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(0) comments :: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 ::

Kate Bush is brilliant: quiet for a decade, she waits until the 80s have returned in music, to comfortably settle into one of the greatest albums of the year.

:: Pat 2:00 PM [+] ::
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(0) comments :: Saturday, November 19, 2005 ::
These people represent a majority of the policy-makers of this country, law-makers and so forth. These had a hand in the financial crises and bankruptcies, the energy shell games, the ludicrous war. Their platform is to increase crime punishment for those below them, often if not living in poverty, at least living at the mercy of whatever benificent corporation deigns them worthy of a wage, to continually punish these people economically while punishing their crimes of poverty to ruin their lives. Their shell game is a misdirection, pointing the indignant eyes of the masses to the minor disasters that exist in people's lives, while scooting off the other way with another road to wealth, away from the trivilous needs of the public. Our only hope, of course, is to continue to use their laws against them fully, to punish those that make greedy decisions enough so that anyone attempting the same con would be frightened of committing a similar act. That's the sort of tough morality that a country would need to ensure the wealth and benefit of an entire population.

:: Pat 12:53 AM [+] ::
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(0) comments :: Saturday, October 15, 2005 ::
I was at a Foo show last night in Jersey, and when they sang this song, I had a particular reaction to it. From the comments I've read on here today, this is a song that is played at every show; that it's most likely about Louise Post, and that it "means" something between losing virginity (really, you think Grohl in his mid-20s was writing about losing his virginity?) to falling in love with Post to Kurt Cobain; and the most generally accurate statement is probably from shannonlindsey who says, "to me, it seems like this expertly written acount of feelings at a particular point in time where you would never want to end, but wonder how long it could last, because nothing THAT amazing lasts forever."

At the time it was written, it probably had very specific references to a part of Grohl's life, probably a combination of the forces of losing Cobain, losing his wife, and finding Post, but as this show is played each night at every show, you have to think it means a little more, no?

Anyways, when I saw it performed live last night, starting with an acoustic intro by a spotlit Grohl, and concluding with a full band fury, I think I found the reason why this song relates to so many people on a personal level: because it is a great general summation of any exuberant presently felt experience -- it represents an absolute drowning within the realm of Now. So when Grohl sings it live, the "she/you" of the song becomes the audience, when he whispers "Breathe out/ Breathe in" the audience is simultaneously pushing out a breath to sing "breath out" and the audience breathes in as they deliver the next line: the audience as a living organism of the song.

The major verse:

And I wonder
When I sing along with you
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again
The only thing I'll ever ask of you
Gotta promise not to stop when I say, when
She sang

now is sung to the audience, the person Grohl is singing with, simultaneously does the audience serrenade Grohl as Grohl serrenades them, "If everything could ever feel this real forever/ If anything could ever be this good again" and both the audience and Grohl, for that moment that makes a concert, an event, a performance, real and engaging and energetic, they both mean it. Grohl continues as the audiences echoes back, "The only thing I'll ever ask of you / Gotta promise not to stop when I say, when" showing that he loves performing to these fans, this audience, and wants this feeling never to be to far from him, even when he starts contemplating that fronting elderly position of retiring from the performing arts. The audience promises back that they will always be there to see him perform this song.

This isn't the original meaning of the song, by any means, but it is a part of the reason why this song feels relevant upon each listening, and why the acoustic version is so much more personally engaging and popular. It is a timeless song because it so accurately represents the emotion of Now.

:: Pat 9:09 AM [+] ::
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(0) comments :: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 ::
"The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region, and seems to be commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air, is the apparition of a figure on horseback without a head."

- Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

To be a Libertarian these days stuck in the Republican party, is to feel like the Headless Horseman's horse. While they serve as the foundation for their master's purposes, they most certainly must tremble with fear that their path will be lead by someone who is empty from the neck up. While they are fortunate enough to touch the ground and to see their reflection in the water as they drink from the stream of a non-partisian reality, their leader has no presence on the Earth and would never dare to seek a mirror.


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(0) comments :: Wednesday, September 28, 2005 ::
And Ford promptly throws out their plans to unveil the 2006 Ford Burkah.

:: Pat 7:44 PM [+] ::
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I mean, perhaps I'm heartless in all of this. But the donations for Katrina are becoming the new Lance bracelet. I imagine I'm just somewhat apprehensive about both, seeing it as another liquid charity with no real destination, another black hole of income to build, um, what? Don't private companies seem to have the lock down on buying the land of the recently devestated? Where does all of this "public" money go, exactly? I don't know exactly what is wrong with either charity, I just have the feeling I need to stay away from both of them.

:: Pat 7:30 PM [+] ::
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(0) comments :: Sunday, June 19, 2005 ::
"I don't know what this young woman did," Bogdan Teleanu said.

Well, let me wager a guess, given the propensities of religions and priests. I'd bet X dollars that this priest somehow took advantage of this nun; once insulted publicly for this, the perfect punishment arises, where the woman is bound from speaking her "devilish" lies. Those lies also known as the truths of the priest. But now she will not be able to publicly note the priest's relationship with the devil.

:: Pat 8:44 AM [+] ::
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(0) comments :: Friday, February 25, 2005 ::
If I had the money to pay for music, anyhow, why the hell would I want to pay $1 for an individual song? I'm an album person, and if I have to pay for something, I'd rather see the entire picture than just a snippet of an artist.

:: Pat 11:45 AM [+] ::
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(0) comments :: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 ::
for all of you austinophiles out there: http://seeyouinthepit.com

:: Pat 2:53 PM [+] ::
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(0) comments :: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 ::
Freaky people, them GOP.

:: Pat 9:46 PM [+] ::
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But then again, I was able to see McNabb at Syracuse. And remembering the Rush Limbaugh quote, I would like to see Donovan win the game. He is a great player in the clutch, and is certainly capable of performing like an MVP for one game, against all odds. I think I'd like to see that happen the most.

:: Pat 9:33 PM [+] ::
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ESPN.com: Page 2 - Sprawling out in Jacksonville

Here's how I feel about the upcoming Super Bowl. Honestly, I feel like the Pats have a good chance to absolutely dominate. This team is a 3rd down team, and as Madden says in Madden 2005, "Third downs are a keeper stat." Tom Brady is a 3rd down qb, Dillion a great 3rd down & short rb, etc. The past four years have had one constant, and that is Pats success on third, which ultimately kills other teams.

And they do it on D as well, though they, as any team, can be beaten on that end. Thus, Philly presents a potential matchup problem, and if they are able to stay in it by the half, they have a chance to win the game.

But you watch, and Donavan is ecstatic just to be there and the focus, per always, is T.O. and you hear that they are staying in the heart of the downtown party area, and you can just imagine the Pats repeating whatever mantra they have generated and sustained for four years, sitting in the woodshed ready to perform, ready to play today, and you can't help but think that they have that advantage. If they dominate early, the Eagles will falter.

But, I'm really just rooting for a close game. But if the game is close at the end, I can't foresee the Pats losing. Just my opinion from this side of the game.


:: Pat 4:20 PM [+] ::
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(0) comments :: Friday, December 17, 2004 ::
The current buzz word is schadenfreude. As of December 17, 2004, there were 50,600 pages when searching w/ the word "blog." Watch it grow. This, and not "blog," as the dictionaries, always late, noted.

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(0) comments :: Thursday, December 16, 2004 ::
You will get no work done for the rest of the day, once you click this link.

:: Pat 7:40 AM [+] ::
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(0) comments :: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 ::
Just drop all the pretense and invade already.

:: Pat 7:57 PM [+] ::
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