| Sunday November 5, 2006
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!
Today's my Mom's birthday. From what I hear, she's going to visit my sis for a birthday dinner. I wish I could be there. I can't even remember the last time I spent my Mom's birthday with her. I'm thinking about her, though , and I'm so proud of how she's come out ahead despite all of the nearly impossible circumstances she had to over come in the early 00's. Rock on, Mom. I love you and I hope you're having a good one.
And in much darker news:
Surprise, surprise. And just in time for the election on Tuesday. I'm afraid it may be too late this time for them to pull out a last minute upset (although it wouldn't surprise me). The American people sure ain't quick but when they feel like they've been had, they tend to fight back viciously and swiftly.
What do you think is going to happen?
It sounds like some second-guessing Republican hater, right? Well - apparently in 1999, the Clinton administration was looking into what may happen if the U.S. was to invade Iraq. This is what their report found. See - U.S. intelligence does work. You just have to have some of your own for it to be effective. Click on the blue to read the full report.
| Saturday November 4, 2006
This is driving me crazy. Stupid CHARTER! I spent my morning remixing a bunch of the tunes and trying to post them to "the secret page" only to have Charter screwing up to the point that it's taking all day. I have a 5mb speed connection and my upload speed right now is averaging about 200k. That's insane and I've had about enough!
Eventually, I did get the songs online.If you volunteered for the job, you should have a link to the page by now so get on it. I'm going to leave the first volume up for a week or two, then post volume 2. There's even a possibility of a volume 3 but I'm hoping I can get it down to 2.
I got the first of the reviews in by the end of the day. It's quite surprising. That's why we're asking. Some of the best are apparently the worst and some of the worst are the best. But even the worst are getting pretty strong responses. I'm proud so far!
Tonight's show(s) that I'm sitting out of are Journey / Def Leppard in Atlanta and the second night of the Drive-By Truckers stand in Athens. I'm missing a lot of good rock by trying to create some of my own.
You be the judge of if it was worth it.
And again - it sure ain't looking like a pretty picture for the Republicans these days. Even the neocons are starting to see the light!
Neoconservatives decry execution of Iraq war
POSTED: 1:04 a.m. EST, November 4, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A leading conservative proponent of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq now says dysfunction within the Bush administration has turned U.S. policy there into a disaster.
Richard Perle, who chaired a committee of Pentagon policy advisers early in the Bush administration, said had he seen at the start of the war in 2003 where it would go, he probably would not have advocated an invasion to depose Saddam Hussein. Perle was an assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan.
"I probably would have said, 'Let's consider other strategies for dealing with the thing that concerns us most, which is Saddam supplying weapons of mass destruction to terrorists,'" he told Vanity Fair magazine in its upcoming January issue.
Asked about the article, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said, "We appreciate the Monday-morning quarterbacking, but the president has a plan to succeed in Iraq, and we are going forward with it."
Other prominent conservatives criticized the administration's conduct of the war in the article, including Kenneth Adelman, who also served on the Defense Policy Board that informally advised President Bush. Adelman said he was "crushed" by the performance of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Adelman also said that neoconservatism, "the idea of using our power for moral good in the world," has been discredited with the public. After Iraq, he told Vanity Fair, "it's not going to sell."
Meanwhile, the Military Times Media Group, a Gannett Co. subsidiary that publishes Army Times and other military-oriented periodicals, said Friday it was calling for Bush to fire Rumsfeld. ( Full story )
The critiques in Vanity Fair come as growing numbers of Republicans have criticized Bush's policies on Iraq. The war, unpopular with many Americans, has become a top-tier issue in next week's congressional elections.
Perle said "you have to hold the president responsible" because he didn't recognize "disloyalty" by some in the administration. He said the White House's National Security Council, then run by now-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, did not serve Bush properly.
A year before the war, Adelman predicted demolishing Saddam's military power and liberating Iraq would be a "cakewalk." But he told the magazine he was mistaken in his high opinion of Bush's national security .
"They turned out to be among the most incompetent teams in the postwar era," he said. "Not only did each of them, individually, have enormous flaws, but together they were deadly, dysfunctional."
The Military Times Media Group editorial, to be published Monday in four periodicals, says active-duty military leaders were beginning to voice misgivings about the war's planning, execution and dimming prospects for success.
"Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large," the editorial says. "His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt."
The editorial concludes: "Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth: Donald Rumsfeld must go."
| Friday November 3, 2006
It looks like I'm going to be a writer for the Official KISS Magazine. I got word back from Warren today that he liked the piece I wrote Monday and it's already at the copy editors to go into the issue to be released soon. Of course, it could always get cut (even at this stage) but I feel like I accomplished something. The ten-year old version of me is especially blown away!
Tonight, I really wanted to see King's X in Atlanta. I haven't seen 'em in a couple of years. I heard Doug's (Dug's) finally wised up and stopped smoking pot. Because of that, (from what I hear) he's got the voice that he used to have before he took it up a few years back. But alas, I can't go. I must get these demos fine-tuned. You Choose The Songs II is coming soon (for some of ya).
I'm also sitting out the Drive-By Truckers tonight in Athens. It's the first night of a 2-night stand. I haven't seen them in nearly 2 years now. Again - I've gotta keep working.
By the way - I saw this and thought it needed to be viewed. When the Army Times is blatant enough to ask for something like this, you know the dude has screwed up BIG and it's probably just a matter of time...
Army Times to call for Rumsfeld's resignation
POSTED: 11:10 p.m. EST, November 3, 2006
(CNN) -- An editorial to be published Monday in independent publications that serve the four main branches of the U.S. military will call for President Bush to replace Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
"Basically, the editorial says, it's clear now, from some of the public statements that military leaders are making, that he's lost the support and respect of the military leadership," said Robert Hodierne, senior managing editor for the publications' parent company Army Times Publications.
