Wednesday, March 26, 2003

What is it good for?

I made a mix CD of anti-war tunes. Wartoons, Volume Iincludes such smash hits as:

"Masters of War" - Bob Dylan
"Rumors of War" -- Billy Bragg
"War" -- Bob Marley
"Who'll Stop the Rain" -- Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Travellin' Soldier" -- Dixie Chicks (live)
"The Unknown Soldier" -- The Doors
"War Machine" -- Kiss
"Peace Love and Understanding" -- Elvis Costello
"On Your Knees" -- Firehose
"Fortunate Son" -- Creedence Clearwater Revival
"If Reagan Played Disco" -- Minutemen*
"War Pigs" -- Black Sabbath
"Oliver's Army" -- Elvis Costello
"Us and Them" Pink Floyd
"Political Science" -- Randy Newman
"End of the World as We Know It" -- REM
"Bad Moon Risin'" -- CCR
"Peaceable Kingdom" -- Rush
"Waltzing Matilda" -- Tom Waits
"War on War" -- Wilco
*okay, maybe more anti-authoritarian than an actual war tune

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Looks like Salam Pax has dodged our freedom-bringing bombs. I'm actually very surprised the phone service still exists in Baghdad. Can't figure whether of the U.S. military is *that* concerned about the civilian population that they'd leave phonelines up and running, or if they're leaving the system intact for intelligence-gathering purposes.

And there's no surprise here. Yeah, it's just a coincidence.

The Agonist seems to be the blog for all your tactical updates. Link to a mirror of this very busy site here.

Finally, a few words from birthday-boy Nick Lowe:

And as I walked on
Through troubled times
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes
So where are the strong
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony.

'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away, just makes me wanna cry.
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding?

I suppose I should write something about the war. The "decapitation strike" ... and then the slow realization that it isn't going to be that easy.

Would that the bombs would just stop, but that's not going to happen. We are in for a rough ride. George W. Bush is by his own admission, black and white. When he says he's going to do something, he does it, as Monty (and Dick Cheney) said. I don't know if any amount of protest will change that.

It's going be ugly, over here and over there.

It's a harsh reality, brought straight into our livingrooms from the frontlines. I have to give "them" credit for embedding the media. I know that the Army censors get a crack before the corporte editors. Who knows if the "real" story is being told. The journalists who survive will all have stories to tell when they get home.

And all is not lost on the homefront. Life continues, however tenuous it may be. There's always a bit of humor to find admidst the craptitude of the day. This bit o' Usenet fun from alt.guitar.bass is a fine example.

LOL...check this moron out.

Lakland Basses are a good deal better than Ibanez basses. Which is kinda funny, in a bass sorta way.

But never forget, It's important to take the big picture view to fully appreciate the craptitude of the situation.