Wednesday, January 31, 2007
so after a couple of weeks of promoting my fingers off and hoping that my new gig at the boysroom would become successful...especially after the let go from the 'other' place...finally a really busy night filled with boys boogeying, faggots prancing (and i use that word lovingly of course) and the bartender all smiles. the night looked promising because my friend bret was inviting a bunch of friends to celebrate his birthday...but then at a certain point i looked up and a whole slew of people started walking in and immediately went towards the back to join in the dance party. my friend kenny got onto the little stage across from the dj booth and did his trademark dancing while my sister mel (aka velocity dandridge) popped by and tore up the floor gyrating and doing runway for all to gawk at. also, the kiki twins consisting of ashlee and elle t showed up (nyc new celebrities so to speak www.myspace.com/thekikitwins) and that made me happy especially because they were riling up the crowd and approved of my sounds. also...i guess i was on a high last night because i got a phone call from housing works about a job i applied for. i worked for them almost ten years ago and would kill to get a chance to work for them again. there is a position for assistant manager in the chelsea location and the new brooklyn location and i just called and had a great talk with the regional manager resulting in an interview set up for friday evening! i am so excited.
also what i learned last night finally is that i can give in to the hip hop genre that everyone annoyingly requests (especially little young bastards or their underage fag hags) from time to time but splice into it my trademark electro and nasty beats. honestly i do like some hip hop or hip pop as it should be called but i hate it when all people want to hear is what they hear everywhere else and on the radio. djs used to be teachers or prophets but in the day and age of ipods and downloading...everyone wants to hear what they feel like hearing and don't care about all the work i or others like me put into discovering new shit and offering it to them. i know the dj usually has an ego and i'm no different but i'm getting paid to be a dj not a jukebox. last night i realized that i can lure people in with what they know and them slam them with something hot and fresh that they never heard before but keeps them up and moving. it took me how long to figure this out? hehehe
hopefully word gets out and next week will be busy as well..and i will actually have a really fun, successful and interesting tuesday night party going on...woo hoo
nelly furtado's recent single 'say it right' is actually doing well in the us...it's a little hope that the sad scenario of hip hop dominating with producer of the moment beats and rehashed lyrics and samples might be eventually coming to a close. of course she did enlist timbaland to produce the album but he created a lush soundscape for this song. because of her singing style i didn't really know what the song was about but i knew from the melody and the arrangement that it was poignant and i liked it. here's the lyrics which are astonishingly gorgeous along with a dirty sexy remix of the song by the dummies...enjoy "
"Say It Right"
In the day
In the night
Say it right
Say it all
You either got it
Or you don't
You either stand or you fall
When your will is broken
When it slips from your hand
When there's no time for joking
There's a hole in the plan
Oh you don't mean nothing at all to me
No you don't mean nothing at all to me
But you got what it takes to set me free
Oh you could mean everything to me
I can't say that
I'm not lost and at fault
I can't say that
I don't love the light and the dark
I can't say that I don't know that I am alive
And all of what I feel
I could show
You tonight you tonight
Oh you don't mean nothing at all to me
No you don't mean nothing at all to me
But you got what it takes to set me free
Oh you could mean everything to me
From my hands
I could give you
Something that I made
From my mouth
I could sing you another brick that I laid
From my body
I could show you a place God knows
You should know the space is holy
Do you really want to go?
nelly furtado - say it right (dummies remix)
Monday, January 29, 2007
this track finally surfaced after almost ten years recently...it's madonna's first live performance of 'frozen' from the east harlem violin project. her voice is in prime form and as usual...the goddess starts off softly and subtley in the beginning but then surely shines vocally as the song goes on belting out such beautiful notes and tones...this is one to make fans proud and detractors shrivel up and blow away...enjoy!
