Oh, hey, it’s up again…

Wasuvi is BACK.

Something is going on with the hosting company, folks. They keep apologizing and saying it’s gonna be fixed soon.

No one has offered to pro-rate my hosting, though.

p.s.- if you ever wanted to know about my terrible recurring dream, here’s a Japanese game show that pretty much acts it right out….

The horror…

I HATE that dream.

Oh, this is priceless

The Minutemen (fuck you, by the way…) are at each other’s throats. Seems someone’s been dipping in the bean jar….

A growing number of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps leaders and volunteers are questioning the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of dollars in donations collected in the past 15 months, challenging the organization’s leadership over financial accountability.

My GOODNESS! All those upright, patriotic American Men… behaving like…. GANGSTERS!

Several of the group’s top lieutenants have either quit or are threatening to do so, saying requests to Minuteman President Chris Simcox for a financial accounting have been ignored.

At each others’ throats! Like ANIMALS!

Other Minuteman members said money promised for food, fuel, radios, computers, tents, night-vision scopes, binoculars, porta-potties and other necessary equipment and supplies never reached volunteers who have manned observation posts to spot and report illegal border crossers.
Gary Cole, the Minutemen’s former national director of operations, was chief liaison to the national press corps during the group’s April 2005 border watch in Arizona. He was one of the first to raise questions about MCDC finances. He personally collected “tens of thousands of dollars” in donations during the 30-day border vigil. But despite numerous requests — many directly to Mr. Simcox — he was never told how much money had been collected or where it went.

See? I told you that you just can’t trust white people. They’ll steal from you as soon as look at you. Honkies- can’t trust ’em!

As eponymous has just said to me, “Once they start suing each other, it’s all over.”

What I have been up to

It’s been all about music in my life, lately. I haven’t really had time nor heart to spend a bunch of time fulminating about politics, which is one of the reasons that this space has been sorta dull lately… BUT allow me to bring everyone up to speed, if you’re interested.

First some news about my band:
Music Hates You’s record “Send More Paramedics” is now available from the iTunes Music Store…. how about them apples? (ahem)

I have been really concentrating on getting the best tone possible out of my drums this week. This is due, in part, to having spent all of Tuesday afternoon and most of Tuesday night working on local drum-maker Henry Parker’s computer. Much of the work involved brief interactions with the machine, followed by long periods of waiting while files were copied or software was installed. While the machine was just chewing on data and being boring, I would run into the drum room and bang on stuff.

Henry makes really nice drums in very limited runs. You can pre-order kits from him and he will make it to your specs, but he’s way too expensive for me! However, while we were waiting for stuff to happen it was fun to go bash on stuff. He has a one-of-a-kind aluminum custom snare that I played for five minutes and then had to own. Of course, that one’s not for sale. bastard. He also has a kit made from the wood of a pecan tree that was struck by lightning in his front yard. He had it cut down and milled on the spot, then he sent the wood to a shell-maker. It’s long been alleged by some custom drum makers that lightning struck wood has a unique resonance and tone. I wouldn’t argue against that after hearing the snare drum from that kit. Something else, I tell ya.

So, in my quest for better tone and chops, I have been spending a lot of time studying the Rock Drum Archetype, John Henry Bonham of Led Zeppelin.

(If you’re a musician or just have a love of great drumming, you should click that link. There’s a ton of good information there.)

Here is a cool repository of drum outtakes from ‘In Through the Out Door’. As I have been scouring You Tube and other sources for video of Bonham playing, I have been struck by an inescapable conclusion- Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are kinda bozos. In ALL of the footage I have been watching, Plant and Page are way downstage from the rest of the band, Plant prissing around like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Page staggering back and forth, junked out his mind and missing notes left and right. In the meantime, the greatest rhythm section in rock and roll history is behind them holding it down, Charlie Brown.

Plant and Page clearly think that THEY are the show. Here’s newsflash, girls… Bonham and Jones are the show.

OK, that’s conclusion number one.

Conclusion number two: Need to get one of these. Ludwig Supraphonic 402 6.5″x14″.

Nothing sounds like those drums. They’re not cheap, however. Layaway, here I come.

You might find this interesting, if you’re at all intrigued about how to make drums sound a certain way- here is an interview with one of John Bonham’s drum techs. Interestingly, I was doing most of this stuff already- head types and tensions and cymbal types and sizes. This just confirmed it for me.

I am thinking of chasing down a Ludwig sponsorship, to see if I can get one of their new lucite kits.

and…. is it time to get a gong? Help me out here, folks….

I’m just saying…

from friend and fellow troublemaker, HB, comes this link to a CNN story from 2001:

A new book quotes U.S. officials around during the 1967 Israeli attack on a U.S. surveillance ship as saying the attack was not an accident — as Israel has always claimed — but deliberate.

The attack, in which 34 American sailors died, was carried out to prevent the United States from eavesdropping on Israeli military activities, author James Bamford writes.

The USS Liberty was attacked during the Six Day War on June 8 by air and sea forces off the Sinai coast. Israel said the ship was mistaken for an Egyptian one and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson then accepted the explanation.

You can’t make this stuff up, part 43

From the WaPo:

There was trouble from the first question at yesterday’s news conference by President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The AP’s Tom Raum had just asked a question about the violence in Iraq, and Bush looked down to gather his thoughts before turning to Maliki. “I’ll start,” the president said.

“Na’am,” said Maliki, using the Arabic word for “yes.”

“Okay, you start,” Bush offered, evidently thinking Maliki had said “no.”

“Na’am,” Maliki said again.

“You want to start? Go ahead,” the perplexed president pressed. Bush had by now put the interpretation device in his ear, an end to the who-goes-first game.

“Na’am,” Maliki repeated. “Na’am.”

In any language, Bush is having trouble getting to yes in the Middle East.

What, is Mel Brooks filling in for Karl Rove for a few days?

This decade is becoming too stupid to live.

Anybody here been to France?

I sent an email to The Fixer earlier today, asking for advice on what to do in France on vacation. You may or may not know that he and his missus fetch up there every couple of years and really turn it out– nice meals, nice hotel, nice way to spend your time off.

I got to looking at those pictures and reading his entries about it last year, and I thought, “I wanna do that.” But we’re probably not going to be able to really do it up, since we’re a musician and an actress, one-of-whom-has-a-straight-job.

So, I am opening the floor for suggestions on cheap ways to see France. We’re not particularly married to the idea of staying in Paris, either- As I said to fixer in my email, “We are open to a “You should train hop and do hostels in the following cities: A, B, C, D and E…” or “You should rent a donkey and go to this little village called Les Canards du Donc and stay at this B&B and do daytrips to these places: A,B,C, and D.” We’re trying to figure out which will be cheaper and more fun.”

Talk to me, folks…

The Plague

“The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding. On the whole men are more good than bad; that, however, isn’t the real point. But they are more or less ignorant, and it is this that we call vice or virtue; the most incorrigible vice being that of an ignorance which fancies it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill. There can be no true goodness, nor true love, without the utmost clear-sightedness.”
-Albert Camus, 1947

2nd funny IM catch of the day

Patrick: waitaminute
Patrick: the Fergie in that video you just sent me is the drunk girl from BEP?
eponymous: yup
Patrick: Remember that you’re talking to a guy with no tv
Patrick: so you have to pretend you’re talking to the Amish
eponymous: um, hello

Blog Outtages

It’s not the NSA, it’s my webhosting company.

They’re promising us that it’s gonna get better.

Sorry I haven’t been around much these last few days. We’ll see if it’s fixed.