Monday, April 24, 2006

Definitely not Neil Young

It would seem that my band Loaded has finally bitten the dust.

Not for any rancor or internal strife. We have simply ossified, faded away.

Perhaps we'll have a last waltz sort of thing that nobody will attend, or not. Hard to say as we can't seem to even get a rehearsal together for the last 6 months.

For those of you who saw us over the years, thanks.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Too Soon?

The feature film "Flight 93" is being released next week. I've had discussions with several people about it and some believe it is too early for a movie like that, seeing that the day was less than 5 years ago. My initial impression is that we as a society should be able to handle this story, especially as it is the first moment in the "War on Terror" (not my slogan, that's for sure).

Is it too early? What say you?

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Nuking Iran? Naah, let's cover the story about the missing cat!

If you haven't read the Sy Hersh piece in the New Yorker, do so.

If we really nuke Iran, then we will move from this country. That is simply too insane to think about.

To encapsulate it: Iran is about 9-10 years from getting a nuke (according to OUR State Dept.) so we better nuke them BEFORE the 2006 mid-term elections to help our GOP congressional candidates.

But there is a cat trapped in a store in Manhattan, so we better cover that story instead! See link.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Renters vs. Owners

I have been thinking about the administration's idea of a guest worker program so people could easily come to this country to work.

After thinking long and hard, I am going to pull a Thomas Friedman and explain my thoughts with a silly analogy.

You know those houses each summer at the Hamptons that are filled with various renters sharing the place. Invariably at the end of the summer, the place is somewhat trashed and there is much repair work to do.

A Guest worker program is like saying to these people, "You are welcome to rent here but owning is out of the question. Sorry, but you have to leave at the end of the season." Except that in this case, they make the illegal aliens rent the house all winter and kick them out before Memorial Day.

Is there any stupider idea than allowing people into this country but telling them that they have no stake in living here, that there is no future for them other than they can make some money before we kick them out. I can't think of a better way to create a group of people who feel they can trash the place. Why not, they don't own it!

End of silly analogy.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006



I think you know what I said.

P.S. I am a 42 year old man rooting for a bunch of pituitary cases (hat tip W. Konigsberg) throwing a ball into a hoop (hat tip Annie Hall).

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Question for any Dead Head

We were in Prospect Park today when we came upon a group of 5 people playing hacky-sack. I really have no opinion about it, other than it seems like only deadheads played it, so I imagine it is something to be done while stoned.

That said, I have never in my life seen any group of hackys-sack players who were any good at it. Today was no exception. I watched these people today and they never got more than 2 "hackys" in a row before the "sack" fell back to earth. And no, these folks were not on acid.

Do you have to like the Dead to do this, or will Phish/Dave Matthews work as well? Just curious.