November - 2011
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A Death And A Promise
The Sinful Works Of
OLD DOGS & NEW TRICKS I found myself outside on our back porch in St. Louis, Misery, at 2 am, cheap whiskey in-hand, dogsitting for the wife’s brother. It’s hard to describe, with whiskey in hand, at 3 am, the comparisons between myself, this Sinner publication, and some 70 year-old dog – counting the poor bastard’s years to mine in Independent publishing, about ten. So Bear’s an old fucker, like myself, eaten up with arthritis, also like myself. I certainly felt like putting the miserable creature out of his misery, as he limped from step to step in the hopes I’d throw him another scrap of pot-roast or his worn ball across the yard. I know I’m not too far behind the animal myself. Then I ridiculously asked him if he wanted to be put out of his misery or fetch his tennis ball? Interestingly enough, that old, decrepit animal went running. What made the pathetic scene comical was the fact that I hadn’t threw his ball – nor did I even have it in hand. I guess you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, nor remove the old tricks from the aging dog. As I remove my 9 Pound Hammer hoodie at 4am, and sit behind this desk for the hundredth-or-so time, I feel like Bear, that old dog, chasing a ball that was never been thrown. I remember when it was thrown, though. Almost ten years ago, I chased a Dream, that fucking American Dream. At that time, in Seattle, Washington, there was a publication called The Tablet, who featured our first issue. It was the first time I associated myself with the “macabre”, as that was how they described The Sinner after our interview. That night, I took a bar of soap as I showered and scribbled, “5 SECONDS OF FAME” on the bathroom mirror. I assumed that’s how long this Indy publication would breath, about 5 seconds. It was nothing short of an honor for The Tablet to even mention our efforts, our Dream, much less to interview myself. Even though The Tablet vanished from the Seattle scene as The Sinner emerged, that one interview alone, set a bar of professionalism so high, that I still envy it today, some ten years later. It was quite the trick. And as I sit back now, behind this dusty desk, I always feel that I’m still chasing some ball, always leaping and stumbling and barking because it’s the only trick I know. At least someone threw the ball I guess, or pretended to at least have one... I don’t know what happened to The Tablet. As an old dog of Indy publishing sitting on the porch, it kills me to have seen them go. Maybe that’s why I often describe Independent publishing as this innocent chase of the ball along the beach, one that too often lands into shark-infested waters. The Sinner was lucky that The Tablet never took off their gloves and shoved us back into said waters – and they easily could have. So The Sinner somehow survived the madness of competition, and it’s nothing short of madness – that’s why so few of us are on the beach to begin with. And some ten years later, I will argue The Sinner’s survival is credited as nothing more than the blind luck of some mad dog stumbling along the beach, escaping certain death at every turn, while chasing too many red, white and blue balls with “Free Speech” and “Free Thought” stitched upon them. You could say it’s all relevant if you never question the balls existence, regardless of the madness or pleasure that comes with Indy Publishing. Maybe this old dog is just barking after forty-something years of chasing too many balls labeled “American Dream” along dangerous waters. Maybe it was one too many Sunday sermons of salvation and damnation, those Seven Deadly Sins, that brought me here, to Independent publishing, leaving me so jaded. If so, let me confess my other sins, the eighth and ninth ones, in regards to Indy Publishing: Faith and Commitment. Without both, you’ll never survive. Understand that if Gluttony and Wrath and Lust and Envy and Pride and Sloth and Greed are known as Capital Vices, then Faith and Commitment should be added to the Christian list. Any Sinner tempted by the first seven should agree, too, but said thought would question the Church who profits from Faith and Commitment. And some consider that blasphemy. Unlike every Church who profits from the 7 deadly Sins, the Independent Publisher seldom does – not even one titled, The Sinner, reaps such luxury. Independent Publishing taxes the soul and body by far greater than 10%, and to stick around for ten years, and spread to two different cities, the price is mad Faith and Commitment. And let me tell you something about Sin and Addiction and Faith and Commitment, it’s easier to make a living selling ass and sucking cock on the streets of Broken Bow, Oklahoma than it is to sell ad space in an Independent publication. If it wasn’t true, there would be a lot more of us old dogs on the beaches barking and biting the heads off sharks, getting fat while we did so. And that, my dear reader, is just another tale of Fear and Publishing in two cities...
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ESSAY | Dreaming The Nightmare by Henry Nicolle
". . . to sleep, perchance to dream." The awakening of a nightmare. My dreams are weird. Most of them. Some are just dreams, snippets of imagination and unreality, easily identified as dreams. But most of mine are memorable for their unmemorable consistency with daily life. If I watch closely, there are the fantastical aberrations which give away the game. They do not alter the effect. In my dreams, I am in one of two positions: Observing through the eyes of a dream avatar or as a "fly on the wall", a dis-incarnate observer. The scenes are of ordinary life as lived by ordinary people, but they are not my life's experiences nor are the players my personal avatars. The roles, activities and environments are too varied and unusually ordinary (except for being totally foreign to my experience and personal knowledge) to attempt to describe in any detail. Suffice to say, in my common dreams, I live vignettes of other people's lives, from their viewpoints or from a casual point of a passive observer. Most dreams fade rapidly, the memory lasting only a few minutes. Some become a part of my living memory. What I have gathered over the years are the elements of repeated circumstances, "themes", if you prefer, of the dream content. The main themes break down into three categories: Pre-Pivot, the Pivot and Post-Pivot. The "Pivot" as I am calling it for the first time, is a period of dramatic societal change, including apocalyptic environmental change, massive population dislocation/re-location and the initiation of great social alteration. Nothing new there, except that it has been one of my repeated dream environments for over twenty years. I may note that in the dream, I am observing and interacting through the eyes of an avatar who is not affected by the environment, the crowds or the crowd-control or crowd management. No-one bothers me and I go where I please without interference. The stage is always dark with artificial lighting where necessary for some human activity - feeding, processing, resting, transporting, stuff like that. Imagine being in the desert with a hundred thousand people, keeping order, moving people to staging and loading stations, moving from food, shelter and sanitation to other waypoints in the middle of the night and you'll get the imagery. In my Pre-Pivot and Post-Pivot scenarios, if I am not a dis-incarnate observer, my avatar, through whose eyes I observe, is affected by weather, controllers, fellow actors and other elements. Did I say that these dreams are in full High-Definition color, 3-D, sight, sound, odor, tactile and emotional effects? A serious entertainment facility, to be sure. Pre-Pivot experiences are ambiguous contexts, wherein the pending, but undefinable Pivot event is discussed and anticipated. The prospect establishes an uneasy, troubling, undefinable emotional under-current which affects the behavior of all the actors and often alters the dream environment. For example, translating from a building or room to a train or outdoor setting. The mood is as we live today, knowing change is imminent, but unsure if it is a virtual change, as in social or political or if it will be physically demanding or some combination. It is this suspicion without definite justifications, uncertain of what is actually in progress which relates to our waking anxiety. We experience the explosions of contempt for our Rights and our Law every day, but we demand more of that contempt in the form of more government involvement in our lives and as the benefits of receiving a share of the booty stolen by government. We know this cannot last. The more astute among us can virtually count the days to the inevitable collapse of American society as we have become accustomed. Post-Pivot dreams are not pleasant. My view's perspective is unchanged, except that when I am in my avatar, I am not undisturbed by "authority", my movements are limited and my person threatened from several directions with various causes. There is constant implied control of what people (including my avatar) are allowed to do, conflicts between people and groups of people and a lot of general discontent and the aggressiveness inherent in a crowded, unhappy, controlled space. The dream ends and re-awakens as a nightmare. Not for me as the dreamer, but for those who inhabit the dreams. I see the parallel to these dreams in our waking experience in our country, our society, in our communities and families and in my personal life. Before the "Pivot", I had a relatively free and comfortable life. Then things changed in our country. We made ourselves the servants of our governments, abandoned our Liberty for the handouts stolen by government from ourselves. We Dreamers are now in the dark Pivot of events and our new wakening may birth our nightmare.
Letters From The Occupation The Occupy Wall Street “movement” has now expanded. It has established itself across the country, and solidarity occupations have been organized in many other western nations. Most occupation participants realize that they are part of a larger global pro-democracy anti-corruption campaign that began with the historic “Arab Spring”. Whether it’s activists in Syria and Yemen, Anna Hazare’s Gandhian movement in India, or the anti-corporate occupations in the US, we are all part of the same world-wide uprising. Revolutionary in scope and anti-authoritarian in nature, these uprisings are much too big and far too widespread for their respective governments to stop them. Over 900 communities in the US have now participated in occupation activities. No one could have predicted such a large number of occupations. Constant daily news coverage has made the Occupy Wall Street movement probably the most successful media campaign in history. In spite of attempts by police and political leaders to suppress its message of resistance, that meme has now entered into every part of our culture – it has become a pop phenomenon as well as a popular political movement. The fact is, this unlikely collection of culture and media jammers have accomplished something that no multi-national corporate media conglomerate could ever have done. Without the prerequisite million dollar budgets and Madison Avenue style PR advertising campaigns, these unpaid volunteers have still managed to outdo the best lobbyists, at least in terms of getting their message (protest!) out to the public. People may not completely understand the occupiers yet, but almost everyone has heard of them. This is an amazing feat considering the dizzying amount of distractions and messaging that is being directed at us every day by religious organizations, mega corporations and governments. This historic resistance to the status quo was born out of sheer determination and will, and it has been accomplished through solidarity actions throughout the world. The current troupe of tech savvy multi media activists who have been working at the center of these demonstrations understand that we live in a media driven world surrounded by images and words designed to evoke a specific behavioral response. We have decoded the propaganda, and now we are beginning to share our awareness with the rest of the planet. We know that if we are to survive as a social movement for change, we must communicate, create networks and grow. There seems to be two main aspects of the occupation phenomenon. One aspect is the resilience of the hard core street activists who have pitched tents in illegal encampments from coast to coast. In the face of harassment and arrest by police, and the threats of cold winter weather, they have managed to maintain a presence in the national dialogue, forcing corporate media and political groups to acknowledge their presence and their power to communicate their pro-democracy anti-corruption message to the entire world – “The whole world is watching!” The other major front in this movement is actually not the radicals at all – it is the mainstream, mostly middle class enthusiasts who support the occupy movement. While they may not be joining the occupation camps, they number in the millions and have gained both political and electoral power because of the occupations. This unusual and unacknowledged marriage between the street organizers and the suburbanites of the nation is perhaps the most surprising aspect of the movement. I suspect that neither group really comprehends the true nature of this relationship, and furthermore, I doubt that they really understand each other at all. I suppose it doesn’t really matter at the moment whether these constituencies realize that they are actually unconsciously working together. Perhaps that is the best scenario for now. The movement has been evolving organically. It grows in a natural, unselfconscious way – too much analysis might ruin the magic of it all… On November 2nd JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon came to Seattle on to give a speech about ”leadership” to the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. He was met by 300 angry protesters who surrounded the hotel where he was speaking. Seattle police used pepper spray on demonstrators repeatedly but the crowd would not go away.