madonna - frozen (live at east harlem violin project)
Sunday, January 28, 2007
kleerup featuring robyn - with every heartbeat
a beautifully melancholy electronic composition featuring the understated vocals on robyn (who i'm not sure is the same robyn from the 90's who had that hit 'show me'..i've seen a few pics and it could be her not sure...i will do some research for ya though)
their myspace page
the klaxons - magick (simian mobile disco)
simian mobile disco is my new tiefschwarz i think...their production is definitely in the style that i am all into and shit right now hehe...their peers in my opinion would be lcd soundsystem/ dfa and maybe a little bit the glimmers and a little mstrkrft. what they did to this klaxons track is hot...sometimes noisy...sometimes minimal...i love it and it is definitely one of my new favs
their myspace page
krafty kuts - tell me how you feel (young punx mix)
a sexy sliver of get down get funky boogie disco (to brighten up my dark sets that sometimes scare me as well eheh) with some nice dirty electro elements...a sassy vocal and a nasty old school breakdown half way through that makes you quiver before the magical instrumental break pops back in on you...young punx never disappoint (hey that's a good t-shirt for the group eheh)
their myspace page
Photo: Marcus Lieberenz
i had the wonderful pleasure of seeing possibly the most inspiring, brilliant, thought provoking, life altering piece of art performed at the kitchen theatre in chelsea on friday night. it was part of the 'under the radar festival' and ran from january 18th through the 27th. my friend drew works at the gallery and theatre and was able to get me a ticket to the show and i am eternally grateful. i was supposed to go on thursday but had to cancel due to a prior commitment. friday night was my debut dj night at the eagle with my friend max scott and his newest party called "g.r.u.f.f.". the weather outside was frightful and i rushed down to the kitchen after preparing as many cds filled with some new beats and tunes as i could, praying that i wouldn't be late for the show. magically i got downtown in record time and sped across town cursing the bitter cold and wishing i could fly ehhe. i had read the descriptions of the theatre piece a couple times and was aware that i was in for something wild and uncharted so i decided that i would watch the show and use it as a tool to inspire my music set that night. the eagle is or was known for its dark underground feel and sinewy masculinity in structure and patronage. unfortunately, despite having a good time playing and creating a devilshly lavish soundscape for the night, the crowd was looking for something more in the upstairs backroom. i did get a lot of positive feedback about how good the music was and how refreshingly different it was as well. ok back to dead set...
thankfully i went by myself. i do like to share experiences like this with good friends that i know will appreciate it but sitting there alone watching the stark, uncomfortable and schizophrenic show was an experience all in itself. the show started with three huge same sized screens in equal positons on the stage. in front of the screens were all sorts of gadgets from microphones and stands twisted and contorted in stick figure monsters to video cameras on tripods. when the show began, the screens began glowing in alternating colors while high pitched and low pitched noise changed with the rainbow reminiscent of the emergency broadcast system alerts mixed with close encounters of the third kind. then the actors all came out, androgynous and dressed in loose black clothing with all of their faces covered with a burgundy sequined mask loosely hanging over their faces. they recited bits and pieces of news broadcasts and online chats it seemed, each short vignette able to be digested long after the story would change. i found myself already enthralled by the performance i barely blinked and my body was forced completely still and at attention. it would be impossible to describe the show in its entirety as it was a powerful visual experience that each attendee most definitely had a personal and individual reaction to. soon the loose black clothing came off and eventually the masks revealing each of the performers (four male and i believe four female) in tight black leather leotards and spikey high heels and matching black cowl with only their eyes and nose and mouth showing. a smoke machine filled the stage and most of the theatre with sweet smelling smoke while an actor performed a high energy and violent dance while adorned in a full red sequined body suit. it was stunning! the leotarded actors fought over a video camera one by one while whatever was being filmed would show up on the screens behind them. already i was satisfied and could have left the theatre with a million inspirations and questions but there was so much more about to happen. words and images flashed across the screens in rollercoaster fashion and the actors would prance across the stage stopping to reenact the violent and sometimes sympathetic images. appearing throughout on the screens was an online conversation or a email log of someone looking to be killed and eaten...trying to find a real life cannibal to perform the act and they eventually do and it is the very first time you actually see the faces of each individual performer...a long ways into the show.
