Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Album of 2006

2006 is comming to an end. I recently made a poll on what was the best metal album of the year. Vote at Legions of the abyss. The results will be made into a list for the Legions of the Abyss website when the poll is done.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Dimebag Darrell Rest In Peace!




Today marks the second anniversary of Darrell L. Abbott's death at the hands of a psychotic killer. The metal community continues to struggle with the thought of losing one of its most-talented and beloved axeman. Condolences are extended to the Abbott family. May such a trajedy never happen again.

We miss you Dime! WHY ARE THE GOOD ONES ALWAYS TAKEN FROM US?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Lefty Metalhead Endorses Barack Obama for President in 2008!



As many of have probably heard, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) has indicated that he is thinking about a White House bid in 2008. This news comes as somewhat of a surprise due to the senator vehemently denying consideration just a few months ago. Obama now gives many Democrats like me hope for 2008. This nation needs a strong leader who can UNITE its people, not DIVIDE us like George W. Bush has done. Obama, in his book The Audacity of Hope, suggests that we need a new kind of politics, one that promotes unity to solve our nation's most critical problems. Not only must we fight corporate special interests, but we must also not tax ourselves to death. We should employ diplomacy with persuasion along with a strong military for our most serious threats. Our government must THINK before it acts. This is what Obama stands for, and that alone warrants my support for him.

I came across Obama's eloquent ideas during his 2004 senatorial campaign, in which I was a volunteer. In person, Obama is just as well-spoken, intelligent, and well-mannered as he appears on camera, perhaps even more. He embodies everything our nation's leader should be. I urge everyone who loves this country to support Obama. If you happen to have concerns regarding his experience, rest assured that nobody arrives to the presidency "prepared". We have seen this is true with the current president, who never quite looked prepared to handle our domestic concerns. For those of you who are skeptical about both parties, I don't blame you. However, it is your job as a citizen to change the current political landscape, and refusing to participate only makes your cause look hypocritical. Let us save this nation from governing ineptitude.

Barack Obama, you have my vote. Now please run!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

HAHA!!!1

Looks like Blabbernu went PC.

"To report any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, please send an e-mail to bmouth@bellatlantic.net with pertinent details. Anyone posting such material will be immediately and permanently banned. IP addresses are recorded to aid us in enforcing these conditions."

Now I am not a racist man nor a homophobic man but isn't it obscene comments that gave Blabbermouth it's name? I think Bori(ng) just lowered the standards.

So if you are upset with Blabbersuck.nu come over to a site that isn't full of uptight numbskulls. Sign up for Metal Pwns All today! You won't find any Avenged Sevenfold news there.

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Orignally posted on BigNewsDay

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Family of Forums

Take some time and visit these amazing forums, all of which are administrated by my blogging brothers.

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Right-Wing Lunacy

As we all know, gay marriage has been a hot topic for Americans in the last few years. Today, while reading my daily dosage of The Onion, I came across this excellent piece about legislation that would protect the "sanctity" of marriage (note: marriage can be attained in drive-thru chapels in Las Vegas)from SHARKS!!! According to conservatives, marriage is under attack! Well, let's all do our part and urge our Congressmen to pass this law, for the protection of marriage is the most important issue in the universe!

New Bill Would Defend Marriage From Sharks

The Onion

New Bill Would Defend Marriage From Sharks

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressional Republicans cited the saw-edged teeth of the shark community as a direct threat to married couples everywhere.



Just in case some of you are wondering, the above story is FICTION. The Onion is a fictional, satirical newspaper that aims to put contemporary issues in a humorous light.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Remembering Vivian Casalduc


Every single American knows the impact the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 had on this country. We had never been attacked in such a way, leaving us terrified and heartbroken. This year marks the 5th anniversary of, perhaps, the darkest day in American history. Our nation moved on, but the scars of the attacks remain in our hearts. The memories of that horrific day remain in our minds. The sorrow of losing so many loved ones remains in our souls.

In remembrance of September 11th, we set politics aside. We calm our anger toward our attackers. We look inside ourselves, profoundly, and ask whether we have become better people since that day. Most importantly, we refuse to forget about the blood, sweat, and tears that were shed. We realize that we must never let the victims' memories fade away.

This year, 2,996 bloggers decided to honor the people who needlessly died at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania. I now have the honor of remembering Vivian Casalduc , an American who died with dignity.

I never had the priviledge of meeting Vivian. Nevertheless, I know who she was and what she did with her life. From a biography published in the New York Times on November 21, 2001...

Vivian Casalduc lived to make her family's eyes light up. Each December, she would bake gingerbread for a giant candy land, where the ground was coated with thick piles of shredded coconut (snow) and the houses were studded with lollipops and licorice. "She would make it the first two days in December and let everybody look at it all month long, and on Christmas morning, she'd let everyone ransack it," said her daughter Angilic Casalduc.

Five small grandchildren spent alternate weekends in her care, and would come home with cotton candy in a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes. Turns out, Grandma had bought a cotton candy machine.

A Brooklyn native who grew up in housing projects, Ms. Casalduc, 45, married at 16, had three children and divorced. Her job as a microfiche clerk at Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield moved two years ago from Brooklyn to the 28th floor of 1 World Trade Center. Her commute was longer, but the salsa concerts downstairs became a part of her lunchtime routine.

Ms. Casalduc left one prescient lesson, her daughter said: "Do everything the hard way." Why major in one subject when four would do, or take a taxi when public transportation was there? "Do it the easy way," Angilic Casalduc remembered, "and you'll never learn anything, and God forbid, anything happens, she worried we wouldn't know how to survive."


Here are some comments by Vivian Casalduc's friends and family, posted on several online memorials.

Yon-Paul Casalduc

Mommy I miss you,we all miss youand love you thier is not a day that goes buy with out some thing or some one that reminds me of you.i know you would of love to see your new grandson Jon Luis .I owe every thing i got thank you mom for every thing in life you gave me and in death you gave me i love you so much and will never stop.you son


Angel Casalduc

Realy sorry about her tragic death.Is my first time in this page is very hard for me and all Casalduc family in Purto Rico.Angilic,Paul and Yon Paul god bless and her family rest in pease Vivian.www.kingcoler@hotmail.com


Lisa Albergo

I worked with Vivian for quite a few years at EBCBS. She always had a smile on her face and a cheer in her voice when answering the phone. She was always making us laugh and bringing in hilariously funny cakes for special occations. I think of her often and hold the memories of her close to heart. She always had love in her voice when talking about her children and grandchildren. God bless you all.


Carmen

vivian:
I want to extend my sympathy to the casalduc family. I was a friend of her's from the housing projects. We always talked on the way to the train station at smith 9th every morning on our way to work. I will miss her.


Milly Calderon

Vivian, I miss you so much. God you don't know how much I wish that you were here with us. You are always on my mind and in my heart. Merry christmas. I love you so much. Your big sister. Milly


Vivian, you will forever be in our hearts and minds. We are all saddened by your tragic death at the hands of dastard terrorists. I am honored to have gotten the opportunity to remember you on this 5th anniversary of 9/11. Hopefully, we will all learn to become better people as a result of this tragedy. For the tragedy of 9/11 showed us humankind's worst, but also brought-out our best. We salute you Vivian!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A Year after Katrina

Are the levees any stronger? Has the Bush administration learned its lesson and become more competent? The answer to both is probably NO! The only positive I can derive from the Katrina disaster is the probability that many people will vote Democrat in two months. These GOP hacks have proven that they are out of touch with reality, only believing in religious mythology and ignoring the nation's real problems. September 11 looms, and I don't feel this administration has succeeded at making the country safer. It has been time for a change for years. American voters, make it happen!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Metal Haven

Metalheads, today I'll be visiting Chicago's premier heavy metal shop, Metal Haven, located near the corner of Broadway and Belmont in the Lakeview neighborhood. I look forward to purchasing some brutal shit, so I'll update this entry with reviews once I have listened to my acquisitions. I feel like a woman - excited about going shopping!

Friday, August 18, 2006

I have arrived

Thanks Lefty for the invite. I'll mostly help out with the metal side of this metal/politics blog. Cool blog. So



















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Al Bundy

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Upcoming Metal Albums

We all know new albums by Slayer and Iron Maiden will be released soon, but what other releases are we looking forward to? In other words, what are all you metal pundits looking forward to in terms of underground metal?

Up the \--/

Sunday, July 23, 2006

It's True...I'm not Dead!

