12.31.2000

Catching Up And Looking Ahead (though not very hard!)

Merjan's birthday party on Friday was a lot of fun, good food and lots of REALLY PRETTY WOMEN! WhooHoo!
Went to see O Brother, Where Art Thou? on Saturday with Stu, Maria and my soon-to-be new roommate, Adam. Great movie! I can't wait to get the soundtrack! After the movie, we stopped at a couple of bars, winding up at Barca. Co-workers Theresa and her Gorgeous Roommate Michelle were there, so we chatted with them for awhile and then headed for home.

Wow, so here we are on the last day of the old millenium. The last day of a year had so much baggage attached to it.
In the past, I used to try to think of a virture (or vice) that I would like to explore and appreciate in the new year. I'm not doing that now.
All the bets are off!
I'll sparer you all a spiel about what the old year meant-most of you that bother to read this blog were there for most-if not all of it, anyway.
However, I would like to give a shout out to all my friends, the people who I learn from, love me and generally make each day worth getting out of bed for:
The Tribe, (AKA The Children Of Dyonisus), my co-workers AKA The Productati (especially Kiyo, who always does really nice things for me-I will pay you back for your kindness.XOXOXOXO), Patty and Chad-love you both!, Heidi D.-love you, man!, my roommate (and landlord) Dan-thanks-you rule!, my Mother, St. George-keepin' it real 'neath the Oakland lights and showing me The Way Of The Blog, Christina M. in Vancouver-howdy!, Scotty Bwoy (AKA Frito), The Pirtles-I will come visit!, DJ Free, Karen-for putting up with me and my swim buddy Jay-who operates with style and finesse. Thanks for watching my back!
That said, I hope to move to a better host, include some pictures and make it more interesting.
I'm off to the Heaven And Hell Ball tonight!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

12.30.2000

Well, if there was ever a sign that The Borg were becoming too powerful, here it is. Makes you wonder what will happen when .Net comes out.

12.29.2000

O.K. Anyboday who takes a look at me can see that I love food. And I've been known to enjoy a donut or ten in my day, I even had Krispy Kreme's so with that said-can someone explain to me why this is news?
I hung out with my mother the day after X-mas. I took her out to dinner at some place near South Center Mall that she wanted to go to. My Mom has some hangup about going downtown. Its sort of funny. Everytime we get together I wonder. 'How is it that I'm related to you? I have half your genes? Yeah, right...' Our communication takes the form of gentle ribbing-I'm sure she wonders how she wound up with me too. All & all I couldn't have asked for a better mother, even if I don't 'get' her sometimes. I guess its All A Part Of Growing Up. So there.
Otherwise, not much to report. I stayed home Wednesday night. I needed some alone time. I watched Dawson's Creek, started my Barry Yourgrau book (A Man Jumps Out Of An Airplane), ate chocolate and slept in late.
I just got back from a lovely party at Jason and Kim R.'s place. Mostly people form work, but I brought Stu and Adam with me. We had some yummy gyoza, spinach dip and fondue and lots of booze and we watched 'Scary Movie' and 'Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life' and generally hadda blast. Thank you guys. You rule!
Later on today, I will be meeting friend who is visiting from Canada and even later, heading to Barca for Merjan's 24th birthday party.
Later...

12.27.2000

Our new AG-what we may have to look forward to.

12.26.2000

Well, X-mas 2000 has come and gone, the last marker in a year that managed to be remarkable and unremakable in so many ways. 'Course, to hear my mother tell it-we're only steps away from The End Of This System Of Things. I suspect she might be right, but in a way NONE of us expect or could even imagine.
I spent the day over at Paula's house with Maggie, Antonio, Mara, Pete, Maria, Andy, Neil, Merjan, Mimi, Adam, Oliver, Hours, Steve, Anna. We had a nice dinner and played 'Catchphrase' and Scruples'. Adam and I went out Sea-Tac at 8PM to pick Dan up and then went back to the party. Stu showed up later with Trip, who none of us had seen in months.
Despite my ban on X-mas (Why would an agnostic celebrate something he's pretty sure he doesn't believe in?), I still got some swag. Stu gave me two CD's he'd burned. One of Yes tunes and the other a collection of songs by the Future Bible Heroes, the 6ths and the Gothic Archies (all Steven Merritt productions). He also got me a book by Barry Yourgrau, who is one of my favorite writers (along with Auster, Baker, Murakami & Welsh). I guess he's not mad about the pictures we took of him the other day, after all!
Thea and Laurie B. return tomorrow, Jason and Kim R. are having their party the day after and Merjan's birthday is the day after that! Then on New Year's Eve, I'm going to The Heaven and Hell Ball at Consolidated Works.
*Whew* Good thing work won't get in the way! ; P