the third act revealed more than just their faces...at a certain point every actor and actress was completely naked yet busy either holding a camera, reciting beautful poetic prose and coversation or lip synching as another actor read his lines. the three screens and video cameras were so brilliantly utilized i sat there is complete amazement. hopefully the way i explain it will come across to you properly. this is just one instance of the media onslaught i witnessed...on screen two (the middle one) was a beautiful garden scene. an actor stood in front of it and was filmed...that image showing up on screen three (on the right). another camera filmed another actor in front of screen three with the image of the first actor in front of the garden scene screen and that all showed up on the first screen. carefully choreographed, it looked as if they were touching in a garden yet they were feet apart and often not even using their own voices. it was a total total mindfuck and had obviously had so much to say about the anxiety and emotion involved in human interaction and the struggle with emotional validation. it spoke volumes about the destruction and desire to win and the thin line between love and hate, pain and pleasure, life and death, wrong and right and what you actually experience and what you think you actually experience.
it certainly raised the age old question in my mind...'why don't i go to the theatre more often?' and at thirty years old...i'm tired of hearing it. it definitely inspired me on a completely artistic evolutionary level. it reinstalled the experimental theatre glutton in me and i am ready to embark on more adventures like this. needless to say, i started the night with a hypnotic and dark but groovy aural fixation that agressively entered neo disco and violent electro as the dancers slithered on the bar...in a cage and on a stage while hairy muscle daddy porn courtesy of www.butchbear.com splattered across the roll down screen behind him. i saw a lot of heads bobbing, a good group of my true friends showed up to support me (my dear friend kenny came up to me at one point and yelled at me for playing such a hot and nasty beated song that actually forced him to leave. he texted me 'nite - disgusting' without saying goodbye...from him that was the highest compliment), there were some hot men in the crowd but i didn't dwell on that as i tried to focus on the music and used that to impress. it was exciting to every now and then peer up from the equipment and catch someone looking up at me with a devious smile. i would say it was a decent success but a dj (one that puts the music first), like an artist...is usually his worst critic (unless you count my friend mel who always puts me in my place technically eheh)
below is a description of the show and a review. although my review was all bloody thumbs up....this one is a little rough...but i tend to like everything i see..because i have worked in every facet of the theatre from actor to singer to writer to director to sound and lighting to stage managing so i appreciate a show on so many levels just for the fact that a group of people came together and created the animal in the first place. to me that is perfection. i definitely need to either write, direct or at least conceive a show by the end of the year...or i'll die!
Dead Set #3 is a new theatre piece by Caden Manson and Big Art Group. It's described as a hybrid of video and theatre exploring trauma and spectacle through reenacted pirated dialogue, borrowed online chats, and choreography derived from sampled movement. The following description is provided by the company: "In Dead Set #3, Manson focuses on serial narratives, corrupt systems, and perverted worldviews that ignore the degradation, collapse, and destruction of present society. Individual histories and public spectacles play out on a stage that amplifies these narratives through distribution, duplication, and repetition. Incorporating multiple channels of video displayed on stacked, semi-transparent moving screens, Dead Set #3 includes both sampled and real-time video projections, which are controlled by the performers and integrate rock-and-roll stage effects, homemade Hollywood special effects, TV studio lighting, and collaged live images. Movement in the performance is derived from cut, spliced, and copied footage from mass media television programs, newscasts, and documentary footage. With the performers on stage generating live projections on screen, multiple narratives are layered, forcing the audience to make constant decisions on where to focus their attention."
