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Friday, November 23, 2007
I Support the Writers Guild of America
It's simple: Without writers, actors have no lines. Without writers, networks and studios have no shows and no movies. Without the content that writers create, there is no Hollywood. Period.
So, why are writers fighting the big 6 studios?
A Simple Explainer from the WGA:
Why We Fight
The writers of The Office speak out from the picket lines in L.A.:
The Office is Closed
The Daily Show writer Jason Ross, one of the show's 14 writers, lays it out from the picket lines in N.Y.:
Not The Daily Show, With Some Writer
Let the Studios know YOU support the Writers' Guild of America.
posted by voxpopgirl | 11/23/2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Ted Nugent Threatens Hillary Clinton + Barack Obama
Apparently, about a week ago at one of Ted Nugent's concerts, someone recorded cellphone footage of Nugent wielding and waving what appeared to be machine guns in each hand on stage while threatening Democratic Presidential Candidates' Sen. Barack Obama & Sen. Hillary Clinton:
Nugent To Obama:
"I was in Chicago last week - I was in Chicago and I said, 'Hey Obama! You might wanna suck on one of these you punk!'
"When I was in New York I said -- I said hey Hillary, you may wanna ride one of these into the sunset you worthless bitch!".
Nugent then went on and 'suggested' that California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer "might wanna suck on my machine gun" and called out California's other Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein's name saying "Hey Diane Feinstein, ride on one of these, you worthless whore!"
Of course, when, or if, the media even gets around to asking Nugent about it, I'm sure he'll respond by saying it was "all in the name of entertainment". posted by voxpopgirl | 8/24/2007
Friday, November 10, 2006
Sometime within the next year and a half, Dick Cheney will be replaced.
The White House cover story will be that Cheney is stepping down because of poor health (those multiple heart attacks will serve a higher purpose for the GOP's own survival -- unless of course, Cheney is replaced because he actually dies).
Yesterday, Cheney woke up with the proverbial dead horses' head in his bed -- and we're not talking about Lynn Cheney.
Yes, just like that, one of Dick Cheney's balls was unceremoniously cut off by Bush Daddy's big boys when his accomplice for American hegemony through military might was sent packing.
Now, it's true, that with even one ball left, a sociopathic sadist like Cheney isn't about to lay down and take it up the ass (unless it's from Rummy) without a formidable fight to the death.
But we should never, ever underestimate Bush Number One's consigliere and family fixer, James Baker, and the the surgical laser-like precision he will so deftly apply with extreme pressure and prejudice, to complete his mission.
It's only a matter of, on which day and in which month within the next year and a half before the end of Bush's term, we we hear or read about the "sudden" news.
The next question is, if this occurs, who do you think will be appointed to replace Cheney? Any Guesses?
Mine is: Condoleeza Rice. The GOP will be viewed as the having made a couple of historic precedents by having put forward a Woman -- and a Black Woman as Vice President of the United States of America. By the end of Bush presidency, the American people (in the eyes of the GOP) will have become both familiar and comfortable with the idea of a woman one step away from the Presidency, and she will be in the perfect position as a GOP nominee for President in 2008 -- as well as having acted as the GOP antidote to a potential Hillary presidential run. posted by voxpopgirl | 11/10/2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Thank you, Helen Thomas
Helen Thomas is a national American treasure. She has served American citizens as a White House corresondent through 4 decades covering the making and unmaking of 9 American Presidents, beginning with President John F. Kennedy.
Shortly after a White House press conference with Bush where she asked him directly, the real reason why he took the country to war in Iraq, she was both showered with thousands of roses and inundated with hate mail.
Next month, she'll have something to say about the decline and state of journalism with the release of her new book, "Watchdogs of Democracy? : The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public".
46 years ago, Helen Thomas became known for closing the presidential press conferences with "Thank you, Mr. President".
On August 20 of this year, Ms. Thomas turns 86.
Let's give her a great birthday gift and make "Watchdogs of Democracy" a best seller by pre-ordering her book.