12.24.2000

X-mas Day Eclipse!
Plenty of Action! tonight.
Started off by catching a showing of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with Stu and Adam. Which was simply AWESOME! The audience actually applauded after most of the fight scenes. Dale Chihuly sat next to Stu with some young, blond hottie.
Two things that stuck me: 1. Mandarin is really beautiful-sounding language and 2. Michelle Yeoh is an amazing actress (and martial artist).
After the movie, we headed to Stu's to make some calls and prefunct before heading to The Baltic Room for Sex Machine 3! Classic soul and funk as spun by DJ's K.O. and Free! I didn't feel like dancing, but it was fun watching everyone bumpin' and grindin' to the likes of Archie Bell & The Drells, The Isley Brothers, The Meters, James Brown, Joe Tex, The Bar-Kays, etc. Neil, Susan and Maria joined us.
Stu pounded the scotch so hard he could barely see straight by the time we left at closing.
After tossing Stu into the back seat of Adam's car, we decided to check out a birthday party being for Bill Horist. Poor Stu wound up feeding the plants over the rail of the back deck and even though he wasn't feeling so hot, he seemed to be as amused by his situation as we were. We didn't stick around long.
'Vesuvius' erupted again on the way home. Fortunately, no one got hurt (or splattered).
We had to push the old boy up the stairs to his apartment, undress him and throw him into bed, after making him drink several glasses of water and take some aspirin.
We also got several nice shots of him sprawled out on his couch with his pants down around his ankles.
Stu actually thinks he's going to get up at 9AM and drive to Bellingham to pick up his grandmother and back! HA!
On the way home, the streets were totally deserted. I stopped and bought some groceries...

Hard to believe its X-mas Eve.




12.23.2000

I just got this email from a friend of mine who is currently studying chinese medicine/partying in South East Asia:

ohmygod so im on khao san road, see my british bungalow neighbor from last
years new years fest on koh pangan, and hes randomly with this guy named
matt. oh, youre from america. yeah, seattle. oh, what do you do---i work at
getty images....hey, by some off chance, you know stacey lester....yeah i
do----

fucking small world.

love-
v.


Weird, huh?!


So, after heading down to Portland for the DaDa Ball a few months ago(a benefit for PICA-Portland Institute of Contemporary Art), some of my friends decided we needed to have a little party of our own, hence: The Fuse Ball, which will be held February 3, 2001.
A lot of hard work is going into this-I volunteered to do some heavy lifting-so if possible, give these guys some support. Details can be found at the link above...see you there!

12.22.2000

Dammit!
I've been had! That email was sent as a plot to generate hits for Life's a Bitch...I went there and found this:


I fooled you!

hahaha. For those of you who are reading this because I dissed you for having your page on blogspot, then I have tricked you! hahaha, Thanks for the hits


I know that's the lowest form of hit whoring, but I can't help it. It's what me and Ben are doing, checking out the recently updated blogspot sites (Most don't have hit counters) and seeing if they have a contact address, mail them, completly dissing blogspot/their site and disguise this site's address in their somewhere, obviously they'll click on the link, just to see how bad this site is or maybe if they can diss me etc and thus bringing in some hits or even better if they happen to comment about it on their site, even more hits, whoa!


I feel no shame yet.


I shoulda known, the insult was a little vague. Ah well.
For the record-this blog is for me and my friends...if you find it boring, ya don't hafta read it.

I GOT MAIL!
I came home from the airport and found this in my Inbox:

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian smith"
To:
Sent: Friday, December 22, 2000 5:44 AM
Subject: I'm sorry...


> I am here to say how sorry I am for you.
>
> I think it's terrible that you had nothing better than to post your
mindless
> comments on Blogspot. One of the worse hosts I have ever known. I send my
> Condolences.
>
> I hope you feel ashamed like you should be.
> May you and your site R.I.P
>
> Ian
> Webmaster
> http://lifesabitch.port5.com

Hmm. I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion...so here's mine!

Well, hey-Ian. We can't all be brilliant like you I guess.
Like I'm gonna get exited 'cause I was insulted by some pindick bugfucker
whose email is 'looking at large tits@ excite.com?'
If you don't like my 'blog, then don't read it.
There are plenty of others.
I think its terrible that you felt you had to email me with your bullshit.
Don't YOU have anything better to do? Guess not.

Fuck you and have a nice day!

Please-stop the hatin'!
More as the story develops...
So Stu calls me up and we get caught up on what has happened since I saw him last. In other words, not much. I admitted that I had downloaded some Yes tracks much to my chargrin and his amusment. Then I mentioned that The Prof had the night off and that we'd discussed going out. Oh, but what to do?
Turned out that Pedro The Lion was playing a gig at SAM as part of ther 'After Hours" series, which SIL2K played a few weeks ago.
I drove downtown and parked near Stu's apartment, then walked the 10-12 blocks to SAM. Stu showed up about 15 minutes after I did and Tim came in right as the show started. It was a well-attended gig, with lots of fresh-faced youngsters filling up the joint. Josh Bazan came out and played a number by himself and then he was joined by a drummer. The bass parts were prerecorded, which seemed to sap a little of the energy from the songs. As it was, they played a fine set-mostly stuff off their older records. Bazan even took questions from the crowd-saying that he'd gotten the idea from Shellac-who they had toured with. Unlike Shellac-who answered all questions honestly, Bazan said he'd was going to make stuff up and that it was up to us to figure out if it was true or not.
Questions I remember: 1. What do you think of Kid A? (He liked it.) 2. How do you get over a broken heart? (You never really do, but milkshakes and ice cream in general help.)
After the show, Stu, Tim and I had dinner at a Chinese restaurant and then went back to Stu's place. On the way, I stopped at Westlake Mall and bought a new game for my PC-Hitman: Codename 47. Back at Stu's We made drinks, made some phone calls and discussed what we gonna do next.
Adam came over and we watched a documentary on John Waters. Then we headed to the the Crocodile Cafe, where Malaise (AKA DJ K.O. from IQU was rocking the house on 4 turntables. There were only about 15 people in the music room, but the set was awesome.
We scurried back to the bar when Computer Impossible came on, they sounded like Tarantula-era Ride on 'luudes...While we were sitting there we had a chat with Frank, who writes for The Stranger. He bought us a round and had Plastiq Phantom (the headliner) give all a copy of new remix disc. K.O. dropped a CD on us too!
Phantom's show was amazing. He used a laptop, one turntable, mixing board and a live drummer to do some badass...?!! I don't know what to call it! Kinda like DJ Spooky's 'Synthetic Fury' EP when it rocked...I guess.
K.O. guested on theremin for 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.'
After the show, I dropped Tim off and came home. I leave the house again at 5AM to take Laurie B. to the airport.
I know...I rule!


