... believe it, it's true, they're being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In spite of their rejection of the Hall of Fame's invitation to attend the induction, and the legacy of rock and roll rebellion that was inspired by their one and only studio album, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols, they're really being inducted.
Talk about long-overdue respect and vindication!
The raw energy they inspired helped fuel the then-fledgling London punk scene into what eventually became a strong new source of inspiration for the revival of the lagging rock scene of the time. While bands like the Sex Pistols, as well as the Ramones, The Clash, and Black Flag sold comparatively few albums, they inspired those bands who made it big, both punk and otherwise, bringing vital and much-needed raw energy into rock music, much as was once done by Elvis and The Beatles.
It's been correctly pointed out that they achieved far more fame, and inspired far more creativity and dissent in music than dozens of bands who claim to have fueled the fires of rebellion that is at the heart of rock music.
Congratulations to the Pistols - it's clearly one of the most deserved inductions the Hall of Fame has ever made!
... believe it, it's true, they're being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In the class, I wrote a journal article review of The impact of web site campaigning on traditional news media and public information processing, written by Kaid, Ku, and Pfau, and published in 2003 in the Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly journal. They argue that the attention given to the usage of the Internet in setting public agendas, both by providing information to media outlets and directly through the voters, has lagged behind its growth and has provided far less critical understanding of how the Internet influences the media and public than more traditional methods of communication, such as television advertising and media relations.
Nearly ten years after the take-off of the Internet, its ability to influence the public is still poorly understood. This is one reason why as recently as 2004, we see campaigns learning how to best utilize the Internet via trial-and-error processes that have resulted in both amazing innovation as well as brilliant failures, with the best example of both to be found in the high-flying crash of Howard Dean's short-lived Presidential campaign.
Unlike most campaigns who fail to ever effectively utilize the Internet, Dean's campaign managed to do some groundbreaking work, such as revolutionizing fundraising and organizing activists via their campaign website. However, these amazing steps forward were for naught, as Dean's campaign quickly crashed with the initial Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, squandered a tremendous war-chest, and capitalize on a tremendous volunteer base. In spite of their many advantages, many of which can be attributed to their pionnering use of the Internet, Dean's campaign vanished while the Democratic contest for the 2004 Presidential nomination continued for several weeks between Clark, Edwards and Kerry.
From the failure of Dean's campaign, we find valuable lessons to be learned. Their innovative use of the Internet is well worth studying and duplicating. However, I believe that understanding how to more consistently and effectively integrate a campaign's Internet efforts with more traditional aspects of campaigns, while avoiding the duplication of their failures, is just as important.
For those of you who want to read what I wrote, here's the link.
If you know someone suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, then get help. For those who have the courage to change, there is help, and there can be peace.
Every time I look in the mirror, I like who and what I see. I hope you can say the same.
Kenneth, what is the frequency?
(Rotter's News Service) Lone Star, South Carolina: In a surprise move, Jim Clyburn (D-Cool place on Lake Marion), a top-ranking Congressional Democrat from South Carolina, announced his intention to abandon his push to secure funding to construct a bridge across Lake Marion.
While this move was welcomed by environmental groups, as well as some Republican leaders, the South Carolina General Assembly stunned the state with their swift action in proclaiming the location of the now-abandoned bridge the "Mike Reino Memorial Nothing", in recognition of Reino's efforts to spearhead opposition to the proposed bridge.
"South Carolina has named overpasses and even sidewalks after people, including many living people," said Ima Pervhurt, a political analyst with the consulting firm Dewey, Sticumgood, and Howe. "When you look at it that way, maybe it's not as strange to name an empty void after someone."
Senator Robert Ford, a Charleston Democrat, suggested the naming may have been a consolation prize. "That district was specially constructed to ensure the election of even Donald Duck, or even me, if either were to the Democratic nominee," Ford said. "All I can say is that Mike Reino had better enjoy the moment, because he's gonna get his clock cleaned this fall running in the Sixth District."
