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TSOL Singer Jack Grisham Has New Book Out; Exploring Run for Senate in 2012

Posted in Announcements, Music, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by Ro

This is Jack. In my car.

Jack Grisham, lead singer for the popular 80’s punk/goth band TSOL, has a new book out.

“An American Demon: A Memoir” is a sometimes touching, mostly cringe-worthy book  detailing the evolution of Grisham’s life. Between dysfunctional family issues, the 80’s punk scene, religion, surfing, addiction, and cross-dressing, Jack’s neurotic story-telling combined with his unabashed hilarity makes this a “must-read” even for non-punk fans. Buy the book at Amazon.com.

In other Jack news, our hero is exploring the possibility of running for the senate in 2012 under the social-democrat platform. In 2003, he ran for governor of California but lost to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Old punks remember that during the the early years of TSOL, Grisham was an outspoken anarchist, and his lyrics were often highly critical of the government. Songs such as “Abolish Government/Silent Majority,” “Peace Thru Power,” and “Property Is Theft” were standard in TSOL’s song sets. Grisham later changed his anti-government stance, stating, “What I realized about anarchy is that we are not responsible enough to be anarchist. There’s no way possible. We’re not responsible enough to be that. That’s a heavy concept.” For those paying attention, yes this came straight from his Wikipedia article, but I wrote most of his Wiki it so it’s cool.

LA/OC folks… go check out Jack’s book release party in Long Beach on May 1st. Details here.

Here is a young Jack with TSOL making a fashion statement. Now decades later, he still dresses with flair and still has that crazy head of hair!

Arrest Warrant Sought for British Minister of Defense for Threats Against Gaddafi

Posted in Crime, Politics, War with tags , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2011 by Ro


By Ro Hurley
March 21, 2011 10:00 PM CT

LONDON, England – On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, Muammar al-Gaddafi’s  attorney Giovanni Di Stefano will appear before the London Magistrates Court to seek an arrest warrant against Liam Fox, Britain’s Minister of Defense.

According to the British newspaper THE DAILY MAIL, Fox reportedly called Gaddafi a “legitimate target” and threatened a “Bunker buster” aimed at Gaddafi’s hideout in Tripoli.

While preparing documents for tomorrow’s court appearance to officially request a warrant of arrest against Fox, Di Stefano stated,

“We cannot allow this kind of behaviour which is contrary to the law of the land since 1861. It falls well outside the ambit of any UN Resolution and wholly without merit. I will seek his immediate resignation as a person now subject to a criminal charge.”

Today U.S. General Carter Ham stated that air strikes will slow within the next few days due to lack of participation and support by Libyan rebels who initially started the revolt against Gaddafi and his military.

Colonel Gaddafi’s Attorney Appeals to UN Claiming Misuse of Security Council Resolution Against Libya

Posted in Politics, War with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2011 by Ro

Muammar al-Gaddafi at the AU summit

LONDON, England — As the U.S. and European allies begin airstrikes against Libya, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi’s attorney has contacted the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon requesting intervention over the US and UK’s abuse of the UN Security Council Resolution 1973.

In a letter to UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, Attorney Giovanni Di Stefano  protested the attacks against Libya claiming,

“We must ask that action be taken on this forthwith because it seems to us that both recidivist countries are simply sponsoring a civil war, supporting those that oppose Col. Gaddafi and pretending with the similar masquerade of hypocricy exhibited in the Yugoslav conflict and Iraq for their own gain and purposes.”

Along with the letter sent to Ki-Moon, Di Stefano forwarded a letter previously sent to International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo citing crimes against humanity by the U.S. and U.K. in their alliance to force a regime change in Libya.

Even though thousands of regime supporters have gathered in Tripoli along with the Libyan military in order to receive weapons and defend themselves against the U.S. and U.K. invasion, President Obama stated,

“Our consensus was strong, and our resolve is clear. The people of Libya must be protected, and in the absence of an immediate end to the violence against civilians our coalition is prepared to act, and to act with urgency”

Besides the U.K., other U.S. allies are currently  positioning forces to join in the strikes against Libya. Such allies include Italy, France, Canada and Denmark. Germany is standing by but has not yet deployed forces to assist in the strikes against Libya.