All my fellow bloggers: I do apologize for not posting anything in the last few days. I've been incredibly busy lately, working overtime and representing the family business in court. The reason I've been going to court is because the City of Chicago is notoriously strict with building codes, health codes, and all other ordinances. As a result, routine inspections always lead to some kind of violation being found by the unrelenting inspectors. Therefore, I had to represent the business in two mandatory hearings last week. Don't get me wrong. We're not in trouble by any means. The hearings are fairly routine for business owners in Chicago. The process includes attending the hearing, pleading liable on all counts, and the administrative law officer (not a judge) imposes the minimum fine to which you would have already agreed upon. Lastly, a short walk down the hall leads you to the City Clerk's office, where the fine is paid. After the hearings, I proceeded to have lunch around downtown Chicago, where the Chicago Department of Revenue is located.

So what has happened in Lefty's life in recent weeks. As we all know, I caught me some gorgeous ass down in Mexico. I'm still recovering from the tequila, Jack Daniel's, and the unbelievably long sex session. Aside from this, I attended the Sounds of the Underground show. Gwar, Cannibal Corpse, In Flames, Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, and Trivium kicked fucking ass! I also saw Bill Maher on his comedy tour. That fucker had me laughing my balls off!

As for political stuff, I haven't been active lately. However, I've been paying attention to all the bullshit going on. The Israeli-Hezbollah conflict is utter bullshit. I can't believe Dubya has given Hezbollah all the blame for this situation. Israel is no saint either! I had the pleasure of taking Professor Norman Finkelstein's course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while working on my degree at DePaul University. Mr. Finkelstein, the son of two Holocaust survivors (his mother survived the Warsaw ghetto and Auschwitz-Birkenau), is an expert on Mideast politics. Surprisingly, he is very critical of Israel and the Zionist's role in destabilizing the region. I suggest you read some of his work, especially The Holocaust Industry and Beyond Chutzpah.

Iraq is making no serious progress, despite the claims from the Bush administration and the pro-war right. Let's face it, it's a fucking disaster! As long as Republicans refuse to consider the economic side of the War on Terror, we can continue to expect increasing bloodshed. Iraq needs a Marshall Plan-type policy to help stabilize the region. Poverty is known to help foster terrorism. How many affluent suicide bombers have we known about?

Stem Cells - I'm not going to say much about this. The wingnuts want to Christianize the entire country under a smokescreen of fiscal conservatism. BULLSHIT! Bush isn't so much concerned about not spending federal money on stem cell research than he is about putting the religious nuts in his pocket.

Election fraud in Mexico! Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador smells a rat, and it looks like it may be president-elect Felipe Calderon. This reminds me so much of Bush-Gore.

I plan to resume my blogging duties this week. I hope to have at least three entries per week, as time permits. Thanks to everyone who continues to read The Metal Pundit. You all kick ass and I will drink this cold and tasty Corona in your honor. Gulp gulp...ahhhh!

All That Remains - The Fall of Ideals BUY THIS FUCKING ALBUM, along with the latest ANATA. Good day!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

MSM still doesn't get it - even when it's spelled out for them

Robert Novak was recently cleared to publish his account of the Plamegate affair and his account was published yesterdaty on July 12th.

In his account he reveals/confirms some new information. First is that he found out about Wilsons wife from a still unnamed source and that he actually got Plames name from Joe Wilsons entry in Who's Who. Rove confirmed what Novak had found as did Bill Harlow of the CIA.

Since the piece was published Novak has appeared on Fox with Brit Hume and on Hannity and Colmes.

During these appearances the following came out:

The unnamed source disclosed the information inadvertantly and it came up during a discussion of the Niger yellowcake situation.

Novak, himself doesn't believe that the disclosure was a conscious decision.

Nobody in the administration was pushing the information to Novak, now did anyone in the administration say anytyhing critical of Wilson.

Novak's discussion of Valerie Plame with Rove lasted about 20 seconds and consisted of Novak saying he heard Wilson's wife worked at the CIA and played a role in Wilson getting the mission and Rove replying "Oh, you know that, too?"

With all of these revelations you'd think the press could zero in on the three things tha treally seemed to stand out in this story

1. Novak's original source is still unnamed.
2. Valerie Plame was named in Joe Wilson's entry in Who's Who
3. Rove did not inform Novak of the story and his confirmation was nothing extraordinary.

The MSM however doesn't see the need to reveal most of this.

WaPo
USA Today
The Nation
The Seattle Times

Each of these "newspapers" makes no reference to Who's Who. A couple of them continue with the canard that Rove or the White House was the source, and all of them focus on the involvement of Rove and continue under the incorrect assumption that Plames identity was a secret.

With papers like these it's a wonder that all of America doesn't vote for the Democrats. Although, I guess that is their ultimate goal...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Back from My Short Vacation

I just got back from my 5-day vacation to Mexico with my father. This was somewhat of a short-notice journey, decided upon only weeks before departure. Nevertheless, I had a spectacular time hanging out with family and friends.

The primary reason my father and I decided to visit family in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, is because both my grandfather and one of my aunts are sick. My grandfather, although now doing much better, had his diabetes catch-up to him as his blood pressure and blood sugar levels soared. My aunt, unfortunately, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. On the bright side, a few second opinions have given her hope that cancer isn't actually present in her breasts. Nonetheless, she is receiving chemotherapy while further analysis is performed.

Since our arrival was met with good news, we proceeded to drink it up! We got ourselves several bottles of tequila, including Corralejo, Don Julio Anejo, Jimador, and Casadores. At night, I would join my cousins in late-night drinking. We went "clubbing" on two of the nights I was there. Let me say that the only good thing about the club scene are the girls. Other than that, the music sucks nuts and liquor is terribly expensive. I suppose dancing and feeling-up Mexican chicks is worth it.

During the day, my father and I would visit family from both his side and my mother's. You see, the entire family lives in Mexico, with the exception of my immediate family, a few cousins, an uncle, and an aunt in Chicago, one aunt in Dallas, and two uncles and family in Los Angeles. We ate great food and just kicked back sipping on Coronas and Victorias.

After three nights of striking out, I finally got laid on the fourth night. The lucky girl is very hot and knowledgeable in bed. She's a light-skinned, blue-eyed, blonde chick with an incredible ass and pretty face. I will honestly say she is out of my league in terms of physical traits. However, I've yet to meet a girl who enjoys talking on an intellectual level with me. Her best quality is the fact that she listens to punk and metal! As a result, we fornicated while playing Metallica's Black Album. Good times!

Since I took American Airlines, I had to stop at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. I was there for a couple of hours as I waited for the flight to Leon. I looked out the window and wondered where my good friend, BigNewsDay, could be. I almost felt like missing the flight and contacting you dude. One of these days...

So that's a brief summary of the last week. I know I sound overly excited about my vaginal acquisition, but I haven't been getting much lately, so bear with me!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Lighter side

I normally delete these when I recieve them, but this one caught my attention so I thought I would share it.


The boss of a Madison Avenue advertising agency called a spontaneous staff meeting in the middle of a particularly stressful week. (This is one pretty sharp boss!)



When everyone gathered, the boss, who understood the benefits of having fun, told the burnt out staff the purpose of the meeting was to have a quick contest. The theme: Viagra advertising slogans. The only rule was they had to use past ad slogans, originally written for other products that captured the essence of Viagra. Slight variations were acceptable.



About seven minutes later, they turned in their suggestions and created a Top Ten List. With all the laughter and camaraderie, the rest of the week went very well for everyone...



The top ten were:



10. Viagra, Whaazzzz up!
9. Viagra, The quicker pecker picker upper.
8. Viagra, like a rock!
7. Viagra, When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.
6. Viagra, Be all that you can be.
5. Viagra, Reach out and touch someone.
4. Viagra, Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.
3.Viagra, Home of the whopper!
2. Viagra, We bring good things to Life!



And the unanimous number one slogan:



1. This is your winkie. This is your winkie on drugs.

Jefferson running out of wiggle room

It is being reported that Democratic Rep. William Jefferson has about run out of wiggle room in his attempts to declare himself (and other members of Congress) as being above the law.

From the AP

An FBI raid on a Louisiana congressman's Capitol Hill office was legal, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan said members of Congress are not above the law. He rejected requests from lawmakers and Democratic Rep. William Jefferson to return material seized by the FBI in a May 20-21 search of Jefferson's office.

In a 28-page opinion, Hogan dismissed arguments that the first-ever raid on a congressman's office violated the Constitution's protections against intimidation of elected officials.

"Congress' capacity to function effectively is not threatened by permitting congressional offices to be searched pursuant to validly issued search warrants," said Hogan, who had approved the FBI's request to conduct the overnight search of Jefferson's office.