Earlier in the day Occupy Seattle activists had gathered for a rally at their new base camp at Seattle Central Community College. Approximately 200 people marched to a Chase bank a few blocks away on Broadway. Five protesters entered the bank and staged a sit-in to protest the federal government’s bailout of JP Morgan/Chase. When the demonstrators were ordered to leave the bank they refused. They were arrested by Seattle police. Meanwhile, outside the bank the marchers held a demonstration in the street. One man destroyed his Chase ATM card and vowed to move his account to a local credit union. When police officers came out of the bank with the folks they had arrested, the crowd tried to block them. The police pushed their way through the demonstrators and forced the sit-in protesters into a police van. Several people lay down on the pavement in front of the van in an act of civil disobedience. At that point police used pepper spray indiscriminately on
the people in the street and another demonstrator was arrested. While volunteer medics treated the victims of the pepper spray, the marchers gathered again and walked back to the college chanting, “Banks got bailed out – We got sold out!” At the Jamie Dimon protest a reporter and camera operator who said he was working for CNN told me, “The police do not use pepper spray on people unless they deserve it. The protesters did something wrong.” When I asked him what they had done he replied, “They tried to enter the hotel.” Another man standing beside me said, “I was not aware that entering a hotel is illegal.” Then the reporter proceeded to offer me unsolicited advice on how we should organize our movement.
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He lectured me about our protest strategy, and then he arrogantly explained what our political beliefs should be. I wanted to tell him that he was acting unprofessionally and that he should just do his job as a journalist, but I’ve experienced this kind of rude situation with corporate news reporters many times before, so I decided not to waste my time arguing with him. It’s still amazing to me just how out of touch and how extremely crass most of the corporate media can be when confronted with the occupy groups. It’s not only Fox News that acts so inappropriately. Most of the local radio and TV news crews are just as presumptuous and dismissive when dealing with occupation protesters. It’s very clear to me that these folks in the media feel they are much more important than the protesters. Apparently their social status is assured, whereas our place on that ladder is in question. Most of the corporate news reporters I’ve encountered really do see us as “the great unwashed’, i.e. disorganized, irrelevant hippies and punks. They criticize us for the way we look, calling us “dirty”, or calling into question our legitimacy by claiming that we are nothing but an ineffective group of malcontents with no real strategy or any new ideas to present to the world. I believe that the reason the corporate media is so apt to easily dismiss the way we look because they can’t dismiss our political and economic issues or our message – “We are the 99%!” The truth is, the corporate media is becoming more irrelevant every day. With the advent of smart phones, cheap video cameras and multi-media software, their commercial stranglehold on the means of communication is finally breaking down. Today everyone is a citizen journalist. Most of the time, the corporate news reporters miss the real story anyway. Many times they have called me to ask for video footage or to ask me to do their work by giving them all the details concerning incidents that happened when they simply were not present. The corporate news also likes to show up early at protests when only a few people have gathered, cover the rally or march for about 20 minutes, then leave for the rest of the day while police are pepper spraying and as-
saulting demonstrators. With only their own underground media to document what’s happening, most activists are now uploading information and video from the field in real time using a live stream. As a result, many of the reporters get their information from tweets and blogs written by Occupy Seattle participants. Personally, I don’t really care what the established commercial media is saying about the occupations, because they are guaranteed to get it wrong due to their obvious disconnect with the occupation organizers. In contrast, the alternative media has become a full participant in the occupy movement, helping to promote the protests. They make no secret about their support for what we are doing. Some alternative media commentators have actually helped to shape the message. In some cases, their political and economic analysis has proven to be invaluable. While many of the occupiers have been busy practicing the politics of survival on the streets or in the park, folks like Amy Goodman have helped to provide information about the larger picture – who’s who in the current power structure, and who has been committing crimes against humanity and against the ecosystem of the planet. Then the man proceeded to offer me unsolicited advice on how we should organize our movement. He lectured me about our protest strategy, and then he arrogantly explained what our political beliefs should be. I wanted to scream at him and tell him to shut up and just do his job as a journalist, but I’ve experienced this kind of situation with corporate news reporters many times before so I decided not to waste my time arguing with him. Here’s the good news – the Occupy Seattle camp has been invited by students and faculty to Seattle Central Community College. After a month of intimidation and harassment by police, park rangers and Mayor Mike McGinn at Westlake Park and City Hall, the college seems like a restful haven for activists. Despite the many arrests and the pepper spray along the way, the Occupy Seattle group is alive and well! More good news: our coalition with students and teachers is growing stronger. It was a group of public school teachers who organized two marches on Chase banks in Seattle during the last week of October. Their chant was, “Money for Schools and Education, Not for Bankers and Corporations!” Long live the occupations!
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OCCUPY EVERYTHING by Kristen Ivy - Photos by Guitar Doug
rom an online campaign to solidarity protests around the world, Occupy Wall Street has overtaken political discourse, and probably an intersection near you. The mainstream media tries to brand the protestors as hippies, anarchists, of leftist versions of the Tea Party. The fact is, thousands of people across our country are fed up and pissed off. The facts speak for themselves - corporations exercise unprecedented control, and their profits rise while incomes and employment fall. I could tell you about Occupy Seattle - the colorful characters, the frustrations, spectrum of political opinions. But you should visit and see it for yourself. A small group of protestors staked out their spot in Westlake Park on October 1st and set up camp. The tents got banned, then umbrellas. One young man showed me the number to a pro bono lawyer, written on his forearm in sharpie. He’d been arrested for sitting inside a tent the police were trying to break down. Another protestor made coffee using a (thankfully clean) sock for a filter, because rain and a lack of electricity can’t stop the Coffee Of The Revolution. Other members of the movement can’t camp overnight, but show their support with supplies, or by joining the marches and rallies. They have signs about the Constitution, pesticides, social justice, corporate profiteering. Meanwhile, the police have taken over $97,200 in overtime pay in Seattle alone. They seem to mostly stand around, playing on their smartphones or mocking the impromptu music jam sessions. Sometimes they go on a spree of arrests, hauling away a woman who opened an umbrella and a man sitting in meditation, among others. Meanwhile, the action continues at Wall Street. Celebrities visit. A march on the Brooklyn Bridge led to 700 arrests, but the movement is thousands strong.
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All these people aren’t hippies, or anarchists, or young idealists. They are people who’ve woken up to the realities of our country. Economic inequality is not an accident, or a necessary byproduct of capitalism. The stark differences between corporate profits and the average quality of life should enrage everyone. We the People, We the 99%, have been betrayed by the government supposed to represent us. There is no leader, no list of demands. No easy fix to make people shut up an go home. In the face of problems, the movement abandoned the idea of a quick fix and began creating something new - a mini-society based on democratic voting, sharing, and the occasional drum circle. The Occupy movement begs a larger question: Why haven’t we been Occupying our government from the beginning? Our country was founded on the idea of a government for (and of, and by) the people. What does it mean to occupy our country instead of just passively existing in it? Whatever direction these protests take, this is the idea that needs to stick. The streets belong to us. So to the parks, and the City Halls. Wall Street and Washington DC belong to us, to the People, to the 99%. If we set up occupation in our government, actively looking out for our own interests, then the corporations can’t pull the wool over our eyes. If we occupy our jobs and our neighborhoods, we all have a share of the responsibility. It might be easier to be a consumer than an activist, but generations of widespread apathy and ignorance got us to this place. American apathy is still prevalent, but these protests show a positive note. Sure, people are mad. But even after arrests and sub-par coffee, most are in good spirits. The organic, real democracy we aim for isn’t passive or despondent. It has drum circles, meditation, jokes, vegan curry, camaraderie. The group of people who have come together to make a stand and share the park have also shared their energy and joy. One night had a Bohemian Rhapsody sing-along. Another evening, the arrival of a marching band turned the whole park into a dance party. Decide of Occupy. By joining a protest or just making a real effort to be proactive, taking ownership of our government and our country. While you’re at it, sing some Bohemian Rhapsody with us.
StoptheDrugWar.org US Reps, CA AG Chide Feds on Medical Marijuana By Philip Smith The unhappy reaction to the renewed federal offensive against medical marijuana growers and distributors continues to spread, with several members of Congress and California’s attorney general among the latest to voice their displeasure. Since the Sacramento press conference last month where California’s four US Attorneys announced a crackdown on the medical marijuana using heavy-handed raids on businesses in exemplary compliance with state and local laws and a wave of letters to dispensary landlords threaten property seizure or even criminal prosecution if they don’t throw out their medical marijuana tenants, reaction among medical marijuana supporters, including elected officials, has been growing. On Friday, nine members of Congress, led by Reps. Sam Farr (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), sent a letter to President Obama expressing “concern with the recent activity by the Department of Justice against legitimate medical marijuana dispensaries in California that are operating legally under state law.” The other congressional signers were Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Pete Stark (D-CA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), and Bob Filner (D-CA). Citing “aggressive SWAT-style federal raids in at least seven states,” as well as threats directed at landlords and elected officials, the solons told the president such actions “directly interfere with California’s 15-year-old medical cannabis law by eliminating safe access to medication for the state’s thousands of medical marijuana patients.” The nine US representatives called on the president to reschedule marijuana as either a Schedule II or Schedule III drug with recognized medicinal uses, either by administrative action or by supporting legislation to achieve that end. A bill that would do just that, H.R. 1983, the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, has already been filed, they helpfully pointed out. A week before the congressional letter, California Attorney General Kamala Harris added her voice to the choir of the concerned. “Californians overwhelmingly support the compassionate use of medical marijuana for the ill,” she noted in a statement. “While there are definite ambiguities in state law that must be resolved either by the state legislature or the courts, an overly broad federal enforcement campaign will make it more difficult for legitimat e patients to access physicianrecommended medicine in California,” the state’s highest elected law enforcement officer said. “I urge the federal authorities in the state to adhere to the United States Department of Justice’s stated policy and focus their enforcement efforts on ‘significant traffickers of illegal drugs.’” In mid-October, state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), stalwart friends of marijuana law reform, were among the first to speak out against the federal crackdown, followed shortly by fellow San Franciscan state Sen. Leland Yee (D). “Medical marijuana dispensaries are helping our economy, creating jobs, and most importantly, providing a necessary service for suffering patients,” Lee said in a statement. “There are real issues and real problems that the US Attorney’s Office should be focused on rather than using their limited resources to prosecute legitimate businesses or newspapers. Shutting down state-authorized dispensaries will cost California billions of dollars and unfairly harm thousands of lives.” In the face of widespread criticism, the US Attorneys have attempted to insulate their boss from the political heat, with a spokesperson making pains to tell the Huffington Post they had coordinated only with the Justice Department, not the Obama administration. But it is ultimately President Obama who is in charge, and who will pay whatever political price is to be paid.
