Friday, January 21, 2005

Derby Does Dallas

The Texas Rollergirls will be taking roller derby to Dallas on Sunday, February 27th.

The Hell Marys (Hell Yeah!), Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, Hotrod Honeys and the Hustlers will skate up I-35 to do battle at What's Hot Fun World in Dallas.

The bouts will take place on Sunday, February 27th. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $10 Advance in Austin and $12 At the door.

Check out the Texas Rollergirls web site for more info.

support your local rollergirl


Renegade Roller Girls Bout

The Renegade Rollergirls will skate their first bout of the 2005 season on Sunday, January 23rd.

The French Kiss Army will skate against the Mothertruckers.

Derby action starts at 6 PM on Sunday, January 23rd. The bout takes place at Surfside Skateland in Tempe, Arizona.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Ckeck out the Renegade Roller Girls web site for more info.

support your local rollergirl

Kansas City Roller Warriors First Bout

Kansas City Roller Warriors Posted by Hello

The flat track Kansas City Roller Warriors will kick off their first season with an exhibition bout on Saturday, January 22nd.

The exhibition bout will feature The Bionics skating against The Dogfightin' Dames

The Bout will take place at 8 PM at Winnwood Skate Center
4426 N Winn Rd (I-35 & Chouteau Trafficway) KC, MO 64119

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door. All ages of roller derby fans and supporters are welcome.

Check out the Kansas City Roller Warriors web site for more info.

support your local rollergirl

friday elfgirl blogging

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friday random ten

Roxanne's last Friday Random Ten.
1. Fire up your IPOD, MP3 or other digital music player
2. Set to random or shuffle
3. List the first ten songs

"The Good Son" - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
"The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn" - the Pogues
"I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" - Ramones
"Vertigo Blues" - Sue Foley
"Whiskey" - Glass Eye
"12XU" - Wire
"Lisa Listen" - Lisa Loeb
"apronstrings" - Sixteen Deluxe
"Swallow My Pride" - Ramones
"Drive" - Sincola

Voices From the Street

The Daily Texan ran a little story about the Austin Advocate.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

NPR profile of Travis County DA Ronnie Earle.

(via The Daily DeLay)

inaugural stuff

WASHINGTON, DC—Attendees at the Independence Ball, one of nine officially sanctioned galas celebrating President George W. Bush's second inauguration Thursday, will be treated to a viewing of a caged Saddam Hussein, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said Monday. "What better way to honor the president than with a physical symbol of his many first-term triumphs?" McClellan said as Hussein rattled the bars of a cage already suspended above the ballroom where the event will be held. "And I must compliment the planning committee. Outfitting Gitmo detainees with iron collars and forcing them to serve appetizers was an inspired stroke." Ball attendees will also be awarded door prizes, including a basket of nuts, 20 yards of cloth, and a barrel of crude oil.

Counter-Inaugural 2005
Black Thursday
Not One Damn Dime!
Turn your back on Bush
Day of Fasting
Jazz Funeral for Democracy
Freeway Blogger
Code Pink

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

MLK Day Parade / Worst. Administration. Ever. Protest Austin, Tx Posted by Hello

Happy Hour with Charlie and Spot 7-9

Beerland 711-1/2 Red River Posted by Hello

Monday, January 17, 2005

boy howdy

via the Kinky Librarian Posted by Hello

I Believe

"I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits."

--Martin Luther King, Jr.
1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

No More Heroes

Bob Herbert

Never since his assassination in 1968 have I felt the absence of Martin Luther King more acutely. Where are today's voices of moral outrage? Where is the leadership willing to stand up and say: Enough! We've sullied ourselves enough.

I'm convinced, without being able to prove it, that those voices will emerge. There was a time when no one had heard of Dr. King. Or Oscar Arias Sanchez. Or Martin O'Brien, who founded the foremost human rights organization in Northern Ireland, and who tells us: "The worst thing is apathy - to sit idly by in the face of injustice and to do nothing about it."

Next Stop Iran

Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker

“This is a war against terrorism, and Iraq is just one campaign. The Bush Administration is looking at this as a huge war zone,” the former high-level intelligence official told me. “Next, we’re going to have the Iranian campaign. We’ve declared war and the bad guys, wherever they are, are the enemy. This is the last hurrah—we’ve got four years, and want to come out of this saying we won the war on terrorism.”

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Baghdad Burning

Riverbend on the Phantom Weapons

This was an interesting piece of news a couple of days ago:

The United States has ended its physical search for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, which was cited by the first administration of President George W Bush as the main reason for invading the country, the White House has said.

Why does this not surprise me? Does it surprise anyone? I always had the feeling that the only people who actually believed this war was about weapons of mass destruction were either paranoid Americans or deluded expatriate Iraqis- or a combination of both. I wonder now, after hundreds and hundreds of Americans actually died on Iraqi soil and over a hundred-thousand Iraqis are dead, how Americans view the current situation. I have another question- the article mentions a "Duelfer Report" stating the weapons never existed and all the intelligence was wrong. This report was supposedly published in October 2004. The question is this: was this report made public before the elections? Did Americans actually vote for Bush with this knowledge?

Over here, it's not really "news" in the sense that it's not new. We've been expecting a statement like this for the last two years. While we were aware the whole WMD farce was just a badly produced black comedy, it's still upsetting to hear Bush's declaration that he was wrong. It's upsetting because it just confirms the worst: right-wing Americans don't care about justifying this war. They don't care about right or wrong or innocents dead and more to die. They were somewhat ahead of the game. When they saw their idiotic president wasn't going to find weapons anywhere in Iraq, they decided it would be about mass graves. It wasn't long before the very people who came to 'liberate' a sovereign country soon began burying more Iraqis in mass graves. The smart weapons began to stupidly kill 'possibly innocent' civilians (they are only 'definitely innocent' if they are working with the current Iraqi security forces or American troops). It went once more from protecting poor Iraqis from themselves to protecting Americans from 'terrorists'. Zarqawi very conveniently entered the picture.

Zarqawi is so much better than WMD. He's small, compact and mobile. He can travel from Falloojeh to Baghdad to Najaf to Mosul… whichever province or city really needs to be oppressed. Also, conveniently, he looks like the typical Iraqi male- dark hair, dark eyes, olive skin, medium build. I wonder how long it will take the average American to figure out that he's about as substantial as our previously alleged WMD.


The weapons never existed. It's like having a loved one sentenced to death for a crime they didn't commit- having your country burned and bombed beyond recognition, almost. Then, after two years of grieving for the lost people, and mourning the lost sovereignty, we're told we were innocent of harboring those weapons. We were never a threat to America...

Everybody's Preznit

The potentate speaks. From WaPo:

President Bush said the public's decision to reelect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.

"We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. "The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me."


With his inauguration days away, Bush defended the administration's decision to force the District of Columbia to spend $12 million of its homeland security budget to provide tighter security for this week's festivities. He also warned that the ceremony could make the city "an attractive target for terrorists."


"On a complicated matter such as removing a dictator from power and trying to help achieve democracy, sometimes the unexpected will happen, both good and bad," he said. "I am realistic about how quickly a society that has been dominated by a tyrant can become a democracy. . . . I am more patient than some."

As for perhaps the most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden, the administration has so far been unsuccessful in its attempt to locate the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Asked why, Bush said, "Because he's hiding."


On the election Bush said he was puzzled that he received only about 11 percent of the black vote, according to exit polls, about a 2 percentage point increase over his 2000 total.

"I did my best to reach out, and I will continue to do so as the president," Bush said. "It's important for people to know that I'm the president of everybody."

Fucking. Clueless. Chimp.