Dead Set #3
January 19, 2007 By Kerri Allen Let's begin by saying Dead Set #3 has a phenomenal ending. Bizarre, discomforting, confusing -- Caden Manson and his Big Art Group have crafted a unique finale that's well worth the trek west to 11th Avenue to the Kitchen. But let's start back at the beginning. The eight-year-old company bends and twists real media -- TV news clips, YouTube posts, Internet chats -- and its own onstage multimedia to express its worldview. With four video projection screens, a handheld video camera, microphones, and plenty of artistic ego, the group aims to show "the image of trauma." It uses familiar visuals, such as photos from Abu Ghraib, but alters them. Here a black-clad actor has a black sequined bag over his head -- a little more club kid but still disturbing. The group calls Dead Set #3 a "work from the vanguard of iconoclastic theatre." Perhaps, but it is not uniformly good. Microphones go in and out, the camera gets unplugged a number of times, and the middle section, in which the actors re-enact a brutal prison beating, goes on far too long. Or maybe it's watching the male performers teeter around in black high heels. Big Art Group moves from the images of war and global destruction to those of a more personal nature. Taken from the 2002 case of two German men who consented via email and video to cannibalize and be cannibalized, the men's words are projected in pink block letters: "I am a boy. I seek someone to massacre me." The final third of the evening concerns their meeting and takes a sharp turn towards the poetic, with flowery language and naked performers caressing each other. Despite the hype and the international draw -- and that fabulous ending -- Dead Set #3 isn't the societal commentary it purports to be. It's a fine and fearsome spectacle, but not better than what most newscasts provide.
artwork above from www.mrgeoffreys.com/
Pope Fires New Broadside At Gay Families
by The Associated Press
Posted: January 27, 2007 - 4:00 pm ET
(Vatican City) Pope Benedict on Saturday reiterated his defense of the traditional family, saying real marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
Benedict's remarks to a Vatican tribunal were the latest by the pontiff on the issue as the Pope keeps up a campaign against unmarried couples and same-sex unions.
The Pope warned against what he said was a "cultural context marked by relativism" and against any views of marriage as merely a legal union "that human will could manipulate as it pleases, even depriving it of its heterosexual nature."
"Each marriage is certainly the fruit of free consent between man and woman," the Pope said in an audience at the Vatican marking the beginning of the judiciary year.
"The union occurs because of the design by God, who has created them male and female and gives them the power to unite those natural and complementary dimensions forever," he said.
The Pope went on to say the bond is indissoluble because "it is so in the design of creation."
The Vatican opposes divorce and other challenges to church doctrine that have become increasingly common in Europe and elsewhere.
It does allow annulment, a process by which the Church effectively declares that a marriage never took place, leaving faithful free to remarry and receive Communion.
In his remarks Saturday, the Pope appealed to the Roman Rota - the annulment-deciding tribunal - not to grant annulments too easily.
Circumstances for granting annulments include refusal by a husband or a wife to have children or the psychological incapability of one of the spouses to contract a valid marriage.
Benedict has condemned same-sex unions as anarchic "pseudo-matrimony," and has launched a campaign for the protection of families based on marriage between a man and a woman. The Vatican also has consistently criticized movements in Italy and other countries that call for granting legal rights to unmarried couples.
Last year, the Pontifical Council for the Family issued a document in which it said that the traditional family has never been so threatened as in today's world.
On Thursday, the Pope called for unity among Christian denominations to fight same-sex marriage. (story)
Clinton Stumps In Iowa
by The Associated Press
Posted: January 28, 2007 - 11:00 am ET
(Des Moines, Iowa) New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton blamed President Bush on Saturday for misusing authority given him by Congress to act in Iraq, but conceded "I take responsibility" for her role in allowing that to happen.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Clinton also said she would not cede black votes to Barack Obama and that she had proven as a U.S. senator that gender is irrelevant.
Of her husband, the former president, she said he would have a role in the campaign but "I'm the one running for president."
Clinton was making her first campaign swing through this early nominating state, which twice voted for Bill Clinton for president.
