give me a break. I never want to hear another Republican say one damned word against Democratic financial policies. They have forever lost the right to do so. The much-vaunted "traditional Republican values" of small government, reduced spending and fiscal responsibility have been beaten, stomped and shat upon by eight years of unfettered Bush/Cheney mismanagement, with major deregulatory assists from Sen. John McCain.
Clarkblog is three years old. That's more than 700 posts, 500+ comments, and over 100,000 hits, most of them intentional. With these stats in hand, Clarkblog has officially outlived 99.9999999 percent of all blogs on the planet. Or, um, something like that.
To celebrate, I'm unhooking the blog from its Internet pipes and taking it to New York City. We'll be back in June.
Instructions:Open up your iTunes and fill out this survey, no matter how embarrassing the responses might be. How many songs total:26,956 How many hours or days of music:75.8 days Most recently played: The Dave Clarke Five - "Glad All Over" Most played: Muse "Starlight" 37 plays Most recently added:U2 & Leonard Cohen - "Tower of Song"
Sort by song title: First Song:Swihart, John - "A-Team Theme" Last Song:Handsomeboy Technique - "8000 Laurels"
Sort by time: Shortest Song:Buddha Machine Drone #9 (00:00:05) Longest Song:Philip K. Dick - "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" (audiobook) (2:56:42) Sort by album: First album:Bananarama - "A&G UK" Last album:Prince - "3121"
First song that comes up on Shuffle:Pat Benatar - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
Search the following and state how many songs come up: Death - 86 Life - 382 Love - 1299 Hate - 51 You - 2408 Sex - 138
WASHINGTON, DC – The One Hitters, a softball team sponsored by Students
for Sensible Drug Policy and the National Organization for the Reform
of Marijuana Laws, took over the #1 ranking in the Congressional
Softball League last night. The team’s 13-3 record has vaulted them to
the top of the league, which is made up of Congressional offices,
lobbying and consulting firms, non-profit organizations, and local
Team leaders are especially proud of the ranking, which contradicts
negative stereotypes of drug policy reformers as unmotivated “stoners.”
“The drug policy reform community is made up of dedicated, hardworking
people who take the issues of drug abuse and drug prohibition very
seriously,” said One Hitters captain and SSDP Executive Director Kris
Krane. “We take pride in fielding a fun but competitive team that
dispels myths and stereotypes about people who care about ending the so
called ‘War on Drugs.’”
The One Hitters have competed in the league for five years. Two years
ago they made national headlines when the White House Office of
National Drug Control Policy refused to play a game due to ideological
reasons. “Everyone knows that ONDCP backed out because they were scared
of losing to us on the field, much the same way they are afraid to
debate us because their policies fail in the court of public opinion,”
said center fielder David Guard, who is associate director of the Drug
Reform Coordination Network. “We have an open challenge to the Drug
Czar to play or debate anytime, anywhere.”
I'm shocked and sad to learn that writer & filmmaker Theresa Duncan killed herself on July 10. The tragedy was compounded one week later when her boyfriend, artist Jeremy Blake, followed her into the darkness.
Theresa's blog, The Wit on the Staircase, was something I discovered just before moving to LA in 2005. Clarkblog linked to it from Day One. It was well-written, challenging, and sometimes dizzying in its stew of subject matter. It was her writing that reassured me the City of Angels was not a vapid cultural wasteland, but a rich and vibrant landscape full of sexy secrets, mighty magic, and multitudes of interesting, creative people. Theresa wrote eloquently and often movingly about perfume, poetry and politics. And because Theresa obviously found her to personify something funny and freaky and feminine, Kate Moss was a recurring figure.
Earlier this year, Theresa left LA to helm a feature film in NYC.
I knew her only through her words.
And they were beautiful.
UPDATE: Here's an LA Times story on Duncan and Blake. Ron Rosenbaum is investigating from NYC and a more in-depth story by writer and friend Kate Coe will appear soon in the LA Weekly.