A website for the crop circe community?! Who knew? (Thanks Tab.)

12.21.2000

Last night, my department held a Holiday Party at Nation/I-Spy. I left the house around 2PM, stopped off at the Post Office to (finally) mail off my X-mas music swap CDs. I hope Mr. Bennett in Bristol likes 'em. Not my finest effort in creating a music mix.
Anyway, from there I headed downtown. paid a ridiculous amount for parking and headed in. Production has nearly doubled in size with the addition of the Search Data and Trafficking groups, so Richelle and Rob wanted us to mix and get to know one another better. So we all submitted three little known facts and spent part of the evening trying to figure out who they belonged to. The biggest and nicest surprises where that two of my coworkers are preggers.
They served some really nice appetizers-stuffed portobello mushrooms, mussels, crusty bread with gorgonzola spread, hummus, olives, etc. and the booze was free! Since I had to supervise the DJ night at Barca, I decided to do what I call 'dive-bomb drinking', 3-4 up front-then nothing but coke and water 'til sober. DJ Aaron and DJ Slinky (Ryan) came in to spin some cuts. Dinner was great! Salmon, spinach fettucini alfredo, mushroom ravioli and garlic mashed potatoes.
Everyone was well on their way to faced when I left at eight. Jason (who came in drag) regained his title of 'Party King' by puking and for the first time we had a 'Party Queen!'-(poor Patty, howya feelin' today, kid?)
I went to home to make some calls then drove to Barca. DJ Floormatt showed up and got to spinning some nice, deep house. Ryan, Aaron, J Justice, Jamie, Karen & her friends Laura & Amy, Marjan, Maria, Bill Horist & Paula all showed.
Today is Bill's birthday!
After Slinky's guest set, I put up all the gear and headed home. I stayed up until close to 6AM reading the Geek Diaries, a weblog by one of Frito's coworkers.
Not a bad night!
I met Stu, Laurie, The Prof, Frito, X-tina, Jenn and Adam at the Alibi Room around 6PM, we had beers and gave Stu his birthday gifts. He was pretty stoked about mine-whew!
Leaving the Alibi, we headed to Two Dagos From Texas where we had dinner. Then it was on to the Sit'N'Spin for the show. Tabitha joined us and we basked in the glow of our mutual admiration. She's 5 feet 10 inches tall and gives great hugs!
Guess what? I actually enjoyed the Yes tribute! Joe Bass' 17 YO daughter sang lead, with Bass on bass, Bloch on lead guitar and Fred Speakman (Droo Church) on rhythm and lead guitar. Bass had a high school buddy play keys and Alan White played drums. Every muso geek in town was there, happy to be out of the prog closet.
The set list was pretty much all the Yes 'hits', Roundabout, Starship Trooper, Owner of a Lonely Heart, etc. They played South of the Sky, too-much to everyone's delight. Mr. White looked like he was having a blast.
After the show, I grabbed one of the set lists and X-tina talked her way into the green room and got everyone in the band to sign it for Stu. Adam and I talked about jamming together, and Scott wants to learn Boston's first album for his birthday in July...hmm. Could be fun.

12.19.2000

Its crap like this that makes me wanna holler. And if Mr. Gore should run again, you can be damn sure he won't get my vote then, either.
This Blows.
"All I ever wanted was to be your spine..."

I recently discovered The Archers Of Loaf and have been playing them to death at work. Hopefully Curt won't fly into a frenzy and kill me over it-but then he seems to enjoy them as much as I do. The Archers sound like they're ready to fuck somebody up-and on 'Wrong', Eric sounds like he's so pissed he can barely get the words out. I only wish I'd heard that song before I broke up with Mercy. It fits so well! (And no, I'm not bitter)
I was worried about getting depressed, since I work nights and live and work in almost perpetual darkness. However, I gotta say I feel great! I've been buying and playing all the cool indie rock and punk that I missed during last half the 90's when I got focused on dance/club/DJ music-instead of 'downer music'-like I'd thought I would. I can't even remember the last time I listened to American Music Club!
Anyway, what led to all of that was a message on BLOGGER about how their ISP had lost their backbone...(If you ever wanted an indication of how my mind works, there it is-EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED, you just have to find the points of contact. Or say, 'Dude, what the hell are you talking about?!')
Speaking of points, or rather heads or I should say 'pointy heads'-Today is Stuart's 35th birthday. I think he is looking at it with the usual mixture of dread and sense of accomplishment. Adam gave him a hard time about it, noting that Stu will be 40 before Adam turns 30.
Tonight we are attending a YES tribute show at The Sit'N'Spin. Stu is really excited about this, he gets a chance to let his Prog Rock freak-flag fly and the rest of us...? Well, we'll see. Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks, etc.) and Joe Bass are supposed to play and Alan White (Yes' drummer) is supposed to sit in. Its a benefit for Seattle Public Schools Music Program. Apparently, Joe has a whole series of trubute nights planned. We're gonna go out for drinks beforehand, so I suppose it won't matter by the time the music starts.
I got Stu a box set of Isley brothers stuff since, when not listening to tales of elves and goblins, he collects all the great late '60's and 70's soul and funk acts.
Pretty fly for a white guy! That's why we love 'im.
More Later...
Possibly the seed of a new form of expression in film? Black Pleasure, Black Joy, by Charles Mudede points the way. Check it!

