Jason Gross' 2006 Best Music Scribing Awards, posted on RockCritics.com, is a thorough run-down of events in the world of music journalism in 2006, as well as a wider look at newsmedia as a whole. Is it ironic that I'm posting this on a blog? Yes, Virginia, it is.
As Jimmy would say, if he were here instead of on his piña colada-swilling big gay vacation, there's a fresh issue of the 'Weekly' just posted online. Click into it in the right-hand column (if you're on the blog's home page) or via the menu above. We'll be glad you did.
State Sen. Karen Johnson has introduced legislation to keep Arizona courts from making decisions on cases involving "the acknowledgement of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty or government."
"I want my government to have a faith-based perspective," the Mesa Republican is quoted as saying.
I'd like my legislators to have a reality-based perspective, but the chances of SCR 1026 passing are higher.
In case you were wondering. Anyway, that's Alberto Gonzalez's take. Seriously, shouldn't he just resign after making this claim? I mean, not because it's so completely unAmerican, but because it's such total fucking bullshit. O, and evil. It's incredibly evil. Here's Gonzalez being so weasely that he just about starts feeding on small mammals.
"There is no express grant of habeas in the constitution," says the apparently confused or ethically challenged Mr. Gonzalez.
"You may be treading on your interdiction and violating common sense," is Sen. Arlen Specter's rather politic response.
While Jimmy's on his self-described "big gay vacation" I'll post a few entries here to fill up the otherwise depressingly empty space.
OK, I'm not sure why this isn't making a bigger splash in the MSM (I hate that term so I thought I'd use it. It's like aversion therapy) but according to this GQ interview with Chuck Hagel, Bush's original Iraq war proposal would have given him license to attack any country in the middle east. Like maybe even Greece.
GQ: It’s incredible that you had to ask for that.
Hagel: It is incredible. That’s what I said to Andy Card. Said it to Powell, said it to Rice. Might have even said it to the president. And finally, begrudgingly, they sent over a resolution for Congress to approve. Well, it was astounding. It said they could go anywhere in the region.
GQ: It wasn’t specific to Iraq?
Hagel: Oh no. It said the whole region! They could go into Greece or anywhere. I mean, is Central Asia in the region? I suppose! Sure as hell it was clear they meant the whole Middle East. It was anything they wanted. It was literally anything. No boundaries. No restrictions.
GQ: They expected Congress to let them start a war anywhere they wanted in the Middle East?
Hagel: Yes. Yes. Wide open. We had to rewrite it. Joe Biden, Dick Lugar, and I stripped the language that the White House had set up, and put our language in it.
Yes, flamelords, Greece isn't in the middle east. That's why it's funny.
Greetings from the beautiful Caribbean! Yes, the most frequent blogger (MFB) has left Tucson for a big gay vacation. Why are we taking the time to blog this? Well, since this blog is part of a business, two words: tax writeoff.
Ha! We kid, because the drinks are cheap here in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where we spent the day touring a fort and enjoying a vanilla soy latte at Starbucks.
We also had a drink at a restaurant that was notable because it had flowers floating in a lovely bowl of water at each table. And these flowers were plastic.
We have a horribly blurry picture of these flowers, but we don't have time to upload it now. Because we have food to eat and drinks to, um, drink. And we think this fulfills our business duties enough for tax purposes.
Until we return, we are SURE the other bloggers will be blogging their hearts out, like they're supposed to be doing, although they're apparently not yet. If they don't, we promise you, blog readers, these absentee bloggers will get a dose or two of plastic flowers in a very unpleasant place when we return.
For all ye music fans out there who would rather download music from a more independent source, here's news for you: Other Music (a NYC independent music store) will open a digital music store sometime in February. CMJ reports that the file sizes will be bigger'n'better than the venerable iTunes, and might offer other services like live streaming and "guest curators." Not exactly sure what that means, but it's gotta be cool.
Here is a selection of events that were received too late for inclusion in our print issue.
Catalina Foothills High School
4300 E. Sunrise Drive
In Tune With Tucson. Viviana Cumplido, principal flute of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, will perform in a MasterWorks Chamber Orchestra series concert. Tickets are $30, available online at www.tucsonsymphony.org and at the box office kiosk 30 minutes prior to performance time.
Stogie and Vine
2920 N. Swan Road
Cognac Tasting. Enjoy a cigar, tapas and a one-ounce pour of six different cognacs. $85, tax and gratuity included. Reservations required. Call 881-1830.
4350 E. 22nd St.
Abolish Corporate Personhood. A meeting of a democracy organizing group. Refreshments served. Please rsvp to email@example.com by Tuesday, Jan. 30.
Holsclaw Hall, UA School of Music building
Corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard
UA School of Music. Guest pianist Betty Oberacker will perform Book II of J.S. Bach's "Well Tempered Clavier." Free. Call 621-2998 or visit www.music.arizona.edu for information.
English professor John Melillo gives a multi-media presentation about the downtown New York world of arts and… More