THIS MONTH’S CORRUPT COPS STORIES By Phillip Smith An investigation into a dope-slinging Brooklyn cop has opened a window on a wider culture of corruption in the NYPD, plus your typical handful of corrupt cop cases. Let’s get to it: In New York City, at least 16 NYPD officers were arrested Friday in a ticket-fixing probe that originated with a complaint about a corrupt cop peddling dope out of a barbershop. The officers pleaded not guilty to hundreds of charges including misconduct, grand larceny, records tampering and obstructing governmental administration. Officer Jose Ramos, who owned a barbershop through which drugs were allegedly trafficked and who was at the root of the ever-broadening investigation has pleaded not guilty to drug and other charges. As police wiretapped Ramos, they overheard numerous conversations with people asking if Ramos could fix tickets for them, and the investigation expanded from there. Most of the other cops arrested were members of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association. Hundreds of NYPD officers swarmed courtrooms in Brooklyn to protest the charges, arguing that fixing tickets was a professional courtesy, not a crime. In Washington, Indiana, a Daviess County sheriff’s deputy was indicted Friday on charges he helped a woman avoid drug arrests in exchange for sex. Chief Deputy Ronald Morgan is charged with bribery and assisting a criminal. Morgan went down after investigators learned that a Washington woman questioned last month about a meth lab had avoided arrest in the past by exchanging sexual favors with Morgan in return for tips about police investigations. If convicted, Morgan faces between two and eight years in prison. He was freed Friday after posting $750 bond. In Memphis, Tennessee, a Memphis police officer was indicted October 27 as part of a two-year investigation into marijuana and methamphetamine trafficking. Officer Eric Johnson, 24, is charged with trafficking more than 2.2 tons of pot. Twenty-four other people were also indicted, including one person charged with meth distribution. No word yet on formal charges or whether Johnson has made bail. In Denville, New Jersey, a Denville township police officer was arraigned October 26 for allegedly stealing narcotics from the evidence room. Officer Eugene Blood, 38, is charged with official misconduct, burglar y, theft and attempted theft of controlled dangerous substances, attempted burglary and criminal mischief. Blood joined the department in 2003 and was named evidence custodian in 2007 until he was transferred back to patrol division in December. He was suspended without pay in August after an investigation into missing drugs began in April.
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Twelve Strikes Against Herman Cain by Thom Bone
Strike one: Cain served as deputy chairman of the board of directors of the FEDERAL RESERVE BANK (hello??) of Kansas City from 1992 to 1994, and as chairman from 1995 to 1996. Strike two: Cain serves as an associate minister of the Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, which he joined at the age of 10. The church is part of the National Baptist Convention, USA and is "a bastion of liberal activism", where the church's senior pastor, Rev. Cameron M. Alexander, reportedly does not share Cain's political philosophy. Thus, Cain is also not an actual conservative. He is an infiltrator of the Republican party (which is the popular thing to do these days it seems). Strike three: As for Godfather's Pizza? Under Cain's leadership, Godfather's closed approximately 200 restaurants and eliminated several thousand jobs, and by doing so returned to profitability. So, he has already proven that he's NOT about "creating jobs" he is in fact all about making money for the corporation. Strike four: He has absolutely NO experience in politics. How can ANYONE think that he would be able to just walk into the White House and make even a single informed decision? Or even more scary, build a good staff and/or cabinet of competent people? Strike five: He's a proven liar. All you have to do is watch him speak two times in a row. He will say opposites. Well, the rule of opposite statements of "fact" is that one of them must be untrue. Therefore, he will just say whatever he thinks you want to hear. Behind his words lies nothing of any real value. Strike six: He is in bed with the Koch brothers who are known scumbags. Just yesterday he admitted that they were close. He said, and I quote: 'I am the Koch brothers' brother from another mother' See: www.nydailynews. com/news/politics/herman-cain-i-koch-brothers-brother-mother-article-1.972623 Strike seven: His "9-9-9" plan reduces the corporate tax rate TO nine percent, while it steals nine cents out of every dollar the poor would ever spend. So the 1% get their tax rate reduced from 35% to 9% while the most poor and disabled and aged of the 99% get their taxes raised from 0% to 9% (at minimum). Strike eight: Cain was on the board of directors of Aquila, Inc. from 1992 to 2008, and also served as a board member for Nabisco, Whirlpool, Reader's Digest, and AGCO, Inc. Thus, he is a corporate WHORE and does not represent the people; he clearly represents the corporation. Isn't that a main problem with our elected politicians, that they are in bed with corporations? WHY THE HELL would we elect another one?? Strike nine: 2005–2011 work for Americans for Prosperity: Starting in 2005, Cain worked for the Koch family funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) alongside Mark Block. Block would later become campaign manager for Cain's 2012 Presidential run and would be joined in Cain's campaign by several other AFP employees. Cain continued to receive honorariums for speaking at AFP events until he announced his campaign for the Republican nomination. Cain's senior economic advisor during his 2012 presidential campaign, Rich Lowrie, who helped devise Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan, had also served on the AFP board. (He's in bed with scumbags and is one himself, plain as day). Strike ten: CAIN IS THE RACIST and has NO problem playing race cards himself. In 2006, Cain voiced several radio ads encouraging people of color to vote Republican; the ads were funded by a group called America's PAC and its founder J. Patrick Rooney. These ads were criticized for making use of racial stereotypes, such as one in which one black man refers to black women as "ho's". That ad also claimed that Democrats didn't care about black infants because they support legalized abortion. Another ad attempted to link Democrats to white supremacist David Duke, since Duke opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The ads stirred controversy in the communities in which they ran. Strike eleven: More on "9-9-9"-- Cain said his plan "expands the base," arguing that "[w]hen you expand the base, we can arrive at the lowest possible rate, which is 9-9-9." An analysis released to Bloomberg News by the campaign claimed that the rate for each of the three taxes could in fact be as low as 7.3%, but "poverty grants" — which Cain has described as a lower rate in targeted "empowerment zones" (whatever that is) — necessitated a national rate of 9%. Paul Krugman has criticized the plan, saying it shifts much of the current tax burden from the rich to the poor. Arthur Laffer, Lawrence Kudlow, the Club for Growth, and Congressman Paul Ryan (ALL scumbags) have spoken favorably of "9-9-9". On October 21, Cain told a crowd in Detroit that the plan would be 9-0-9 for the poor, saying that "if you are at or below the poverty level … then you don’t pay that middle 9 on your income." Well guess what? They ALREADY don't... they also don't already pay the 9% national sales tax... but under his plan, they would. So they would actually have to pay 9% more than they do now, while again, the rich get a tax break of over 25%, down to 9%. There is no way to spin this as good for the people; this is clearly good for the corporation. Strike twelve: Cain has now also been accused of violating campaign finance laws by accepting money from a nonprofit affiliated with the Koch brothers and Mark Block. Nonprofits are not allowed to spend money on presidential campaigns!! Need I continue? How many strikes does it take before THIS IDIOT is "out"?? If this was baseball he'd already be "out" FOUR TIMES. And you may not agree with all twelve of these "strikes" and may try to cloud the issue by arguing against one or more of them (but I cannot imagine that anyone can argue all twelve because, well, facts are facts). But still, if you can agree with three or more of these "twelve strikes" then he is "out" anyway!
Kick Up Your Heels, Footloose and Fancy Free or Intellectual Laziness and Adrenaline Addiction in Activism written by Saab Lofton “We know what you’re against, but what are you for?” –Ted Kennedy while addressing the Anti-War Movement We the People are LONNNNNG overdue for a Greenpeace version of FDR’s New Deal. An organization called the Apollo Alliance is on the front line insofar as this goes, but basically, it’s all about killing two birds with one stone: The environment is in dire straits, unemployment is through the roof, so pay the poor (a LIVING, NOT minimum wage) to save the world. Unfortunately, according to The Associated Press (10/1/11), “[Occupy Wall Street] has the feel of a classic street protest with one exception: It’s unclear exactly what the demonstrators want ... does it matter that the protest is vague?” Yes, it does! The Associated Press goes on to report ... “[Bill Dobbs, an activist involved in the 2004 demonstrations at the Republican National Convention] and others say the group’s lack of specificity serves a purpose because it invites outrage over a full spectrum of societal grievances.” ...now, WHY EXACTLY would “a full spectrum” be necessary? I understand the need for strength-innumbers, but I’m also all too aware of a) how those protests are predominantly white, and b) how historically notorious whites are when it comes to their utterly irrational fear of alienating ... “Many white liberals cling to the notion that building a mass movement against war necessitates the use of techniques and rhetoric that ‘don’t scare away’ middle class whites.” –from an Open Letter To Activists Concerning Racism In The Anti-War Movement (2/13/03) ...in order to AFFORD eco-friendly jobs creation, the rich MUST be taxed – and since these protesters are outside Wall Street anyway, they might as well propose the following ... “...the daily volume of currency buying and selling has reached a sum of approximately $1.5 trillion. This figure does not include operations involving so-called financial derivatives, which account for an almost equal additional sum. That is, some $3 trillion worth of speculative operations are carried out every day. If a one percent tax was to be charged on all speculative operations, the amount raised would be more than enough for sustainable development in the so-called developing countries, with the necessary protection of nature and the environment... May the tax suggested by Nobel Prize laureate James Tobin be imposed in a reasonable and effective way on the current speculative operations that account for trillions of dollars traded every 24 hours. Then the United Nations, which cannot continue to depend on meager, inadequate and belated donations and charities, will have $1 trillion annually to save and develop the world.”
– from the book, War, Racism and Economic Injustice by Fidel Castro (so help me, I don’t want to hear a damn thing about Castro’s Human rights violations until every last member of the Bush administration is doing hard time for war crimes against Humanity) ... alas, that could alienate inbred retards who’re under the delusion that Ron Paul (a libertarian, i.e., CAPITALIST presidential candidate) is supposedly the messiah. We wouldn’t want our right-wing relatives finding out we’re tax and spend liberals, now would we? [WARNING: SARCASM ALERT] According to Oscar winning documentarian Michael Moore, a few Ron Paul disciples were in attendance at the Wall Street protest. What’s worse, this dismissive conversation occurred when Moore pointed that out... Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC: Michael, is it your sense that [Occupy Wall Street] is basically a cry from the heart; it’s not so much specifically about we want to change this [hypothetical] clause in this [hypothetical] bill ..? Michael Moore: We’re not down here to support Senate Bill [again, another hypothetical]. We’re beyond that ... This is not about supporting some piece of legislation or ‘let’s get behind some politician’ ... Nobody cares about that anymore. ...I’m extremely disappointed in Moore. He of all people should know better – and proud as I am of the activists who have put themselves at risk for the rest of us, I’m just as saddened by this MTV’s Jackass approach to activism. At least that Associated Press piece I quoted from earlier included the following ... “You should have a clear and convincing message and know who is going to deliver it. One of the reasons to get attention is to deliver the message.” – The Reverend Herbert Daughtry, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement ...thank you, reverend. Hopefully, the message will be delivered DESPITE that desire to party and cry out WOOHOO! The future of the Human race is at stake and that’s FAR more important than having a good time. Unlike all too many of my comrades, I’m NOT so desperate for a mass movement to the point where I’m going to ignore the fact that most of these kids would STILL be camping out, playing hacky sack and holding drum circles all day long EVEN IF our economy was OK. As Karl Marx said, “from each according to his ability” – so if you’re able to hang out for weeks at a time, then occupying can be your area of expertise insofar as activism goes, but understand that lives are on the line. This ain’t a game.
The Chop Tops
Oct 8th 2011 Local Chaos Production @ Chop Suey The Chop Tops
Hard Money Saints
Is there a better way to kick off the month of October than catching The Chop Tops, Spiderface, Piston Ready, Hard Money Saints, Hot Roddin' Romeos, and Craic Haus in one sinful show? If there is, I canâ€™t think of one. Keep your eye open in November to catch these acts all around town!