12.16.2000

HEEHEE! Sonics rat-a-tat-tat that ass!
Talking with Tim and Frito the other day, we decided that its just about time for another Erotic Literature Contest!
Last held over the Summer of '99. The Prof (Tim), being the full-on Child of Dyonisus he is, thought it would be a good idea to get everyone's...ah, creative juices flowing by writing some good 'rot.
We spread the word amongst our friends (and a few strangers) and watched as the stories and poems came in.
Mind you, none of write for a living-this was just for fun. The stories were submitted under pen names so no one could use embarrassment as an excuse not to contribute.
Tim then collected and printed out the stories into nice bound volume and a panel of judges picked their favorites in a number of catagories. We offered silly prizes to those who wanted to fess up.
Hopefully, this time we can make the contest bigger. Frito says he'll help with a new webpage.
I'll be sending emails to everyone in my address book and posting the submission dates here on my weblog!
Oh, Yes! Free Dubya posters!

12.15.2000

Calling all Goths! OPi8: The Art of Darkness and Industrial Angels
I got this in an email from Stu. Dunno about this Mark A. Levine, but I thought this would make for some interesting reading:

Supreme Court Decision Explained

By Mark H. Levine, Attorney at Law.
________________________________________

Q: I'm not a lawyer and I don't understand the recent Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore. Can you explain it to me?

A: Sure. I'm a lawyer. I read it. It says Bush wins, even if Gore got the most votes.

Q: But wait a second. The US Supreme Court has to give a reason, right?

A: Right.

Q: So Bush wins because hand-counts are illegal?

A: Oh no. Six of the justices (two-thirds majority) believed the hand-counts were legal and should be done.

Q: Oh. So the justices did not believe that the hand-counts would find any legal ballots?

A. Nope. The five conservative justices clearly held (and all nine justices agreed) "that punch card balloting machines can produce an unfortunate number of ballots which are not punched in a clean, complete wayby the voter." So there are legal votes that should be counted but can't be.

Q: Oh. Does this have something to do with states' rights? Don't conservatives love that?

A: Generally yes. These five justices have held that the federal government has no business telling a sovereign state university it can't steal trade secrets just because such stealing is prohibited by law. Nor does the federal government have any business telling a state that it should bar guns in schools. Nor can the federal government use the equal protection clause to force states to take measures to stop violence against women.

Q: Is there an exception in this case?

A: Yes, the Gore exception. States have no rights to have their own state elections when it can result in Gore being elected President. This decision is limited to only this situation.

Q: C'mon. The Supremes didn't really say that. You're exaggerating.

A: Nope. They held "Our consideration is limited to the present circumstances, or the problem of equal protection in election processes generally presents many complexities."

Q: What complexities?

A: They don't say.

Q: I'll bet I know the reason. I heard Jim Baker say this. The votes can't be counted because the Florida Supreme Court "changed the rules of the election after it was held." Right?

A. Dead wrong. The US Supreme Court made clear that the Florida Supreme Court did not change the rules of the election. But the US Supreme Court found the failure of the Florida Court to change the rules was wrong.

Q: Huh?

A: The Legislature declared that the only legal standard for counting vote is "clear intent of the voter." The Florida Court was condemned for not adopting a clearer standard.

Q: I thought the Florida Court was not allowed to change the Legislature's law after the election.

A: Right.

Q: So what's the problem?

A: They should have. The US Supreme Court said the Florida Supreme Court should have "adopt[ed] adequate statewide standards for determining what is a legal vote"

Q: I thought only the Legislature could "adopt" new law.

A: Right.

Q: So if the Court had adopted new standards, I thought it would have been overturned.

A: Right. You're catching on.

Q: If the Court had adopted new standards, it would have been overturned for changing the rules. And if it didn't, it's overturned for not changing the rules. That means that no matter what the Florida Supreme Court did, legal votes could never be counted.

A: Right. Next question.

Q: Wait, wait. I thought the problem was "equal protection," that some counties counted votes differently from others. Isn't that a problem?

A: It sure is. Across the nation, we vote in a hodgepodge of systems. Some, like the optical-scanners in largely Republican-leaning counties record 99.7% of the votes. Some, like the punchcard systems in largely Democratic-leaning counties record only 97% of the votes. So approximately 3% of Democratic votes are thrown in the trash can.

Q: Aha! That's a severe equal-protection problem!!!

