Wednesday, 3 November 2004
There will be no self-pity in the ranks
Okay, it's true, some of you are thinking of moving to Thailand, and even Harry and Bela are hiding in the closet, but that doesn't mean you need to retreat into sad-sack mode. Be a strong-hearted revolutionary. Perhaps you voted for one of two Skull and Bones guys and one of them won and one of them lost and the one who lost bowed out with polite words to the one who won, since they are both part of a fraternity of brothers who eat the brains of the poor and native peoples and yes, you knew that things were either going to be bad in this country or very bad, and you were hoping for the option of bad.
What makes a champion, my dear friends? Did Sacco and Vanzetti moan and cry on their way to death? Did Lance Armstrong loll on the pavement when he fell off his bike? No. The answer is no. Be a champion. Write your new four year vision statement. Get to know your neighbors in the heartland of the country and invite them to your happy gay marriage. Write some letters to your president and tell him that you are changing your name to Allah Muhammed Rashed X as a tribute to him and his tolerance for Saudi Arabia. Broadcast your love for purple mountains' majesty and amber waves of grain across your pirate radio stations and angelfire blogs. Wear black if you want to wear black, but remember that you have the integrity and vision to say "I love America" and "I reject fascism."
Viva La Revolution
`There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part, you can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies on the gears, and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus. And you've got to make it stop.''
Tuesday, 2 November 2004
check this out
This is for my man Miles.
??Ecstatic Immersion?: America, The Poem, and the Ethics of Lyric in Jorie Graham and Lisa Jarnot,?
in William Blazek and Michael K. Glenday, eds., American Mythologies: New Essays on Contemporary Literature, in press (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, April 2005).
I hope it proves that I am an ethical lyricist. no chickens were harmed in the creation of my poems. i swear.
Also, check out the new link on the sidebar-- Tim Lane's Attic site. It's excellent.
Voting for Dummies (and for Smart People Too)
Please vote today. Please don't vote for George W. Bush. If you are considering voting for George W. Bush, please keep these things in mind:
George W. Bush does not protect you. He makes you less safe. He started a "pre-emptive" war in the Middle East. This means he invaded a country, Iraq, and bombed its people. He said that this country, Iraq, was going to bomb the United States. This was not true. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have died. Over one thousand young American soldiers have died. The dictatorship of Iraq has been replaced with what looks like a vicious Civil War. George W. Bush does not protect you.
George W. Bush does not have your interests in mind. If you are a woman or you know someone who is a woman, you should not vote for George W. Bush. If he has a chance to replace judges on the Supreme Court, he will be able to reverse Roe Vs. Wade. Maybe you have mixed feelings about Roe Vs. Wade. But do you want to be the one who looks at a seventeen year old high school girl and says "You have to drop out of school and have this baby because George W. Bush has decided that you must have this baby and also don't plan to keep this baby because we're not going to help you out financially and you can't have health insurance either." ?
If dear friends, you are a homosexual or know someone is a homosexual, don't vote for George W. Bush. Possibly you think that homosexuality is sinful. Or possibly you don't care one way or another. Possibly you are a heterosexual who has had the good luck to meet someone of the opposite sex, establish a life together, get married, and feel secure and happy in a household. Perhaps you even hold hands when you are out in public. Perhaps you refer to this person as your husband or your wife. Would you deny this joyful experience to another? I would hope not. But George W. Bush would like to deny these rights to women who love women and men who love men. And by the way, statistics show that homosexual couples make great parents!
Maybe you don't want to vote for John Kerry because he is a weird guy with big hair and he flip-flops. That's fine. You don't have to vote for John Kerry. You are an American. You have choices. A lot of people are running for president, believe it or not. You can even vote for Ms. Temperance Alesha Lance-Council of the Anti-Hypocrisy Party. No kidding.
And remember that a vote against George W. Bush is a vote against a whole bunch of ghoulish creepy-crawlers: Dick Chupacabra Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Ashcroft.
If you are still not sure who you want to vote for, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will talk about it some more.
Monday, 1 November 2004
O readers of Lisablog
Please vote for John Kerry tomorrow
This has been a paid political announcement brought to you by the committee for a freer Lisablog. Go Bushless USA!
Sunday, 31 October 2004
o ye of little faith
This post is going out to Thomas the Contender in London and to Gnostic Apostle Paul of the New School in Manhattan and to Harry and Bela who love bugs.
