Saturday, January 21, 2006

Minnesota Rollergirls vs. Carolina Rollergirls

Carolina Rollergirls vs. Minnesota Rollergirls

The Minnesota Rollergirls will travel to North Carolina to take on the Carolina Rollergirls on Sunday, January 29th. This will be the second time that these two leagues have met. The Minnesota Rollergirls beat the visiting Carolina Rollergirls in a very high scoring bout, 237 - 173.

Minnesota Rollergirls vs. Carolina Rollergirls

Sunday, January 29, 2006.

Skate Ranch of Raleigh

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Doors open at 5:30pm, bout at 6pm.

Please visit the Carolina Rollergirls website for more info.

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Miss Molly

Molly Ivins

Oh come on, people -- get a grip on the concept of leadership. Look at this war -- from the lies that led us into it, to the lies they continue to dump on us daily.

You sit there in Washington so frightened of the big, bad Republican machine you have no idea what people are thinking. I'm telling you right now, Tom DeLay is going to lose in his district. If Democrats in Washington haven't got enough sense to OWN the issue of political reform, I give up on them entirely.

Do it all, go long, go for public campaign financing for Congress. I'm serious as a stroke about this -- that is the only reform that will work, and you know it, as well as everyone else who's ever studied this. Do all the goo-goo stuff everybody has made fun of all these years: embrace redistricting reform, electoral reform, House rules changes, the whole package. Put up, or shut up. Own this issue, or let Jack Abramoff politics continue to run your town.

Bush, Cheney and Co. will continue to play the patriotic bully card just as long as you let them. I've said it before: War brings out the patriotic bullies. In World War I, they went around kicking dachshunds on the grounds that dachshunds were "German dogs." They did not, however, go around kicking German shepherds. The MINUTE someone impugns your patriotism for opposing this war, turn on them like a snarling dog and explain what loving your country really means. That, or you could just piss on them elegantly, as Rep. John Murtha did. Or eviscerate them with wit (look up Mark Twain on the war in the Philippines). Or point out the latest in the endless "string of bad news."

Do not sit there cowering and pretending the only way to win is as Republican-lite. If the Washington-based party can't get up and fight, we'll find someone who can.

Friday, January 20, 2006

The Washington Post Factor

The General takes a peek at WaPo's new look.

derby briefs

Patsy Collide from the Assassination City Roller Derby is on Trading Spouses Friday, January 20 at 8 p.m. CST

Listen to the Armadillo Podcast featuring Melicious of the Texas Rollergirls.

Newsday has a feature article in the Long Island Life section on the RockaBetty Bruisers.

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friday random ten

Photo by Ryan McManus

friday random ten:

"My Little Underground" - The Jesus and Mary Chain
"Been a Long Time" - Texas Eastside Kings
"Tried To Hide" - The 13th Floor Elevators
"Souvenirs" - Architecture in Helsinki
"Beat On the Brat" - The Ramones
"Bonanza" - The Motards
"Good Morning Good Morning" - The Beatles
"A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday) - Dusty Springfield
"Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) - Isaac Hayes & David Porter
"Watching the River" - Beat Farmers

Thursday, January 19, 2006

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Fight Club vs. Neander Dolls

Neander Dolls vs. Fight Club

The flat track Sin City Rollergirls will skate against the travel team from the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls in an inter-league bout on Saturday, January 28th in Las Vegas.

Neander Dolls vs. Fight Club

Saturday, January 28, 2006.

Las Vegas Roller Hockey Rink (map)

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

Doors open at 7pm.

Please visit the Sin City Rollergirls website for more info.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

B.A.D. Girls Season Opening Bout

B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls 2006 season opening bout

The flat track Bay Area Derby Girls skate their first bout of the season on Saturday, January 28th.

The Oakland Outlaws take on the S.F. Shevil Dead.

Saturday, January 28, 2006.

Dry Ice Rink

Tickets are $15 for rink-side $10 advance general admission, $12 at the door.

Doors open at 8:30pm, bout at 9:30pm. 21 and over.

Please visit the B.A.D. Girls website for more info.

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Third Annual Whammy Awards

This past Sunday, the Texas Rollergirls celebrated another successful season under their skates at the 2005 Whammy Awards.

MVP: Bloody Mary (Hell Marys)

Miss Texas Rollergirl: Hydra (Hotrod Honeys)

Fan Favorite: Melicous (Hotrod Honeys)

Jammer of the Year: Cat Tastrophe (Hotrod Honeys)

Pivot of the Year: Slim Kickins (Honky Tonk Heartbreakers)

Blocker of the Year (tie): Derringer (Honky Tonk Heartbreakers) and Eight Track (Hotrod Honeys)

Best Rookie: Rebellika (Hotrod Honeys)

Full list of award winners here.