A: No it's not. The Supreme Court wasn't worried about the 3% of Democratic ballots thrown in the trashcan in Florida. That "complexity" was not a problem.

Q: Was it the butterfly ballots that violated Florida law and tricked more than 20,000 Democrats to vote for Buchanan or Gore and Buchanan.

A: Nope. The Supreme Court has no problem believing that Buchanan got his highest, best support in a precinct consisting of a Jewish old age home with Holocaust survivors, who apparently have changed their mind about Hitler.

Q: Yikes. So what was the serious equal protection problem?

A: The problem was neither the butterfly ballot nor the 3% of Democrats (largely African-American) disenfranchised. The problem is that somewhat less than .005% of the ballots may have been determined under slightly different standards because judges sworn to uphold the law and doing their best to accomplish the legislative mandate of "clear intent of the voter" may have a slightly opinion about the voter's intent.

Q: Hmmm. OK, so if those votes are thrown out, you can still count the votes where everyone agrees the voter's intent is clear?

A: Nope.

Q: Why not?

A: No time.

Q: No time to count legal votes where everyone, even Republicans, agree the intent is clear? Why not?

A: Because December 12 was yesterday.

Q: Is December 12 a deadline for counting votes?

A: No. January 6 is the deadline. In 1960, Hawaii's votes weren't counted until January 4.

Q: So why is December 12 important?

A: December 12 is a deadline by which Congress can't challenge the results.

Q: What does the Congressional role have to do with the Supreme Court?

A: Nothing.

Q: But I thought ---

A: The Florida Supreme Court had earlier held it would like to complete its work by December 12 to make things easier for Congress. The United States Supreme Court is trying to help the Florida Supreme Court out by forcing the Florida court to abide by a deadline that everyone agrees is not binding.

Q: But I thought the Florida Court was going to just barely have the votes counted by December 12.

A: They would have made it, but the five conservative justices stopped the recount last Saturday.

Q: Why?

A: Justice Scalia said some of the counts may not be legal.

Q: So why not separate the votes into piles, indentations for Gore, hanging chads for Bush, votes that everyone agrees went to one candidate or the other so that we know exactly how Florida voted before determining who won? Then, if some ballots (say, indentations) have to be thrown out, the American people will know right away who won Florida.

A. Great idea! The US Supreme Court rejected it. They held that such counts would likely to produce election results showing Gore won and Gore's winning would cause "public acceptance" and that would "cast[] a cloud" over Bush's "legitimacy" that would harm "democratic stability."

Q: In other words, if America knows the truth that Gore won, they won't accept the US Supreme Court overturning Gore's victory?

A: Yes.

Q: Is that a legal reason to stop recounts? or a political one?

A: Let's just say in all of American history and all of American law, this reason has no basis in law. But that doesn't stop the five conservatives from creating new law out of thin air.

Q: Aren't these conservative justices against judicial activism?

A: Yes, when liberal judges are perceived to have done it.

Q: Well, if the December 12 deadline is not binding, why not count the votes?

A: The US Supreme Court, after admitting the December 12 deadline is not binding, set December 12 as a binding deadline at 10 p.m. on December 12.

Q: Didn't the US Supreme Court condemn the Florida Supreme Court for arbitrarily setting a deadline?

A: Yes.

Q: But, but --

A: Not to worry. The US Supreme Court does not have to follow laws it sets for other courts.

Q: So who caused Florida to miss the December 12 deadline?

A: The Bush lawyers who first went to court to stop the recount, the rent-a-mob in Miami that got paid Florida vacations for intimidating officials, and the US Supreme Court for stopping the recount

Q: So who is punished for this behavior?

A: Gore, of course.

Q: Tell me this Florida's laws are unconstitutional?

A: Yes

Q: And the laws of 50 states that allow votes to be cast or counted differently are unconstitutional?

A: Yes. And 33 states have the "clear intent of the voter" standard that the US Supreme Court found was illegal in Florida

Q: Then why aren't the results of 33 states thrown out?

A: Um. Because...um.....the Supreme Court doesn't say...

Q: But if Florida's certification includes counts expressly declared by the US Supreme Court to be unconstitutional, we don't know who really won the election there, right?

A: Right. Though a careful analysis by the Miami Herald shows Gore won Florida by about 20,000 votes (excluding the butterfly ballot errors)

Q: So, what do we do, have a re-vote? throw out the entire state? count under a single uniform standard?

A: No. We just don't count the votes that favor Gore.

Q: That's completely bizarre! That sounds like rank political favoritism! Did the justices have any financial interest in the case?

A: Scalia's two sons are both lawyers working for Bush. Thomas's wife is collecting applications for people who want to work in the Bush administration.

Q: Why didn't they recuse themselves?

A: If either had recused himself, the vote would be 4-4, and the Florida Supreme Court decision allowing recounts would have been affirmed.

Q: I can't believe the justices acted in such a blatantly political way.

A: Read the opinions for yourself: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/supremecourt/00-949_dec12.fdf (December 9 stay stopping the recount) http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/00pdf/00-949.pdf (December 12 opinion)

Q: So what are the consequences of this?

A: The guy who got the most votes in the US and in Florida and under our Constitution (Al Gore) will lose to America's second choice who won the all important 5-4 Supreme Court vote.

Q: I thought in a democracy, the guy with the most votes wins.