From the Acts of John:
Now on the first day we arrived at a deserted inn, and when we were at a loss for a bed for John, we saw a droll matter. There was one bedstead lying somewhere there without coverings, whereon we spread the cloaks which we were wearing, and we prayed him to lie down upon it and rest, while the rest of us all slept upon the floor. But he when he lay down was troubled by the bugs, and as they continued to become yet more troublesome to him, when it was now about the middle of the night, in the hearing of us all he said to them: I say unto you, O bugs, behave yourselves, one and all, and leave your abode for this night and remain quiet in one place, and keep your distance from the servants of God. And as we laughed, and went on talking for some time, John addressed himself to sleep; and we, talking low, gave him no disturbance (or, thanks to him we were not disturbed).
But when the day was now dawning I arose first, and with me Verus and Andronicus, and we saw at the door of the house which we had taken a great number of bugs standing, and while we wondered at the great sight of them, and all the brethren were roused up because of them, John continued sleeping. And when he was awaked we declared to him what we had seen. And he sat up on the bed and looked at them and said: Since ye have well behaved yourselves in hearkening to my rebuke, come unto your place. And when he had said this, and risen from the bed, the bugs running from the door hasted to the bed and climbed up by the legs thereof and disappeared into the joints. And John said again: This creature hearkened unto the voice of a man, and abode by itself and was quiet and trespassed not; but we which hear the voice and commandments of God disobey and are light-minded: and for how long?
This just in from Brooklyn correspondent Cat T:
FREE CAR SERVICE FOR WOMEN ON WEEKEND NIGHTS
for rides *home* only
covers North Brooklyn and LES
midnight to 4:30 am
founded and run by 2 concerned women of North Brooklyn
google them for website and more details
they'll be training more drivers @ 7pm Nov 4th at the Mini Mall, w'burg.
rides will always be female-supervised
London Update: Thomas has a new silver bike that he bought on Brick Lane. Please refrain from stealing it.
New York Update: 70 degrees, sunny.
National Update: What to do in case of an emergency on November 2nd:
Water: You can live for about a month or so without food, only about a week without water. Providing you have plenty of drinking water, you can direct your efforts to obtaining food.
Flotation: Regardless of whatever else you do to stay afloat, you must first conquer the impulse to panic. Once in the water, you will want to draw around you as much flotsam as possible. Holding on to or climbing aboard a floating piece of equipment will extend the time you are able to live in the water and will help rescuers spot you more easily.
Food: The most widespread and surest source of emergency food in the far north are lichens. Reindeer moss is gray-green in color and has a small globular "fruit" in a cuplike receptacle. Most abundant of the food lichens, it often covers extensive areas Wash it to remove grit and then boil or roast it.
Fuel: Seal blubber is the mot abundant natural fuel. To obtain, kill a seal.
Good luck, my fellow Americans.
Saturday, 30 October 2004
Ghostzapper Kicks Some Ass
So Ghostzapper won the Breeders Cup Classic, which makes Ghostzapper a spectacular horse. Why? Because Ghostzapper is versatile. Harry and Bela didn't bet on Ghostzapper because they figured he was a sprinter. He started his career as a sprinter at least and was fast as hell. Today he ran a mile and a quarter, which is a long ass race for a horse. And he ran against a ton of horses who have a ton of experience in long ass races. Of course he's being trained by Robert Frankel and you know that you've got to bet on Frankel because he knows his shit. Plus Ghostzapper is the grandson of Deputy Minister, which is very cool. Congratulations to Ghostzapper, and to Roses in May for that second place finish. What happens now? We dream about those springtime races at Belmont Park. And don't forget to tune into Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. And one more thing: A bad day at the race track is still better than a good day anywhere else! Bravo Ghostzapper! You are the One.
O American People
And now, Harry and Bela's expert political analysis of the 2004 election:
Harry: Of course we have to give you some hot horse racing tips first.
Bela: It is after all a big day-- the Breeders Cup.
Harry: I wish I could still breed.
Bela: I don't.
Harry: How about Newfoundland in the 9th?
Bela: Well Harry, it's a tough race to call. Roses in May looks pretty interesting to me. And you know that Birdstone is a good horse.
Harry: But also Dynever and Pleasantly Perfect are running. And what about Ghostzapper?
Bela: Ghostzapper is a sprinter. And you're leaving out my main horsey Funny Cide.
Harry: I'd say it will be too hot in Texas for Funny Cide. Funny Cide likes crispy autumn weather.
Bela: My pick is Roses in May and Funny Cide, with Dynever in third.
Harry: I have to go with Newfoundland and Birdstone.
Bela: And now, on to politics. I think Osama is getting soft.
Harry: Me too. Do you think he saw the Michael Moore movie? He's really revved up about My Pet Goat.
Bela: My Pet Goat is a good book.
Harry: I think Osama is angling to be a write-in on the ballot.
Bela: There are better write-ins than Osama. I'm going to vote for the guy on the roof with the pigeon coop.
Harry: Me too.
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