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The president's 45-day "cooling off period" ended Sunday with no compromise worked out but with assurances from the Justice Department that it would not seek to regain custody of the materials until Hogan ruled on Jefferson's request.

Because Hogan signed the search warrant authorizing the search, Jefferson's legal team was not surprised by his ruling upholding it.

"While a congressman is not above the law, the executive branch must also follow the law," said Jefferson's lawyer, Robert Trout. "We appreciate the consideration the judge accorded our motion for the return of the seized property, but we respectfully disagree with his conclusion, and we intend to appeal the ruling."

Hogan said a search warrant seeking material is very different than a subpoena seeking testimony.

"Jefferson may never be questioned regarding his legitimate legislative activities, is immune from civil or criminal liability for those activities, and no privileged material may ever be used against him in court," the judge wrote.


Good for this judge for doing the right, legal thing. Now I just need to obtain a list of those legislators that supported Jefferson in this attempt and make sure that none of them are in my districts, and if so, to vote them out of office (even if they are Republicans).

New York Times

All,

It's been a couple of weeks now since the New York Times and LA Times released stories about tracking terror finances. According to each paper these programs were classified at the time the papers went to print.

What I want to do is get a feel for where you all stand on this?

Unhinged Liberal attack

Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom is right wing blogger that many on the right side of the spectrum enjoy reading. I'm an occasional visitor there. I attempted to access the site yesterday (7/10) and was unable to do so, the site appeared to be offline. Curious, I did some looking around and found a doozy of a story that has apparantly been covered elsewhere rather extensively.

Apparantly Protein Wisdom was under a DDOS attack for reasons that I don't quite fathom. It all seems to have begun when a lefy visited the site and decided to play the role of troll and crossed the line (fuck that - obliterated the line).

I'm aware that most people that visit Metal Pundit are not fans, but Michelle Malkin has a nice overview.

Protein Wisdoms troll began leaving disgusting comments at the blog, resulting in that sick person resigning her position at the University of Arizona to avoid being fired. I've quoted some of the comments below:

"[...] as I said elsewhere, if I woke up tomorrow and learned that someone else had shot you and your “tyke” it wouldn’t slow me down one iota. You aren’t “human” to me."

" Ooh. Two year old boy. Sounds hot. You live in Colorado, I see. Hope no one Jon-Benets your baby."

"Give your pathetic progeny (I sure hope that mofo got good genes from his mama!) a big fat tongue-filled kiss from me! LOTS AND LOTS OF SALIVA from Auntie MOONBAT, if you don’t mind!"

I don't care what side of the political spectrum you sit on , this is disgusting, appalling behavior and this woman, Deb Frisch appears to show no real remorse and seems to be lying her way through every step of the situation.

This kind of discourse adds nothing to the political fold and I call on those with a healthy interest in politics (left or right) to condemn those that would so cheapen political debate as to make sexual comments about a toddler.

Part of what bothers the hell out of me is that this bitch was working in the university system tainting the minds of the kids placed in her care. Personally I hope that some form of punitive legal action can be taken against her.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Rove will not be charged in Plame affair

In a story guaranteed to send Kossacks into a broiling rage, it has been announced that Karl Rove will not be charged in Plamegate.

Top White House aide Karl Rove has been told by prosecutors he won't be charged with any crimes in the investigation into the leak of a CIA officer's identity, his lawyer said Tuesday, lifting a heavy burden from one of President Bush's most trusted advisers.

Attorney Robert Luskin said that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald informed him of the decision on Monday, ending months of speculation about the fate of Rove, the architect of Bush's 2004 re-election now focused on stopping Democrats from capturing the House or Senate in this November's elections.


I'm glad to see that Rove was able to navigate the waters of the Grand Jury without earning himself indictments of perjury and obstruction of justice a la Libby and Clinton in recent years.

Now, we can only wonder when Joe Wilson will be indicted as he is alleged to have been telling everyone he met that his wife worked for the CIA.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

We got him!! Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed in air raid

Terrorist mastermind, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a precision air strike last night (6/7/06) in the province of Diyala in Iraq.

The death has been confirmed by US forces as well as by Al-Qaida in Iraq. In a posting on their website the terrorist scum said "We want to give you the joyous news of the martyrdom of the mujahed sheik Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,"

Rest in hell, you miserable excuse for a human being.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Federal Gay Marriage Ban dead?

It's looking less and less likely that the federal gay marriage ban will pass the Senate.

In related news, the state of Alabama voted to ban gay marriage by a 4 to 1 ratio.

UPDATE

The measure failed to pass. It didn't even muster 50% of the vote.

More details of the Canadian Terror plots

By now I'm sure most of us have heard of the Canadian terror plots that the Mounties seem to have broken up.

In addition to planning to behead the Canadian PM, it has been revealed that the men took delivery of three tons of ammonium nitrate. Ammonium Nitrate is a fertilizer that can be used to produce soem serious explosives.

According to the AP report this is more fertilizer than that which was used to in the Oklahoma City bombing.

In a statement certain to piss off the ACLU and leftists everywhere, John Bolton pointed out that the arrests followed two years of police surveillance including wiretaps, observation and tracing of Internet usage.

"I hope the American public as a whole understands why these steps are being taken (in the United States), not to invade their privacy, not to find out things about legitimate activities, but to uncover these terrorist networks," he said.

Republican wins House race in Calif.

In an election widely viewed by many to be a foreshadowing of the midterm elections this fall Republican Brian Bilbray claimed victory over his opponent Democrat Francine Busby.

This special election was to determine who would take the place of Randall "Duke" Cunningham. Duke, was sentenced to 8 years behind bars for accepting bribes on an almost unheard of scale from various contractors.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Presidential Straw Poll

Greetings Everyone! It's been a long time since I posted anything politically meaningful. I decided to create a Presidential Straw Poll to get a grasp of the most popular candidates for the presidency in 2008. Feel free to pick as many candidates as you please. I'll post the results in a few weeks.

Don't forget to comment on your pick(s) in this diary. Not only are your comments appreciated, but I'm actually curious to know what everyone thinks. Have fun with this and we'll soon know who are the favorites for 2008.

One last thing, please spread the word on Blabbermouth. I'm curious what the Blabbermouth community has to say.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

De La Hoya Schools Mayorga!

In a 6th round TKO, Oscar De La Hoya defeated Ricardo Mayorga to win the WBC Middleweight Championship. After a vicious promotion, where Mayorga taunted De La Hoya with vile vitriol, the new champ dropped Mayorga twice and gave him a boxing lesson. There is no doubt that De La Hoya is the #1 boxing attraction. I'm hoping a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. sees the light of day! Although De La Hoya showed a little rust, he landed an impressive 44% of his punches. Mayorga could only bow down after the brutal beating he was given.

Good Stuff!!!

Monday, May 01, 2006

NFL Draft thoughts

Please post any thoughts or observations of this past weekends NFL Draft here.

I was a little surprised that the Texans went with Mario Williams over Bush or Young. Their reasoning seems shaky at best, when you are 2-14 you don't focus on how best to beat a 14-2 team, look to getting back to a .500 record first.

What kind of crack is Buffalo smoking? Trading up in the first round to get a player that everyone had projected as being a late second or early third round pick?

Carolina got the best RB in the first round, Williams is an explosive runner that should last a long while in the NFL.

Pittsburgh should be a much better team next year, they made some awesome choices.

I still don't think that Jay Cutler is first round material

I'm glad to see that Marcus Vick went undrafted. Hopefully nobody picks him up in fre agency either

Tarvaris Jackson in the second to Minnesota? It's almost like they went out of their way to overpay a third string QB.

The boycott is on

Well, the boycott is on. Illegal Immigrants are lining streets across America and are not showing up for school or work, nor are they participating in the economy in any way.

This is awesome, the first thing I noticed this morning was that traffic was actually moving this morning. In the DC Metro area it normally takes me anywhere from 30-45 minutes to drive 20 miles in the morning. Today, it took me 15 minutes (highway driving).

I had to pick up gasoline at the local Sheetz station this morning and I was able to pump, run inside and grab a cup of coffee, the line consited of two people ahead of me. Normally this line is about 15 deep and slow moving.

I don't know for sure if the traffic is a result of the boycott, but if it is, let's extend the boycott to 365 days a year.

One other random thought about those that are boycotting the US economy by not making any purchases. What if one of them needs to go to the hospital, will they refuse treatment? If they are not putting anything into the economy today (debateable if they ever do), will they also not leech off of the economy today?

Friday, April 28, 2006

Star-Spangled Banner...en Espanol?

