Bush lied. People died. It's never been so true as now, has it? Except that when we tortured people to death in Guantanimo, we classified their deaths as "organ failure". Real nice.
Well guess what? It was the BUSH ADMINSITRATION that issued SECRET MEMOS, now revealed, approving these torture techniques.
Isn't it great to live in a country that is the bastion of freedom?
The issue? Some of the *drawings* *may* have depicted minors having sexual contact. Since most Japanese manga is about people in high school, and a lot of it (hentai) is sexually themed. Nevermind that we have high schoolers sleeping with each other ALL THE TIME in American films and shows; I guess depicting it is okay as long as you don't draw it?
Here is what the jury is being asked — ABOUT A MAN'S PRIVATE COMIC BOOK COLLECTION:
"(a) whether the average person, applying contemporary community standards would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; (b) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and (c) whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value."
The jury must answer all three questions in the affirmative in order to convict.
Donate to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today.
1) The inevitable egging and TP'ing of their house constitutes ex post facto punishment.
2) Anyone who MURDERED a child without sexually assaulting it would NOT have to put up a sign.
We're fucked up in the way we do things. America culture hates sex more than violence, and this is proof. Kill a kid? No sign. Touch a kid's junk? Sign.
Personally, I'd rather be molested than killed.
Yet stupid americans spend 1000 times the cost of tap water to pay for bottled water that is no better. Meanwhile, the world water supply is dwindling fast. The last thing we need to do is make water 1000X more valuable than it really is. This will literally cause people to die if the water shortage continues, and we establish a "fair market" value that is 1000X inflated from reality.
Quit wasting your money. Save it for expensive american health care, not overpriced tap water.
Hmm… Would you buy a desktop computer if it meant Mirosoft would be allowed to remove software they don't like?
Didn't think so.
Yet somehow people compromise their ideals when someone holds a cell phone in front of their face.
And that's why America has some of the worst phones and prices. Because we're suckers.
He pretended to be gay. For months. He infiltrated the Church Of Scientology. They allegedly told him who John Travolta's long-term male lover was. He learned how Travolta was allegedly blackmailed by the Scions into marrying Kelly Preston. This would be an interesting documentary.
They promised the content would not be stored; just the times and dates of the messages and calls. Sort of like how our government promised that only international phone calls to non-american-citizens were monitored.
But we know from multiple independent whistleblowers that even American citizens and military were recorded. Fancy that — every government, when given a power, will abuse that power and stretch its limits. This will be another examlpe if it passes.
Fitting that George Orwell set 1984 in the UK.
I did not realize he re-edited the Aeon Flux episodes with the new dvd release, including removing scenes and dialog at time.
What? He's working on new episodes of Aeon Flux? Really?????!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Of course, the war on drugs fights for the exact opposite thing as these studies. Which makes it that much more interesting.
Thursday, October 16th, 2008
October 16, 2008
October 16, 2008
I wore my cool T-Qualizer shirt (which I got for $60 from the UK before it was available over here), based on the experience of going to MC Chris, and NOT being the guy pulled onto the stage, because someone else had a T-Qualizer. That’s not going to happen again. (I’ve only seen 2 other T-Qualizers: The aforementioned magnificant bastard at MC Chris & one at the Starscape rave.) Lots of people asked about it. Lots of people were looking at it, and I thought they were looking at me, and was occasionally uncomfortable and trying to figure out why they were looking at me… Until I remembered it was the T-Qualizer shirt.
Anyway, there was a horrible opening band that was 2 Asian guys — one played drumpads (on a keyboard) using 2 fingers on each hand. He could have easily been replaced with a drum machine. The other played violin and sung. If you think that sounds bad — it was worse.
As for Freezepop, Kasson Crooker was not available and was replaced for this show, but Liz Enthusiasm and The Other Sean T. Drinkwater played, and some members of the (horrible) opening “band” sometimes played some backup instruments as well.
