Friday, November 05, 2004 at 12:40:06 (EST)

I got where I am through my total lack of will
Michael Moore has finally started talking again on his website:

17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Wrists

Some of his reasons to carry on are serious, some funny, some kind of stupid. But he points out something very interesting. While the media keeps reminding us that Bush got more votes than any other candidate in US history, Moore points out that Kerry himself received more votes than Reagan did in the 1984 election (that's the one Reagan got 525 electoral votes, vs. Mondale's 13). In fact, it appears that Kerry also received more votes than any other presidential candidate in US history, except of course for George Bush. That is somehow heartening, we did get tons more people to vote this time out. Too bad we're split right down the middle.

Now, back to something really important: the rock. Tonight Electric Turn to Me takes The Delancey at 10 PM. Up the Empire (formerly The Kilowatt Hours) performs at Lit Lounge. And Oneida (who really need somebody to update their website) plays at Sin-é at 11 PM. This is supposed to be a record release show for their new single, which I have reason to believe will contain their incredible song, "Up with People." I want to catch these other shows (and they're all pretty close together, geographically), but I am not coming back to Brooklyn without a copy of this record in my mitts.

Finally, for those who missed the brilliant WYSIWYG Talent Show a couple weeks ago, I have posted an audio version of my song, which I'm calling "Conference Call, The Musical!" on my music page. If you want to actually see my performance, a Quicktime movie file is also available.

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Thursday, November 04, 2004 at 11:33:29 (EST)

I call it an act of war
Okay, folks, stop it. It's not even been 48 hours since the election ended and already I am nominating the term "Moral Values" for the Forbidden Word List for 2005. Has there ever been a more hollow phrase, at least since "No child left behind" (or possibly "Clean Skies Initiative")? Some exit poller must have coined this code word and now every simp from the heartland is spouting, "Oh yeah, moral values. That's what I voted for. Sure it is!" What the fuck is that supposed to mean? Was Kerry's platform based on pedophilia, orgies, and veal? That ain't how I remember it.

I guess the only word that's more overused is the word "faith." This has become the catch-all excuse for people who can't articulate their emotions. I'm sure that once some of this smoke clears I'll be more into the idea of bridging this enormous rift between the 48% and the 51%, but it's gonna take a while before I feel charitable about any of this. Until then, I hope some of these people take their heads out of the sand (and others get their heads out of their asses) and start getting with the notion that what works in your life may not necessarily be the best thing for everybody.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2004 at 11:50:09 (EST)

I'm afraid of Americans
What a horrific experience.

The only positive thing to happen last night was when Owen the bartender, around 3 AM, set out ashtrays on the bar and gave us all "girly"shots, some concoction made with Malibu Rum and god knows what else. This eased my pain. But not for long.

I think we need to come up with an election system with less room for chaos. Like having the candidates mud-wrestle for the presidency.

ADDENDUM: Check out this ugly but informative site on Presidential Election Statistics. I sought it out after pining for the days of yore when we actually voted in presidents by a wide margin. You only have to go back to 1996 to see how different things were. Damn, Reagan beat Mondale with 525 electoral votes. Whoa. Those were the days ... ?

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Tuesday, November 02, 2004 at 17:57:03 (EST)

Just can't get my poor old self together
So where is everyone going to weather the storm tonight? I hear that Otto's Shrunken Head is giving out shots for states Kerry wins, and promises an open bar if Bush wins. I understand the logic but I blanch at the idea of anything remotely festive should that guy get reelected. Not that I'm not advocating extreme alcohol abuse if it does go that way, but I think it should be low-down, solitary drinking. A bottle of rotgut in the basement seems more appropriate.

As for myself, I'm applying lessons learned in Shaun of the Dead (where to go to fend off an impending zombie hoard) to my activities for the night:

Ed: If we hole up, I wanna be somewhere familiar, I wanna know where the exits are, and I wanna be allowed to smoke.

True dat. For Shaun and Ed it was the Winchester. For me, it's the Alibi (which CitySearch seems to think has shut down). Except for the smoking part I guess, but there's always the back yard for that.

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Monday, November 01, 2004 at 13:01:10 (EST)

Why ya so afraid, what will people say?

A fine Halloween weekend it was, with warm weather and no shortage of stuff to do. We attended the Annual Dog Costume Contest, but I forgot my camera, so it'll be up to Heather to illuminate that event. I didn't feel it was as good as in years past but perhaps I was just a little grouchy because I didn't get to MC it this year.

So my costume ended up being "Bleeding Heart Liberal," as seen above. The cool thing was the heart actually moved. It didn't beat exactly but it had a motor in it that spun around, so it looked like it was doing something. Also note my lefty badges, including that pioneer of ever-crappier music, Sting.

More pictures and stuff:

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