The political fallout was swift and wide-reaching. Ralph Nader abandoned plans to seek the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination, and opted to seek the GOP nod for the White House. "For a long time, I thought the Democrats were the earth-friendly crowd", Nader explained. "But when it turns out that a top-ranking Democrat is spearheading proposals like that, obviously, I was on the wrong side all along."
This was followed by a large wave of defections of eleted Republicans in South Carolina. "Many of those who are switching have low scores with environmental groups," explained Pervhurt. "They see Clyburn's support for the bridge project, in defiance of environmental groups who made up the party's base, as an indication that the Democratic Party is the real home for those who want to slash-and-burn, and destroy the environment."
"I was assured that the signs will be placed where nobody can find them, just like the bridge," said Reino. "I guess that makes sense - the bridge project vanished without a trace, so will the signs."
A couple of days ago, I finally got around to purging my 120 CD car case, changing out some CDs with ones I hadn't listened to in a while.
One of those albums was the 1989 album by WASP, entitled The Headless Children. After years of being put square in the crosseyes of Tipper Gore's PMRC, WASP decided to strike back with an album that included themes just as controversial as their past albums, but with a lot more depth and the drums of Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot fame.
For those of you who just have to know, I owned albums with eight of the PMRC's top fifteen most controversial songs ... and look how I turned out. Ok, maybe don't look!
At any rate, this album has absolutely ROCKED! I had to spend a lot of time on the road with work as of late, and had that album cranked up as loud as I've ever played it. Also, a lot of fans and metal critics felt this was their best album ever recorded. Overall, I tend to agree. Great production, thoughtful lyrics, but with all the pure power, drama, and primal rage that is at the heart of much of WASP's music over the years.
Yep, that's Blackie Lawless with his Deaths Head mic stand creation that graced the center of the stage on this '05 tour. What the heck is that called anyway?
Ok, 'nuff said for now ... the links are there, so go check it out for yourself.
A story today talked about the presentation of the ten "worst Presidential moments". This was announced at a conference of presidential scholars, which was held at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center. They listed these moments as:
- President James Buchanan's failure to do more to prevent the secession of the southern states during his Presidency in the 1850s.
- President Andrew Johnson's post-Civil War decision to side with southern whites and not push for efforts to improve civil rights for freed slaves.
- President Lyndon Johnson's allowing the Vietnam War to escalate (neither President Johnsons had much luck in office - strange).
- President Wilson's refusal to compromise on the Treaty of Versailles after World War I.
- President Nixon's Watergate cover-up.
- President Madison's inability to keep the US out of war with Britain, leading to the War of 1812.
- President Jefferson's self-imposed embargo of European trade in 1807, during the Napoleonic Wars.
- President Kennedy allowing the Bay of Pigs invasion attempt, for fueling escalation which led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- President Reagan and the Iran-Contra affair (I always felt he was trapped, and would've taken a lot of criticism had he NOT pursued efforts to trade arms for the American hostages).
- Last but not least ... Clinton and Lewinsky.
Following the release of their sequel album to Operation Mindcrime, they will be hitting the road this summer and fall. Here's what I know about their tour, as announced to fan club members:
The show is "A Evening with Queensryche"meaning no opening act. It’s a two part show featuring Operation: Mindcrime for the first act, and Operation: Mindcrime II for the second. I’m told that the show will also feature a full production, actors and the like. It will also have the surround sound again, as well as many new exciting additions (we won’t give those away just yet).
