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Maybe too transparent? I don't need to know salaries of friends of mine who [removed link to Charlotte Observer website]. *gulp* I looked at a few names just for the no-way-would-they-be-listed thing and well, everybody I looked up that I know works for state government is there. I don't like this.

I removed the link. I don't want to promote it, I think it's wrong.


Dec. 14th, 2008 03:42 pm
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So happy to hear (and see video) of shoes flying at George Bush by the Iraqi reporter. It's about time the fucker sees some form of protest up in his face...I think he's been shielded from all forms of it since the eggs on his limo at his inauguration. Egads, one more month!
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Fuck that! This is an absolutely fascinating segment of Fresh Air, with former evangelical Christian Frank Shaeffer. The headline says it's about abortion, but it's really about much, much more. I don't know if he just hit his head, or somebody spiked his Jesus juice with truth serum, or what...but it's so interesting to hear someone who is suggested to be one of the original founders of the rabid modern evangelical Christian right peel away the layers of that whole scene.

The part that made me absolutely relate (pretty sure my mouth was ajar on listening to this while driving) was hearing that he has completely abandoned the evangelical stuff and now attends a Greek Orthodox church.

"Look, you know when your Dad gets up on Sunday morning and, you know, throws a potted ivy plant at your Mom and screams at her and empties the cupboard of all her clothes and tosses them over the balcony and literally walks down the stairs and preaches a sermon you know he's a human being. He's no worse of a human being than the steelworker, or the lawyer, or the doctor or the media personality that has all their problems, but he's no better, either. And he has his own problems, and his own demons, and then when you have people who run up to you in airports and grab your hand, and say "I just wanted to touch a Shaeffer", having not been able to touch my father, you realize if religion has ANY substance at all, it has to be built on principles which transcend the failures and the weakness of we individual human beings, and so, when a priest stands up and leads you in a liturgy that he didn't write and that has been there for centuries and is very beautiful as well because all the rough edges have been worn smooth by the years just like pebbles on a beach with the tides coming in and out, that's a completely different experience than a clever sermon by Pastor Billy Bob who's built this megachurch and you know perfectly well if he leaves, or is kicked out, or the church splits, or he has an affair, you know, everybody goes with him. So, to me, I have great respect for atheism, but if I'm going to be religious at all, because of my personal need, and my background, and my thoughts and my longings, it has to be fulfilled in a way that doesn't depend on Pastor Billy Bob. There has to be something larger than that there, or something more transcendently permanent for me personally to feel comfortable with."

I just love this. I was raised initially in the Southern Baptist church, and then my mother remarried, we moved to Atlanta in the '70s and we went to St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox church off of Ponce de Leon. I can't believe that I'm actually hearing these words from someone, because it's the same thought I've had many times. I don't know if religion has any place in my life NOW, but if it did, I would choose this path, for the same reason he gives.
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...Dixie Carter on the (cute) Bonnie Hunt show that I DVR every day, and man, I didn't know she was nutty. She's NUTTY!
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..."best of" collection, and if pressed, I'd say this is the one to have, since all of it is of the same quality, soundwise...I'm assuming it's all been remastered. I love hearing her old stuff alongside her latest. However, I wonder if some of these songs make her cringe, and what I mean by this is if they were about somebody who she used to know when she wasn't as evolved as she is now. Sorta like the time I met Juliana Hatfield at a signing, and asked her to sing a certain song later at a show, and she said "Oh, I don't sing that one anymore".

Whatever happened to Juliana Hatfield!?! OMG is she working at an IHOP now? *sadness*

One of two new Sarah songs on this record:

This is nice, but I do like the studio version better. Regardless, lovely.
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I think this is small potatoes, compared to all the problems this country (and the world) faces, but move the microscope over this way and take a look...this is the new White House Social Secretary. I mean, her qualifications are huge, and this is evidence to me that we are in a new more "heckuva job, Brownie" types. Here she is, speaking about her role as President of Chicago's natural gas utility. I think there's going to be a return of art and culture to their places of prominence. Again, I the face of the huge problems out there, I should shut up. I'm just excited, over the whole thing. Fifty-something more days of Bush, and then we get back on track.
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I love the new Tracy Chapman record. I mean it's really gorgeous.
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I love Lebanese food, I love the new downtown Raleigh, I can't wait for this to open. I love the building, you can tell from the outside (driving by) that they've done a great job renovating it, and the thought of a hidden courtyard is fantastic.