She met with key activists and held a raucous town hall meeting with 1,500 cheering backers and hundreds of journalists.
"I have said clearly and consistently for quite some time that I regret the way the president misused the authority," said Clinton. "He misled Congress and the country on what he was seeking and what he intended to do."
The responsibility Clinton said she accepts was helping clear the way for Bush's path in Iraq.
"I take responsibility for having voted to give him that authority," she said. "My focus is on what we do now. That is the proper debate."
Clinton said she expected to attract black votes even though Obama, the freshman Illinois senator, has caught fire. "I'm going to be asking for the votes of all Americans," she said.
Her husband will play a key role in her campaign, though she'll make it clear she's the candidate.
Jan. 24, 2007, 5:09PM
Election staff convicted in recount rig
By M.R. KROPKO Associated Press Writer
© 2007 The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Two election workers were convicted Wednesday of rigging a recount of the 2004 presidential election to avoid a more thorough review in Ohio's most populous county.
Jacqueline Maiden, elections coordinator of the Cuyahoga County Elections Board, and ballot manager Kathleen Dreamer each were convicted of a felony count of negligent misconduct of an elections employee. They also were convicted of one misdemeanor count each of failure of elections employees to perform their duty.
Prosecutors accused Maiden and Dreamer of secretly reviewing preselected ballots before a public recount on Dec. 16, 2004. They worked behind closed doors for three days to pick ballots they knew would not cause discrepancies when checked by hand, prosecutors said.
Defense attorney Roger Synenberg has said the workers were following procedures as they understood them.
Ohio gave President Bush the electoral votes he needed to defeat Democratic Sen. John Kerry in the close election and hold on to the White House in 2004.
Special prosecutor Kevin Baxter did not claim the workers' actions affected the outcome of the election — Kerry gained 17 votes and Bush lost six in the county's recount.
Maiden and Dreamer, who still work for the elections board, face a possible sentence of six to 18 months for the felony conviction. Sentencing is on Feb. 26.
A message left for Elections Board Director Michael Vu was not immediately returned Wednesday. The board released a statement that said its goal is to restore confidence in the county's election progress and pursue reforms in addition to those made since 2004.
hey there...it's been a couple days since i've posted so i'm starting out with another infamous chauncey treat...here's the lead single off of tracey thorn's much much anticipated solo album coming out soon. (thanks to my brother kenyatta charlene) will have more information about it later but until then enjoy! it's really hot and just makes my ears tingle at the thought of what the whole album is going to sound like....i really hope madonna goes in this direction for her album that she's supposedly about to start work on...
tracey thorn - it's all true
and here's a remix too
tracey thorn - it's all true (kris menace full vocal remix)
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
It's pronounced like the word basic - as easy as that.
i've become more than somewhat of a sci-fi channel geek as of late and just this morning i caught the first of a flurry of episodes of 'andromeda' and absolutely fell in love with telemachus rhade played by the hunky, beastly, heart palpitation inducing actor steve bacic. the show ain't bad either and even after finding out that he was voted 'most attractive actor in sci-fi' by fans i still cemented my crush on him. not since the cast of 'heroes' were unleashed on me recently have i anticipated each frame of a show a character was in. with heroes there are too many interestingly attractive and non conventional hotties...sometimes i even crush on the girls in that show ehhe. by the way...last nights episode was brilliant! an excellent way to start the new chapters...can't wait to see what hiro's sword will do!