A: True, in a democracy. But America is not a democracy. In America in 2000, the guy with the most US Supreme Court votes wins.

Q: So what will happen to the Supreme Court when Bush becomes President.

A: He will appoint more justices in the mode of Thomas and Scalia to ensure that the will of the people is less and less respected. Soon lawless justices may constitute 6-3 or even 7-2 on the court.

Q: Is there any way to stop this?

A: YES. No federal judge can be confirmed without a vote in the Senate. It takes 60 votes to break a filibuster. If only 41 of the 50 Democratic Senators stand up to Bush and his Supremes and say that they will not approve a single judge appointed by him until a President can be democratically elected in 2004, the judicial reign of terror can end....and one day we can hope to return to the rule of law.

Q: What do I do now?

A: Email this to everyone you know, and write or call your senator, reminding him that Gore beat Bush by several hundred thousand votes (three times Kennedy's margin over Nixon) and that you believe that VOTERS rather than JUDGES should determine who wins an election by counting every vote. And to protect our judiciary from overturning the will of the people, you want them to confirm NO NEW JUDGES until 2004 when a president is finally chosen by most of the American people.

Mark H. Levine

12.13.2000

It snowed in Ballard today. It didn't stick, but it was a pleasant surprise to wake up and see those huge flakes falling from the sky.
A couple of quick calls to and from friends confirmed that the snowfall was not city-wide and was just one of the quirks of living in a 'convergence zone'.
Dan's birthday party went well-I met a couple of his coworkers and Scott (AKA Frito) showed up as well as Laurie, Tim, Adam & Tabitha. I also ran into a friend of my ex-girlfirend's and we had some drinks at the Bad JuJu Lounge later on.
Tonight is the first night of POP-PURRI at Barca, I gotta get set list together!
In under a half-hour, Al Gore is going to deliver what many are considering his concession speech. I'm not sure how I feel about the whole mess. Sometimes I feel the Democratic Party could use a little 'time out' to help it reaccess its values and what it stands for. Too often, over the last 8 years, the Dems have disowned the traditional left for 'the middle'. Clinton outright dissed Jesse Jackson on a couple occasions, (not that the brother hasn't gone way out on limb a couple of times)which is why I was stunned to see Jesse campaigning for Gore in Florida.
St. George has posted a series of 10 articles at his blog called "Adventures in Black Voter Suppression", outlining some of the GOP's dirty tricks in Florida and the attitudes of some very high government officials towards minorities . Folks, I think this is just the beginning. Things really haven't changed that much since 1964 (or 1864, for that matter.) Hopefully, this will shock everyone out of their complacency. Its time to gird our loins for battle!
I have often said that we get what we deserve, not what we demand.

More Later.

12.12.2000

The work week is over, since I'm taking tonight off. Its Dan's 32nd birthday and I'm gonna zip up to ye olde liquor store and get him some Makers Mark. How he can drink that stuff, I'll never understand-the thought just makes me shudder. There will be a little get-together for the 'old man' at our usual watering hole. Ji-Hyun will be bringing some of her yummy sushi. Dan says the first drink is on him!
Dan gave me some good news last night. His (now our) DJ night is moving to Wednesday! And even better-we can play whatever we want!! Some details need to be worked out, like if John and Richard want people to dance, a name for the evening, who should handle the advertising, etc. But otherwise, I'm totally psyched! I plan to provide a wide variety of styles, its just gots to be GROO-VAY!! I can't wait to see how people react to Johnnie Taylor, Jerry Butler, Brook Benton, Blue Hearts, Bauhaus, SDRE, Mark Eitzel (Don't worry, he does rock on a couple of occasions) and Johnny Mathis.
Speaking of music, I've noticed that a lot of people have been posting their top ten for the year. Like you really care-buthere'smine!
In no particular order:
coldplay-parachutes
doves-lost souls
rialto-rialto
sunny day real estate-the rising tide
st. germain-tourist
basement jaxx-remedy
built to spill-keep it like a secret
erykah badu-mama's gun
smith & mighty-big world, small world
outkast-stankonia

I realize a couple of my selections were actually released last year or earlier, but I decided that since I'd HEARD them THIS year, they qualify. As usual, if you want more info on any of these bands, let me direct you to the All Music Guide, probably the most comprehensive music database on the web.

Well, that's all for now. Good...uh, night.

12.11.2000

Looking both backward and forward, Perfect Sound Forever is a great place to stop in if you're a music fiend like me. I always learn something new here-so check it out!

