I hope everyone is writing down 'VOTING DAY IS COMING SOON' in their diary with the same kind of warm feeling that you get when it's your birthday. I know, I know . . . it's still a few months off, but write it down anyway. Plan ahead - so nothing will stop you from reaching that ballot box.
Someone asked me not to long ago why I use so many quotes out of context. Out of context? Let me answer that - with another out of context quote:
Dorthy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in November 8, 1897. One of the Catholic Worker's stress was the civil rights movement. Day wanted to visit people who were setting an example and went to Koinonia Farm, an agricultural community in rural Georgia where blacks and whites lived peacefully together. The community was under attack when Day visited in 1957. One of the community houses had been hit by machine-gun fire and Ku Klux Klan members had burned crosses on community land. Day insisted on taking a turn at the sentry post. Noticing an approaching car had reduced its speed, she ducked just as a bullet struck the steering column in front of her face.
Among those who came to visit her when she was no longer able to travel was Mother Theresa of Calcutta, who pinned on Day's dress the cross worn only by fully professed members of the Missionary Sisters of Charity.(more)
Koinonia Farm began in 1942, when Clarence and Florence Jordan and Mabel and Martin England came to Sumter County, Georgia to live, amidst the poverty and racism of the rural South. They envisioned forming an interracial community where blacks and whites could live and work together in a spirit of partnership. Koinonia Farm
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I thought my window was down, but I found out it was up when I put my head through it.
If anyone wants to hear my newest song, 'Hill
of Death,' from a poem written, in 1920, by Henry Lawson's
extraordinary mother, Louisa Lawson, here is a RealPlayer
stream of it with a four-part harmony chorus.
Hill of Death Lyric
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Check out the new addition to the "Trips" section... Joe Dolce's Acid Trip (circa. 1970s) entitled 'Frying Eggs'. Frying is a good choice of a word for it! heh. Enjoy. Whirrled Peas, Char ~*
p.s. Joe I just noticed the song! Coolaro, I added it too!
My name is Al. I am a musician living in Antwerp, Belguim, who grew up in Footscray-------your newsletter is great------over here the latest trend is not to say bullsh*t now-----------but: BUSHSH*T! Has this taken off in Aus???? My regards, Al J.
(Note: Al, It hasn't exactly taken off here, but a Mighty Wind is certainly blowin' and aussies can SMELL a change . . )
We love getting your newsletter, it is the cause of many a good dinner time debate with friends and children, (never underestimate their ability to throw some light on a subject), most of the time we are just grateful we can afford to eat. Have you seen www.thehungersite.com, a website where you can donate to the hungry, save the rainforest etc, even if you don't have much cash? Robyn.
Well, I haven't written a song in years, but, tonight, after having a meeting at my house to organize voter registration/education, I decided I needed a political song, so I sat down and wrote one. You must have left some songwriting voodoo in my living room. Thank you! Aloha, ABL.
(Note: Alicia, It must have been that ominous Peace sign I saw drawn in charcoal on your bathroom floor and that tofu effigy of George W Bush we sacrificed, with the chilli sauce, in the salad. )
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A truck backed through my windshield into my wife's face.
Two Views from Fox News
'Fahrenheit 9/11' Gets Standing Ovation
By Roger Friedman
The crowd that gave Michael Moore's controversial "Fahrenheit 9/11" documentary a standing ovation last night at the Ziegfeld Theater premiere certainly didn't have to be encouraged to show their appreciation. From liberal radio host/writer Al Franken to actor/director Tim Robbins, Moore was in his element. But once "F9/11" gets to audiences beyond screenings, it won't be dependent on celebrities for approbation. It turns out to be a really brilliant piece of work, and a film that members of all political parties should see without fail. (more Moore)
. . . But what's this?
Ray Bradbury Heated at Moore's 'Fahrenheit'
LOS ANGELES - Ray Bradbury is
demanding an apology from filmmaker Michael Moore for lifting
the title from his classic science-fiction novel "Fahrenheit
451" without permission and wants the new documentary
"Fahrenheit 9/11" to be renamed. (morer
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A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.
