Friday, February 24, 2006

kickin' some ass in Tucson

2006 Dust Devil Logo

Congrats to the Austin Texecutioners on their first day of combat. The girls stormed through their pool this morning. Woot!

Texas Rollergirls 70 - Atlanta Rollergirls 1

Texas Rollergirls 43 - Kansas City Roller Warriors 25

Texas Rollergirls 32 - Gotham Girls Roller Derby 16

Texas Rollergirls 77 - Duke City Derby 6

UPDATE: Get all the up to date tournament scores at US Rollergirls.

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Moyers on Saving Democracy

"There are, as I said, no victimless crimes in politics. The cost of corruption is passed on to you. When the government of the United States falls under the thumb of the powerful and privileged, regular folks get squashed.

"This week I visited for the first time the Museum of the Presidio in San Francisco. From there American troops shipped out to combat in the Pacific. Many never came back. On the walls of one corridor are photographs of some of those troops, a long way from home. Looking at them, I wondered: Is this what those Marines died for on the Marianas – for sweatshops, the plunder of our public trust, the corruption of democracy? Government of the Abramoffs, by the DeLays, and for the people who bribe them?

"I don't think so."

Read Bill Moyers' entire speech - Saving Democracy

friday random ten

Photo by Ryan McManus

SXSW edition

"Sunday Dress" - The Riverboat Gamblers
"Northern Line" - Swearing At Motorists
"Pleasure Principal" - Lesbians On Ecstasy
"Anna Belle" - The Nervous Exits
"Mad Tiger" - Peelander-Z
"Girl Anachronism" - The Dresden Dolls
"Hettakorii No Ottokotou" - eX-Girl
"Scott Jernigan" - Gorch Fock
"Mona et Moi" - Tokyo Nights
"Unraveling" - Patrice Pike

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Good Luck Texas Rollergirls

2006 Dust Devil Logo

Dust Devil 2006 National Championship, February 24-26, 2006, in Tucson. Three days and nights of Flat Track competition among 20 leagues from across the nation.

Austin Texecutioners
#4 Hydra, Captain
#00 Sparkle Plenty, Co-Captain
#4 Bloody Mary
#4X4 Loose Tooth LuLu
#08 Eight Track
#10 Trouble
#21 Buckshot Betsy
#22 Slim Kickins
#23 Tinkerhell
#.44 Derringer 44
#56 Lucille Brawl
#66 Barbarella
#xx Cat Tastrophe
#13 Jen Entonic, Manager
#3e8 Rice Rocket, Manager

Schedule for Friday, February 24, the first day of combat:

1st bout - 9:00 a.m.
Texas Rollergirls v. Atlanta Rollergirls

2nd bout - 9:45 a.m.
Texas Rollergirls v. Kansas City Roller Warriors

3rd bout - 10:30 a.m.
Texas Rollergirls v. Gotham Girls Roller Derby

4th bout - 11:15 a.m.
Texas Rollergirls v. Duke City Derby

Full Tournament Schedule (pdf)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Lonestar Rollergirls Feb. 26th Bout Cancelled

Austin city leaders and the Lonestar Rollergirls have collided in a bout over building inspections.

The Lonestar Rollergirls will not compete at the new Crockett Center Sunday. Late Tuesday, the city refused to let the team play because they say the center could be a firetrap when it's crowded with fans.


The center can still be used for events such as gun shows, but not for events such as the roller derby that draw more than 1,000 people.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Constitution Vigil

Constitution Vigil
State Capitol Building
1400 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX
Wednesday, 22 Feb 2006, 6:00 PM

Find a Constitution Vigil near you.

rewriting history

U.S. Reclassifies Many Documents in Secret Review

In a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available for years, including some already published by the State Department and others photocopied years ago by private historians.

The restoration of classified status to more than 55,000 previously declassified pages began in 1999, when the Central Intelligence Agency and five other agencies objected to what they saw as a hasty release of sensitive information after a 1995 declassification order signed by President Bill Clinton. It accelerated after the Bush administration took office and especially after the 2001 terrorist attacks, according to archives records.

But because the reclassification program is itself shrouded in secrecy — governed by a still-classified memorandum that prohibits the National Archives even from saying which agencies are involved — it continued virtually without outside notice until December. That was when an intelligence historian, Matthew M. Aid, noticed that dozens of documents he had copied years ago had been withdrawn from the archives' open shelves.


After Mr. Aid and other historians complained, the archives' Information Security Oversight Office, which oversees government classification, began an audit of the reclassification program, said J. William Leonard, director of the office.

Mr. Leonard said he ordered the audit after reviewing 16 withdrawn documents and concluding that none should be secret.

"If those sample records were removed because somebody thought they were classified, I'm shocked and disappointed," Mr. Leonard said in an interview. "It just boggles the mind."

Memphis Rollergirls home goes up in flames

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Show the Memphis Rollergirls some love. Buy them a bacon martini or something...

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the Toronto Terrors

"We are a mix of punks trying to make our way in the world," says Tina Gravelson — a.k.a. Tina Sixx — a member of the newly formed roller derby team, the Toronto Terrors.

The 1950s were roller derby's glory years before it went out of style in the '70s. It enjoyed a slight comeback in the '90s, often billed as Roller Jam. But it didn't take off the way it has today.

The sport is enjoying yet another revival in North America, with more than 40 leagues in U.S. cities. Close by, there's New York's Gotham Girls Roller Derby league with teams like the Brooklyn Bombshells, Manhattan Mayhem and Queens of Pain.

Now teams are springing up across Canada, in places like Barrie, Hamilton, Windsor, Ottawa, Sudbury, as well as the Terminal City Roller Girls in Vancouver.

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