Sunday, July 30, 2006

this amused me

Mel Gibson - drunk and anti-semitic in california...

i'm on vacation from august 30th to september 15th. the countdown starts tomorrow - a little early, i realize, but i need something good to look forward to.

does anyone know about life in new mexico? i may want to live there. i've never lived in the southwest and i hear it's a dry heat... ;)

Saturday, July 29, 2006

there is no good news

the bill that would make it a crime to take a pregnant girl across state lines for an abortion without her parents' knowledge passed in the Senate.

Gonzales lobbies Congress for torture shield - the War Crimes Act of 1996 (which was passed by the republicans, no less) criminalizes violations of the Geneva Conventions governing conduct in war and threatens the death penalty if U.S.-held detainees die in custody from abusive treatment. well, this may just come back and bite the current administration, and our military troops, by the way, in the ass. it's making the Bush administration nervous that officials and troops involved in handling detainee matters might be accused of committing war crimes, and prosecuted at some point in U.S. courts. reaaaallly??! (said like fezzy from ron & fez, of course)

will durst on the G8 summit, talking with your mouth full and an un-welcomed neck massage.

republican pete mcloskey sees the need for a democratic majority in the US house of representatives in 2007. we'll see...

exxon/mobil reports a 10.36 BILLION dollar profit this quarter. it's second best quarter EVER! woohoo. how much does it cost to fill your tank now? almost as much...

i won't even get into the whole middle east disaster - it's paralyzing.
it's no wonder i read a lot.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

stuff i forgot to mention

talk about cashing in on christianity... by the way, the shoes leave 'follow jesus' footprints in the wearer's wake

this is by nicholas roerich, a russian painter everyone should know about. it's called a bridge to glory. he spent part of his life in russia, where he was born, part in america, and some in india. there's a museum on west 107th street that's pretty cool.

look at more of his paintings here

go see manu chao in prospect park as part of the celebrate brooklyn series

Friday, July 21, 2006

random particles of interest

i watched this documentary last night and i’m still unsure how i feel about it. the premise is: a texas man crosses the border into Mexico to find Mexican wives for lonely white
guys. he’s got an as on the highway and everything - if you’ve got 3 grand, he’ll find you a woman. they follow him around while he conducts his ‘bidness’ – the whole process from getting the men to Mexico, placing a personal ad in the local paper, to scheduling appointments with various women. his spanish is so-so but none of the men i saw spoke a word of anything but english. at one point, ‘cowboy cupid’- (which is how he sees himself) his real name is ivan thompson, compares women to horses – his commentary is supposed to induce laughter, not derision, but i didn’t find it all too funny. he found himself a Mexican wife, got divorced a year later because ‘she pissed me off’ and the RE-married her 2 years later because he said he really cared about her. they divorced again because she wanted to ‘learn english.’ he said ‘she got a car, a cell phone and then became the boss of me, the house, the kids, (which were HERS, i might add) and even the farm.’ he divorced her the 2nd time because she all of the sudden became ‘americanized.’ he sure as shit couldn’t have his woman thinking and doing for herself now, could he? oy vey, this movie pissed me off. but sometimes he was really likable. i dunno. i hope someone else has seen it or will see it and tell me how they feel about it.

i just need about 35 million more dollars so i can charter a flight to the moon and walk around all weight-less and stuff...

slide trumpeter and bandleader Steven Bernstein’s take on Prince's Darling Nikki

pelican bay prisoner Donny Johnson just had an art show at a gallery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. his postcard sized paintings are created not with paints, because he's not allowed to have them, but with M&M's.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

friday's show and links

friday night at irving plaza was the Ozomatli show -
i won’t even get into how awful the opening band was, but i will say this: they did a song about palestine called blood in the streets. there, enough said.
OZOMATLI however, were fantastic. they opened with Chango which got the crowd – who until that point had been a typical NYC crowd – unmoving and detached – shaking its collective ass. between some new stuff that sounded pretty good to me they did dos cosas ciertas, como ves, cumbia de los muertos, ya viene el sol (one of my favorites), cuando canto - which made me indescribably happy, and my theme song déjame en paz (leave me in peace, just so you know). they ended with la misma cancion as per usual and the jumping into the crowd for the end samba. michelle got some good mini-video from her phone.
anyhow, i had a great time even though the sound could have been better – why does the sound always suck at irving? and man it was HOT in there. coming outside felt like being in air conditioning and it was 80 degrees out!! i wish i could’ve gone to the Philly show last night. oh well. and now it’ll be a really long time before they come back again...

here’s some news...

the new christian religion – tastes great or less filling?

hate groups in the military– quel surprise!!

juan pablo montoya - to jump to ganassi’s nascar team

and spoon-face wins in france. - blah blah blah...

Monday, July 3, 2006

links a-plenty

villeneuve thinking about jumping the pond to nascar says that it won't feel like a step down because it's like... totally different. um, yeah, TOTALLY.
and i'm only mentioning in passing that spoon-face schumacher won at Indy.

pedrosa takes the win at Donington with rossi finishing 2nd despite starting 12th with a broken bone and colin edwards, after taking a big spill last week finishes 6th. nice.

cali bikers ride to hollister
despite the town's decision to forgo the annual run to celebrate (why?) marlon brando's movie The Wild One. the town said it was too much of a hassle.

my favorite article title of the day goes to the LA Times for this one If only gay sex caused global warming!

the Cannabis Club - all you need is a doctor's note gotta love san francisco!

election in mexico too close to call so BOTH candidates claim victory.

Ozomatli count down: T minus 10 days...wheeee

Saturday, July 1, 2006

books, racing and random links

4 DAYS OFF – in a row!!

here’s the latest book list:

1) ernesto galarza’s Barrio Boy
2) mario t. garcía’s Ruben Salazar: Border Correspondent
3) americo paredes’s With his Pistol in his Hand
4) rodolfo acuña’s Occupied America: A History of Chicanos
5) danielle trussoni’s Falling Through the Earth: a memoir
6) eyal press’s Absolute Convictions” my father, a city, and the conflict that divided america
7) murray forman and mark anthony neal’s That’s the Joint! The Hip-Hop Studies Reader
8) james t. murray and karla l. murray’s Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC
9) jill jonnes’s South Bronx Rising: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of an American City
10) kenneth cain’s Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story from Hell on Earth

david coulthard on american fans

scary moment for colin edwards who looked set to win the Dutch GP, but good for nicky hayden (even though he overshot the last corner).
I'm not sure it will be possible to ride without painkillers for 30 laps so says rossi
who is racing in donington tomorrow despite a broken bone in his wrist. it seems there are a bunch of walking wounded this week.

viva la pink taco restaurant in scottsdale,arizona and the daily show for always staying on top on the latest breaking stories... and speaking of the daily show - did you catch the stephen hawking segment? no? well, here it is
>stephen hawking - total horndog?