UP THERE, MIKE BRADY
There's a biography coming out next month about my friend, Mike Brady, written by his friend, Noel Delbridge. (That means Mike has at least two friends - not bad in the advertising world - that's the equivilant of 120 dog friends.) I got an advance copy of the book, mainly due to an entire chapter about Mike's involvement and crucial help in spreading the 'Gospel of Shaddap You Face' around the world. Mike's company, Remix Music, is the publisher of my song and it's one of the few business/friendship deals I did in the '80s that I would do exactly the same if I had the opportunity over again. Imagine, a publisher that actually DID everything you want a publisher to do . . .! (Heck, I'd even give him a HIGHER percentage if I could do it again - but don't tell him that or else he'll find a way to make it retroactive! - Ah, I'm just kidding, Mike, ya big dummy!)
Here's an excerpt, (from MY chapter, of course:)
" 1980 . . . Advertisers and ad agencies joined the queue for 'Shaddap You Face': 'Mortein offered me a National TV campaign,' says Joe. 'This was my full-on hippie period, and I loved all critters on earth - still do - including flies and mosquitoes. I refused to spray the can, because I was also mothering the ozone layer. Mortein wanted me to spray and say, 'Shaddap You Face,' I said,' No, but I'll hit them over the head with the can.' They never got back to me."
My favourite section of the book is the story of Brady's experience in Vietnam, where he played in a band in Saigon, and is the best description of the war from a musician's perspective that I have read. He quotes the lyrics, written down in his diary, of a beautiful Vietnamese song he picked up from local Vietnamese songwriter, Pham Duy:
For more information
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I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and headed over the embankment.
Reagan's Son blasts Bush
"My father crapped bigger ones than George Bush," says the former president's son, in a flame-throwing conversation about the war and the Bush administration's efforts to lay claim to the Reagan legacy. (article)
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In my attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
" . . In many ways, the Iraqi people are like the citizens of newly-minted America after the Revolution. Back then, the American people had a deep and abiding mistrust of corporations. In the days when they were subject to British rule, that rule was enforced by the strong arm of incredibly powerful corporations like the British East India Company, the Hudson Bay Company and the Massachusetts Bay Company. The seminal moment of the American Revolution came when colonists defied the British East India Company's decision to tax tea, and 342 boxes of the stuff wound up adrift on the tide in Boston Harbor.
The Declaration of Independence in 1776
freed the colonists not only from British rule, but from the rule
of these corporations. For nearly 100 years afterwards, the citizens
of the United States were profoundly suspicious of corporate power.
Corporate charters were created by individual states as a legal
convenience, and were automatically dissolved if they violated
those charters. Corporations were not allowed to participate in
the political process, could not buy stock in other corporations,
and were destroyed out of hand if they were deemed to be behaving
contrary to the public trust. While these corporations played
an important role in the development of the nation, they were
subservient to the rule of the people. . ' (article)
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I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman...as he bounced off the roof of my car.
GUITAR CHORD GENERATOR FOR GUITARISTS
(This is handy for all us students of the ghee-tar.)
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An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.
This is the Fight of Our Lives
by Bill Moyers
Inequality Matters Forum
" . . .For years now a small fraction
of American households have been garnering an extreme concentration
of wealth and income while large corporations and financial institutions
have obtained unprecedented levels of economic and political power
over daily life. In 1960, the gap in terms of wealth between the
top 20% and the bottom 20% was 30 fold. Four decades later it
is more than 75 fold.. " (article)
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No one was to blame for the accident, but it would never have happened if the other driver had been alert.
More Deadly Than Gas
By Frederick Sweet
When this war ends, George Bush will have caused the poisoning of hundreds of thousands more humans than Saddam Hussein poisoned.
In its 110,000 air raids against Iraq, the
US A-10 Warthog aircraft launched 940,000 depleted uranium shells,
and in the land offensive, its M60, M1 and M1A1 tanks fired a
further 4,000 larger caliber also uranium shells. (article)
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The pedestrian had no idea which direction to run, so I ran over him.
Bush's Accurate Case for War
by Robert Steinback
Let's alter history just a little bit, and imagine that President Bush had given us an accurate case for war in Iraq 18 months ago.
`My fellow Americans, I'm appearing before you today to ask for your support as I make the most solemn decision a president can make: Committing our military troops to war.
`We must remove Saddam Hussein from power, although his only known threat to the United States is that he hates us. While we know that Hussein possessed and used weapons of mass destruction in the past, we have no evidence that he has them today or that he's making more. But he hasn't proved that he doesn't have them, and this constitutes an urgent threat to America.