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RepubliCon Lobby "Reform"


Lawmakers are about to bombard the American public with proposals that would crack down on lobbyists. Several prominent plans, including one outlined yesterday by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), would specifically ban meals and privately paid travel for lawmakers.

Or would they?

According to lobbyists and ethics experts, even if Hastert's proposal is enacted, members of Congress and their staffs could still travel the world on an interest group's expense and eat steak on a lobbyist's account at the priciest restaurants in Washington.

The only requirement would be that whenever a lobbyist pays the bill, he or she must also hand the lawmaker a campaign contribution. Then the transaction would be perfectly okay.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Teens Arrested For Hate Crimes To Fort Lauderdale's Homeless

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By: Jeremy Swift
Homeless Voice Newspaper, Florida and The Homeless News Wire Service

When homeless individuals around South Florida go to seek shelter tonight- a refuge away from the cold weather sweeping through - they will be able to sleep with a little more ease. Thomas S. Dougherty, 17-years-old, and 18-year-old Brian A. Hooks, the two suspects captured by a security camera while attacking a homeless man, were turned in today by their families.

Captain Michael Gregory released a statement at 3:30 p.m. informing the public that the families of Dougherty and Hooks turned the teenagers over to police around 9:45 this morning. Dougherty and Hooks "They were both quiet, polite and cooperative," Gregory said. He also stated that they invoked their right to silence and the presence of an attorney.

Dougherty and Hooks are facing charges of aggravated battery for attacking Jacques Pierre, 58, and the murder of Norris Gaynor, 45. The third victim, 49-year-old Raymond Perez, who was beaten outside Church-by-the-Sea, is also believed to be another of Dougherty and Hooks doing; just one hour after Gaynor was assaulted.

The nation watched as Pierre was beaten by the two teenagers around 1 a.m., Thursday, outside of Florida Atlantic University's downtown campus with what looked to be bats. "Everyone saw the footage," Gregory said. This footage, as he notes, was also a critical piece of evidence that aided in the capture of the two males.

The authorities received more than 100 tips that led to the arrest of Dougherty and Hooks.

Sean Cononie, National Homeless Advocate on Hate Crimes towards the Homeless as well as the founder of the Homeless Voice newspaper is glad the suspects were caught. However, not only does he show empathy towards the victims and the victim's families he also shows empathy for the teenagers and their families. Cononie added, "It's a terrible time for the parents of the suspects as well as the kids." Cononie says. "I am sure these kids were not brought up by their parents to kill people minding their own business and for no apparent reason, as if there could be."

Despite the concern for all the members involved, Cononie is convinced we are dealing with a hate crime of epic proportion. "Hate crimes are on the rise for the homeless and other individuals," Cononie says. "It goes back to education and teaching correct values." In fact, because of the increase in hate crimes and terrorism, which Cononie believes are synonymous, three years ago he founded the National Coalition Against Terrorism, Inc and Stopping Hate Crimes USA to investigate why the hate exist and what can be done to dismantle the hate.

Although the accusations of the crimes committed have not been directly linked to hate, Scott Russell, a reserve officer in Ft. Lauderdale, sees unlawful death as just that.

"MURDER is the Ultimate Hate Crime!"

Sunday, January 15, 2006

mercenary of the oligarchy vs. Rollergirl

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DALLAS 1/13/2006 - Muff Thumper from Assassination City Derby was skating down the street handing out flyers in Deep Ellum. A cop pulled her over to give her a ticket. A crowd stared to gather and more police were called in. What I hear is that she got distracted and took her hands off of the police car. The cop got pissed, she got an attitude...

She had to get stiches and spent the day in jail, but other than that, she seems to be ok.

The incident was totally senseless and unnecessary. There were plenty of witnesses. Legal action will most likey be taken. (Rollergirls from across the country are already talking about a legal fund.

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UPDATE 2: Video / WFAA story(subscription)

The Dallas police officer accused of using excessive force while placing a female roller skating on Elm Street under arrest Saturday is not a stranger to such allegations, according to police records.

The Dallas Police Department has launched an internal affairs investigation into the scuffle that occurred between Officer Ceaphus Gordon and Michelle Metzinger, a 25-year-old roller derby skater for Assassination City.

However, it will not be the department's first look into the 15-year Dallas police veteran's actions.

Police records show since 1994 there have been at least six allegations of excessive force, physical abuse or assault.

Gordon has been disciplined twice for escalating or participating in a disturbance and once for conduct discrediting the department.