Spiderface Photo Credit: Tina D Photography and/or Tina Donley
WELCOME TO HELL
It may have taken me three months to talk Bob & Sherry from The Way Out to agree to this line up, but it was sure worth the relentless effort. And for the most part, it went fairly well, all things considered. To our surprise, a couple even got married on stage by Big Randy between sets... Welcome to Hell, suckers!
photo by Shawn Telkamp
Thanks for coming out and supporting the local bands and what we do here at The Sinner! And a big thanks to all of our sponsors: DBâ€™s, Steel & Ink, Mandinaâ€™s, Shameless Grounds, Ragtime Tattoo, Jefferson Ave. Bistro, and The Way Out!
POWER TO THE PEOPLE! I finally made it down to the “Occupy Seattle” protest that has been going on in Westlake Park in Seattle, to check it out and see what all the fuss is about. Guitar Doug brought me there one night last month, and I must say I am impressed with the dedication and commitment on part of the youngsters who are willing to camp out in the cold nasty weather for the anti-corporate greed cause. Where does Paul Ace Diamond “Huggy” Blow stand on this issue? Helles belles, I support this movement 100 percent. To tell the truth, although I thought the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in New York was very cool, when I first heard of “Occupy Seattle” I thought it was dumb — a cheap rip-off. However, this movement has spread across the country like a wild fire and now there are many major U.S. cities being “occupied” and I am truly amazed and I say, “RIGHT ON! POWER TO THE PEOPLE! BRING IT TO THE MAN! WAKE UP, IT’S TIME TO DIE!” Let’s face it — the so-called “American Dream” is dead and the middle class is being squeezed out of the game. Wages are stagnant. Unemployment is high. The disparity between the rich and the poor has never been greater. The economy continues to suck. America is becoming a third world country, and all the while the banks, big corporations and the wealthy hoard the nation’s wealth and prosper while the average American suffers and makes all the sacrifices. Yeah, the corporations and banks got bailed out with tax payer money after they screwed up our economy with their reckless greed, but we do all the suffering and they get off the hook. You all know the drill... and don’t even get me started on the Republicans who dismiss the Occupy Wall Street movement as a “bunch of smelly hippies” and who continue to insist that the wealthy “job creators” should continue to get the generous Bush tax breaks while the deficit grows and cuts are made to social services and programs that benefit the rest of the American population. Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me.. when I’m angry! But enough of my political rambling... I’m looking forward to the Sinner Anniversary party on November 19th at the 2-Bit Saloon in Seattle, and you better believe I will be there with copies of my book Tales Paul Diamond Blow joins the 99 percent. From Outer Space in hand, and for the night I will waive my five dollar autograph fee. See you there!
HUGGY BLOW’S ROCK STAR OF THE MONTH:
11/07 Mon - Men’s Room Red Metal Mondays with Terra Morta, Defenestrator, Six Days of Darkness, Umbilical Parricide $5 11/08 Tues - Reggae Night With Jet City Sound 11/10 Thurs - Rockabilly night 11/11 Fri - Local Dudes, Fat Kids, Lights from Space 11/12 Sat - Whiskey Avengers, Dying Off, Rat City Ruckus 11/13 Sun - Rock Band Finale 11/14 Mon - Men’s Room Red Metal Mondays $5 11/16 Wed - Backfire (4pm) 11/17 Thunder Pussy Thursday 11/18 Fri - Rockabilly Jam Out Hosted by Roy Kay featuring Roy Kay Trio, The Western Birds & more 11/19 Sat - Seattle Sinner Anniversary Show With Hard Count, ames Hunnicutt, Hot Roddin’ Romeos, J Big Wheel Stunt Show, Hard Money Saints and Noel Austin’s Phreaks 11/20 Sun - Power Skeleton, Happy Birthday Secret Weapon, Holographic Beast 11/21 Mon - Men’s Room Red Metal Mondays $5 11/24 Thurs - Thanksgiving at the Bit 11/25 Fri - Old Blue, Sailor Mouth, Just like Vinyl, Cow
Rob Halford: When it comes to the heavy metal genre there are many stand-out vocalists who deserve recognition (Bruce Dickinson, Ozzy Osbourne, Geoff Tate), but I must make Rob Halford of Judas Priest my token heavy metal rock star simply for the fact that not only could he sing with the best of them, but he was the coolest looking heavy metal vocalist of the bunch. I mean, comon—Halford was super freaking cool with his leather outfits and his Harley Davidson entrances, and his short, platinum blonde hair style was the Sex! Plus, the fact that Rob Halford is a gay man in the otherwise super-macho heavy metal genre adds points to his coolness rating. Seriously though, can anyone deny that the vocal talents of Rob Halford are nothing short of awesome? I didn’t think so. Lastly, of all the heavy metal bands, Judas Priest simply rocked the most, and Rob Halford’s amazing vocals and super-cool image helped boost them to the top of the metal heap and makes Rob Halford my Rock Star of the Month. Paul Diamond Blow works as a part time hustler when he’s not writing for the Sinner. His new book “Tales From Outer Space” is available at paulblow. tripod.com
11/06 Sun - Rock Band Finale
11/26 Sat - Sioux City Pete and the Beggars, Koozbane, Schmidtaholics, School Shootings 11/27 Sun - Rock Band Finale 11/28 Mon - Men’s Room Red Metal Mondays $5 11/29 Tuesday I’m In Love 12/2 Fri - Atomic Bride, The Connerys 12/3 Sat - Badstrip, Gentlemen Of Leisure
Rob Halford: the Turbo Lover!
METAL MONDAYS It’s Time To Bang Your Head Every Monday Night @ 2 Bit
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By Jeff Meyer - Photos: Insomniac Studios PIRATES. The word conjures and evokes many different images and ideas in the collective consciousness of humanity. Icons such as the Jolly Roger, crossed cutlasses, bottles of rum, sleek sailing ships, gold coins, and walking the plank probably come readily to mind. Piracy has existed pretty much from the first time man invented and used boats. Pirates of one type or another have captured the imagination and the interest of people for hundreds of years – they are an archetype in almost every human culture, past and present. Societies as disparate and ancient as the Vikings, the Phoenicians, the Greeks and the Romans have all been shaped and affected by piracy, and can all be culturally examined through the lens of it. The definition of pirate, and piracy, has also evolved over time – they’re no longer limited to the definition of robbers and rovers on the high seas, as they were in the days of old. As a child, I had a fascination with all things historical, and I studied these things obsessively, and that definitely included pirates of all shapes and sizes. They seemed to capture an adventurous, exotic, rebellious, and dangerous place in history that appealed to me. I remember being captivated from a young age for hours on end by stories and novels of pirates and the sea – some of the most memorable for me were written by Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad, and Herman Melville. Pirates were self reliant, and they were on the edge of exploring a new frontier, but I was also intrigued by the inherent contradictions they often presented. They could be at turns brave, honorable, and full of ingenuity, integrity, and intelligence, but they could also at times be arrogant, cruel, murderous, greedy, and evil. In a word, they were human, and they were complicated. What do you see in your mind’s eye when you picture a pirate? Do you picture a modern Somalian fisherman in an inboard outboard boat, holding a sailor from a supertanker or an aid worker for ransom? Do you picture the fearsome Blackbeard (William Teach), with smoking fuses ablaze in his scraggly long beard to strike fear into the hearts of his foes? Or do you picture the more glamorous likes of the Frenchman Jean Lafitte, or the crafty English privateer and bane of the Spanish in the new world, Henry Morgan, a dim shadow of whose likeness and memory is currently being used to shill you rum on network TV? Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow? Or maybe you see a pasty white computer hacker feverishly working over a keyboard in a dank basement, selling unauthorized software, music, or films? Cultural interest in pirates, in all their forms, again seems to be at an all time high – exemplified by the popularity of pirate themed films, television shows, festi-
vals, and books, and such phenomena as International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which takes place annually on September 19th. Pirates throughout the years have been a complex, diverse, & chaotic bunch – and difficult to categorize, some motivated by choice, some by necessity and the need to survive by any means available. At the suggestion of Carrie Harris, resident mixologist of St. Louis bar The Crack Fox, Carrie Meyer and John Williams of Insomniac Studios set out to explore the Saint Louis connection to the “pirate” mythos through the creation of photographic portraits of 4 subjects active in the Saint Louis area “pirate” scene. Per Carrie Meyer of Insomniac Studios, the success of the summer 2011 Steampunk photography show that she and John Williams put on in June at the Crack Fox led them organically in the direction of the work they undertook for the pirate show. The models featured in their pirate portraits include “Mainsheet” Meric, Lori Lammers, Jessica Koneko, and Christopher McDaniel. This close-knit group of friends takes part in 2 annual events, the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire in May/June of each year, and the St. Louis Pirate Fest, which takes place in the St. Louis metro area every Fall, in September. It is clear that they share a passion for the history and the culture of the pirate, and by their look they seem to favor the pirates of the “golden age” of piracy, the pirates of the late 17th & early 18th century. While acknowledging the popularizing effect & increased interest that recent films such as the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise have had for pirates, Christopher McDaniel stated that his involvement with pirates predates this recent development by many years, probably a common feeling among his group of friends. In his words, “he was flying the Jolly Roger long before Johnny Depp, or anyone else he could remember, for that matter.” When asked to elaborate on what inspires his personal interest in pirates, Christopher continued, “a passion for their history, and the reaction I get out of people. And also the roguish character, and freedom, of I do what I want when I want.” Spoken like a true pirate. Insomniac Studio’s resulting photographic work of the St. Louis pirates will be featured in Musical Blades at the Crack Fox, a show that will take place on Saturday, November 19th, 2011. The doors will open at 8 pm. This is a 21 and over show, with a cover charge of $10. The show will feature the pirate portraits of Insomniac Studios, as well as the comedic musical stylings of the Musical Blades, a pirate-themed musical group hailing from Shawnee, Kansas.