After a laborious morning, my father and I decided to head over to a restaurant close to home for lunch. We sat down and proceeded to order our meals. We talked for a while before I glanced at the TV hanging from the wall directly in front of me. The TV was showing CNN's coverage of some American's outrage over the recording of a Spanish version of the Star-Spangled Banner. At first, I laughed after reading viewers' emails, which staunchly condemned such blasphemy. In other words, I thought the coverage was simply showing typical American bigotry. However, as I began to pay more attention, I noticed even the anchors were speaking in a more serious tone.

I thought about it to myself. I thought, "why would anyone want to record the national anthem in Spanish?" I came to the conclusion that it wasn't a great idea and that it would probably promote the bigot's Reconquista claims.

I then asked my father what he thought about it. My dad is an immigrant from Mexico. He came here over 25 years ago, worked his ass off for years, and finally became a U.S. Citizen about 10 years ago. He is extremely proud of being American and he isn't afraid to show it. His answer, therefore, surprised me. He asked, "why are they so mad about? They took half of Mexico and we eventually got over it. You can't compare a national anthem to half a country." At first I was speechless, but it then it hit me. People who are "defending" the national anthem from losing its soul are hypocrites. I'm sure many of these people don't know the words to the song and yet they're attempting to defend it on so-called principles.

Americans, typically conservative hacks, call for unquestioned patriotism. The immigrants who support this Spanish-version "Star-Spangled Banner" are demonstrating their love for this country. Fuck, it feeds their fucking families. I'm not defending illegal immigration here, let's make that point clear. I'm simply making the case for bigots to settle the fuck down. It's a powerful song, I agree. But before you begin to bash a sizeable part of this country, re-examine the meaning behind our national anthem.

An update is likely since I'm a little fired-up right now!

I've got 24 Senators that need to go away...For a long time

In a stunning decision, the California State Senate endorsed the May 1st planned boycott of schools, jobs and stores by illegal immigrants. They also approved to refer to this boycott (officially) as the Great American Boycott 2006.

The vote went straight down party lines 24-13. The Democrats reasons for the bill were largely based on emotion (as normal) and largely had nothing to do with reason

During the debate the following arguments/stories were relayed
Sen. Nell Soto, D-Pomona, recalled watching as a child as immigration police swept up brown-skinned farmworkers, "not even asking if they were illegal or illegal."


Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, described how her grandfather remained in the country illegally after overstaying a work permit during the 1940s, when he picked fruits and vegetables while American men were fighting World War II.


I have several problems with this bill.

1) Any public official that actively encourage children to skip school needs to be removed from office
2) Why is any body of government endorsing illegal immigration? Last time I checked, crossing the border illegally was a felony, has that changed?

Immigration reform that makes sense?

In honor of the undocumented worker boycott scheduled for Monday I thought I'd put up a couple of posts about the boycott and some pieces about how to fix the problem with illegal immigration.

First up is an opinion piece written by Newt Gingrich. Before any of the lefties heads explode about Newt being reference here, take a look at what he has to say.

First, control the borders with decisive legislation aggressively implemented with tight deadlines. Once we have stopped the illegal flow of people we will have demonstrated the seriousness necessary to gain both the credibility and the leverage needed to implement the next steps. Fortunately, a bipartisan consensus has emerged that securing the borders is indeed priority number one. Three national leaders have it right in their shared view that border control is the first step. Senator Frist is exactly right when he wrote recently that “to build confidence among Americans and Congress that the government takes border security seriously, we have to act to help get the border under control right now.” Senator Clinton is also right when she recently recognized the need for a “smart fence” along the border to enhance security. And Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is also correct when he said last week that “the first thing we want is tough border control.”

Accordingly, the Congress should pass a border-control bill immediately. There is no reason the Congress cannot immediately pass such a bill, and then concentrate on additional immigration reform measures later. The Congress should immediately act on this one aspect of immigration reform around which there is widespread agreement. America needs real border control immediately.


Absolutely, let's stop illegal immigration at the source rather than punting it and letting the next administration deal (or not deal) with it as they choose. Not only should we do this first, it need to do it now to get the ball rolling.

Newt continues into other ares covering elections (American citizens can only vote in American elections), punish employers who taxation and immigration laws by hiring illegals, and the establishment of a guest worker system including biometric identity card, a background check, and a 24/7 computerized real time verification capability so no business can claim ignorance.

Read the whole thing, It's definately got some great ideas within.

Friday, April 14, 2006

End Game?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stepped up the verbal lashing of Israel today. Today's comments covered the annihilation of Israel and some seemingly dismissive of the Holocaust.

In a conference in support of Palestine Ahmadinejad stated that "Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation, The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm."

Further elevating his world image to one similar to Santa Claus, Good ole Mahmoud had this to say about the Holocaust and the restoration of the Israeli state "If such a disaster is true, why should the people of this region pay the price? Why does the Palestinian nation have to be suppressed and have its land occupied?"

Unfortunately, no literate people with a familiarity of the Middle East were present to ask him questions about the history of Palestine, such as currency used, past rulers, etc.

At this point, I seriously doubt that we'll make it more than 5 years without seeing some massive assault launched from the Middle East - be it against, Israel or the US... To clarify that, I'm not talking assault on the level of the Gulf War, Afghanistan... I'm thinking Normandy or God Forbid, Hiroshima.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Those Damn Racists!!!

Well those damn racists are at it again. The detah of the immigration reform bill can be solely placed on the hands of the Republican Democrat Party

From Sign on San Diego

Who killed immigration reform? The autopsy shows it was Senate Democrats.

It's tempting to put a pox on both parties. But it wouldn't be fair. Republicans were tireless in search of comprehensive, and bipartisan, reform. Sen. John McCain of Arizona joined with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., to draft the guest-worker legislation, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter made that legislation central to what his committee sent to the full Senate. Sens. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Sam Brownback of Kansas were vocal in their support. Sens. Mel Martinez of Florida and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska offered a helpful compromise. And Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist showed leadership by reaching out to the other side.

Too bad you can't say the same for Democratic leader Harry Reid, who was the villain in this drama.

Hector Flores, president of the League of United Latin-American Citizens, told me that he tried to impress upon Reid's office that it was important to get immigration reform done.

“Apparently, it fell on deaf ears,” Flores said.

Reid claims it was GOP hard-liners who killed reform by running roughshod over Frist.

Baloney. The hard-liners had – by all accounts – no more than 30 votes, including those of conservative Democrats. On the other side, you had – according to McCain – as many as 70 votes.

A deal was at hand that would have offered legal status to some illegal immigrants. It would have made the GOP seem more Latino-friendly, but it would also have infuriated organized labor, which opposes something that was in the mix: guest workers.

After the Senate Judiciary Committee put out a guest-worker bill, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney issued a statement saying: “Guest-workers programs are a bad idea and harm all workers.”

That did it. Senate Democrats sided with labor and sold out Latinos. The deal came undone because Reid refused to allow the legislation to go through the amendment process. Republicans had come up with as many as 400 amendments but whittled the list to 20. Reid agreed to proceed with debate on just three.

It was a masterstroke by Democrats. Labor is happy. And while Latinos are angry, there's always the chance that Democrats can fool them into channeling that anger toward Republicans.

Remarkably, it's working. At a protest in Washington Monday, one Latina held up a sign that read: “The GOP is losing my Latino vote.” At another protest in Dallas, someone handed out registration leaflets urging demonstrators to vote Democratic.


Just gotta love the "party of the people". Actions like these are why I have such a hard time buying into the Democratic Party as a viable option for public office. They generally seem to be much more of a two faced group of people willing to swindle the public than I am comfortable with.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Senator Feingold...Our Next President?

While the GOP is self-destucting, not many Democrats have taken advantage by pushing the envelope further. Perhaps the one Democrat who has been exceptional is Senator Russ Feingold from Wisconsin. He was the one senator to question the Patriot Act shortly after 9/11. He has consistently pushed the idea that Republicans can't govern. Recently, he introduced a presidential censure resolution. This move was both brilliant and risky. Not only did he move his base, but he proved that there IS a Democrat out there who owns a nice pair of balls!

This past week, Senator Feingold went into hostile territory and appeared on Faux News! As much as that jerkoff Chris Wallace tried to pin Feingold into a defensive position, the senator maintained his message and looked very civil. You can see the video here.

Could it be that we're looking at our next president? I once thought McCain would be the most-likely person, but he's been messing around in wingnuttia. The Arizona senator has been moving to the right in almost every issue. He sure is looking like Joe Lieberman these days!