`So we must act now, because Hussein, who had
nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks, might choose to give
the WMDs that he doesn't have to Osama bin Laden, with whom he
has never collaborated. ." (article)
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The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.
Collective Amnesia or Collective Alzheimer's:
America 'Remembers' Ronald Reagan
by Paul Douglas Newman
To remember Ronald Reagan as one of the greatest Presidents of the twentieth century, to replace FDR on the dime with Reagan's profile as Republicans wish to do, we are being asked to forget too much.
We are asked to forget Lebanon, where Reagan decided to "cut and run" after hundreds of Marines perished when a suicide bomber invaded their compound.
We are asked to forget the arms for hostages deal.
We are asked to forget El Salvador, where the
right wing ARENA, armed with Reagan money, Reagan weapons, and
Reagan military training from the School of the America's at Fort
Benning, Georgia slaughtered more than 80,000 civilians in the
"War on Communism." (article)
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I didn't think the speed limit applied after midnight.
By Robert Fisk
They came as liberators but were met by fierce
resistance outside Baghdad. Humiliating treatment of prisoners
and heavy-handed action in Najaf and Fallujah further alienated
the local population. A planned handover of power proved unworkable.
Britain's 1917 occupation of Iraq holds uncanny parallels with
today - and if we want to know what will happen there next, we
need only turn to our history books... (article)
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I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat found that I had a fractured skull.
Forgive me, I was wrong on Iraq
Bishop Tom Frame supported the invasion. Now he seeks God's forgiveness.
" As the only Anglican bishop to have
publicly endorsed the Australian Government's case for war, I
now concede that Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction.
It did not pose a threat to either its nearer neighbours or the
United States and its allies. It did not host or give material
support to al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups. . ." (article)
THE HUMOUR OF STEPHEN WRIGHT
I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the Gift Wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.
I saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second.
I saw a man with a wooden leg, and a real foot.
There's a pizza place near where I live that sells only slices. In the back you can see a guy tossing a triangle in the air.
I have a microwave fireplace in my house. The other night I laid down in front of the fire for the evening in two minutes.
When I was a kid I had a friend who worked in a radio station. Whenever we walked under a bridge, you couldn't understand what he said.
I wrote a song, but I can't read music so I don't know what it is. Every once in a while I'll be listening to the radio and I say, "I think I might have written that.
The other day I . . . no wait, that wasn't
Great hot but also cold and sliced.
Slit open a chicken breast.
Spread on garlic, avocado, cheese (mainland tasty is best but feta or camembert nice for a change), canned apricots, and silverbeet.
Roll/fold up and dip/press/roll in a breadcrumbs/flour/coarse ground black pepper mix, (sometimes need to skewer), and fry in a wok (the rounded surface helps keep the roll together.
Sometimes I add crushed fresh ginger to the breadcrumbs.
I usually serve this with penna pasta, very lightly smeared with olive oil, and coarse ground black pepper (& perhaps other chopped herbs sprinkled over), and a green salad which has anything available in it.
When this is cold it can be thinly sliced and looks very pretty on a plate - which I usually decorate with nasturtians (flowers and leaves) and mint leaves. (thanks to Joy Slaven)
CHUNKY ROAST BEETROOT DIP
6 medium (about 900g) fresh beetroot
Salt and ground black pepper
2 tbs fresh orange juice
3 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
3 4 cup light sour cream and/or thick natural yoghurt
1. Preheat oven to 200ºC. Trim beets, leaving 23cm stalk attached. Gently scrub beets to remove any dirt (do not pierce or damage the skin). Individually wrap beets in foil.
2. Roast beets, turning occasionally, for 1 hour or until tender. Open foil and leave to cool for 10 minutes. Wearing rubber gloves, gently rub beets to peel and discard skin.
3. Reserve one beetroot for the chunky bits. Cut up the other five beetroots and combine with orange juice, cumin and coriander in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
4. Add the sour cream and/or yoghurt and season with salt and pepper to taste. Process until
5. Dice up the remaining beetroot roughly into matchstick size pieces. Combine with the beetroot puree. Mix thoroughly, transfer to a cleanbowl and refrigerate overnight.
Serve with baked lavash, sliced Turkish bread,
and sliced fresh vegetables like carrots, cucumbers and lettuce.
Makes 2 1 /2 cups.