White City Graves, Halloween @ 2 Bit Photos by Mike Emigh
SAT NOVEMBER 12th Rat City Ruckus; Whiskey Avengers (San Jose); Ando Ehlers Death Polka! (Feat Greg Chaos); + Guest @ 2Bit Saloon 4818 17th Ave NW in Ballard 21+, 9pm, $5 SUN NOVEMBER 13th Your High Horse; Full Lush; Whiskey Avengers (San Jose); Ando Ehlers Death Polka! (Feat Greg Chaos) @ The Funhouse 206 5th Ave N in Seattle 21+, 9:30pm, $5 MON NOVEMBER 21st Metal Showcase featuring Spellcaster; Blood of Kings; Cake N Bowls @ 2Bit Saloon 4818 17th Ave NW in Ballard 21+, 9pm, $5 MON NOVEMBER 28th Death Mountain Rotor Club; Fall Saves Grace; Vincible; City Bear @ The Funhouse 206 5th Ave N in Seattle 21+, 9:30pm, $5
TUE NOVEMBER 29th Dies Drears; Paul Diamond Blow; Bigger Than Mountains + Guest @ The Funhouse 206 5Th Ave N in Seattle 21+, 9:30Pm, $5 ----------------December----------------FRI DECEMBER 16th The Aimlows; Blue Ribbon Boys; The Piniellas; Torch Burner @ 2Bit Saloon 4818 17th Ave Nw In Ballard 21+, 9pm, $6 SAT DECEMBER 17th Shell Corporation (LA w/ Members of A Whilhelm Scream); Tokyo Raid (Sf); Random Orbits; Suburban Vermin; The Loss @ 2Bit Saloon 4818 17th Ave NW In Ballard 21+, 9pm, $7 SAT DECEMBER 31st NEW YEARâ€™S EVE HOUSE PARTY The Whorewoods; Violent Expulsion; Sbr; Ando Ehlers Death Polka! (Feat Gg Chaos) + Guests @ Deloren House 1225 S. Southern Street (South Park) All Ages, 7pm-6am, Free, Outdoor Stage, Bonfires, Byob
Stayed tuned for a lot more tasty shows to be announced soon including SEATTLE SKA FEST, CHAOSPALOOZA and SEATTLE PSYCHOBILLY BRAWL! www.facebook.com/local.chaos.greg - www.twitter.com/localchaosshows www.localchaosproductions.com - www.myspace.com/localchaosproductions
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On The Scene with Malice Upcoming shows you don't want to miss: Hey Sinners, WARNER DRIVE is coming back to St. Louis on Nov. 18 to The Firebird, located on 2706 Olive – and it’s a Friday night. This is one of my all-time favorite bands with one of my all time favorite people (hometown hero, Elvis) and I'm all giddy with anticipation! My good friend, Shawn Telkamp has a number of shows coming up too, his 2 projects being BUXOM SPACE FISH and RAGGED BLADE BAND. RBB Nov 19 - Scott Joplin House – Scott Joplin's Bday Party! RBB Nov 29 - BB's Jazz & Blues BSF Dec 9 - SciFi Loung @ ArtSpace aka Old Crestwood Mall RBB New Years in Rolla I asked Nikki of Buxom Space Fish what she's got going on? She's planning to go to Thailand to play music for two months in January – and has two electronic non-vocal albums she is wrapping up. She responded, "I have numerous albums in the works. A pair of electronic albums (one like my first two albums - and the other is chiptunes - retro computer sounds thing). The latter of these will be released this month and is titled Fish n Chips or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 8-bit Bomb.” "I am also working on an album called Crying Out in Darkness which includes many of the original songs with vocals that we perform at the live shows (Under the Skin, Dark of Night, etc) - I guess that might fall into the ‘alternative’ bucket for lack of a better term (it will probably be accompanied by a sister album of remixes of those songs by numerous musicians (including Glitch Factor, Walter Flakus of Stabbing Westward and many others). Also in the works is a Wizard of Oz tribute project that will include a live performance of the material sometime next year (once my Dorothy comes back to me). There is also a Latin guitar themed album half recorded (tentatively titled Rio Pescado) - we have one of the songs in our live set - it is called ‘Su Corazon, Mi Casa’.” THE REEBS are shooting for a CD release around the middle or end of November which will be at Walker's located on 6245 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63116, where Mamacita's use to be SCENE OF IRONY has a couple shows coming up too: Nov 18th at The Way Out Club and Wed. Nov. 30th at The Firebird opening for The Street Dogs ***************************************************************************** Recently at Lemmons, it was a great night out for The Usual Suspects who hadn't seen each other in a few months. Our buddy Moe Holmes (Scene Of Irony, don't tell me you've never heard of him) was out supporting the local scene and our good friend Jamey Almond's band Butcher Holler was headlining. Also on the bill was Rat Rod Kings, Psycho Beach Party, and Lady Birds...a theme of surfer songs by some really cool bands, two of which I had never seen before. The first time I saw Rat Rod Kings they were playing at Crack Fox Subversion, which includes Jimmy Faris (Vocals/R. Gtr), Bob Triplett (lead Gtr), Ivan Thuringer (Bass), and Tony Klug (drums). All I saw at the time was a cigar box guitar which I LOVE (amazing sound and hella craftsmanshipmy husband built one). I found out later that Jimmy makes his own, and lately he’s been crafting them from wine boxes. This blurb was taken directly from their Facebook info section: Faster, Louder, Better... the original rock’ n roll assassins described as A truck driver, a door salesman, a DOD contractor and a tattoo artist walk into a bar... a craigslist ad miracle influenced by the every day ordinary raw reality of life. You know the drill by now, look ‘em up, friend ‘em, listen to their tunes, tell ‘em Malice sent ya;). www.reverbnation.com/ratrodkings; www.myspace.com/theratrodkings; twitter.com/#!/RatRodKings It was hard to pay attention to the bands when there was a circus goin' on. There was a flaming hula hoop artiste (Windy Ray) and assorted freakishness running amok, some escapees from a Ren Faire, photo by Rabid Rabbit and a couple of drag queens. Then there was Rayna Sky's shocking and outrageous "rac-y" number, burning of the uncross as she put each garment to the flame, disrobing to an apropos song The Ramones "The KKK Took My Baby Away". Underneath she was resplendent in white peace signs glowing against her dark skin...see why I'm having a hard time paying attention to the band. Psycho Beach Party was up next. They had put a big plastic palm tree up in the corner and a white screen to show beach movies. It was fun watching the scenes play out on the musicians and on the screen while they played surfer tunes. Definitely a band I would go see again, on purpose. Lady Birds played 3rd (bear n mind my husband and I have a 2 band tolerance, 4 in one night is stretching our patience). In spite of their somewhat dated look (think Captain & Tenille and throw in a Solid Gold Dancer) they had an amazing sound, reminding me of early Trip Daddys to a certain extent. Then finally, the performance we'd been waiting for, BUTCHER HOLLER! These guys just keep getting better and better, rockabilly with soulful country overtones. Butch sings my favorite Mike Ness tune, "Don't Think Twice" and the song "Shame" (on the 2 song teaser). It was also good to hear "Trouble" and "Festus Bound". I never get tired of hearing them play. Best news of all, soon they'll play "By The Heart" (Butch has to learn it first as it's an old Trip Daddys song). Yes, LIFE IS GOOD. They've got a show coming up Friday, November 25 at The Tap Room with Rodeo Soul and Prairie Rehab - FREE SHOW See you all On The Scene Somewhere Malice
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Raising Hell With Guitar Doug
From concept, to a band with a healthy following in less than 12 months
"I have been in several bands, but this one seems to have taken off before we even got going." we decided to meet at the 2Bit Saloon, which is basically our second home. That same afternoon the bass player we had found canceled, saying he was quitting music, and we found out that the drummer guy was really good but also a Jesus freak. What to do? We lucked out. Danny was right there at the bar, and offered to play drums with us. He had just quit The Bloodclots and was looking for another band to play with. At the same time Ocean happened to be at the 2 Bit with me and heard that the bass player gave up before even trying. He offered to sit in and help us out. Mike arrived and after a couple of smokes and drinks we decided to hit Danny’s practice space, that happened to be across the street. And then…the magic happened. The five of us started jamming and we could tell from the very first moment that this was it.
Misha Huntting Photography
PISTON READY is a band that is less than a year old and is already more popular, or at least more known by name, than 3/4 of the bands playing the rock clubs around Seattle. How they did it so quickly? I have no idea. The fact remains that when drummer Danny VonDirtbag, who also bartends at the 2 Bit, mentioned to me that his new band was playing one of its first shows, I stopped by. The place was practically empty. “Cool band” I thought at the time, but never gave it a second thought. A few pictures from that show wound up in the next Sinner, where I also noticed they had another show listed and figured I would swing by. The place so was packed, I couldn‘t get from one side of the bar to the next until after the band had left the stage. This was a weeknight, and you could not have fit another person in the place with a shoe horn. I remembering asking around, trying to find out how the band had brought that many people out on a week night and nobody seemed to have an answer. I asked at least a half dozen people, who were as confused as I was. Piston Ready is a rock & roll band, plain and simple. No frills, nothing cute going on, no gimmicks and no fluff. Yes, they have a female lead singer, but don’t make the mistake of rolling your eyes and saying, “Oh great, here we go…. Another one of these bands, playing the ‘cute girl card’. Where did I put my barf bag?” Lauren is every bit as rock & roll as any guy, and could probably drink most under the table if she wanted. She is the real McCoy as far a front person, not there to look good. Piston Ready’s what one might call a “rock musicians” band, because you will find more rock musicians hanging out at their shows, or actually listening to the set, than you will with most other bands around town. One of the reasons I first became interested in the band, was the fact that I would routinely see the bands name on bills with some of the most popular rock brands in town, most of which I have interviewed for this column. The tunes are written and designed to demonstrate tried and true rock chops and song structure, rather than going out on a limb with some sort of experimentation, or dabbling into other genres. They put on one hell of a show, which is a lot of fun to watch. We are talking about a brand new band who has a strong following, connections out the ass and can play with just about any band
in town they want. Featuring them this issue was not exactly a tough decision, because after 5 years of writing this column, is pretty easy to spot which bands are on the upswing and which are never going anywhere. Sadly, more often than not, most are not going anywhere. It’s just reality. As we worked on this interview, the band was calling in from the studio where they are currently doing some recording. This is the very first magazine interview for Piston Ready, so let’s see what lead singer Lauren can tell us about the group. How did this band come about, Lauren? Seawolf Dee and I started talking about putting a band together on a sunny summer afternoon on Dee’s deck, in front of a couple of glasses of sweet tea vodka. We spent the next couple of months listening to music and sharing ideas and music libraries. We were trying to figure out who was playing what, which of our friends to involve in the project and how we wanted the band to sound. Then we started writing some riffs in my basement. I always had this idea of putting together a band and finally bringing rock n’ roll back to Seattle, and so did Dee. He has had this obsession since he moved here from Italy back in 2008. How did you go about putting the band member line up in place? Well, we started by posting an ad on Craig’s List. We were looking for both a drummer and a guitar player. In the ad we were very specific about the bands that have influenced each of us and what direction we wanted the band to follow. In a couple of weeks a few guys answered the ad, and one of them was Mike. He had just moved here from Utah and was in desperate need of playing with a rock n’ roll band. He knew every single band we put in the ad, and believe me some of them were pretty obscure. We were impressed with his knowledge and most of all with all of his equipment! At the same time another guy, a drummer, answered our call, so we decided to arrange a first meeting/practice. We had also just found a bass player amongst our mutual friends. The day of the first rehearsal came and
Tell us about your first gig? We got an offer for our first gig from Alx from The Spittin’ Cobras, who is good friends with me and Dario, just a month and a half out from forming the band. We were feeling pretty good about it and we said yes. Then we realized how close that date was and spent the next month or so in a rehearsal nightmare. We practiced 3-4 times a week, practicing some covers; writing original songs and making the band sound tight…or at least tight enough for a first show. We shared the stage with Antique Scream, The Hollowpoints and The Spittin’ Cobras for our first show. Our very first time together on stage as a band was also the first time for Ocean playing bass in a band and the first time for Dee playing on stage since he moved to the U.S. Our set was all right, but we got good feedback from the crowd, so we decided it was time to start booking more shows. Since then we have played in almost every rock n’ roll club in Seattle, Tacoma and on the peninsula. We’ve also had the fortune to share the stage with a lot of friends and really good bands: Dragstrip Riot, The Heroine, The Spittin’ Cobras, Turbo AC’s, Repo-Zest, All Bets on Death, GL5, The Hookers - the list could go on. Are you surprised at how quickly this band has taken hold in the rock scene in Seattle? Yes, I am. I have been in several bands, but this one seems to have taken off before we even got going. We just finished recording our first demo (4 songs) and we have been played on the radio in L.A. on RADIO DE TOUR. We’ve been asked for interviews with magazines and webzines and we were asked to do an EP with The Hookers! It still shocks me how the hell such a young band can have generated so much interest in less than a year. How would you describe the sound of Piston Ready? Take the Motor City sound and blend it with deep fried southern rock, add some 80’s L.A. bands and pair it with a pint of good bourbon and you have our sound. Strong vocals and roaring guitars are what you will notice first, no remorse, straightforward rock n’ roll in your face! That’s what five different people can do together…our five different lifestyles, music backgrounds and styles. If you see us on stage we might look like we all randomly happened to be there at the same time with our instruments, but what happens when we start playing is rock n’ roll. We are not like an army of cliche drones all looking the same, listening to the same music and wearing the same clothes. We are like a pirate crew...everyone with his
own baggage and weapons. Which makes us, what I would like to think of, as a truly original band. What are your upcoming projects? We just finished the recording of our first demo CD, recorded at 48th Ave Studio in Everett, by Sweetwillyp, aka Graceland Five’s Bill. A split EP with The Hookers is in the making, and there is a plan to maybe do some more shows together in the near future. Adam, of The Hookers, is a big fan of the Good Ol’ Boys. He and Dee have been talking about doing something together for years. Add that to the fact that both The Hookers and I are from the south they have a song called “Black Thunder” about Kentucky moonshine, and we have a song called “White Thunder”, NC’s moonshine. Plus we share the same passion for music and moonshine, and then you can see how this collaboration was meant to be. There are also thoughts of a West Coast mini-tour in the air, possibly playing some shows with Electric Frankenstein. The band is gonna hit the stage again on November 18th at the High Dive in Fremont with Guns of Nevada and Shivering Denizens. After that we are gonna stop playing live for a while and we’ll focus on writing some new material for our first album. We also want to get a variety of different merch, because right now we can’t seem to keep shirts in stock. That’s a good thing, so we would like to give our fans some more items to chose from. Where do you see Piston Ready in a year? I can for sure foresee us touring. I really want to expose our music, as far and vast as possible. I am hoping we can make it to SXSW this coming year and to the Las Vegas Shakedown. We all feel that we are ready to get on the road and explore our strengths as a band and a family. That’s what I think makes Piston Ready special, we truly are a team, and a tight band equals a great sound. And we sure do have a lot of fun doing this! A big thank you to the staff of the 2 Bit Saloon for letting us invade them for the photoshoot, Angelatini for editing this interview and especially to Misha Huntting (theartofmishahuntting.weebly.com) for the awesome photos she took for this interview, and for being responsible for Lauren and Dee’s first meeting. Basically she gave birth to this project, she’s our Mama!!