12.10.2000

Oy! have I got a headache! And playing Tribes has done nothing but made me feel worse!
We had a good time last night. In keeping with the tradition of 'Covering more ground than a carpet', Stu, Adam and I went to a Studio Sale in the Jackson Place neighborhood. Anna's studio is there and she had several pieces for sale. I saw a couple of things I really wanted, but could not justify the prices, although I may be back for a painting later.
This was the third gallery thingy I've been to this month-maybe I am an 'Art-Phag' after all...
Afterwards, we argued about where to eat. Stu displayed his amazing ability to focus his apathy into a laser-like beam of no opinion. So, since I was doing the driving (and feeling a bit feisty) I took charge, setting the tone for the evening. We had Italian food at Machiavelli, which is just a couple of doors up from the Baltic Room (We were meeting Maria the Birthday Girl there later). After dinner, Stu went ahead to the Baltic while Adam and I ran across the street to the Bauhaus Cafe, where I had a Mocha, Adam drip and a conversation about jazz (Adam is a drummer.) Rejoining Stu at the Baltic, we were pleased to hear the amazing and tragic Chet Baker being played on the PA. which led to another conversation about jazz.
We were soon joined by Tess, Aaron, Scott, Laurie, Chris G. and finally, Maria.
Stu gave her a book of erotica & Laurie a gift certificate to Toys in Babeland. Seeing a theme here? We'll corrupt that little girl yet! HAHAHAHAHA!
Turned out that last night was the first monthly installment of "Make Out-A night for the Ladies by the Ladies", featuring Misskick on the 1 and the 2. Lesbians are so cool...some ladies we didn't know came and sat with us in our booth. Turned out Scott knew one of them from Amazon.com!
Later on, we all went up to Barca to meet Paula and Neil, who'd invited us to a party. Maria decided to go with Tess and Aaron to see dZihan and Kamien at I-Spy, so we parted ways.
Stu, Scott, Adam and I went out to the party, which we were pleased to discover, was at the home of friends of KMO's who were at his wedding a couple of months ago!
We hung out and yakked up a storm. Everyone was really nice.
Scott, Paula and Neil got into the hot tub and a girl told me she thought I was cute. Not a bad evening!
I drove Scott home and got to bed around 3AM.
Back to work at 6!

PS Scott AKA Frito, has started up a weblog of his own. Drop by and show him some love, sounds like he's a quart low.

12.09.2000

Bet you didn't know I was a fan of the UK football (soccer) team WEST HAM UNITED! Why?! You ask...Well, I have my reasons.
And even though I don't quite have 'the madness', someday I shall visit London, go to Upton Park and see a match with my own eyes, wearing my claret and blue scarf. Hearing a match on RA just isn't the same.
And speaking of sports, I'm happy to see that my beloved Sonics beat the pants off the Lakers for the second time in eight days! Our relationship had become strained due to the strike and the coaching change. Westphal was not the right man for the job. Nice guy, but no genius like Karl. Mack-10 is the next best thing to having coach Karl back. I hope he gets the job permanently.
Now, if Sensi Pete would hurry up and get his ass back to Seattle from NYso we can watch some games together-all will be right in my world!

BTW-HAPPY 23RD BIRTHDAY MARIA-love yoooou!!
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12.08.2000

Last night was a lot of fun. Attendance could've been better but with DJ Swamp and DJ Ztrip in town, that had to be expected. As it was the C.O.D. were there and we got our grooves on.
Earlier in the day, I'd gone down to Pioneer Square to meet Laurie B. and do the Art Walk. Unfortunately, she couldn't find parking nearby and had to walk something like 8-9 blocks to the LSC. Downtown traffic was horrible, perhaps there was a Sonics game. Anyway, I stood outside waiting for her and lemme tell ya-Its COLD out. So my willingness to walk around to the various galleries had quickly gone to nil by the time she showed up. So we went into the warm club and had a yummy dinner instead and watched Odeum lay down some funky grooves. Stu and his coworker Jen joined us a little later on. We left the LSC around 8:45.
Since Stu's car was in the shop, I gave him a ride up to The Baltic Room so he could drop off his sampler, KAOS pad and Octopad for the show. I'd heard Antoinio's friend Roberto was returning to Italy today and that there was a party for him at Barca. So after dropping Stu off, I met Laurie there. We hung out for a while, no nobody showed up, so we went back down the hill to the Baltic. In addition to the Tribe, Karen and her friend Thea came down, as did my ex-roomate Scott, Caryn (the most beautiful girl in the world), Cathy G., Jason J. & his friend Jamie and the lovely Milkana and her boyfriend Steve. Antonio and Roberto showed up too!
After the gig, I dropped Stu, his gear and a woman he managed to meet at his place. I headed home and surfed and played Tribes for most of the night...now its time to hit the hay! Stu took today off, so perhaps he and I will get together and make some mischief. (OR look for a birthday gift for Maria-she'll be 23 on Saturday!)


12.07.2000

More reasons to love The Mack: Clinton: Pot Smoking Should Not Be Prison Offense Thanks, Matt D.!
Setting The record Straight! AKA Debbie Mathers Strikes Back!
Whew! I had a guy come over and look at my computer today, now she's running nice and stable. Turned out that I had too many items running on startup...boy, do I feel dumb. He did get my machine to see its other CPU, so I will soon be tossing around large PS files with impunity-HAHAHHAHAHA!
After the tech guy left, I thought I'd get some sleep and then head to The Sit-N-Spin to see some 'Out' music, but instead I wake up and its 2 something in the morning. Guess I needed the rest!
Today I'll be hitting the Art Walk (AKA First Thursday), then catching Aaron's group Odeum @ The Last Supper Club followed by sub_sonic @ The Baltic Room. Should be a fun night!
Before I go, I thought I'd share an item I found at POPBITCH-St. George, this one's for you!

>> Moby vs Manson <<
Kill him, Marilyn

Prim baldy Moby is frothing with anger after attending
a Marilyn Manson show that saw, among other things, Manson
drummer Ginger Fish break his collar bone while jumping over
his drum kit. "It was disgusting," huffs the vegan. "That
kind of violence is totally unnecessary onstage."