Freezepop played the following songs:
- Boys On Film
- Parlez Vous Freezepop?
- Science Genius Girl (diff mix than the FreQuency or Freezepop Forever versions)
- Bike Thief
- Get Ready 2 Rokk (from Guitar Hero 1)
- Super-Sprode (!) (from Guitar Hero predecessor Amplitude)
- Brainpower (my fave song on the new album, which is prob my least fave Freezepop album)
- Plastic Stars (!)
- Less Talk More Rokk (from Guitar Hero 2)
- The Final Countdown (by Europe).
They had a huge line that wrapped around multiple rooms. People waited 30+ minutes to get in. The show was at 11:30, but peopel were waiting at 11PM. Freezepop didn’t come on until 12:30PM! That drunk guy with his arm up was behind us in line for Freezepop. Quite belligerent, but in an annoying way, not an evil way. But there’s always one of those dudes at every concert. Ever. The Freezepop line was actually where we talked to the most people at AnimeUSA.
Not sure why Sean T. Drinkwater is scratching his head.
And then… I thought to myself… “It sure would be nice if they played Super-Sprode, but they probably wont… Because how many people here have actually heard the song from the Guitar Hero predecessor game Amplitude?” And then… THEY DID! And someone actually threw underwear on the stage when the lyrics said”now throw your undies on the stage… no wait…. you’re underage”! Someone must have been planning this!
“so throw your undies on the stage”
Of course, they had to upgrade from keytar to guitar for a couple songs — but NOT for Less Talk More Rokk. Curious, since that song is on Guitar Hero, they had a guitar, they played a guitar.. But not for that song.
There were actually a lot of girls at this show — I was next to a super-hot, tall elven chick, Carolyn, a redhead behind me, and a few other girls nearby. But for some reason, they didn’t show up in my pictures. It wasn’t as much of a sausage fest as it looks here.
It was great seeing some Guitar Hero songs performed live… In fact, I’ve now seen six songs from Guitar Hero performed live. Five of them by the original bands. (Good luck seeing Dead Kennedys:Police Truck live, unless you’re seeing Agent Orange cover it!)
And then…. The most unexpected cover that I’ve ever seen in a concert?
The Final Countdown
WTF?!?! This is really happening?!?!
Yes, it is.
Freezepop covered Europe’s The Final Countdown for their 2nd-to-last song. It was their only cover. Liz Enthusiasm’s voice really shined during this song, as it was sung in overdone 1980’s style, and not her normal muted/mellow synthpop singing.
Afterwords, the room became a rave. So we didn’t leave for awhile. Sat on some chairs. Watched the people come in and out. Once the lights dimmed and the raving started more, we walked around and checked out some of the various panels and rooms at the con. There were still people everywhere.
At the autograph booth, Sean T. Drinkwater saw my T-Qualizer shirt and asked if I had gotten that out of his suitcase — which I think was his way of saying he liked it.
Since we already paid the extra $15 [each] for a 3-day AnimeUSA pass, vs. the 1-day AnimeUSA pass …. We came back the next day, bringing actual CDs for them to autograph. It was funny because we didn’t know where to go, were looking at a sign, and I was reading it out lout, going, “It says: 2PM. Freezepop”. And then Liz Enthusiasm popped up 1 foot from Carolyn and I was like, “O HAI!”, and Jussi (her real name) was like “I don’t know where we we’re supposed to go!” That was kind of entertaining.
We hung out at the con from about 1:30-5:30PM Saturday. We had every intention of being there at 11AM for the Freezepop Q&A session, but going to bed at 4-5AM is not conducive to deciding to actually get up in response to a 10AM alarm clock.
I would have more fun at these things if I could get as drunk as some of the people there, and not have to drive. But rooms @ $125 a night are kind of rough on the wallet. A taxi home would be cheaper than a room, especially considering we paid $8 for parking on the 2nd day anyway. Plus gas.
To view all the pictures from this night on flickr, go to my 20081010 tag on flickr.