I now have a difficult choice for whom I will support in 2008. Will I support Al Gore (assuming he'll run, which he has negated)? Or will I support Russ "balls of steel" Feingold? We still have some years to go before this heats up. A note to Feingold: don't let Hilary get all the money! Start raising the funds now!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Children of Bodom Show on Wednesday!

Greetings everyone! I'll be attending the Children of Bodom show on Wednesday! God Forbid will be supporting. This will be a phenomenal show! I'll post a review the following day.

The Metal Pundit will be returning with more political hackery soon! Until then, post whatever the fuck you want!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Chicago Marches Against Draconian Immigration Legislation






On Friday, I had the pleasure of taking part in Chicago's march against terrible immigration law, especially Rep. Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) HR 4437. This law, which passed the House of Representatives in December, removes judicial review from the deportation process, undermines the writ of habeas corpus, and even implicates anyone who helps (including clergy and medical doctors) with criminal charges. It doesn't stop here guys!

If the Senate Committee on the Judiciary puts forth a bill with these provisions, will all Mexicans like me have to carry proof of our "legality"? How is that fair for citizens like me?

I'm all for better border protection, but these draconian measures are just plain wrong. I want to start a discussion on immigration policy. Let us discuss HR 4437, as well as the McCain-Kennedy bill.

Please be careful of how you illustrate your opinions because this is a sensitive issue for me. Although such a law doesn't affect me, it sure affects family and friends, people who have been busting their asses with horrendous wages just to make a living. Please be civil. While you gather your thoughts, here are some pictures of the enormous march (up to 300,000 participants were estimated)!

Friday, March 10, 2006

The End of the Bush Administration?



The Bush administration suffered yet another political blow, thanks to the collapse of the Dubai Ports deal. Bush's painfully low approval ratings may have pushed many GOP Congressmen to oppose the deal, despite Bush's veto threat. Being an election year, this isn't all too surprising. This latest debacle solidifies the idea of Bush's White House being incompetent.

Incompetence has been the theme of the Bush administration since being re-elected. He failed miserably on social security reform, despite his national tour promoting it. He pissed off his wingnut base by nominating Harriet Miers, a seemingly qualified attorney who wasn't conservative-enough. The far-right hated her so much, that they denied her the "up-or-down vote" they have been so vociferous about! Bush ignored warnings about Katrina's potential devastation, possibly leading to FEMA not having the resources to be at the scene in time. At the moment, he's shifting blame to Congress for the lack of progress in the rebuilding efforts, a tactic that implicates his fellow GOP (remember Congress is GOP-controlled). The Iraq mess is only getting worse, and now Iran appears to be in the cross hairs. How many days was Bush on vacation in Texas?

While the Democrats still must work hard to convert these failures into Congressional gains, the job is looking much easier these days. Could this be the end of the so-called conservative movement? I sure hope so because it sure hasn't worked!

Bye Bye Dubya!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Latest News

Greetings fellow metalheads! I apologize for the delay in posting a meaningful diary. I have been incredibly busy these past couple of months. I finally received my LSAT score. While it isn't as high as I expected, I'm still in the mid 150's, which will help me get in a decent Chicago-area law school. I suppose my forte isn't standardized testing because I was doing very well in the practice tests I took. However, I have to keep pushing forward and must not let anything get me down.

A lot has been going on lately in the world of politics. A video showing the Bush administration ignoring Katrina warnings has made significant noise. The left is surely attacking the Bush administration, which has recurrently proved that Americans cannot trust federal government-loathing people to govern. This administration has demonstrated how incompetent it is. Sure, they're awfully good at politics and framing the debate, but responsible social and fiscal governing has been more than lackluster.

For Democrats like me, this doesn't mean that this year's midterm elections will be glorious. The DNC has to develop some meaningful ideas that will resonate with the American public. The Dems will not win if they simply run on GOP failures (and there are plenty of them). I sure hope Democratic leaders like Rahm Emanuel (head of the DCCC)are creating a strong message.

The other big story is the Dubai Ports deal. This story bores me, so I don't really have anything to editorialize about. I will say that this situation raises questions about the Bush administration's true political motivations. Bush's 2004 campaign was infested with "fight against terrorism" rhetoric. He consistently asserted that he would do anything to beat the terrorists. Furthermore, the contrapositive to this is that he would also NOT do anything that would help the terrorists. I'm not suggesting that such a deal would help terrorism in any way. I am, however, saying that this fiasco reveals a crucial inconsistency - that suddenly Bush isn't as austere about this principle anymore.

Those Republicans who support the president on this deal (many GOP are opposed) have spewed vitriol at the Dems, suggesting that their opposition stems from outright racism. I will say this isn't the case. However, it is quite apparent that this debacle is all about politics. It's understandable since it is, indeed, an election year.

Share your thoughts!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Kinda Quiet

It's been kinda quiet around here lately, so I thought I would just mention that I bought the new InFlames.

I was surprised. The one song I heard - Leeches - before the album was released lead me to believe that InFlames had become the new KoRn.

They haven't.

The new album is actually pretty heavy.

You should check it out.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Rick Rubin to Produce Next Metallica Album!

Fellow Metal Pundits, the Bob Rock era Metallica is officially done! According to a story on Blabbermouth, Metallica have announced that their next album will be produced by the legendary producer who is known for his work with Slayer, Slipknot, and System of a Down. I'm actually excited about this! No more trash can snares, no more lack of solos, and hopefully no more crappy songs! I have high hopes for this next album. I sure hope they don't let us down again! The ideal would be to have Rubin influence them to play thrash. This is all wishful thinking, but I really wish that their next album will rival recent masterpieces by Exodus and Nevermore!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Interesting Survey

I ran across this survey and thought I would post it here to get some feedback and your thoughts.

As a conservative, I found these two quotes to be of particular interest.

1)"Two of the four mentioned most often _ Rice and Powell _ are from a Republican administration that is unpopular with most blacks"

and

2)"A more diversified black community doesn't find it necessary to have one voice."

Is this survey indicative of a shift in the black community from blind allegiance to a party for partys sake toward a more educated and thought out approach concerning leadership?

Hurricane Katrina - and this administrations lack of a timely response - seemed to play a large role in some of the responses, and given that, I found it curious that Rice came in just under Jackson - as opposed to Farrakhan or Sharpton.

But I also found it hopeful in that many blacks, while blaming Bush for the response, don’t seem to be blaming the entire Republican Party – something even the most senior Democrats in Washington have been unable to do.

Your thoughts?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

This beats the hell out of any scripted show ever

Saddam Hussein has announced that he is on a hunger strike as his way of protesting the chief judge handling the case against him. He claims to have not eaten for three days, a claim was has not been verified as of yet.

In Saddams own words to the judge "For three days we have been holding a hunger strike protesting against your way of treating us — against you and your masters.".


This is the least of it, however, his former Intelligence chief has appeared in court the last two days only wearing his long underwear. Genius apparantly decided that he wasn't going to appear in court anymore and the judge and guards had other ideas. According to the AP he (Ibrahim) had to be pulled into the court — shouting and struggling and wearing only his long underwear — by guards who held him by the arms.

Some of my favorite quotes from the Butcher and his cronies

"You brought me by force in my pyjamas and I have been on a hunger strike for two days." - Ibrahim Barzan former Intelligence chief

"I say to all Iraqis fight and liberate your country." - Saddam Hussein - didn't he butcher the last group that attempted this?

"Hit your own head with that gavel." - Saddam Hussein addressing chief judge Abdel-Rahman

What a couple of nutjobs, may justice be served to them now and for eternity.

If this is the best you can do, SHUT UP!

I'm not Ann Coulters biggest fan. She's published the occasional piece that I agree with or find humurous and I greatly enjoyed High Crimes and Misdemeanors and Treason. Yesterday she highlighted exactly why many conservatives aren't enamored of her.

At the 33rd annual Conservative Political Action Conference she uttered six little words that will once again cast the Republican party and conservatives in general as racists.

Read below the fold for the quote

"Maybe they do [have nuclear weapons], maybe they don't, but they're certainly acting like they do. ... If you don't want to get shot by the police, don't point a gun at them. Or as I think our motto should be, post 9/11," Raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences."

This kind of speech, while I will defend her right to say it, is disgusting. While I certainly understand where she's going with this in reference to Iran and the nuclear standoff currently in place, this is not the way to do it.

Introducing racial/religious slurs into a debate is the quickest way to provoke emotional response rather than intelligent debate. If this is the best that Coulter can do these days maybe she needs to shut up.

Ann, with that in mind (like you'll ever read this), get back to your roots of skewering liberals and knock off the slander against an entire religion. I dislike it when the liberals slander Christians and I'll not sit idly by while you slander Arabs/Muslims.