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The SAW Reunion @ The Wayout From what I remember of this night last month, it was one wild show. How could it not be when past SAW members gathered for a show of this magnitude! And then adding to the Hellish ambiance was Grandpa from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre! Yeah, he’s still alive.... and family!!!
CONTAMINATION HALLOWEEN HORROR SHOW We were running a bit behind schedule last month when we crashed through the doors of The Dorsett Inn lounge which hosted the Contamination Halloween Horror Show, but we certainly didn’t miss out on any of the sinful fun. Not only were the costumes of the night jaw-dropping, but so was the music and light show by Murder Happens. And the folks at The Dorsett Inn lounge let the crew of Contamination go all out, including the addittion of a Zombie Shoot Out lazer game! I’m alreaady practicing for next year!!!
A DEATH AND A PROMISE
Boozin’, gamblin’, bbq, and doing hoodrat stuff with our friends!
Interview by Chuck Foster up with, and it’s a little different than what most band names at the time were, so we’re pretty happy with it. I caught you guys at Mandina’s the first time. How did you guys get to playing there, especially being a Heavy band in a sports bar? I live a couple blocks from Mandina’s and I go there all the time. I was real excited when they first opened cuz when I moved into the neighborhood there weren’t any bars around and it’s always nice to have a local bar you can walk to. Anyway, I think I booked the first show there cuz most of the easy DIY venues we’d been doin’ shows at had shut down. Kinda started outta necessity, but it’s easily one of my favorite places to play now. How would describe “A Death & A Promise”, in one sentence? ADAAP is a roving band of drunks that sing about stuff they do and deal with everyday. Who’s your top 5 local bands? In no particular order, off the top of my head: Out of Time, Cobrangutang, Better Days, The Humanoids, Cardiac Arrest What about sin, which are each of you most guilty of? I’d say we’re equal opportunity sinners, and not cuz we’re assholes, which we can definitely be, but just cuz we work our asses off, so when we get together to have a good time we’re not holdin’ anything back.
eavy Rock & Roll, or Hardcore, as A Death And A Promise puts it, too often gets a black eye in the music circles. I hear critics complain that it’s too loud, too distorted, too violent, too incoherent. That’s why it’s called Hardcore. Given, there is some truth to the critics’ arguments, some Hardcore bands are painful to bear. A Death And A Promise is not one of those bands! Now these guys are loud and in your face at every show, whether there be a stage beneath them or a concrete floor really doesn’t matter to these guys. And you can count on a violent looking pit to erupt at each show, with lead singer Phil Branch slugging his way through it and never missing a beat or note. They’re as Hardcore as it gets! And that’s why I asked Phil to sit down with me for a few minutes and talk about the band. Give me a history of the band, and how it came together. The band is myself on vocals, Mike and Ben on guitar, Dave on bass, and Bill on drums. We’ve had some lineup changes over the years, but we got together in 2006 after talkin’ about it for a long time. Phil, Mike, and Chris Kenyon had been in some bands before, and when the last one broke up they started talkin’ about doin’ somethin’ new. Just heavy and straight forward. Before we actually got it together Chris died suddenly, and so it took us awhile to find a drummer and get things rollin’. Findin’ and keepin’ a drummer has been our biggest struggle, but Bill’s been with us a few years now and has been the most reliable one we’ve had. I like to ask this question each month: How did you guys come up with the name/concept? Chris actually came up with the name A Death & A Promise before he died. I’m horrible at naming things. A lot of times we won’t even name a song till we’ve recorded it and put it out. Anyway, after he died it seemed fitting to use the name he came
What would you say is the biggest misconception about being in a Heavy band? I think the biggest misconception is that it’s easy. You’ll hear people say, “Oh, they just scream and play fast”. Granted, it’s not rocket science, but a lot more goes into it than that. Do you guys have any big gigs coming up? Only show we got lined up right now is Friday Nov. 25th, the day after thanksgiving at Just Bill’s in Overland. We been movin’ kinda slow lately, but we’re lookin’ to setup a lot more shows comin’ up. Any last thoughts to share with our readers, or any A Death & A Promise news? You can get all our music for free, from the first demo ‘Down ‘n Dirty’, to the split we did on Filled With Hate records, to our latest “Bourbon Discipline”. There should be a link if you look us up on Facebook. Last, how can someone find more about the band/merch/shows? Facebook’s probably the best bet, www.facebook.com/adeathandapromise.
Bitching with Buddha Lu c i fe r
Hello there Dark Lord, I’m a first time writer but me and the boys were debating about this whole Occupy Wall Street thing. Don’t get me wrong. I’m pissed off at those greedy bankers, too, but I don’t see this as some movement that’s going to change the world. Most of those people, as far as I can tell, are just out of work folks who just want their life back. I’m figuring that once they get a job they’ll be moving on and this will be one of those “I remember when” things to tell the grand kids. Some of my younger work buddies say, no, this is the beginning of the future. Sounds to me a bit like those guys who believe in flying saucers telling of the “New Age”. So, you’re a smart guy, tell me, are we talking flying saucers or global movement? Sincerely, One of D’guys. Gee, what a great question and so well put if I may say. The people involved in these Occupy Wherever protests are just angry at both the multi-national banks and corporations that appear to put their profits above the interest of their country. To a large degree this isn’t a lack of patriotism, it’s just that the laws governing these business are structured toward profit rather than community benefit. The idea being that if everyone owns a part of a company then the profit it makes enriches everyone. Unfortunately, when it is in the best interest of that company to lay you off, or worse, makeup an excuse to terminate you so you can’t collect unemployment which is becoming the standard as unemployment insurance is calculated against operating budgets, then you are screwed. The sell of those shares you own may support you for a time but it doesn’t compare to a regular steady income. And who buys the stock that you are forced by circumstance to sell? As more people are faced with unemployment or under-employment they are faced with the sole option of divesting their assets. The shares are then swallowed up by those with cash to invest which in this economy is fewer and fewer individuals as the greater share of the population sell their assets to meet more mundane expenses like food or housing. Of course, the bail out of the Banks in order for them to open up capitol for investment in the economy, which they refused to do because it threatens their profits, and so created this global recessions hasn’t improved their popularity. The message of the protesters is pretty clear; prioritize people before profits As for it’s longevity, well, the most optimistic economist I know are saying that this recession may continue for tens of years before there is a recovery and the pessimists say that this economy may be the new normal. This makes it a movement. Even though some of the protesters may find good paying jobs with benefits, there will always be others to fill their ranks for the foreseeable future. If Italy or Greece defaults on their loans then, hell yah, its a global movement if not a revolution. Party On, Lucifer
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Talking Old School with Bill DeMichele
recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Bill DeMichele, promoter/creator of The Old School Tattoo Convention coming to St. Louis this month. In the dark, smoke-filed back corner of The Crack Fox we talked Ink and sipped on drinks, in old school fashion, as artists and enthusiasts have done for years. Bill's partner, although not present during our conversation, is Lyle Tuttle, who really needs no introduction or biography for those in the tattoo scene. Simply put, he's a legend, who has tattooed the likes of Janis Joplin, Cher, Henry Fonda, and Paul Stanley. Bill explained that The Old School Tattoo Convention's purpose is to raise funds to hopefully open a permanent tattoo museum, which will be named The Lyle Tuttle Tattoo Art Museum in honor of the legendary artist. The convention will feature some of the old-timers from around the country, such as Lyle Tuttle, and some of the newer-school artists as well. Along with tattooing and seminars, the convention will also display historical flash and tattoo machines, vintage antiques and other tattoo memorabilia. While the title or theme of this convention is "Old School", Bill says that all sorts of artists and styles will be present, and that the theme actually stems from the history of tattoo conventions which began in the mid-1970s. Bill describes the artists of old being viewed as "the witch doctor", often oppressed by the police, or The Man. It was common for artists back then to come in to town on payday and set up in gas stations or barber shops or pool halls, then tattoo all night. The conventions became a place for these artists to meet and communicate with one another and discuss the secrets of their art, and maybe make a few extra dollars â€“ unlike today where so many conventions have steered towards gimmicks and side-shows. Educating the community is Bill and Lyle's main goal with these conventions, which he's been doing for 23 years now. As a photographer by trade, Bill got involved in tattooing and promoting conventions after attending his first convention some years ago. His first tattoo though was actually done by Lyle in 1976 after he hitchhiked across country. Lyle had been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone, so Bill wanted him to do his first one, and it costs him $35. Thatâ€™s certainly old-school. So what else can you expect at The Old School Tattoo Convention? For starters, there will be about 100 artists from 26 states and St. Louis, specializing in every style of tattooing. Of course the convention will have a tattoo contest each night, for a minor entrance fee of $5. There will also be a birthday party for Lyle Tuttle on Thursday, November 10th, open to the general public for $15 which includes the , booze and cake. Now the question is, do you have an itch for some fresh ink yet? Yeah, me too! See you there.