steve bacic is not the typical tank top (in space?) wearing roughneck...he's got wit, manly handsomeness, burly brawn and a lovely mop of dark dark hair that i would love to grab while i go in for a nice, deep, long kiss...yikes lemme stop now ehhe
Sunday, January 21, 2007
President George W. Bush Quotes of Stupidity
10) "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." —LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000
9) "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." —Greater Nashua, N.H., Jan. 27, 2000
8) "I hear there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft." —second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004
7) "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." —Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000
6) "You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." —to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005
5) "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." —Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004
4) "They misunderestimated me." —Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000
3) "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" —Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000
2) "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004
1) "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
i just stayed put right where i was
flat on my back in the center of your bed
my arms folded behind my head
while you ran away to wash away
any evidence of what we just did
while i remained sweaty and sticky
marinating in the memory
then you came back
the outline of your silhouette
flickering in and out of the television candlelight
the doorway framing your body
until you took your mask
and put it back on
and laid down on the other side of the bed
on the other side of the world
and i sat up and climbed up
out of the temporary paradise
picked up my things and moved
into the awful white light and
onto the cold blue tiles
hoping one day you'd ask me to stay
the whole night
jake in jarhead...muy delicioso...
so upset i missed this on snl....jake is fucking brilliant! watch his opening monologue when he hosted saturday night live last week...boy can sang! and those arm muscles...yum yum yum! there's a lot of speculation that he's gay...but i don't think so...although he'd probably make the perfect boyfriend....he's just an awesome guy and funny as hell (keeping him straight keeps the fantasy meter up eheh) check it out
i take this moment to promise that i will do all i can to help promote bill clinton to take his turn as 'the first lady' in 2008...a lot of people are saying it's too early for her to run but with the current state of this weathered world of usa...i'd say anything is possible. and the photo above i hope to definitely make into a 'future t-shirt'. below is a statement that sends her into a step in the favorable direction in my eyes...check it out
Statement of Senator Clinton on Today's Reintroduction of Net Neutrality Legislation
Washington, DC - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton issued the following statement on the reintroduction today of the Internet Freedom Preservation Act. Senator Clinton is an original cosponsor of the legislation.
"No other communications medium in recent history has had such a profound impact on the expression of speech, education, the dissemination of information, the proliferation of commerce and the exchange of political ideas as the Internet. However, it was under the basic principles of neutrality and non discrimination from its inception that the Internet was able to flourish. Indeed, under these conditions a small business has been able to market to the same customers as the biggest corporation. The average citizen has been able to voice their grievances in the same forum as the editors of the largest newspaper. And students, entrepreneurs and consumers have been empowered by the wealth of information and opportunities afforded by an open Internet.
It is clear that we must continue to build on the innovations brought forth by the Internet. This means ensuring more affordable broadband access and ensuring that there continues to be open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers. As evidenced by the diverse coalition of the consumer, business and citizen groups that span the political and ideological spectrum, and who all strongly support the concept of network neutrality, it is critical that Congress take steps to preserve the principles enshrined therein. We need to ensure that the Internet of the 21st century opens the same doors, creates the same opportunities and fosters the same innovation that has been created by its predecessor. It is for these reasons that I am an original cosponsor of the Internet Freedom Preservation Act to guarantee that the open and nondiscriminatory architecture of the Internet remains in tact. As the 110th Congress begins, I join my colleagues in reintroducing this important legislation and look forward to an open and substantive debate on this issue."here's a press conference from june of 2006 where she talks about 'net nuetrality' and the 'so called blogosphere'...i really love listening to her talk...she intrigues me and makes me want to listen...
i just came up with a slogan for her...."capital hill" ....ya like it? ehhe
here's another one of the '15 films about madonna'...it's called "supermadge" and it's damn hysterical! it's about time people started getting creative with their homages of the queen ehhe. you can probably find all the others on youtube...it's interesting...i think we are currently living in 'generation y' and i think the 'y' stands for 'youtube'! definitely a cultural phenomenon...don'tcha think?