Thanks to John at Crooks and Liars for Hat tipping me in his post about Helen Thomas's new book.
posted by voxpopgirl | 5/06/2006
Saturday, March 04, 2006
tick tock, baby
As a musician who appreciates a great pop melody and has focused most of my career on expressing myself in the alternative genre, I draw the line here:
BBC NEWS: First Notes For 639-year CompositionThat BBC article was first published in 2003.
The 639 year old Organ in the 956 year old St. Burchardi church.
A recent search at Wikipedia discloses that since January 5th of this year, the organ in the town of Halberstadt has been playing a three note chord: "A" below middle "C", "C" above middle "C" and "F-sharp", which will conclude on May 5, 2006.
Additional notes and chords will be added on July 5, 2008, November 5, 2008, February 5, 2009, July 5, 2010, February 5, 2011, August 5, 2011, July 5, 2012, October 5, 2013 and September 5, 2020.
The performance is planned to continue until September 4, 2640.
I'd like to go on the record and say that the people of Halberstadt must be one hell of a patient lot, as will have to be their children, and their childrens' children and...
Only 634 years left to go. posted by voxpopgirl | 3/04/2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
One Way Ticket to Darfur
This is a laugh and a half...
It seems the king of gimmicks and ridicule just got a great big good one thrown right back in his face.
NEW YORK In a postscript to his regular New York Times column on Tuesday, Nicholas Kristof reveals that he has raised almost three-quarters of a million dollars from readers to send Fox News host Bill O'Reilly to troubled Darfur.
posted by voxpopgirl | 2/21/2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
Million Dollar Baby
On Vincent Gallo's website Merchandise page, among other things for sale besides his "Vincent Gallo Childhood Nixon campaign pin & autographed box" ($250) and "Vincent Gallo Limited Edition Jew'ls: Diamond Heart Pendant" ($10,000), he is also making available, for the asking price of $1,000.000: "Vincent Gallo's Sperm".
His advertisement features a Black & White drawing (in succession, from left to right) of presidents' Nixon, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and -- yes, Vincent Gallo -- conveniently making the case, however unintended, that since the emergence of Nixon from that murky Republican primordial swamp, it's all been downhill.
Nonetheless, Vincent Gallo is a picky donor and selective breeder:
Mr. Gallo maintains the right to refuse sale of his sperm to those of extremely dark complexions. Though a fan of Franco Harris, Derek Jeter, Lenny Kravitz and Lena Horne, Mr. Gallo does not want to be part of that type of integration. In fact, for the next 30 days, he is offering a $50,000 discount to any potential female purchaser who can prove she has naturally blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone who can prove a direct family link to any of the German soldiers of the mid-century will also receive this discount. Under the laws of the Jewish faith, a Jewish mother would qualify a baby to be deemed a member of the Jewish religion. This would be added incentive for Mr. Gallo to sell his sperm to a Jew mother, his reasoning being with the slim chance that his child moved into the profession of motion picture acting or became a musical performer, this connection to the Jewish faith would guarantee his offspring a better chance at good reviews and maybe even a prize at the Sundance Film Festival or an Oscar.
posted by voxpopgirl | 1/16/2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
When The President Talks To God
A performance by Bright Eyes on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
American readers can download a free copy of the song from the U.S. iTunes Music Store.
Canadians can purchase the Import CD "The First Day of My Life" at the Canadian Amazon.com which contains the song.
posted by voxpopgirl | 1/11/2006
Monday, May 16, 2005
azerbic: Toronto Star Launches Blog with Antonia Zerbisias
I haven't posted here at voxpopgirl for over 4 months because I've been happily waist-deep in the work I love, however, the following news is well worth blogging about.
At long last, Toronto Star columnist and media guru Antonia Zerbisias has her own blog, aptly named azerbic.
Canada's highest circulation newspaper has chosen to enter the fray of blogging and has officially launched it's first blog with Zerbisias at it's helm.
Zerbisias has been a columnist with the Star since 1989, first as their TV columnist, then as their Media columnist where her pieces have been linked to across the web by bloggers both left and right, quoted by other prominent media watchers the likes of Danny Schecter, and reprinted at media sites such as Poynter.org, Truth Out, and Common Dreams.