"That they're starting to go public with that now, with their disagreements, added up with all of the other missteps we believe he's made, that it's time for him to be replaced," Hodierne.
Army Times Publications publishes the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and the Marine Corps Times.
It is the second time the publications have called for Rumsfeld to resign.
Bush has maintained that Rumsfeld will stay on the job until 2008. ( Watch Bush say Rumsfeld is staying on the job -- 1:20 )
In May 2004, when the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal broke, an Army Times editorial said, "This was not just a failure of leadership at the local command level. This was a failure that ran straight to the top. Accountability here is essential, even if that means relieving top leaders from duty in a time of war."
The timing of Monday's editorial was prompted not by midterm elections, scheduled for Tuesday, but by Bush's statement earlier this week that he intends to keep Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney in their posts through the end of his term, Hodierne said.
No one running for midterm elections, he noted, would have the power to replace Rumsfeld.
Swaying conservative voters "is not our aim," said Hodierne. "Our aim is simply to say, for the good of the service, for the good of the country, it's time for this guy to go."
Owned by the Gannett Company, Army Times Publishing is the world's largest publisher of defense and military-related periodicals, Hodierne said.
The four weekly newspapers are distributed in the general stores and commissaries on military around the world. They have a combined circulation of about 250,000, he said.
Thursday November 2, 2006
Alright, I got a mess of work done today. I tidied up "Green & Gold" and got a final mix of it. I also got mixes of the new songs "If You Try To Make Me Choose (You Lose)", "Happy Here & Now" and "If I Could (I Guess I Should)" done. I may remix 'em but at least I'm almost there.
Amanda decided to stay home today and get some work done so she took some leave that she had saved up. She also "helped me" get my D-100 sent out for refurbishing before the warranty's up. I gotta say, those 3 and 4 years warranties have been a life saver for me.
On the drummer front, I guess Joe was right and I was wrong. Marie called last night, Dave called today and I also spoke to Joe (the drummer) again. Who'd a thunk it? Maybe something'll come from this after all.
I really should've at least tried to photo Barbra Streisand tonight in Atlanta as I've never had the chance and probably will never have another one. Oh well - again, the band comes first.
To wind down before bed, I watched the very first Wonder Years. It brought back a lot of good memories of watching that show. Cheesy and sentimental, but Chris likes it, too!
| Wednesday November 1, 2006
I went out and got the new WHO record, Endless Wire, today. Man, they are NOT getting the word out about this one. I'm a massive WHO fan and I didn't even remember their first new album in 24 years was being released yesterday. That's not a great sign. My initial verdict is that the album's way too long and scattershot. It jumps around too much. There are some great songs, some okay ones and a couple of outright dogs in there. I do believe I'll be doing my own personal edit of it when I get a chance. I think there's a great WHO album there with a little tailoring.
Today, the "drummer wanted" ad that Joe posted went into Flagpole. Remember, I didn't think anything would come of it. Within hours, Joe (the drummer) called. We'll see...
I also started reworking "Green & Gold" for the upcoming demo judging onslaught. I'm switching out the rhythm section because it just sounds too stiff on that ol' version. Tonight, I dumped the master mix minus bass and drums to a new disc. Of course, when I tried to dub back over it, if wasn't all that easy 'cause there's no click. I eventually got it close enough but it was certainly frustrating. I'd forgotten how much I like that song. I'm glad I decided to revisit some of those. Maybe they'll find a home this time.
I shoulda been shooting Chamillionaire on the UGA campus but the band's gotta come first.
| Tuesday October 31, 2006
We didn't do much to recognize the date. I felt terrible today and I got NOTHING done. I actually woke up with a migraine (that's very rare) and it proceeded to get worse as the day wore on. I wound up laying in bed for a chunk of the day. I called my Grandmother since I was still worried. We had a nice conversation. Apparently, she was up at my uncle's house again when I couldn't reach her. From what she's saying, some progress may be happening on that end. For her sake, I hope so.
Eventually, I couldn't take the headache anymore. I overmedicated and filled myself with caffeine (that sometimes helps). A couple of hours later, I started feeling a bit better. By the time Amanda got home, I still had the migrainy shakes but I didn't wanna ruin Halloween for her so we went out to dinner at Shoki. It was early so we not only got a discount on dinner but a private show from the chef at the grill as no one else was at our table. What great service!
Amanda then tried to go to a haunted house nearby. I wasn't feeling up to it so I waited in the car. She came back after about 15 minutes. The line hadn't moved and she'd had enough of waiting. We went back to the house and she and I dug into some of my 5.1 CD's. Man, kd lang's Ingenue sounds amazing this way. There were quite a few other impressive ones as well.
All in all, it was a nice, relaxing end to a difficult day.
Monday October 30, 2006
Okay, today is the kind of day that keeps me behind but in this case, it's kind of cool.
On Saturday, I got an email from Warren at the Official KISS Magazine. He said they needed one more piece, they needed it fast and he wanted to know if I could turn around something on Gene Simmons' personal appearance in Atlanta. I sent an email back asking for specifics and clarifying things. I didn't hear back. I figured that was done. This morning, I had the answers. He still wanted the article but it had to be turned in by the end of the day as it had to go to the copy editors. I spent all day turning around this thing as fast as possible. I think it turned out pretty well considering I had no preparation time. I decided to take a slightly different approach than most articles in that mag. I took it in a more detached, reporter fashion than the first hand accounts that it usually has. I hope it works. We'll see. I haven't heard from Warren whether it made the cut and / or got there in time. I'll let you know when I know.
In the evening I tried to call my Grandmother and never could get her so I was worried all night. On top of my brain and eyes being fried from the article, I was feeling pretty terrible by bed time.