In other news, a friend and I went to a screening of "Australia" tonight. Takes a lot of balls to call a big melodramatic movie "Australia" was pretty good, for free.
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Southern Baptist Sissies (2009) (in production) .... Benny's Mother
Thicker (2009) (pre-production) .... Lil - the waitress
Extract (2009) (filming) .... Mary
All About Steve (2009) (post-production) .... Mrs. Horowitz
Rogue's Gallery (2009) (post-production) .... Interviewer
Herpes Boy (2009) (post-production) .... Mom
Dear Lemon Lima (2009) (post-production) .... Principal Applebomb
In My Sleep (2009) (post-production) .... Evelyn
Crazy Heart (2009) (post-production) .... JoAnne
The Boy in the Box (2008) (post-production) .... Older Edvina

Who? Beth Grant...I *love* this lady. She likes to work!
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I think I want some. I have lemons, I have vodka, I have sugar. Here we go.
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So, I go to Duke Chapel to hear an organ recital...I love doing this; to me, it's just symbolic of winter Sunday afternoons when the sun goes down early. My eyes glaze over and cross and I imagine I'm in a church full of people in did I get there? Am I on the run? Or, I look at the detail of the place and imagine all of the people who have lived who have been in this place that hasn't changed much in a long time, lots of people who are no longer around, and I'm wondering about their lives and...

...oh dear. What a little angel face. Yeah, and then all the squirming and monkey-like behavior started. After a few minutes of my being jarred from my daydreams, I got up and (as noted on Facebook, because this is cross-posted) moved to the other side of the aisle with the old people and gays. Which is where I should have been the whole time. No comments. Anyway, it was a nice program, a little safe (Brahms, walkouts like the Messiaen piece from a few years ago) but still nice. I was waiting for the guy giving the recital to drop the hammer so I could feel it in my chest, but he never really did, sort of skirting it but we never quite got there. I think there's a Frenchman in a few months (March, I think), that'll be a sure thing then, because they are nuts on the organ, and this particular one (that's to the back of me in the top photo) can go to 11.

In other news, I really want to see the Jean Claude van Damme biopic. Maybe that can come and get rid of this god-awful "Rachel Getting Married" crap, that is somehow still hanging on at my preferred (single screen) theatre.
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They have Action. I had no idea that that was out on DVD; I know for years people were raising hell that it never came out. Yet another show that Fox gave the axe to waaaaay to early. I can't remember anything on TV ever making me laugh the way that show did. I guess I'm getting ready for a marathon...
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Pop singer Janet Jackson and the record company Def Jam parted ways as she did not want to be the new Sade.

According to, Jackson broke all ties to the label. She says: "There were some people who didn't like the direction I took with this album (Discipline). They wanted me to sound more like Sade, but I'm not ready for that just yet. I love doing dance songs and I think my fans expect that of me."

Dear Foolio,
You. Wish.

The World
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...there are now organizers as well as speakers. Looks like the Capitol is out, hopefully they find some other place nearby.
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...the oil companies ought to take half of their outrageous profits from the past few years and bail out the big 3 automakers, since they were in bed together the whole time anyway, keeping mileage low, not giving a crap about innovation, and all that. Fuck ALL these fuckers!
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I'm on board with the idea of this, but I think the location is severely misguided. City Hall in Raleigh? The Raleigh mayor and city council are both progressive (the council is predominately Democratic, and the mayor is), and the city has a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation. I think a FAR better place is at the Capitol building, and really, blocking the newly opened, center-of-attention Fayetteville Street. Somebody needs to fix this, STAT.


Looks like it's being fixed. I sent this link in as a suggestion:

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I'm a little skeptical in that it's being called for one week from now...but maybe that's OK.
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In the past, government funding for scientific research has yielded innovations that have improved the landscape of American life—technologies like the Internet, digital photography, bar codes, Global Positioning System technology, laser surgery, and chemotherapy. At one time, educational competition with the Soviets fostered the creativity that put a man on the moon. Today, we face a new set of challenges, including energy security, HIV/AIDS, and climate change. Yet, the United States is losing its scientific dominance. Among industrialized nations, our country's scores on international science and math tests rank in the bottom third and bottom fifth, respectively. Over the last three decades, federal funding for the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences has declined at a time when other countries are substantially increasing their own research budgets. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe federally funded scientific research should play an important role in advancing science and technology in the classroom and in the lab. nice!

My oh my...

Nov. 6th, 2008 01:52 pm
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...the skies in North Carolina SURE ARE A LOVELY SHADE OF BLUE TODAY!


Nov. 5th, 2008 12:56 am
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There's a large crowd outside the White House cheering for Obama! I hope ol Stupid can hear that shit. If only the next 3 months go by in fast-forward. With no crises...after all, you know who's finger is still on the button.
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* And of course, and end to the occupation of Iraq, a return to American ingenuity, an embrace of the rest of the inhabitants of the world...damn, the list just stretches on.
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