Update by BigNewsDay:
Here is a picture of his Adam's Apple

Monday, February 13, 2006

Blabbermouth

Anybody else see this post?

I have to agree with the guy. The comments left on Blabbermouth more often than not are less than intellectual, usually have no information that adds anything to the story, and almost always contain one the following:

"this band is gay because people buy their records and if you buy their records your gay too"

or

"pig vomit rules and so does any band that you don't know about because I know about them and that makes me more hardcore than you"

Now, it seems to me that most posters on Blabbermouth like to flame for the sake of flaming. It also seems to me that most posters have a case of "I listened to this band before you, and therefore, you aren't a true fan and don't know what your talking about" and "for a band to be a true hardcore metal band the music has to suck to the point of being almost unlistenable to and that is what makes it hardcore" syndrome. (I know unlistenable isn’t a real word, but I couldn’t think of another one that would work here)

In all my 32 years on this Earth I have never understood this attitude. Not everybody is in Joe Blows basement smoking weed when Joe Blow forms "X" band, and therefore, it is inevitable that not every person who likes "X" band will have been a follower since the beginning. Get over it.

And as far as I can tell, if a band sucks it doesn't matter how hardcore they are. Most people won't buy music that sucks. It has nothing to do with how hardcore I am or the band is. It has to do with the fact that music that sucks just...well, sucks.

I won't even touch the political arguments that go down over there for one simple reason: most of the posters there are probably posting from the library at their middle school. Until you get a job, pay taxes, get screwed by whatever administration happens to be in office at the time, pay rent to an asshole or a mortgage to a group of assholes, have to pay $80 every time you get gas, and are old enough to vote, I don't want to hear you bash something you can't even begin to understand. You can have an opinion, but until you walk a mile in the real world, nobody cares. Go find a girl and enjoy being 13. Let the adults be the adults. Your time will come soon enough.

Just my two cents and probably not even worth that much.

Yet more liberal lunacy

England is looking to impose a ban on smoking in public places.

As a smoker I tend to disagree with these indoor smoking bans as I find it a major inconvienience and nuisance to not be able to smoke at a bar. I personally feel that it should be up to the owners of these establishments on whether or not to allow smoking and from there the public can decide which type of establishment it wants to support.

I can also understand the point of view of the non-smokers as cigarette smoke is rather nasty to a non smoker (it bothers me at times). There isn't an answer that will make everyone happy with regards to smoking and "smokers rights"

But I feel that this comment in regards to the proposed smoking ban in the England pretty much sums up why I mistrust those on the left hand side of the spectrum

"Barron (Labour MP) said the government had been too concerned by public opinion and not health implications."



Any government that doesn't listen to what it's public wants and flat out imposes it's will for "the betterment of the people" is so marginally removed from an autocracy (or an oligarchy in the case of the UK) that it's not even amusing.

This is the kind of mindset that undermines the American way of life and I see the Democrats constantly and consistantly taking the view of "we know better than you do, so do what we say" attitude towards most everything.

Cheney shoots fellow hunter in Texas

Late Saturday evening VP Disk Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a fellow hunter while hunting quail about 60 miles southwest of Corpus Christi.

The gentleman shot is one Mr. Harry Whittington who is listed as being in "very stable" condition.

My first take on this was one of sympathy for the man shot and then I immediatly wondered what the nuts a Dkos had to say about it? What follows below are some of my favortie quotes from the Kos Kids


"So are these sick BushCo fucks only turned on by power and violence? Can't someone be set up for a sexcapade already?!"
by srkp23

"Vice President Cheney is no longer allowed to meet with the President, on the grounds that Cheney may accidentally slice him up with a letter opener."
by scottman

"First, Clinton shoots Monica in the face and chest, now Cheney shoots a republican in the face and chest. At least Bill didn't make the Secret Service clean Monica off. I wonder if the orange vest will be as popular with the rethugs as the blue dress was."

by Kickturn

"I come from a country where guns are few and far between - even the cops don't carry them.

So to hear that the Vice-President of the US has actually shot one of his friends is unbelievable. A walking advert for gun control. The fact that Cheney's office is trying so hard to play it down is also baffling - he SHOT SOMEONE for crap's sake...."
by Mephistopheles

"Dig deep-- thres aconspiracy somewhere-- dig dig"
by schtuw

"The REAL tragedy was.... That Cheney wasn't the one who was shot"
by exlrrp

To be fair I find at least one of the above comments to be amusing, namely those by Kickturn and scottman. The rest are rather normal for as far as how a conservative tends to view liberals.

I say this because it seems like libs are always looking for a conspiracy involving Republicans, a lack of respect for life unless that life belongs to a terrorist insurgent and of course the all powerful love that Bush et al have for power and violence.

Can't the liberals come up with something new? Don't the tin foil hats begin to irritate your scalps after a while?

Friday, February 10, 2006

Black History Month

Push play...read...think...



In honor of Black History Month, I give you Bad Brains.

It's funny how kids at school are forced to learn about Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Rodney King, and a myriad of other useless information, but never a mention of black contributions to what many considered the fringes of American society - which, when you think about it, is where true change most often begins.

Bad Brains fit that description. They existed in a movement largely political in nature, but at the same time, largely a movement centered on pushing the boundaries of a society stuck in the mire of acceptance, mediocrity, and stability based on unstable ideals.

Bad Brains were an influential band during the Punk Revolution of the late 70's and early 80's. They somehow managed - minus the aid of major media, big record companies, or MTV, to carve out a large following in a genre so closely tethered to neo-nazi types and whites that the thought of a black punk band never entered the minds of those following the movement from the outside.

In this, I think Bad Brains made a statement about Punk that is all too often lost in translation. Punk - and by association, Hardcore - which, when you get right down to it, Bad Brains were - was a movement of social change. Much like the pontifications of X and the peaceful pleadings of MLK, Bad Brains were instrumental in shifting the paradigm of acceptance, of political expression, and breaking the strangle hold of mainstream America on the minds of the youth caught up in the punk expression – regardless of skin color.

One must realize that the punk movement was not centered around the bigotry or bias of race extremists. It was – and is - centered around questioning what one was told was truth with no evidence supporting such a dictate. Of course, there was a neo-nazi - to be refereed to as "fucker" - mentality on some levels of the scene, but the same can be seen in the hip-hop society that permeates our high schools, malls, and television today. However, in large, members of the punk scene did not subscribe to the base hate and intolerance the "fuckers" were preaching. In fact, I believe it was the Dead Kennedy's who sang "Fuck the Nazi Punks".

But that is a post for another time. Right now, I would like to take a minute and recognize the unheralded accomplishment of Bad Brains. A black band in a largely white environment, coexisting with like minded white people, working to break the mold in which main stream society expected them fit.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

And the award goes to....

Last nights Grammys produced the normal list of crap winners in the "Rock" category. Slipknot won the award for Metal. Before people get to upset over this, it's not like they beat out CoB, Obituary or any good bands. The nominee list was just as weak as normal including:

Ministry - no decent albums since Psalm 69
Mudvayne - never been too impressed with them, Dig is an awesome song, but that's it.
Rammstein - Everything since Sehnsucht has been a letdown
Shadows Fall - never understood why people like them, very boring musically

So given the normal crapfest of the Grammys (anyone else remember Jethro Tull winning best metal in 89 over Metallica with ...Justice?) Who do you feel should have been nominated in the metal category and which of those should have won?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The McCain-Obama Saga and the Funeral Rally




Barack Obama swept the Democratic Party off its feet with his keynote address at the DNC Convention in 2004. His truly inspiring words gave hope and meaning to a party in desperation. His lovable persona and strong work ethic implied that it would be difficult to find a major flaw in the junior senator. However, just when many of us, on the left, thought Obama was un-smearable, Senator John McCain unleashes a mudslinging campaign against him. Here is the letter McCain sent Obama:

"When you approached me and insisted that despite your leadership's preference to use the issue to gain a political advantage in the 2006 elections, you were personally committed to achieving a result that would reflect credit on the entire Senate and offer the country a better example of political leadership, I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter. ... I'm embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interept your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in political to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won't make the same mistake again."


I'm not particularly interested in McCain's whimpering. Rather, I dare to speculate on what I think is manifesting: Dent Obama's image now for later reference.

