Thursday, April 29, 2004

The sounds of Clifford Brown and Max Roach fill the air with my favorite song this time of year, "Spring Joy". To me it's as seasonal as Vince Guaraldi in December. "Spring Joy" came to my head one exquisite day in May, year 1995. I was walking down a steep hill in Clifton, Cincinnati, air full of catalpa bloom and pink haze sunset, unsteady on my feet from the glories around me. I was going to my friend Rob Mulhauser's house for some good vegetarian dinner, and when I got there I was bursting with joy over the beauty going on and Rob casually puts on this song and I was just swept away with how anyone could cature my rapture so well.

The proof is in the pudding.

Media Consolidation is an ugly thing. And when the owners of the media decide to censor the news, it is time to make a change. Tomorrow night on Nightline, Ted Koppel is going to read off the names of our dead soldiers in Iraq. A group of TV stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group will not air the broadcast calling it propaganda.

Sinclair has donated $200,000 to the RNC. Sinclair says the Nightline episode is just trying to turn the public against the war in Iraq. The propaganda part is where the Bush Administration has been trying to hide the deaths in Iraq from the American Public. How many casualties have there been? They won't tell you.

Sinclair owns 62 TV stations. In many of the markets they are in, they own two or more of the major TV stations.
For more: //msnbc.msn.com/id/4864247/
And http://www.dailykos.com/

It is funny what people believe. A survey today in the NY Times stated that the US citizens give Bush the lowest ratings yet for handling the war in Iraq. The same survey gives him 60% approval on handling terrorism.

I thought (not counting WMDs) we went to war with Iraq to stop Terrorism. That is what our dear VP Cheney continues to stress. So if the Pres is suckin in Iraq he is sucking at dealing with terrorism. Where is Osama?

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Watched Graveyard of the Fireflies again. Quite sobering for a cartoon. Made me think of my neices and nephew who I saw today. And how lucky I am.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Keep Up On The Shrub in Chief

Last night after talking to Morgan we finished Amores Perros, the grand first film from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inniaritu. Inniaritu also directed 21 Grams which has some good acting but is not on the same level as Amores Perros. Enthralling.

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Celebrate the birth of the new Gerk son. Drew P. Gerk was born this Monday.
Well wishes to daddy Gerk, amby, and brothers Ri-On and Z.

April. The house is now summer-ized. Windows open. storm windows gone.
The dishwasher works. It was my mistake. Yacchs.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Did you have a good Dyngus Day?

Friday, April 09, 2004

At the end of March Jeep and I went to Akron Ohio with some friends and did a bit of touring to get a feel for the city. First stop was the Goodyear Airship Dock, a marvel of a structure, so tall it creates its own weather within. Elvis Costello's song "Hoover Factory" popped into my mind while we oggled behemoth, and today a simple search on the words Hoover Factory came up with some photos on that. Gosh, I love information!!

Readings lately:
The Speed Queen, Stewart O'Nan,
The Winter World, Bernd Heinrich, non-fiction which fits very well with the following, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (Indianapolis One Book One City)

If you have not looked at our new web site presenting the work we did making an altar about Ab's dad displayed at the Indianapolis Art Center, now is your chance. Should you find any quality control issues, don't hesitate in letting me know. -Jeep

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Traveling to beautiful southern Illinois for some much needed mental R&R. Todd and I will do some exploring in Shawnee National Forest, then simmer slowly like a low country boil in the hottub at our rented shack in the woods. Should be a whiskey and wine good time.

Outside it is exceptional. Crystal Clear with Clouds o Fluff over Green Boulevards lined with Floral Trees.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

What I get when I look in Google Groups for tips on installing a water heater.
Pretty Dumb Guy Does Home Repair and Manages to Not Burn the House Down . . . Barely.

"I was wrong. I didn't fix it. The water heater was working until a little
while ago. I went out and reset the breaker switch. A few minutes later
there were popping sounds coming from the basement. I looked down there and
could hear the sounds of an electrical short and there was smoke. Burning
wire smoke. I ran out and turned off the breaker and ran back to the
basement to put out the fire. It was the upper thermostat. For some reason
it was burning. Sure glad I was awake and not in the shower at the time."

Read into it some, it gets better.

This month when I pay the remainder of my 2003 taxes, I will be paying for protecting the environment, healthcare for the poor and making Iraq into a democracy. If only most of our flag-waving lobbyjockey corporations could be sharing in those costs. If only they paid their fair share to operate in the best country in the world. But of course they don't pay their fair share. Most of them don't pay anything at all.

The government's financial watchdog agency found that more than 60 percent of U.S.-based companies avoided federal taxes altogether. The percentage of foreign-owned firms that paid zero taxes was about 10 percent higher.

The study also showed that many firms that did pay taxes, paid less than the standard 35 percent federal income tax on corporations.

A front-page article in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal says the study shows that evading taxes, through legal or other means, has become "deeply rooted in U.S. corporate culture."

Gas taxes. Personally I am for gas taxes under the right circumstances. When the economy was purring along in the 90s and people started buying bigger and more wasteful SUVs, a gas tax could have had several good consequenses. Higher gas prices would encourage people to purchase more efficient vehicles or to use public transit, reducing toxic emissions and greenhouse gases. Higher gas prices would make industry more efficient, making our country stronger and reducing our dependance on foreign oil. That dependance comes with a high price, and a gas tax would illuminate that price. We currently subsidize our low gas prices by using our military might to protect our suppliers.

VP Dickie Cheney has been railing against John Kerry lately about Kerry's support in the past for higher gas taxes. But this fact in today's New York Times highlights how amazingly dumb the Bush administration is. In 1986 Dickie Cheney also supported higher gas prices by taxing imported oil. If enacted, Dickie's plan would have cost consumers 1.2 trillion dollars by now.

What is that about glass houses?

Monday, April 05, 2004

The tradition continues. Ball State students carry the torch of bacchanalian living. Hoist a tankard for Bennie.

Time changing idiots. You people are so GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGAY for changing your clocks. Face the wisdom, the world revolves around Indiana. We don't change time, time changes us.

Friday, April 02, 2004

Lotsa good music in town this week:
Pernice Brothers Sunday at Radio Radio.
Twilight Singers (another Greg, Greg Dulli of the Afghan Wigs) on Thursday at the Patio.
Tobin Sprout (formerly of GBV) Friday the 9th at the Radio Radio.

Indiana's Population: 6.1 Million
Indiana's Population Employed: 2.9 Million
Indiana's Percentage of the Above Employed: 47%
Indiana is a little better than Michigan in these stats. But not much.
We are still short 112,000 jobs from a high at the end of 2000.

I was reading today at Heritage.Org about how there are actually a lot more jobs out there
than the stats would show. Currently the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn't count stay at home moms in US payroll. That could be because they aren't recieving a payroll, but let us skip over that point for now. BLS also doesn't count that guy with all of the aluminum cans in trash bags strapped to his bicycle, but maybe we could if called it urban mining.

The BLS should consider a laid-off factory worker self-employed if he takes up work in the car stereo removal and resale business. Or those in the market reception industry who left the 'trad' employment ranks to work at home watching cable tv.

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