Antonia's earlier views on the blogosphere can be found in a 2003 piece at ASC Annenberg's Online Journalism Review in good company together with her fellow peers and media critics MSNBC's Eric Alterman, the Village Voices' Cynthia Potts, and Slate's Jack Shafer.
You can also find out more about Antonia at Counterbias.com's "Eight Questions with..." interview, as well as clicking on her "About Me" page at azerbic.
In the interest of full disclosure: as a longtime Zerbisias reader and fan, I finally decided to tell her just that and emailed her my regards a year and a half ago; she replied back, and from therein began our still evolving friendship; I consider Antonia both a trusted friend of whom I can count on to tell it like it is; she also happens to be a great listener as well as a wise and cheeky gal, generous with her sage advice and humourous quips.
posted by voxpopgirl | 5/16/2005
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
A Man-Made Tsunami
Monty Python alumn Terry Jones is right:
Of course it's wonderful to see the human race rallying to the aid of disaster victims, but it's the inconsistency that has me foxed. Nobody is making this sort of fuss about all the people killed in Iraq, and yet it's a human catastrophe of comparable dimensions.Read Terry Jones' piece in total in the Guardian here. (Hat Tip JJ ).
posted by voxpopgirl | 1/12/2005
Friday, November 05, 2004
Once the minority of [the] House and Senate are comfortable in their minority status, they will have no problem socializing with the Republicans. Any farmer will tell you that certain animals run around and are unpleasant, but when they've been fixed, then they are happy and sedate. They are contented and cheerful. They don't go around pissing on the furniture and such.posted by voxpopgirl | 11/05/2004
Two Nations -- Under God -- Divisible
Only in America could someone win by less than than 1 percent and say that he had a mandate from the country.
We've won. Winning means not having to say you're sorry... Those who didn't support Bush can go and perform a certain anatomically impossible act. They lost, now they can sit in the back of the bus. Thank God Almighty.
Last night, the voice of the people was heard. I promise not to imitate it, out of respect for the mentally retarded. -- Lewis Black, "Correspondent" for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Nov. 4/04
posted by voxpopgirl | 11/05/2004
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Bill Maher, comedian, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher", and astute observer of all things ironic, was last night's guest for the full hour on Larry King Live.
As usual, he hit a couple of home runs answering viewer call-in questions:
CALLER: A question for Bill. Bill, it's been reported that Saddam Hussein's handgun that was taken off of him when he crawled out of his hole over there is now adorning the walls in the Oval Office. What's your opinion on something like that?Rimshot.
Cut to the last caller's question, which was pretty funny in itself:
CALLER: Hi, Larry. Hello, Bill, how are you?
posted by voxpopgirl | 6/03/2004
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Some voxpopgirl readers have probably noticed that it's been a little dormant around here lately; i'm as energized and interested as ever in politics, however, i'm even more energized and interested in what i do for a living and have been focusing on just that for the last month.
What with an important American election this November and an even more important one for me -- a Canadian election recently announced that is just around the corner on June 28 of this year, i will definitely continue blogging -- however, for the next month or so, it cannot be at the expense of writing and producing music - which as many of my T-dot readers know, is what makes me get up in the mornings -- or, should i say -- is what makes me get up in thelate mornings, when the muse taps my shoulder, and all i can do is follow and dust for
So, forgive me for what will be my more than occasional blogging absences over the course of this summer, however, please feel free to keep in touch via email, or via my comments' window, here at VPG.
I'll be back to my regular blogging habits again this fall, and hopefully, i won't have lost your patronage by then :-)
In the meantime, check out some of the newly added blogs i've included in the right hand column of this blog, under the header "Blogs From The Front".
I particularly dig e-rocky-confidential; written by an ultra cool military dude named Bryan, stationed in the thick of it in Iraq, at a base next to the airport in Baghdad;
He's a progressive and a hard-working soldier doing his best to make do, considering the circumstances he finds himself in, not to mention being a rather good diarist and observer of the realities and ironies of life in the sandbox known as Iraq:
The scenery varies according to where you are. It's at least as true in the States as it is here, you know? Find yourself in one of nature's gorgeous panoramas: pick a direction and go a few miles, and you'll soon run into a strip mall full of pawn shops, gun stores, junk yards, and topless bars, with trash flying around in the parking lots and snot-nosed shoeless kids running around in front of board-windowed shacks out back. Go another few miles, and there's a meticulously landscaped corporate campus nestled against a golf course.