It's true. I think McCain, a possible GOP presidential nominee for 2008, is attempting to lay a foundation to later smear Obama, just in case he's on the ticket for 2008 (which I doubt). I'm aware that this may sound all too suspicious, but why else would McCain engage in such a public display of character-thrashing? One thing is for sure, the wingnuts over at Redstate are ecstatic over this. They see it as a victory for the GOP since the Democrat's rising star was bitch-slapped! A bitch-slapping it isn't. Obama hasn't responded to this just yet. When he does, expect the same eloquence and honest character he has employed since he broke-out in 2004.

McCain, I believe you have fucked up going after Obama. It is not because I happen to like Obama, or because I worked on his senatorial campaign, but because this will make you look like the fool that you are.

Then again, the GOP's talking points have been lame as of late. What do they do after Coretta Scott King's funeral? Bitch the fuck about it! They make it seem as though the funeral was actually a political rally. They claim that it was inappropriate to bring politics into the funeral ceremony because it is "bad etiquette". Huh...just like politics were brought into a family's personal decision regarding a woman in a persistent vegetative state. Of course politics were appropriate, in my opinion, because Dr. King's legacy is defined by his civil rights work and the politics that came from it. Perhaps Bush's spy program shouldn't have been mentioned, but continuing to yap about makes the funeral a partisan issue...thanks GOP!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Super Bowl XL

Greetings everyone! I took the LSAT yesterday and I think it went very well. Hopefully this isn't purely wishful thinking and confidence actually exists within me. I expect to receive my score February 27th, give or take a few days. We'll see how smart Lefty Metalhead really is! Fortunately, the test included only one logic games section. However, I went through the necessary reading comprehension section, plus THREE logical reasoning sections (one of which will not be scored). I'll keep you posted.

The Super Bowl is today. I pick the Seattle Seahawks to win with a score of 38-28. The Steelers are being hyped too much for my taste. We'll see in a few hours...

***UPDATE*** Damn! I was way off! Congrats to the Steelers!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Alito has been confirmed

Samuel Alito was confirmed by the U.S Senate today. The vote tallies currently stand at 58 for and 38 against. This is the narrowest margin for a Supreme Court nominee since Clarence Thomas back in '88.

According to Fox News, Alito will be sworn in this afternoon and will be attending the State of the Union adress tonight in his Supreme Court robes.

One thing I noticed were the absenses of several Democratic Senators, most notably Robert KKK Byrd and John "I have 31 purple hearts" Kerry. Given Kerrys screed on Kos (see prior posting) I'm surprised that he couldn't be bothered to at least cast a 'nay' vote. Byrd surprises me because I would have thought that racist piece of crap would have jumped at the chance to vote against Italian-American Alito

UPDATE
Final tally was 58-42 with Byrd voting for Alito and Kerry voting nay. Each of them apparantly voted in the second round of voting.

Those Democrats who crossed party lines to vote for Alito are as follows:

Byrd, W.Va.
Conrad, N.D.
Johnson, S.D.
Nelson, Neb.

Republicans who voted with the Dems are as follows:

Chafee, R.I.

And anyone who can't guess how Jim Jeffords (I) voted needs to be taken out back and beaten with a stick.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Senator Kerry's Message

The following is a diary posted by Senator Kerry over at DailyKos. It makes a strong case for the filibuster of Judge Alito. It explains why it is necessary to oppose Alito, and it outlines the hypocrisy of the right: refusing to give Harriet Miers the up-or-down vote "every presidential nominee deserves" while demanding it for Alito. Read on...

Do I support a filibuster? The answer is yes.

Yesterday Senator Kennedy and I spoke with our colleagues about it. I don't have a shred of doubt in my opposition to Sam Alito's nomination. I know Senator Kennedy does not either. He has truly been a great leader in the effort to oppose Judge Alito.

I spent a lot of time over the last years thinking about the Supreme Court and who America needs on the highest court in the land. So I don't hesitate a minute in saying that Sam Alito is not that person. His entire legal career shows that, if confirmed, he will take America backwards. People can say all they want that "elections have consequences." Trust me, more than anyone I understand that. But that seems like an awfully convoluted rationale for me to stay silent about Judge Alito's nomination.

I voted against Justice Roberts, I feel even more strongly about Judge Alito. Why? Rather than live up to the promise of "equal justice under the law," he's consistently made it harder for the most disadvantaged Americans to have their day in court. He routinely defers to excessive government power regardless of how extreme or egregious the government's actions are. And, to this date, his only statement on record regarding a woman's right to privacy is that she doesn't have one.

I said yesterday that President Bush had the opportunity to nominate someone who would unite the country in a time of extreme division. He chose not to do this, and that is his right. But we have every right, in fact, we have a responsibility, to fight against a radical ideological shift on the Supreme Court. Just think about how this nomination came to be. Under fire from his conservative base for nominating Harriet Miers--a woman whose judicial philosophy they mercilessly attacked--President Bush broke to extreme right-wing demands.

This was a coup.

Miers was removed and Alito was installed to replace the swing vote on the Court. The President gave no thought to what the American people really wanted--or needed. So it's up to us to think about what America really needs - that's part of the true meaning of "advice and consent."

Here's the bottom line though and I'll just be blunt and direct about it. It takes more than one or two people to filibuster. It's not "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." I'm doing what I can, Senator Kennedy is doing what he can, but if, like me, you want to stop Judge Alito from becoming Justice Alito, we can't just preach to our own choir. We need even more of your advocacy.


The right opposed Harriet Miers and got rid of her. We must oppose Alito and get rid of him! I'm not saying we'll succeed, or even that we have a chance, but the fight is worth fighting. Many rights are at stake here. I don't think any of us are willing to return to the 1950's. Good day! -Lefty

Monday, January 23, 2006

Update from Lefty

Greetings Everyone!

I apologize for the lack of content on my part throughout the past couple of weeks. I didn't want to bore anyone with my personal life, but I think I'll tell you all what's going on in my life. I encourage every Metal Pundit to do so as well.

I've been incredibly busy the last three weeks. I took a Kaplan prep course for the Law School Admissions Test. It has been going very well as I see steady improvement. I've taken three practice tests and I'm in the range to attend a decent law school. I'm not intimidated by the test anymore, which has allowed me to think clearly and focus on the material. I take the real exam on February 4. So wish me good luck!

Aside from that, I've been practicing guitar a couple of days a week. I still suck, to say the least, but I'm seeing, and hearing, improvement.

As for social life, what social life? Friday the 13th was my birthday (23 already). I had dinner with my family and received three pairs of much-needed shoes and a laptop. This past Saturday, I attended my best friend's baby's birthday party. It was the little dudes first birthday, so it was fun be there. I hung out with my friend Alex and his wife after the party. Of course, the little dude came along.

The LSAT is in two weeks. I'll be posting content more often then. Once again, wish me luck guys.

Lefty

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Rebel Meets Rebel



With the untimely death of his brother "Dimebag" Darrell, Vinny Paul decided to release their collaberation with outlaw country singer David Allan Coe. The record, titled "Rebel Meets Rebel" couldn't be more aptly titled. It's set for an April 4, 2006 release date on Big Vin Records, Vince's new label.

New sound clips are available on the webpage (www.rebelmeetsrebel.com), and I encourage everybody to check it out. To hear the mighty Dimebag's legendary Dean guitar wailing again nearly brought tears to my eyes, and compelled me to bang my head violently.

It's not metal, it's not country, it's just balls-out rock and roll created by some of the best rule breakers ever to record a song.

All hail the mighty RIFF!

Conservatives Against Illegal Spying

Borrowed from Kos at DailyKos

What do most conservatives think about Bush's illegal spying on Americans? I cannot really say for I haven't spoken to an adequate sample of them to make a conclusion. Nevertheless, the conservatives in the Wingnutosphere, namely the hacks over at Redstate, Instapundit, and that wench, Michelle Malkin, get behind their man and attempt to discredit or smear anyone criticizing the program. Some on the left are no better, passing judgment before knowing the facts.

The reason I'm writing this diary is to shed light on the few conservatives who openly criticize Dubya's illegal spying. To do so, I will quote the mighty Kos:

...here are some of the key figures of the conservative movement essentially calling foul on the administration's egregious overreach. Norquist is literally the central figure of the VRWC. Weyrich, another key figure in the VRWC, was the founding president of the Heritage Foundation and founded the American Legislative Exchange Council. Keene's credentials are self-explanatory. Barr is no surprise. He's an old-school libertarian who has been consulting with the once-hated ACLU.


Kos is right on:
This should never have been a partisan issue, despite the knee-jerk defense of the indefensible by those who think Bush can't do any wrong.