The Sinful Works Of
Jeffrey Richter W
hen I first looked at Jeffrey Richter’s works, I fell into some distant trance, lost in each piece’s ominous intricacies. Jeffrey’s site says his drawings are ideas which show analogies of real life emotions and situations through renderings of humans blended with machines and animals. That’s quite accurate, but there’s so much more to his work. Each piece is powerfully unique, screaming from the canvas with unheard passion and intensity. And his commitment to detail puzzles the mind, baffling in every sense. Attempting to pick the few images to display here and on our cover was insanely difficult, a rarity for myself after so many years of doing this. I had so many questions for him, but decided to mince my thoughts to quickly work him in this issue. I hope you each enjoy his words and works as much as we have here... Tell me how you became interested in art, in general? I started drawing when I was a kid. Drawing was a great way for me to channel my creativity. My drawings started as cartoons , but when I started drawing the human form I fell in love and haven't been able to stop since. What led you in the direction of charcoal? I was led in the direction to use charcoal and graphite so much when my daughter was born and I really didn't want the chemicals involved with using oil paints around her. I also love the way that drawing gives me a more immediate result. What kind of process is involved in making your charcoal images appear so colorful? I use all different colors of paper and also stain paper with many different substances such as dirt, potting soil, charcoal, soda, coffee...anything dark and dirty. Different colors of paper helps me sometimes work the drawing differently which is good because I don't want to repeat myself. One who repeats themselves has nothing further to offer. Two part question: Tell me how you created the two images we asked for the cover? "Breakdown" is a self portrait portraying me screaming with an engine as a head. The engine is my brain working constantly as a machine and when it breaks down, I lose it. Because I always have to be creating/thinking. "The Masked Subject" I liked the idea of the identity of the subject hidden behind her arm in the pose and thought it would be cool to kind of hide her even more by putting a gas mask on her. Not being able to really see her though she is staring into your soul. What's been the most difficult challenge for you to overcome as an artist? I find it difficult to push my artwork to a broader audience. My work doesn't appeal to everyone and I know this when drawing it. Being true to myself in a drawing but also trying to work in the marketability of my work. I love to draw and I spend all of my time thinking of my next idea but my kids have to eat too. Any advice for other young artists coming up? Draw for yourself, it will be true and from the heart. Have a sense of humor too. Do you currently have any work on display (I did see some at The Fox), or any other shows coming up? I recently had a solo show in Indianapolis Richters Oddities, at Luxe 218 Gallery, and Zombies Attack at the Koken Art Factory in STL, and I have works currently on display at The Crack Fox in STL. I will be in a Taboo show in May at the Last Rites Gallery in NYC. Where can readers find more of your amazing works? Industrialhumanity.blogspot.com, Richterfineart.etsy.com, Sexyartgallery.com, Beinart.org, and a book called Steampunk 1000. Any last words or shouts of thanks/credit? Don't give up on what you are passionate about. Reward comes from truth, practice and resilience. I thank Jesus everyday for my mind and my talents and my family for always supporting my madness.
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Tactics and Technicalities
So as many of you regular readers know I have changed the format and renamed the “Skin Deep with Stu” article. The new format is based on suspension and survival. I call it “Tactics and Technicalities” I think this new article will be a lot of fun and a bit more interactive for the reader as well. I operate a suspension organization called T.A.S.C. (Tactical Arts Suspension Crew) that trains and educates people on safe suspension practices and survival skill sets. What I am wanting to do with this article is print peoples suspension/survival stories, experience, ideas and strategies. For this first article I want to give a bit of info about what T.A.S.C. is and start a topic up for next month. Our mission is: • Provide a safe and sterile body suspension experience. • Provide quality training to those looking to become involved with T.A.S.C. • Share knowledge and experience in order to evolve each other’s skill sets.
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We are… • A private group that accepts members by process of application. • A group designed to help educate and provide people with Safe Suspension practices across the united states and maybe one day the world. • A group that takes an interest in people’s ability to be self-reliant and knowledgeable, be it through survival skills, wilderness/Alpine/rescue skills, health knowledge, emergency CPR and first aid deployment skills or any other skill set that benefits people’s ability to survive and live comfortably as possible in any situation. • A community that supports and looks after each other. • A community that looks out for the liberties and rights of its fellow man.
• A community of open minded and acceptant individuals. • A safe practices advocate. • A community of people sharing knowledge and experience with one another to promote safety in our community. • An outlet for people to witness and be involved with the suspension community If you interested in suspending with us, joining or booking us please email us at admin@Tascorps.com I would like to start the topic of conversation off with a bit of current events. Recently another crew from a different organization suspended in their own backyard and a neighbor was angered by the suspensions and dialed the police. The police showed up and, of course, do nothing because nothing illegal was occurring on their “private property”. The angry neighbor was not pleased and started to contact every official in the book. The media eats it up and it has become “State Issue”. What happens now is a meeting between Steve Joyner, Allen Falkner, Rick Pierceall, the team leaders for that particular chapter and myself. We will sit down with law makers to discuss a fair way to resolve the situation. It’s a huge civil rights argument. So I want opinions on civil rights that relate to this situation. I would like to choose the best key points and print them in next months column. Looking forward to a great new column and lots of input. Thanks for reading Stu Modifies Stu@Stumodifies.com Admin@Tascorps.com
A good snack is a thing of beauty, and this place has good snacks and more by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid
n one of the few Saturdays my sweetie had off from his crappy 'day job' (we dream of the day he's practicing his chosen profession of doing astrology charts, and we're living in, say, Ballard) we decided to stop in at this cool place in the tonier area of Madison Park. We first stopped at Pharmaca, a very upscale pharmacy that sells all kinds of marvelous health supplements and really tasty energy bars, as well as very pretty makeup. That was the reason for our visit to the sweet side of Madison, to pick up this lipstick I'd been drooling over, that I finally had money for, being that my tarot business was at last turning prosperous. It's still my favorite, though I only wear it on special occasions. After picking up this delish lipstick, we both felt a bit 'peckish' so decided to step into this little bistro called 'Bing's' for a gnosh before ushering at the play we were seeing that night. Looking over the menu (which featured a range of down to earth dishes, some in our budget that day, and some we'd love to try, when we're more flush), we decided on the smoked chicken quesadilla, because it was both affordable (after my splurge on the longed for lipstick), and looked to be enough for both of us to enjoy. I can say we weren't disappointed, and for those who like REALLY spicy stuff, the hot sauce that we got to accompany our huge quesadilla (which easily feeds two, unless you're absolutely ravenous) took my partner's breath away...literally. He had to down half of my dry lavender soda and some of the water we'd brought with us to cool the fire. Even better on top of the perfectly soft and melty/cheesy/chickeny quesadilla, for an extra bit of adventure. You can cool it off with the sour cream Bings tosses in to go with the delicious and prepared on the spot treat. Other tasty looking offerings on the menu include a barbecue pulled pork sandwich I'd love to try on my next visit, Cajun oysters, a large menu of salads, soup and chili, and a short list of favorites, like Mimi's Meatloaf and rosemary chicken, as well as a good selection of sandwiches and burgers. Basically something for everyone who loves to eat. The prices are reasonable, and the staff is friendly and easy on the eyes too (at least our two servers were). I believe the place is open seven days a week, during the hours of 11 a.m. until about 9 p.m. It's near Madison Park beach. It'd be a great place to have a late dinner, or adventurous lunch for two or more. For more information, you can call the nice folks at Bings at 206-3238623. I recommend these folks highly.