Thursday, January 18, 2007
hey...can't go without making mention of t.r. knight's debacle with isaiah washington from grey's anatomy...i love the show..just recently caught on to it and saw the episode of ellen with him on it. he's so sweet and cute and seemed so intelligent and nervous about the whole scenario. i applaud him and am presenting you with the link to the petition online to get washington fired...here it is
get isaiah fired!
co star katherine heigl defending her friend
t.r. knight on ellen
parts 1 and 2
will post more later about this i promise...lots of links and stuff to share
here's a link to a website and company who is striving to uncover the truth about 9/11...that it was an inside job through and through...there's downloads, a forum and a blog...it's all worth checking out. my friend diane just recently introduced it to me and i thank her for that...
here is their mission statement and brief history
The original Loose Change resulted in the formation of Louder Than Words, which has grown from a kid with a laptop computer bouncing from couch to couch, to a considerable force in the 9/11 Truth Movement.
We would not be here today if not for the constant and endearing support of both our fans and the people that continue to be affected by 9/11.
We also owe amazing gratitude to the researchers and filmmakers that have come before and after us, for without each other, we have absolutely nothing.
All we want is the Truth, whatever it may be.
if you're interested in seeing the movie...email me at PseudonymphoProductions@gmail.com and put loose change in the subject line...
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
34,452 Iraq Civilians Said Killed in '06
By STEVEN R. HURST
Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Twin car bombs tore through a leading Baghdad university as students left classes Tuesday in the deadliest attack in Iraq in nearly two months, and the United Nations reported 34,452 civilians were slain last year, nearly three times more than the government reported.
A total of 142 Iraqis were killed or found dead Tuesday, in what appeared to be a renewed campaign of Sunni insurgent violence against Shiite targets. The sharp uptick in deadly attacks coincided with the release of U.N. figures that showed an average of 94 civilians died each day in sectarian bloodshed in 2006.
The blasts wrecked two small buses as students at Al-Mustansiriya University were lining up for the ride home at about 3:45 p.m., according to Taqi al-Moussawi, a university dean. At least 65 students died.
The attackers stationed a man wearing a suicide belt in the expected path of fleeing students to take even more lives, but he was spotted and shot by security men before he could blow himself up, the dean said.
"The only guilt of our martyred students is that they pursued education. They belong to all religions, sects and ethnic groups," said an angry al-Moussawi, himself a Shiite. "The terrorists want to stop education. ...Those students had nothing to do with politics."
After the explosions, a rescue worker and three men in civilian clothes scrambled through the debris to carry a charred victim away in a sheet. Firefighters in yellow helmets examined the charred wreckage of an bashed-in, overturned minivan.
The university's well-shaded campus occupies several square blocks in north central Baghdad, a mostly Shiite area. The school ranks second among institutions of higher education in Iraq. Founded in 1963, it was named after one of the oldest Islamic schools, established in the 13th century during the Abbasid dynasty that ruled the Muslim world. Thousands attend the university, known especially for its colleges of science, literature and education.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blamed the attack on "terrorists and Saddamists" seeking revenge for Monday's hanging of two of Saddam Hussein's top aides, convicted with him for the slaying of 148 Shiite men and boys after a 1982 assassination attempt in the northern town of Dujail.
The violence Tuesday against Shiites may signal a campaign by Sunni insurgents to shed as much blood as possible before the deployment of 21,500 more American troops. Most of the additional U.S. troops will be used to back up the Iraqi army in a security sweep to rid the capital of Sunni and Shiite gunmen.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in Kuwait for a meeting with eight Arab nations to discuss ways to keep Iraq from sliding into civil war, sought to lower any expectations that the troop buildup would quickly pacify the country.
"Violent people will always be able to kill innocent people," she said. "So even with the new security plan, with the will and capability of the Iraqi government and with American forces to help reinforce Iraqi forces, there is still going to be violence."
She said the U.N. civilian death figures differ from others. "But whatever the number of civilians who have died in Iraq - and there obviously are competing numbers - but whatever the number is, it's too many," she said.
Tuesday's death toll at the al-Mustansiriya bombings made it the single most deadly attack against civilians in Iraq since Nov. 23, when a series of car bombs and mortar attacks by suspected al-Qaida in Iraq fighters in Baghdad's Sadr City Shiite slum killed at least 215 people.
