Archive for rage against the machine

Just a quick observation

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2009 by Garza

This, my friends, is the definition of Socialism:

10-22-2009 7-07-03 AM

If you think that Obama is not in at least a small way a socialist at heart please please please try and refute this.  Try and tell me how this and other of his initiatives dont fall under the socialist umbrella.  Am I being a fear monger?  I dont think so.  I am just pointing out facts.

This is just the beginning.

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So much for transparency

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2009 by Garza

10-6-2009 9-11-42 AMJust never ceases to amaze me how elected “representatives” in our constitutional republic continue to manipulate the system to benefit themselves.  WE are the ones they work for damnit.  Both sides are so guilty of using this tactic and it needs to be stopped.  How can they make decisions which affect all of our lives when they and we only have mere hours to review, or merely scan through, a document thousands of pages long?  It is absolutely unbelievable that this is even an issue.  Seriously.

Sorry, I know I said I was going to try and get away from politics for the most part, but I hear things and I just cant resist to comment.

“MTV does the thinking for you”

Posted in Funny with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2009 by Garza

So I am watching television last night and I just happened to catch a commercial for a program airing on MTV2…

First, MTV has sucked for a really long time now.  And I mean SUCKED!  They don’t ever play videos anymore except for in the middle of the night around 2:00 or 3:00 am and they usually suck.  If I hear that Rock Star song by that classically horrible band known as Nickelback or the equally annoying rock referenced song by the equally horrible Pink one more time I might just end it all.  To that note, the whole rock star phrase and the little devil hand gesture has become so cliche’ and annoying.  Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa SenatorsEveryone throws up the symbol in pictures now and it is required if you are attempting to become popular among the Tiger Beat crowd (think the completely non-punk and total poser Avril Lavigne.)  It is just really annoying by now, that’s all.  Back to my original idea now.

…The program is called MTV2 Legit airing on MTV2.  A nice little pun referring to one hit from Mr MC Hammer himself.  The program is dedicated to playing original promos, you remember the ones with various different cartoons showing the MTV logo and such, original shows, original commercials and original videos from the 90’s.  Zoiks!  So obviously this makes me excited.  It will bring me back to the days when I would stay up all night long talking on the phone to friends while we watched videos and episodes of Liquid Television, The State, and Beavis and Butthead.  I used to love MTV back in the day.  Hopefully we will be privy to those commercials with Dennis Leary about not using drugs named after parts of our body and that Jimmy the cab driver (Donal Logue) who later went on to star in sitcoms such as “Life” and “Grounded for Life.”  Man, just typing this up reminds of what fun MTV used to be.  I still have several VHS tapes with hours of videos, Alternative Nation with Kennedy, The State, and various other MTV classics.
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I know that I probably should have spent more time reading and by me watching so much MTV as a kid probably contributed to my lack of school and studies during middle and high school, but I turned out fine I think.  No Matter what, I am pretty excited about the whole thing.

PS It has already been 11 years since we graduated!  Sucks.  Most of the stuff they will probably show is already 20 years old. 😦

current music: Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

I’m a racist!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by Garza

…Because I support the recent tax tea parties.

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I really don’t know what to say here.  I mean some people can play the race card at some pretty interesting and creative times.  How in the HELL can Garafalo be serious here.  Instead of bashing her, which would be the Limbaugh way of handling this situation, I will educate her and maybe some folks who might agree with her.

First, I guess I should reiterate that I am in support of this new tax tea party movement.  It is about time that the masses started to realize that the government was screwing us out of hard earned money and we weren’t receiving anything in return.  Which leads me into my next point.  I do know what the Boston Tea Party was all about so let me give everyone a little bit of history.

The Boston Tea party had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with racism!  The only part of the original tea party that could be considered racist was the fact that some of the citizens in Boston Harbor that day were reportedly disguised as Native Americans.  I believe honestly that this was probably an attempt to shift blame in the event that there was a backlash or an outcry or investigation of the individuals involved with illegally throwing cases of tea into the harbor.

The original Boston Tea Party was ALL about the colonists revolting against the notion of taxation without representation.  The whole uproar began when the Parliament in England passed legislation in 1721 that made it illegal for any British colonies to import tea from anywhere other than Great Britain, where the British East India Company had a monopoly on the tea market.

In the beginning the East India Tea Company was only allowed to sell tea in Great Britain and the tea that went to the colonies was usually illegally purchased Dutch tea that was  smuggled into the region at a much cheaper price.   Not to mention that even in Great Britain Dutch tea was more popular because it was much cheaper.  The amount of taxes attached to the EIC tea were too high and the non-taxed Dutch alternative was too cheap to overlook.  The East India Company was losing significant revenues from theses actions and the British Parliament finally allowed EIC to import into the colonies.

When EIC was selling tea primarily in Great Britain they were receiving a 25% ad valorem tax or Value Added Tax (which the Brits still use today.)  Parliament attempted to help EIC regain some of their ground in the tea business and lowered taxes on tea and gave the company a refund of the 25% tax.  Of course this move meant that the government was going to start losing revenues so they passed the Townshend Revenue Act of 1767.  The Townshend Act placed a duty on the tea that was shipped to the colonies and the duty was the primary source for the income of certain British Lords and other elected official.  The only intention of the tax was to raise revenues for the British government.  There was no intention to use the revenues to build bridges or schools, but simply to pay the wages of elected officials.  Essentially the Parliament was effectively taxing the colonies even thought the British Constitution prohibited them from taxing the people without consent from their elected officials and since the colonies had no elected officials in Parliament, the tax was unconstitutional.

Eventually the Parliament waived the Townshend duty in Great Britain, due to uproar by the hometown folks,  but held on to the duty applied to tea sold to the colonies as a way to retain their right to tax the Americans.  The Parliament was trying to maintain their control over the Americans plain and simple.  (Much like the Government is trying to maintain their control over us all.)  Thus, the Americans were victims of taxation without representation and their tax dollars were going to a government and institutions that were not directly beneficial to them.  Hence, the recent tea parties protesting the sending of tax dollars to companies without the consent of the people and with no benefit to us all.  The government is spending us into a hole and people are finally starting to speak out.

How is it racist in anyway to be pissed off that the government is sending the money that we broke our backs to earn, to companies that in return will probably still file for bankruptcy, still spend 1.5 million remodeling a bathroom, still give 165 million to executives that oversaw the decline of their companies, still spend millions flying private jets and having huge week long Super Bowl Parties, and in no way benefit us as citizens etc. etc.?  In fact the very act of the government spending money it doesn’t have and printing trillions more to make up the difference will DEFINITELY hurt us all in the long run!  Can you say hyperinflation and the demise of the dollar?

Soooooo the ONLY logical explanation for Garafalo’s angle is the fact that she thinks ONLY white people are mad because it is ONLY white people who make money that can be taxed.  So she must be  insinuating that black people and other minorities don’t have jobs and don’t earn income and thus don’t pay taxes.  And of course everyone knows that is purely ridiculous, so the irony is that it is HER words and comments that are in fact racist and not at all the people who she lambastes with such blind conjecture.  Wow.  Unbelievable.

Am I the only person that feels this way?

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.