On this 4th of July, We Celebrate Freedom

Posted in Events, Politics with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2010 by Ro

On this holiday, most Americans celebrate their freedom across the nation by lighting fireworks, blowing shit up, drinking beer, dropping the phrase “founding fathers”, and getting into bar fights.

In the spirit of Independence Day, I’d like to highlight some of the freedoms we currently enjoy:

  • The freedom to invade other countries in order to enable a corporation to become a war profiteer and make billions in lucrative contract work.
  • The freedom heterosexuals have in voting to decide if individuals of different sexual orientation can get married.

And my personal favorite:

  • The freedom to own a gun and drunkenly shoot it in the air tonight, oblivious to the life potentially snuffed out by my bullet’s descent.

Here is a great holiday quote for today:

“Freedom is never given, it is won.” – unknown

It says that the author of that quote is unknown. I suspect it’s origins came from someone in the Bush Administration.

Al and Tipper Gore Announce Separation

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by Ro

Al and Tipper Gore to separate after 40 years of marriage, according to the website Politico.

The politically-themed site received an email from the Gores and verified it’s contents.

“We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate.

This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further.”

Good for Al… he put up with this bi-polar twit for 40 years. I can’t imagine the suffering he went through during this time. If you recall, Tipper was the co-founder of the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) which was a committee focused on censoring music videos, placing warnings of explicit lyrics on album covers, and pressuring stores to hide albums with explicit covers.

In the words of Ice-T in his rap “Freedom of Speech”, this one’s for you, Tipper! Toodles!

Freedom of Speech, that’s some motherfuckin’ bullshit
You say the wrong thing, they’ll lock your ass up quick
The FCC says “Profanity – No Airplay”?
They can suck my dick while I take a shit all day
Think I give a fuck about some silly bitch named Gore?
Yo PMRC, here we go, raw
Yo Tip, what’s the matter? You ain’t gettin’ no dick?
You’re bitchin’ about rock’n’roll, that’s censorship, dumb bitch
The Constitution says we all got a right to speak
Say what we want Tip, your argument is weak
Censor records, TV, school books too
And who decides what’s right to hear? You?
Hey PMRC, you stupid fuckin’ assholes
The sticker on the record is what makes ’em sell gold
Can’t you see, you alcoholic idiots
The more you try to suppress us, the larger we get


And a hilarious video of Frank Zappa presenting a reverend reading lyrics to The Mentors song “Golden Showers” to the US Senate in 1985 after the Senate held hearings based on the PMRC’s proposals for censorship.

A Message From New Left Media

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by Ro

 

Chase and Erick from New Left Media attended the Tea Party/Circus in Washington DC this past weekend.

 

On March 16, 2010, Tea Partiers from around the country gathered (in disappointing numbers) in front of the Capitol building for their final protest against health care reform. Also in town, appropriately, was Barnum & Bailey’s actual circus. The protestors voiced their usual conspiratorial concerns about healthcare reform: that it was a government takeover and more government, of course, equals less freedom; that it would euthanize seniors too expensive to treat; and that the bill would sink the nation into irrecoverable debt, despite its actually reducing the deficit by more than $100-billion over the next ten years. Averse to facts, no one interviewed was able to cite evidence for their false beliefs about the reform proposal, and instead suggested we seek the “truth” from Glenn Beck and Fox News.

THE PROPOSAL
The healthcare reform proposal being advanced in congress, while imperfect, would bring long overdue changes to a broken system. Far from being rushed, the proposals that make up this reform have been debated for years, and this congress has been working on a bill for many months. It’s time for an up or down vote on reform.