God of Fuck Manson has this to say in reply: "That kind
of violence is completely necessary, it's just unfortunate
that Moby wasn't injured. My drummer has offered to beat him
with his good arm, though."


12.05.2000

From the more reasons to hate cops dept: This just doesn't make sense! Why would officers walk around the house, shining their lights in windows over a noise complaint?
I can't wait to hear the explanation the LAPD has for one of their officers shooting a man in the back FOUR times through a WINDOW at a HALLOWEEN PARTY!!
Ya think he'd just do us all a favor and move to a monestary in Tibet-Police: Simpson in Road Rage Altercation

12.04.2000

I gotta say that I've had such a great weekend that it took me a couple of days to recover enough to write about it! As a matter of fact, if I told you everything, you'd say I was just a liar or a braggart-so I'll just say this: If love were gasoline, I now have a full tank!
Thanks to the Children of Dyonisus (AKA the Tribe) for being their usual fun selves, Andy and Jason for their party, the SIL2K Ensamble for a fine performance, Tim and Ricky for the fab X-mas party, Anna for inviting us to her first-ever artshowing (see you next weekend, too!) and DJ Floormatt for funkin' it up. I love you all and expect to see some of you at the sub_sonic gig @ The Baltic Room on Thursday!
Peace!
American Politics Journal -- Dubya's Coup: Readers Sound Off

From: Monica in California
Re: Coincidences?

Coincidences? You decide

1. Is it a coincidence that the only state in which this election crisis happened is the one governed by Bush's brother?

2. Is it a coincidence that the exit polls called the election correctly everywhere in the country -- except for Florida?

3. Is it a coincidence that shortly after Florida was called for Gore, Bush made an urgent call to his brother the governor, and shortly thereafter the call for Gore was recalled by all networks?

4. Is it a coincidence that soon thereafter the election was incorrectly called for Bush by his own cousin at Fox (creating the lasting myth that Bush won)?

5. Is it a coincidence that all pre-election polls had Gore leading in Florida the night of Nov. 6 -- a lead that mysteriously evaporated by next day?

6. Is it a coincidence that the votes lost by Gore in various "irregularities" in Florida could well account for just that missing lead?

7. Is it a coincidence that pre-election polls (e.g. Zogby/Reuters) correctly called all states except for Florida?

8. Is it a coincidence that conservative counties used high-accuracy Optical Scan systems while heavily Democratic counties used antiquated punch-cards?

9. Is it a coincidence that the Miami-Dade Canvassing Board decided to abruptly stop the hand count after mobs of Republicans paid for by Bush and other GOP campaigns stormed their building?

10. Is it a coincidence that prior to certifying the election, the Florida Secretary of State chose to toss out hand-counts in Democratic counties (Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Nassau) but accepted 418 hand-counted votes for Bush from heavily Republican counties (Franklin, Hamilton, Taylor, Washington, Lafayette and Seminole)?

11. Is it a coincidence that the aforementioned Secretary of State is a Bush family friend, delegate, and campaign activist?

12. Is it a coincidence that with her deciding which votes count and which do not, Bush managed to hold onto just enough of a lead for her to certify the election?

13. Is it a coincidence that the official willing to sign legislation to appoint a Republican slate of electors and overrule the will of the people is? Bush's brother?

14. Is it a coincidence that prior to the election -- when Bush was leading in the polls -- the national "liberal" media was awash in stories of a possible popular-electoral vote split, but largely ignored this historic occurrence after Gore, not Bush, won the popular vote?

15. And is it a coincidence that the anointed Republican standard-bearer, a candidate not fit to be dog catcher, just happens to be the son of a former President and head of the CIA?

Fa'Reals.
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12.02.2000

A note from DJ Aaron:

Some cool happenings that I'm a part of:

Monday 12/4 club i-spy "AarRage"
Sil2k welcomes AarRage to it's ongoing series of
musical mayhem. AarRage is dj aaron (sub_sonic,odeum
collective,sil2k) and Rage (ota-prota, sub_sonic,
sil2k).
Catch the beat diven bastard child of these two on a
rare performance on 4 turntables. Monday 9pm @ I-SPY


Thursday 12/7 Last Supper Club "odeum collective"
Come check out the monthly performance of the odeum
collective as part of your artwalk activities. This
months installment features the artwork of Chuck Dong
(formerly under employ of the Stranger)
Acommpanied by the odeum collective which is:
Dj aaron (sub_sonic), Lawrence Martin (Sweet Mother
Sound System, La Movida), Elizabeth Puppo-Walker(La
Movida, Jambalaya) Krista Wells(Trick Deck)
The last Supper Club 6-9pm.

Thursday 12/7 "Big Blue" The Baltic Room
Ken Wallace, Dewdrop, sub_sonic
Local downtempo beat heads already know that The
scientific mixing of Ken Wallace and the Deep crate of
Dewdrop are at the forefront of this city's blossoming
downtempo scene. They grace the Baltic Room this
Thursday for an evening with special guests sub-sonic.
Sub_sonic gets back to it's roots with downtempo at
the Baltic Room after spreading it's wings and playing
a handful of high energy shows at Jet-Set and the big
bash of the Dada ball in Portland.
Thursday 12/7 The Baltic Room 9pm.