Here are their just-announced tour dates:
Aug-25 Fri Lake Buena Vista, Florida House of Blues
Aug-26 Sat Lake Buena Vista, Florida House of Blues
Sep-03 Sun Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
Sep-06 Wed Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
Sep-14 Thu Chicago, Illinois House of Blues
Sep-15 Fri Chicago, Illinois House of Blues
Sep-16 Sat Chicago, Illinois House of Blues
Sep-21 Thu New York, New York Nokia Live
Sep-22 Fri New York, New York Nokia Live
Sep-25 Mon San Antonio, TX Majestic
Sep-26 Tue Houston, TX Verizon Theater
Sep-27 Wed Dallas, TX Nokia Live
Sep-29 Fri Denver, CO Filmore
Oct-03 Tue Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
Oct-04 Wed San Diego, CA Humphrey's
Oct-05 Thu Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amthitheatre
Oct-11 Wed San Francisco, California Warfield
Oct-12 Thu Portland, OR Roseland
Oct-13 Fri Seattle, WA Moore Theater
Oct-14 Sat Seattle, WA Moore Theater
... and you can bet I WILL be going!
I don't know where this email came from last night, but I'll bet his mother is real proud of him:
From: timothy.yeamancarter [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 7:01 PM
of everything on earth I love to fart really loud the most.
The last few days I've been listening to the 25th anniversary re-release of The Clash's groundbreaking London Calling album.
The new version includes a second audio CD of studio rehearsal recordings and a video DVD with good background material on the album.
While punk, especially in the late 70s and early 80s when The Clash were out there, the music was about rebellion, and challenging the full range of what was considered "establishment", including political, economic and cultural. Certainly, they'd never have envisioned their music crossing over into mainstream, with the title track being used in a television ad for a British liquor product as well as in Die Another Day, the most recent James Bond movie.
With punk attitude and stripped down guitars, combined with some very interesting reggae influences, the album's style reverberated through the sounds of The Police, and through a whole wide range of punk and ska bands, and was one of the earliest examples of punk's independent DIY (Do It Yourself) spirit branching out beyond just punk rock itself.
Don't just take my word for it - go buy the album. Trust me - it's WORTH IT!
Part of the problem, in my humble opinion, is in how things have become overly-politicized. While I think the political Left deserves much of the blame for this, I feel the Right does much the same thing. A lot of subjects that I deal with don't have a political position, and even when they have, I've never been penalized for speaking out and expressing my point of view, so long as I could qualify my opinion through a well-constructed argument, and do so with respect for those who held differing views.
The WIB oversees a number of federal and state-funded job training and youth development programs in the Charleston metro area, in addition to the “One-Stop” centers in which the Unemployment people partner with other agencies and local businesses to provide employment assistance as well as career development and educational opportunities. This board oversees these programs, and approves grants to help support worthwhile initiatives in the area.
I was appointed to the seat representing Dorchester County the day before I was going to withdraw my name from consideration, due to the overload of other commitments I’ve already taken on. Just my luck.
As issues related to economic and workforce development are very important to me, I look forward to serving on this board and helping make our workforce more attractive for employers, to help recruit new business, as well as help support existing local businesses to our area.
I’ve been warned this committee is a working group, with no pay for my time, few opportunities to gain public recognition, but plenty of work to do. That’s my idea of a community service opportunity – we should be ready and willing to serve our communities without worrying about compensation or personal gain of any kind.
My birthday is Sunday (February 5th).
I'm turning 35 ... but I don't know if that's good or bad.
Ya'll be sure to send me something for my birthday - cash preferred.
For my birthday, I'm gonna pack the car, and then hit the road so that I can run away and hide for the weekend. I promise to have a good time, but sorry, no postcards for ya'll.
Thanks for visiting and reading-
please be sure to have a great weekend.
This study will examine the process in which Eastern Christian religious images, known as icons, serve as symbols which communicate messages related to faith and traditions for Eastern Christians who reside in contemporary South Carolina. This is informed by research in the field of semiotics which studies the assignment of meanings to visual images, which allows those objects to convey messages important to those associated with a given culture, is studied. Using research from published sources, as well as personal interviews and on-site visits with clergy and parishioners of faith communities of Eastern Christians in South Carolina, an examination is made of how religions icons serve to in maintain and express the spiritual faith of Eastern Christians in contemporary South Carolina.
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