Archive for March, 2009

Welcome to the USSA, comrades!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by Garza

If this isn’t nationalization of private enterprise then I dont know what is. As soon as the government is given an inch, they take a freaking mile. No scratch that, they take 10 miles and then they inflate that 10 miles into 1000 miles and then they destroy everything they get their grimey little un-supervised hands on. When will this end? When will America realize what is happening under their noses.
I suppose we should start getting in line for the RFID injections and start filling out my application for the USSA National Party. When are Obama and the rest of the politicians in Washington going to start wearing uniforms? I am anxiously awaiting the large statues of the messiah to start popping up around town squares and large pictures of him being placed at sports arenas across the nation. And I thought Bush was bad! Psh.



Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2009 by Garza

Thousands, if not millions, of citizens across the country are losing their jobs, workers close to retirement are forced to delay their retirement due to lack of invested funds, markets across the world are falling, N. Korea is in the process of arming nuclear weapons, most of Obama’s cabinet choices are falling out of sight for various reasons, the dollar is collapsing, and nobody knows where in the hell Osama Bin Laden is or whether he even exists, but by all means, please, lets fix the BCS. That is way more important.

What a bunch of hacks!

I’m speechless.


Here is the article

If I were marooned on a deserted island…

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by Garza

…here is a list of the top “10” albums I would want to have with me.

A while back Brandon and I were trying to compile a list of our top ten albums of all time. Of course any top album list is always hotly debated and inevitably the list changes to add the “oh I forgot about them” or the “that album is also great,” and to subtract the “well maybe this album isn’t better than that one” etc. There are just too many fantastic albums out there to narrow the list down that far. So what I am “efforting” to say is that the following list is about 85% solid as far as I am concerned, but addendums and redactions are always a possibility.

Of course I would hope that I had my iPod with me on the island with some way of using solar energy in order to charge the device. Every time I read this list, I think of great albums that deserve a spot among these distinguished few. So please don’t hold me to this for forever, because the list is a living document. =) Anyway, here it is, in NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

• Nick Drake – Pink Moon
• Beatles – White Album
• Ben Folds – Rockin’ the Suburbs
• The Black Keys – Thickfreakness
• Bob Dylan – Greatest Hits (1967)
• Counting Crows – August and Everything After
• Damien Rice – O
• The Doors – The Doors
• Dr. Dre – The Chronic
• Elliot Smith – Figure 8
• The Tallest Man on Earth – Shallow Grave
• Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced
• Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American
• Kings of Convenience – Quiet is the New Loud
• Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak
• Led Zeppelin – IV
• The Libertines – Up the Bracket
• Nirvana – Incesticide
• Radiohead – OK Computer
• Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
• Portishead – Roseland NYC (live)
• Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire
• Rancid – Indestructible
• Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues
• The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 1964-1971
• Stereophonics – Word Gets Around
• Stevie Ray Vaughn – Couldn’t Stand the Weather
• The Strokes – First Impressions of Earth
• Superdrag – Last Call for Vitriol
• Weezer – (blue album)
• Bright Eyes – Lifted or the Story is in the Soil
• Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

Feel free to submit your own lists.

But you must speak java

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2009 by Garza

Seriously one of the funniest videos I have seen in a really long time.  Classic.

Yet another good point by Dr. Ron Paul

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by Garza

The distraction on Capitol Hill this week has to do with the jackpot bonuses that executives at AIG recently received. The argument is over a relative drop in the bucket. The total amount of bonuses given out was $165 million. The government has put $170 billion into AIG so far. Many now are demanding we get this money back. We ought to be spending our time and effort doing something more worthwhile, like figuring out how the Federal Reserve is handling the trillions of dollars they are creating and pumping into the economy, and how that is affecting the purchasing power of dollars in your pocket. The big mistake was appropriating the TARP funds in the first place. A Johnny-come-lately bill of attainder won’t stop the spending epidemic. This whole situation is a perfect demonstration of why “doing nothing” and letting failing companies fail would have been much better than sinking valuable money and resources into them. When a company makes a profit, it is a signal that it is taking resources and increasing their value while controlling costs. When a company operates at a loss, it is a signal that it is decreasing the value of its resources or letting out-of-control costs outstrip any value it has created. A company operating at a loss is therefore an engine of wealth destruction. Bankruptcies are a net positive for the economy because more productive competitors are rewarded by opportunities to buy up remaining assets at bargain prices to strengthen their operations. In an economy that allows this kind of growth and change, any jobs lost by bankruptcy are soon replaced by new ones as the most efficiently managed businesses gain access to more assets and expand. Bankruptcy was the stimulus that we needed in the case of AIG. More bankruptcies would clean out malinvested resources and enable economic growth again. AIG, by losing money and maneuvering their operations to the brink of bankruptcy, was telling us that they were inefficient. So what did we do? We forced the taxpayer to assume the losses, and now we are supposed to be shocked that it is not working out. Had AIG gone bankrupt, it would have been impossible to hand out these bonuses. The taxpayer would have been fleeced for $170 billion less last year. Had they gone bankrupt, the world would not have come to an end, it would just continue on with one less engine of wealth destruction. We should have learned from Japan. The 1990’s is referred to as Japan’s “lost decade” because of the zombie banks kept on life support by the Japanese government. Any productivity was redirected through these engines of wealth destruction, resulting in long term stagnation. We should and can avoid this outcome if we come to our senses. A recession should be a time of strengthening and regrouping for an economy. But as long as the government insists on maintaining the status quo by propping up failed institutions, we will continue to dig a bigger hole for ourselves.