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By Matthew Gorman
ractically everyone I know who has ever had any experience using the enigmatic device known as a Ouija board has had some spine-tingling or eerily inexplicable saga to relate. One of my counselors once told me that when she and her friends were younger, they contacted a spirit alleging to be none other than Satan, himself, while experimenting with a Ouija board. The Prince Of Darkness was apparently roused into a display of his unholy powers by illuminating a broken lamp. An old work chum of mine recounted that a Ouija board once told her the names of the people who had been murdered in her “haunted” house, and the locations where they had been slain. In a chilling revelation, that information was later verified as fact. During my eighth grade year, my best friend and I repeatedly contacted a spirit who called herself “Emma” through a Ouija board. Emma claimed that she had died from the bubonic plague at the tender age of five. In our History class some weeks later, we learned much of what she had told us coincided with historical accounts previously unbeknownst to either of us. The list goes on and on, and the World Wide Web is positively saturated with first-hand accounts of strange and often frightening Ouija happenstance. So how did this cultural phenomenon come to be? And are Ouija boards actually tools for contacting the spirit realm or some otherworldly plane? If so, are they safe? Ouija boards saw the roots of their evolution in the Spiritualist movement of the 1860’s. Numerous techniques and instruments were being designed and implemented in the search for ways to communicate with the intangible nature of the spirit world. The planchette (French for “little plank”) that serves as the ambulatory oracle on today’s Ouija boards, allowing spirits to indicate numbers and use letters of the alphabet to spell out words, was originally an instrument employed in the practice of “automatic writing”. The planchette was equipped with a pencil with its tip pointing down upon a blank piece of paper, allowing it to write as it moved across the paper. The spirits that had been summoned would purportedly guide the medium’s hand in order to record their messages from the great beyond. It wasn’t until 1886, however, that the first “talking boards”, as they were originally called, started to appear, exchanging the blank paper of automatic writing for a preconfigured layout of numbers and letters. A Sunday supplement of the New York Tribune on March 28, 1886 first mentioned the boards and their collective inception throughout Northern Ohio. Soon, handmade boards were in use all across the country, thanks due in part to the Tribune’s explicit instructions on constructing such a board. The first patent for a talking board was granted in Baltimore, Maryland to the patented board’s “inventor”, Elijah J. Bond, and his two
business partners on February 10,1891. One of Bond’s partners, a man named Charles Kennard, named their newly patented product “The Ouija Board”, claiming that a talking board had informed him that “Ouija” was an ancient Egyptian word that meant “good luck”. Most historical scholars contend, however, that Kennard most likely named his talking board after the Moroccan city of Oujda, considering the public’s fascination at the time with the myth and mystery of the Muslim world. Appellative origins aside, The Kennard Novelty Company was born, and it soon began to produce the very first commercially available Ouija board. After only 14 months, however, Kennard’s business partners, dissatisfied with his dealings, gave him the proverbial boot. The company’s name was changed to The Ouija Novelty Company, and after 10 years of corporate control, William Fuld, a loyal employee, was appointed to serve as head of the company. Under his reign, the business flourished, pumping out thousands upon thousands of sets of the increasingly popular “game”. Of course, many other companies were marketing their own talking boards by this point, hoping to cash in on the talking board craze. Each company’s version of the talking board had a different theme and set of imagery, employing everything from swamis to Egyptian pharaohs. In fact, while the term “witch board” is often used interchangeably with Ouija board, the moniker is actually derived from the witches that graced a competitor’s design . But despite the inundation of the marketplace with so many types of talking boards, not a single one of these company’s products would ever outsell the William Fuld Ouija board. William Fuld also reinvented the already spurious etymology of the term, “Ouija”, claiming it was simply the French and German words for “yes” put together. Oddly, this explanation stuck and can still be found touted as fact today. Fuld, himself, is often credited as being the father of the Ouija board. However erroneous this accolade might be, Fuld was highly instrumental in the dissemination of the Ouija board into popular culture. Long after his death, Fuld’s children finally retired and sold the business to Parker Brothers in 1966, who in turn, moved the company to Salem, Massachusetts. Parker Brothers continued to manufacture the Ouija board still
bearing the name of William Fuld until 1999. Today, Parker Brothers manufactures a glow-in-the-dark Ouija board, the familiar fauxwood design of yesteryear now relegated to the realm of nostalgia. But now that we know its origins, does the Ouija board truly work? Do spirits really move the planchette across the board spelling out their messages? Of course, there’s the school of thought that believes the apparent “ghostly” movement of the planchette is simply the result of ideomotor responses, like tiny muscle spasms, in the hands of the participants that cause the planchette to “move by itself”. In essence, the participants are unaware that they really are moving the oracle, and this, coupled perhaps with some form of auto-suggestion or a subconscious “guessing of the next letter” as it were, creates the illusion of personal communication with a disembodied intelligence. However, it has also been said that a person who has no contact with the board can ask questions of the oracle in his or her mind. Then, the planchette that his or her compatriots are wielding will offer up the answers to these unspoken inquiries, further adding to the air of mystery already surrounding the Ouija board. So just why is it that a factory-produced parlor game can spawn so much lore, and create such unfathomable terror in certain people that they refuse to even allow a Ouija board into their homes? It’s hard to say for sure, but the superstitions surrounding the Ouija Board certainly abound. For example, some people believe that Ouija boards will actually scream if they are burned. Others still say that if you hear this scream then you will die within 36 hours. Supposedly, a planchette making continuous figure eights indicates that the board is possessed by an evil presence. Also, it’s been said that spirits can escape if the planchette is dropped while operating the board, or if they are allowed to count down through the numbers or go through the alphabet one by one. There are also an extremely large number of reports from people who claim to have been “possessed” or to have witnessed someone else become “possessed” after using a Ouija board. What’s more,
there appears to be shocking similarities between such cases, with many victims attesting to the compulsive need to frequently engage in continued Ouija usage, almost like an addict’s craving for a drug. Psychics say that this is a malignant force that is slowly assuming control over the thoughts and actions of an individual in what many term “progressive entrapment”. Many renowned psychics, shamans, and practitioners of magical traditions all advise strongly against the use of Ouija boards, believing them to be, in essence, an unsecured portal to the spirit world where anything can get through. It wasn’t really until William Peter Blatty’s book, The Exorcist, hit stands in 1971, however, that people began to become truly wary of the potential for demonic activity that the Ouija board could intrinsically provoke. Blatty had based his book on the accounts of an alleged reallife possession that took place in Cottage City, Maryland in 1949. The afflicted boy began to first show signs of a seemingly genuine possession after his family had contacted spirits through a Ouija Board. Several murders have also been committed over the years by people who have claimed to be controlled by the power of a Ouija board, or by that of the evil entities that dwell within. The most recent case occurred in February of 2001, when Carol Sue Elvaker, a 53 year-old Minco, Oklahoma woman stabbed her son-in-law to death while he slept in the family’s home. Elvaker also attempted to stab her 10 year-old granddaughter as well. She maintains that she was compelled to commit the murder of her son-in-law by the Ouija board that herself, her daughter and her two granddaughters had been playing with just shortly before the slaying. The son-in-law, 34 year-old Brian Roach, died of blood loss from a single knife wound to the chest, his wife doing nothing to help him. Instead, she aided and abetted her homicidal mother by hiding the knife that had been used to kill her husband. After stabbing Roach, the allegedly possessed Elvaker rounded up her daughter and two granddaughters, got them into the car and took off down Interstate 44 towards Tulsa. While barreling down the highway, Elvaker swerved suddenly into a road sign with the crazed intent of killing herself and her family. No one died in the wreck, but Elvaker suffered two badly broken ankles. Still, she was able to walk, and even attempted unsuccessfully to push her 15 year-old granddaughter into oncoming traffic. After this, Elvaker stripped off all of her clothing, jumped over a highway median, and disappeared into the forrest below. Police later found her naked in the woods and took her into custody. Authorities say that no drugs or alcohol were involved, and that the household had no history of domestic violence. So, still think it’s just a game?
Think Outside The Cage with Kendra Holliday of The Beautiful Kind
What’s a Desperate Woman to Do? Dear Kendra, I am fed up. I have been seeing a guy for a year. We started out spending endless days in bed and having sex all the time. But the longer I knew him, the less sex we had. I tried to use my feminine wiles to seduce him but he is more experienced than I am and a WAY bigger freak. My coy flirting that usually works on the weak-minded males doesn’t work on him. He has some issues that date back to childhood, which is a reason I’m scared to push anything. Also, I’m terrified of him saying those fatal words “I just don’t like you like that.” I’m also a little worried I’ll come off as too innocent and naive. We have been kinda on and off. We support each other and care deeply for one another. We can spend days together and not get sick of each other but when the subject of sex comes up, he balks at the idea saying that “he doesn’t see a problem.” Well, I DO! He may reach for me once a month… this does NOT satisfy my “freak” side. Just the thought of him gets me all gooey in all the right places. But when I want him, I run into this wall. I can’t read this guy. Most men I can crack like a nutshell, but this guy has me puzzled. He has had some serious stressors in his life for the past .. gee… almost a year. I think he’s even so stressed out that he has stopped masturbating, a favorite hobby of his. So, not only am I worried that I’ll shrivel, but I’m worried about him, too. I have sex like a madwoman when I’m stressed out, but he seems to retract. I think that taking his frustrations out in sex would help him… and I want him to know that I am MORE than willing to help him with this… I just don’t know how to approach the subject. My closest friends know me as one of the most sexual people they know. I’m nervous, I’m horny. How do I read this complicated male? How do I express to him that I want to get “freaky” with him without coming off as pushy? ~Desperately Wanting Dear Desperately Wanting, Seems to me like your relationship has suffered from bad timing. I’m not sure what all he has going on right now, but it sounds like he’s juggling a lot, and he’s dropped the sex ball. So readers, should we tell her to stick it out and wait for him to be less stressed? I know, I KNOW, you all want me to give her hints on how to win him back and make things happily ever after with THIS GUY. Cuz they paired up and therefore should stick it out. Well, guess what? We don’t have to adhere to archaic laws and arranged marriages around here. Burn me at the stake for saying so, but it sounds like these two are incompatible. (Note: I’m curious to know what my assessment would be if I met this couple in person and gathered more info.) Ms. Desperate, I’m not here to dish out false hope and bandaids. You can be supportive, but you can’t change a person or force them to be into you. My biggest concern in regards to this situation is that you aren’t getting your physical and emotional needs met. You deserve happiness. The way I see it, you can either stay with him and find someone else who can fulfill you with his blessing (as in a poly arrangement.) OR you can break it off with him and find someone better suited for you. A lot of people in your situation opt for cheating due to not being able to stomach these options, but that only introduces more guilt and woe. And finally: FACE YOUR FEARS. Courage is doing something you feel you have to do, even though you are scared just thinking about it. You are not at his mercy. Live your life on your terms.
firstname.lastname@example.org www.thebeautifulkind.com Got a sex, relationship, BDSM or fetish related question? Ask your local sexpert, Kendra Holliday, Writer & Editor of The Beautiful Kind, and Co-Founder of Sex Positive St. Louis.
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t can be said that making a transition to becoming more in touch with my male self (I feel I have to add that last part since saying, “making the transition to male” implies that, like most eff to ems, I’ll be taking testosterone, which, at present, I’m not doing), is a lot about the details. For example, little things like making sure I’m wearing the right accessories that present me to the world as the self I feel I am on the inside. There are other little touches, like wearing men’s shoes, so when people look at me from head to toe I’m (hopefully) less likely to be called ma’am at the Trader Joes or Safeway. I also need to don the proper outerwear now that cooler weather has moved into the Northwest. I find that I frequently watch men on the bus and in stores. I watch how they move, how they wear their clothes, what they’re wearing, and I try to come close to that because being believable (you could call it passing, but it’s so much more than that) is important for giving me a sense of self-confidence as I trade my birth gender for one that I’m more comfortable with. I’m trying to make my insides match my outsides, or come closer to that vision. I drool over men in GQ (I brought one home from my gym, so I could look longer at the models, without prying eyes making assumptions when I was thumbing through the pages of the magazine a few weeks ago, while waiting for my Pilates class to start), and long to look like a few of the guys I saw walking around at Steamcon, the steampunk convention my sweetie/slave and I attended recently. True, I love the way I look, having wanted to look the way I did that Saturday for most of my life. But I want to look like my version of the movie heroes I grew up admiring, like some of the men I see on The Hill, in Seattle, or at least close to that. Although, having a very female body makes it difficult to look exactly the way I’d like to look. I’d give anything to be taller, thinner, have an actual beard and mustache, and certainly less or no boobs at all. To look exactly like John Barrowman, who plays my favorite hero on the delicious BBC show Torchwood, would be my idea of heaven. Ah, but one works with what one has, eh? Yep. It was wonderful to be at this year’s Lesbian/Gay Film Festival as a first time volunteer and not only be asked what gender pronouns I preferred (I said male and he as the way I wanted to be addressed, which opportunity made me happier than words can express), but to feel accepted by other members of the Queer community. It was even better to be able to use the male restroom (a HUGE issue for many Trans folk), even if there was a bit of an awkward moment between myself and another Queer man the first time I did it. He thought I was in the wrong restroom, but when I assured him I was in the right one, he was pretty cool and even apologized for making assumptions. Since I’m not taking testosterone, I don’t look exactly male...yet. I hope to add more male clothing, find a way to bind down my bodacious ta-ta’s more, and, in time, come to look more masculine. It was also nice to get cruised by both Gay men, and a couple of hot Lesbians too, or at least given a nice looking over and a smile after the looking over was complete. So what, besides looking like John Barrowman (or Edge, former WWE star, now on Haven, or Idris Elba---who looked so good stalking around London in the recent BBC great drama mini-series, Luther), would be my version of heaven? One feature of my heaven would be having an unlimited expense account to add a few items from the J. Peterman catalog, especially a few French cuff shirts and a nice, tweed ‘gentleman’s hat’ and a few more pairs of corduroy pants, and at least one really nice men’s sweater and vest. I’d also require a vest to add to my Western steampunk costume for next year’s Norwescon. These are things to dream of, and keep me from thinking of the neighbor who has not only broken into my apartment regularly, but also brought the unwelcome return of some little critters I thought I’d gotten rid of. Him I’d like to peel like a grape, very slowly, while he sits aghast, wide awake and very alive. Ah, more things to hope for while I’m still waiting for my new apartment to be ready, so I can finally leave my hellish building. This, I shamelessly tell you.