The proposal will expand healthcare access to over 30-million uninsured Americans, make healthcare more affordable for everyone, hold insurance companies more accountable, end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions, and help stabilize our budget and economy by reducing the deficit by over $100-billion in the next ten years.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/health-care…

This NEW LEFT MEDIA film was produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviewer) and Erick Stoll (camera operator) with additional camera work from Zac Sleeth.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
You can make a difference in the health care debate without leaving your bedroom. So stop typing that narcissistic Facebook status, pause your Mafia Wars game, and actually do something in reality to advance the cause you support by calling your representative. This is so easy. Many people are timid about making phone calls, but a phone call to your representative now could save you a series of phone calls to an uncooperative insurance company in the future. Too lazy to look up your representative’s number? This website makes it even easier–it will find the number, call it for you, and then call your cell phone to connect you. Tell your representative’s office that you support comprehensive health care reform, and urge them to support the public option.

Your Representative needs to hear from you NOW – call them now and tell them to vote YES!
http://tools.advomatic.com/8/housevote2

ZZZlist Radio – Episode 27: Chase Whiteside from New Left Media

Posted in Comedy, Politics, ZZZcast Episodes, ZZZlist Radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2010 by Ro

Check out our newest episode, ZZZlist Radio – Episode 27: Interview With Chase Whiteside from New Left Media.

In this episode, Ro and Chris are joined by Chase Whiteside from New Left Media.

We discuss the Nashville Tea Party Convention, Orly Taitz, Sarah Palin, and more. Check out newleftmedia.com for more information.

Intro “Random Interviews” by New Left Media. Outro “Dark and Light in New Mexico” by House of Freaks.


You can find us on iTunes, Odeo, Zencast, Limecast, and Podcast Alley.

Be sure to vote for us on Podcast Alley. No registration is required!

Al Franken Rules. Joe Lieberman Drools.

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on December 18, 2009 by Ro

Check out this clip where Senator Al Franken cuts short a winded diatribe by Connecticut’s butt-hurt senator, Joe Lieberman.

P.S. This isn’t really news – I just hate Joe Lieberman.

Berlusconi Punched, Attacked In Face At Rally.

Posted in Crime, Events, News, Politics, War with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2009 by Otto

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was punched in the face at the end of a rally on Sunday by a man holding a small statue in his hand, leaving the 73-year-old media mogul with a bloodied mouth and looking stunned, police said. The 42-year-old man accused of attacking Berlusconi in Milan as he signed autographs was immediately taken into custody.


The US Secret Service would have had our President in a moving car by :02 of this video.

Palin Tricked By Comedian Again, Says Canada Should Drop Public Health Care (VIDEO)

Posted in Actors. LOL., Comedy, Crime, Entertainment, Interviews, News, Politics, Weird with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by Otto

HuffPo:At a recent stop on her “Going Rogue” book tour, Sarah Palin told Canadian comedian Mary Walsh that Canada should get rid of its public health care system.

Walsh is the co-creator and star of This Hour Has 22 Minutes — a nightly news parody show in the same vein as The Daily Show — and she arrived in character, as the conservative Marg Delahunty, to the Borders where Palin (the “Alaskan Aphrodite”) was signing books.

“I just wanted to ask you if you have any words of encouragement for Canadian conservatives who have worked so hard to try to diminish the kind of socialized medicine we have up there.” Walsh shouted to Palin as she approached the table.

Palin’s handlers tried to help her by ushering Walsh out of the Borders, but Palin could not be deterred. When Palin left the signing, Walsh caught up with her in the parking lot, where Palin suggested that Canada should get rid of its public health care system. “Keep the faith” Palin said, “because common sense conservatism can be plugged in there in Canada too. In fact, Canada needs to reform its health care system and let the private sector take over some of what the government has absorbed.”

Raw Story points out that it is unlikely this plan will go over well among Canadians — even among conservatives.

A recent study found that 90 percent of Canadians support universal, single-payer health care. A poll taken last summer shows 82 percent of Canadians believe their health care system to be better than the US’s, despite constant grumbling about waiting times for treatment of non-life-threatening conditions.

This is Palin’s second brush with Canadian comedians. Last November a comedian from Montreal convinced the former governor she was speaking with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Watch the video below.