It really is a shame that the media stifled this man’s voice and criticized his opinions.  Now that the charm has worn off and the historic significance of the first bi-racial president, um I mean black president, people are finally starting to see through the smoke and mirrors.  People ridiculed Sarah Palin for her lack of experience, which was a legitimate complaint, but remember Obama was only a Senator for a little over three years.  So in reality, Obama is as qualified as Palin to be in a position of such power.  His inexperience and lack of economic intelligence is really starting to show.  Like my mom used to say, good looks and charm can only get you so far.

I built a freeway through this farce

Posted in Music with tags , , on March 18, 2009 by Garza

Since the local radio stations are an amalgamation of typical loathsome country music sprinkled with god forsaken Top 40 pop music, Lana and I decided to get Sirius satellite radio for her car.  I have my trusty iPod which keeps me entertained on my journeys to and from.  The lure of commercial free radio was enticing enough, but add on upgrades such as stations that feature only underground, indie, and punk music, and I am sold.  Anyhow, the DJs on Sirius XMU, formerly known as Left of Center Radio, are all really good.  Jenny Eliscu, Christopher The Minister, Jared Fogelnest, and of course the musical encyclopedia Matt Pinnfield are some of my favorites.  It isn’t so much that they are all that entertaining or anything, but they seem to have a lot of insightful things to say about different lesser known artists and they play damn good music.

So one morning I was on my way home from working the night shift and Jared Fogelnest played a song by some Swedish act that I had never heard before.  The name of the artist was The Tallest Man on Earth.  The name is a moniker for Swedish born Kristian Matsson.  As soon as I heard the song I was hooked.  I immediately began a quest to find his CD “Shallow Grave.”  And a quest it was.   Lana finally found it on the Internet and ordered for me for my birthday.  Well, in my search I came across the following review, and all I can say is I wish I had written this review.  The review is one of the best I have ever seen and I couldn’t agree more.  So take some time and read it and then go and order the CD!

Over the last half-century, the tag “Dylanesque” has been slapped on so many mediocre folksingers clutching battered Moleskines that it’s become a meaningless joke, a critical hiccup, a silly, lazy way of invoking an age-old raspy voice/acoustic guitar combo. It’s gotten so bad that, in 2008, yammering on about the cliché of dubbing someone “the next Dylan” has become a cliché in itself. Still: It’s exceptionally hard to talk about Scandinavian folksinger the Tallest Man on Earth (also known as Kristian Matsson) without mentioning Bob Dylan’s early years, mostly because Matsson manages to embody Dylan’s effortlessness so well (Dylan was trying really, really hard, sure– but he sang like he didn’t give a shit), infusing his songs with a detachment that, miraculously, is neither cold nor alienating. Like Dylan, Matsson is so natural a songwriter that these tracks feel predetermined, tumbling out of his mouth with an ease and grace that’s increasingly uncommon.

Matsson released a self-titled five-song EP in 2007; Shallow Grave is his full-length debut. The production is appropriately scrappy, and it seems relatively safe to assume that the album was recorded live with one microphone– accordingly, we hear the scratch of fingernails on string (and, on occasion, the chirping of birds in the background), made privy to each tiny exhalation and sigh. Matsson is an adept fingerpicker, and his guitar is easily as central as his voice, which is high, crackling, and rich. Much like Dylan himself, Matsson has mined the American south for inspiration, and his frantic strumming and front-porch poetry recall everyone from the Carter Family to Lead Belly to, most noticeably, country bluesman Mississippi John Hurt.

“The Blizzard’s Never Seen the Desert Sands” sees Matsson caw little poems (“And the bells up in the tower they will ring/ And the frightened little choirs they will sing/ They will tremble, all their voices”) over plucked banjo; “The Gardener” features a robustly strummed guitar melody and more half-cogent ideas (“I know the runner’s gonna tell you/ There ain’t no cowboy in my hair/ So now he’s buried by the daisies/ So I can stay the tallest man in your eyes, babe”). Matsson’s lyrics don’t stand up as well on paper as they do in song (some have all the logic of fairy tales), but each of these cuts has a distinct, if muddled, narrative– sparrows, tranquilizer guns, curtains, unicorns. Road stories, love stories, prayers.

Matsson’s melodies are remarkably pliant, and while it’s understandable to be skeptical of another skinny dude with a mustache, a guitar, and a worn-out copy of The Anthology of American Folk Music, the more time you invest in Shallow Grave, the more you’ll realize how unusually memorable it is. Ultimately, Shallow Grave transcends comparison– which is saying an awful lot, given the popularity of its prototype– and Matsson is a natural-born folksinger, earnest, clever, and comforting.

— Amanda Petrusich, May 6, 2008

Oh yeah and I forgot…

Posted in Politics on March 18, 2009 by Garza

… isn’t this a little backwards?

General Motors Corp. has received $13.4 billion in federal loans and is seeking another $16.6 billion. The company faces a March 31 deadline to finish its viability plan and show the government it’s worthy of the money.