Be sure to rummage through Bryan's archives and start from the beginning to get a more complete picture of an American soldier who, when he's not busy being a "rear gunner" on the back of a Humvee or his units' IT guy, spends his spare time listening to Radiohead's "Kid A" CD and reviewing Iraqi bootleg DVD's of "Kill Bill, Vol. 2" and "The Passion of The Christ" -- "Tarantino is a genius, and Gibson is... Tarantino is a film-making genius whereas Gibson is a film-marketing genius, and that's all I've got to say about that."
e-rocky-confidential also has a comments' system which Bryan reads, and he's open to friendly chat as well as the occasional care packages.
And, lest we all forget about Afghanistan, take a visit and read Kandahar Chronicles, and read "the ongoing story of the day-to-day life of an MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) Field Logistician based in Kandahar Afghanistan", written by a Canadian named Carlos who has been there since August 2003.
Read about Carlos' experiences, day-to-day observations and his compassion, frustrations and contributions working together for and with a people who have lost everything and yet continue to never give up. On Feb. 24 of this year, Carlos' nine and a half months of duty were up and he left Kandahar to move on to other parts of the world where he wants to make a contribution.
Don't let that stop you from jumping back into his archives to start at the beginning of his journey together with him as he entered a part of the world which his parting observations describe so poetically and lovingly, and which clearly demonstrate how dearly he cherished Kandahar and her people:
Kandahar is a jewel left in the elements too long. Like the beautiful little girl with the scarred face I met a lifetime ago, enchanting and heart breaking. I thought of her on the drive. Why couldn’t I find her again? Take care little angel, for you life can only get better.
posted by voxpopgirl | 5/26/2004
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Ignore at Your Own Peril
"While choking on some alcohol...... Chance tries to say "Chance the gardener". Eve mistakenly interprets this as 'Chauncy Gardener'. Suddenly, Chance has a full name.
During what would become only his 3rd live televised press conference in the 4 years of his presidency, and coming at the end of the worst 2 weeks of American military casualties since the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq began -- with almost 100 Americans dead -- President Bush offered this insight:
Chauncy Gardener is alive and well. And he's living in your White House. posted by voxpopgirl | 4/22/2004
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Show Us The Jobs
Check out the new and very effective tv ad [RealVideo] launched by the AFL-CIO as part of an 18-city "Show Us The Jobs" Tour that's taking place across the U.S. starting today.
The ad is made up of a series of back and forth cuts between Bush's "jobs" rhetoric from his State of the Union address against three real life laid off people giving actual testimonials which show that Bush's policies have certainly not helped them.
I just saw it on CBS during Letterman a moment ago, right after the segment Letterman does every night called "The George W. Bush Inexplicable Laugh".
Watching that clip of Bush's shoulders jerking up and down as he cackle-laughs for no good goddamn reason, back to back with the AFL-CIO ad of those blue collar and middle class laid off workers telling their gut-wrenching stories really sends home what a freaking loser the U.S. has for a "President".
posted by voxpopgirl | 4/07/2004
Thursday, March 25, 2004
"So Help Me God"
“I welcome these Hearings because of the opportunity they provide to the American people to better understand why the tragedy of 9/11 happened and what we must do to prevent a re-occurence.And with that, former White House Counter Terrorism Chief Richard Clarke who served under three Republican presidents, one Democratic president and voted for George W. Bush in 2000, became the first and only government official ever, Democratic or Republican, to apologize to the families of those who lost their loved ones on that tragic morning on Sept. 11, 2001.
[Real Video] CSPAN link titled "Sept. 11 Commission Hearing - Day 2, Afternoon Session"
9/11 families gathering around Richard Clarke to thank him after completing his
testimony at the 9/11 Commission Public Hearings
posted by voxpopgirl | 3/25/2004
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Reclaiming the "L" word
Only in America -- the U.S. in particular -- has the word Liberal been so slammed and denigrated that it somehow connotes something shameful and subversive.