Getting back to the conservatives, what is the big deal, right? These are a few quotes from some of these big shots:

Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances (PRCB) today called upon Congress to hold open, substantive oversight hearings examining the President's authorization of the National Security Agency (NSA) to violate domestic surveillance requirements outlined in the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, chairman of PRCB, was joined by fellow conservatives Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR); David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union; Paul Weyrich, chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation and Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, in urging lawmakers to use NSA hearings to establish a solid foundation for restoring much needed constitutional checks and balances to intelligence law.

"When the Patriot Act was passed shortly after 9-11, the federal government was granted expanded access to Americans' private information," said Barr. "However, federal law still clearly states that intelligence agents must have a court order to conduct electronic surveillance of Americans on these shores. Yet the federal government overstepped the protections of the Constitution and the plain language of FISA to eavesdrop on Americans' private communication without any judicial checks and without proof that they are involved in terrorism."

The following can be attributed to PRCB members:

"I believe that our executive branch cannot continue to operate without the checks of the other branches. However, I stand behind the President in encouraging Congress to operate cautiously during the hearings so that sensitive government intelligence is not given to our enemies." -- Paul Weyrich, chairman and CEO, Free Congress Foundation

"Public hearings on this issue are essential to addressing the serious concerns raised by alarming revelations of NSA electronic eavesdropping." -- Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform

"The need to reform surveillance laws and practices adopted since 9/11 is more apparent now than ever. No one would deny the government the power it needs to protect us all, but when that power poses a threat to the basic rights that make our nation unique, its exercise must be carefully monitored by Congress and the courts. This is not a partisan issue; it is an issue of safeguarding the fundamental freedoms of all Americans so that future administrations do not interpret our laws in ways that pose constitutional concerns." -- David Keene, chairman, American Conservative Union


So what is the proper, or just, course for conservatives? Should they support an independent investigation of Bush's impeachable offenses (impeachment isn't just for blowjobs anymore)? Or should they stand by their man regardless of what bullshit he's done?

Friday, January 13, 2006

From the mouths of Liberals

In reaction to Alitos wife breaking down and crying over the awful treatment that her husband recieved from some of the dimmest bulbs in the nation, The Kos kids have come out and shown just how much they care about their fellow man.

Read below the fold for some quotes that really show how caring the modern Democrat is.



From your more basic claims of it being staged and faked

"I have to vote that it was staged
Especially given how at the ready editorials and opinion columns from WSJ and Noonan were. Amazing coincidence. Also, her smirking and being disruptive for three days shows her true respect and regard for both the Senators and the proceedings themselves.
She really could give two craps about any of it, if those looks are any indication
.."

To the theory of her being abused physically by Alito

The misogynistic controlling husband (Mr. Alito) might be kind of hard on his wife in private and she knows the truth (he is a bigot) and can't say it publically. When faced with a somewhat sympathetic Graham, she can't hold her pretend face anymore and falls apart briefly. That is how it looked to me.
by jamoca


To the extremely bigoted anti woman postings that the Kos kidz generally try to associate with conservatives.

WTF
is she doing there, anyway! She should be home baking cookies and making more home-made clothes!
Why do wives, or husbands for that matter have to hang around, looking like complete asses at these hearings?
Another stupid cow married to another Nazi motherfucker.
Cry, you cow. You moron. You shithead married to a man who would destroy this country!
Cry? You ain't seen nothin' yet.
IMPEACH


Ahh, the modern liberal, a paragon of virtue in todays corrupt world. Showing compassion for their fellow man (woman) and always interested in the betterment of humanity.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Say it ain't so Joe

Sen Joe Biden, A Senator with whom I generally disagree with everything that comes out of his mouth, has apparantly realized the value of the confirmation process following the Ginsburg standard - jack shit.

In an interview with the Today show this morning, Joe Biden stated that "Nominees now, Democrat and Republican nominees, come before the United States Congress and resolve not to let the people know what they think about the important issues,"

Sounds spot on to me, his suggestion makes even more sense. Basically, he proposed canning the entire hearing process and just sending the nominee straight to the Senate where the merits of said nominee could be debated.

I like this idea for one primary reason: It will allow a Senators constituents find out whether or not their Senator holds the same values they do. I also like this since it somehow just seems like the right way to handle it. I can't get more specific than that, maybe a good night's sleep will help me find the words.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Hell hath no fury...

Well it would seem that Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad realizes what many Republicans have been saying for years. The U.N is a weak, inneffective collection of pussies that is no longer capable of holding any sway over world governments.

In a move that has sent Hans Blix back to his desk to write up another nasty missive, Iran has broken U.N seals at a uranium enrichment plant and has declared that it is resuming enrichment.

I wonder what the U.N will do to reign in Iran? Maybe they could start up more black market trade programs with Iran, hell they've already got the infrastructure in place, just transfer the Oil for Food idiots over to a new deal with Iran. Another good idea would be to bluster some more making loud noises (clucking comes to mind) and then to blame it on America. I'm willing to bet money that they do the latter.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Thoughts on Scalito



Samuel "Scalito" Alito's Senate Confirmation Hearings began today in a predictable fashion. Both Donkeys and Elephants unleashed their talking points almost flawlessly. Read the story below the fold:



GOP:
Alito has exceptional record of serving the public.
Alito is qualified for the position.
Alito has an unquestioned character and integrity.
Alito is a FAIR and IMPARTIAL judge.


Ok, Alito has a nice resume, but why don't Republicans talk about his judicial philosophy? Why don't they mention his view on the issues most important to Americans?

Perhaps the left has some answers. Michael at AmericaBlog has some interesting thoughts, which mirror what I was going to say. Since he beat me to it, he gets the credit for writing this insightful piece:

The far right wants us to believe that Supreme Court nominee Alito is similar to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Even though everyone knew Ginsburg was a liberal, she was passed by a vast majority in the Senate. They are both in the mainstream of judicial philosophy, the far right says. So Alito deserves the same treatment because he's "qualified."


The wingnuts must be crazy to make a comparison like this! As for Ginsburg:

Ginsburg IS in the mainstream of judicial philosophy, even though she's clearly a strong liberal. But she never pretended to be anything else. And everything on Ginsburg's resume was something she was proud of. Every group she belonged to, every organization she worked for, every position she staked out on the issues of the day and every promise she made reflected who Ruth Bader Ginsburg was, what she stood for and what she believed in.


Great, but what really separates Ginsburg from Scalito is this:

Did she insist you shouldn't read anything into her work for the ACLU? Of course not; she was proud of that work. Did she insist you shouldn't read anything into her activism over the years, her push for equality among the sexes? Don't be absurd. Did she break her word on solemn pledges made before the Senate? Never.


Unfortunately, the same can't be said about Scalito:

Nothing could be further from the truth for Alito. He is apparently ashamed of everything he's ever done. Alito boasted on an application for promotion in the Reagan administration about belonging to the racist, Neanderthal-ish Concerned Alumni For Princeton. Now he pretends he can't remember ever belonging to them at all.

Alito said he wanted to become a lawyer because he was so distraught about Supreme Court rulings that led to "one person, one vote," a cornerstone of our modern democracy. Now, he says we should ignore his consistent, persistent attacks on affirmative action.

Alito also cannily helped to devise the incremental approach to dismantling Roe v Wade that has been the very tactic the far right has used. Now Alito says to ignore all that.

Alito has repeatedly proven he believes the president is more like an emperor -- someone who deserves almost unlimited deference from the Supreme Court, especially during a time of war.

Finally, Alito pledged to the Senate that he would recuse himself under certain situations as a federal judge. He repeatedly broke that pledge. His excuses vary: he forgot, the computers shouldn't have assigned him those cases in the first place, he never HAD to recuse himself, and finally he never promised he would recuse himself forever. The reasons change, but the fact remains: Alito gave his word and then he broke it. He can't be trusted.


Why should this gentleman be a Supreme Court Justice if he hides his past. Proponents of Scalito boast about his intellectual record, citing cases in which his opinions truly stood out. Furthermore, only a brief synopsis of his work is generally given without mention of his judicial philosophy. Of course, Michael's piece aims to discredit the proposed similarities between him and Ginsburg. Nevertheless, one can conclude that Scalito may be hiding too much for him to comfortably be confirmed.

Which brings me to these questions: Why aren't conservatives open about their beliefs? Why must they hide their true feelings?

I suggest you be proud of your beliefs! If overturning Roe v. Wade is your goal, just say so. Admit that you wish to deny homosexuals their right to marriage. Admit that you would like to blur the line between church and state. Admit that you would love nothing better than to privatize everything and destroy government. Most importantly, for the time being, please admit that your beloved Sam Alito is just like you! He's a judge with an agenda. The least he could do is be honest about it!