Bullshit. It's time to take it back and wear it with pride, folks. Hell, up here in Canada, it's the name of the party in power.
And speaking of liberal, only 1 week left until the new liberal talk radio network Air America Radio comes to the U.S. airwaves;
Among the six 3 hours programs airing each day, Al Franken's noon program will be running opposite former big fat but still idiot, Rush Limbaugh's show. In a tongue-in-cheek effort both "annoy and bait'' Bill O'Reilly and hopefully propel his program onto the centre stage by getting sued by that weasel, Franken is naming his show -- "The O'Franken Factor". You gotta love it.
Here's Air America's summary of Franken's show:
The O’ Franken Factor: 12:00-3:00pm
Janeane Garofolo's going to be handling the evening shift with a show title that's aptly named "The Majority Report", reminding democratic listeners that it's high time they remember their rightful place in the political landscape.
Rapper Chuck D's show "Unfiltered" will proceed The O'Franken Factor, or "The Factor" as Al likes to refer to it, ahem, and well know liberal radio personality Randi Rhodes follows Franken from 3-7pm.
Although there's no news on their site about streaming audio and satellite radio broadcast, i read an article a week ago noting that there will some be access to streaming audio broadcasts online.
For more info about shows and start times, go here and subscribe to their newsletter to stay in the loop and make sure to spread the word to all your friends.
As Franken recently said in this New York Times article, "This territory has been ceded to the right way too long,'' he said. "We're going to take it to them.''
Mark a big bold X on your calendars for March 31.
Viva les Liberals!
posted by voxpopgirl | 3/24/2004
Friday, February 20, 2004
Has He No Shame?
Ralph Nader is jumping into the Presidential race, according to this Fox News article. He's to make the formal announcement on this Sunday's MTP. Unlike the 2000 presidential race when he ran under the Green Party mantle, this time he'll be running as an independent. Shame on Ralph Nader.
Judging from the results so far in the last 18 Democratic primaries and caucus contests, Democratic voters appear to be united in their desire to get rid of Bush and have made "electability" their prime objective.
However, it's the Deaniacs, those Democrats who have either felt disenfranchised or new voters who have never before participated in the process and were inspired to do so because of Howard Dean who are potentially up for grabs and currently "electorally homeless" if not already feeling displaced after Dean's withdrawal from the presidential race.
Assuming that Dean was true to his word when he said that "the most important goal remains defeating George W. Bush in November, and I hope that you will join me in doing everything we can to support the Democrats this fall", alot of the heavy lifting will be up to Dean to undertake the task of hammering home the message to his "followers" that there is more to lose by not sublimating their emotional connection and ideological purity and subsequently migrating on over to Nader, rather than aggregate their collective energies to instead focus on the greater imperative and common good: uniting.
President Clinton recently said that when it comes to casting their vote, the difference between Democrats and Republicans is that:
"Democrats always want to fall in love with a candidate, and Republicans just want to fall in line. We've got to fall in line with whoever our nominee is."There has never been a more compelling reason and consequential time as right here and now for progressives and Democrats to fall in line. Somehow, i have a strong gut feeling that this time around, America's Democrats are keenly aware of this.
posted by voxpopgirl | 2/20/2004
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Killing the Music?
Tell me this is not a dead-on take of the White Stripes:
WHITE STRIPES (The Greek Theatre): After watching this show, I was a bit confused! The two of them are at such different musical levels, they sometimes seem like they're in two separate groups. For instance, the girl seems like she's doing perfectly fine drumming in her Half-Retarded Make-Believe Band. And then he has to spoil it all by playing loud, proficient rock and roll over it!But that's the point: it's undressed down to the bare bones of what matters most: the song and the authenticity of an unvarnished performance. Jack and his songs rock in all their gutteral rawness.
In other music-related news, taking direct aim at the FCC's attempt to loosen media ownership rules and articulating how media conglomeration has adversely affected music and the music business for both artists and consumers, Recording Artists' Coalition founder Don Henley tells it like it is in today's Washington Post. posted by voxpopgirl | 2/17/2004