Nov. 23 remains Iraq's deadliest day since the Associated Press began tracking civilian deaths in April 2005. The second deadliest day came on Sept. 14, 2005, with 178 deaths. The report Tuesday of 142 Iraqis killed makes it among the deadliest days, but not all those deaths were confirmed to have occurred on Tuesday.
The U.N. civilian casualty count for last year was announced in Baghdad by Gianni Magazzeni, the chief of the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq in Baghdad. He said 34,452 civilians died - an average of 94 a day - and 36,685 were wounded.
But Dr. Hakem al-Zamili, Iraq's deputy health minister, told The Associated Press the United Nations may be using unreliable sources for its casualty count. "They might be taking the figures from people who are opposed to the government or to the Americans," he said. "They are not accurate." He said he would provide Iraqi government figures later this week.
In early January, a compilation of Iraqi government figures put last year's civilian deaths at just 12,357. The numbers are gathered monthly by the AP from reports by three Iraqi agencies.
When asked about the difference, Magazzeni said the U.N. figures were compiled from information obtained through the Iraqi Health Ministry, hospitals across the country and the Medico-Legal Institute in Baghdad.
He criticized the government for allowing much of the violence to go unpunished, saying urgent action was needed to re-establish law and order in the country to prevent its slide into all-out civil war.
"Without significant progress in the rule of law, sectarian violence will continue indefinitely and eventually spiral out of control," he warned.
The U.N. report also said that 30,842 people were detained in the country as of Dec. 31, including 14,534 held in U.S. military-run prisons.
At least 470,094 people throughout Iraq have been forced to leave their homes since the bombing of an important Shiite shrine, the Golden Dome mosque in Samarra, in February, the U.N. accounting said.
The report said the violence has disrupted education by forcing schools and universities to close, as well as sending professionals fleeing from the country.
In a summary of the report posted on its Web site Tuesday, UNAMI said Iraq's women were particularly vulnerable, citing cases where young women were abducted by armed militia and late discovered sexually assaulted, tortured or murdered. In many cases, the agency said, families refuse to retrieve the bodies out of shame.
As bombs detonated at Al-Mustansiriya University on Tuesday, there were a series of other attacks on Shiite neighborhoods in central Baghdad.
A bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded in a used auto and motorcycle parts market in a Shiite neighborhood. As people rushed to aide the victims of the first blast, a suicide car bomber drove his car into the crowd. Fifteen people died.
Raid Abbas, a 26-year-old who received shrapnel wounds in the attack said he went to the market because the city had been quieter over the past two weeks.
"Shortly after midday, I heard an explosion. Motorcycles were flying in the air, people were falling dead and wounded," he said from his hospital bed.
About 45 minutes later, gunmen riding two motorcycles and in a van fired on another outdoor market in a mainly Shiite neighborhood near Sadr City. Police said at least 11 people were killed.
Of the 142 Iraqis killed or found dead Tuesday, 124 died in Baghdad. Police said they had been unable to complete their tally of dumped corpses in the eastern half of the city because of violence there.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
this is a demo from i believe the 'music' album sessions by madonna and william orbit...it's called 'liquid love'...i wonder what she wrote it about? ehheeh
would love to hear a final version of it...it's actually really beautiful doncha think?
madonna - liquid love (demo)
this song i uploaded is one of the reasons i am happy to be a dj in this day and time...the knife is a brilliant band on their own but what trentemoller...one of my favourite producers of the moment...has done to this track is simply vulgar and disgusting....and in my jargon...that's a good thing...
this track is so fracking brimstone! (yeah i was watching battlestar galactica last night can you tell? hehe) it came out last year but just wanted to share it with ya'll...close your eyes and let it take you to another planet..filled with acid geysers and molten lava oceans...it's fa fa fa filthy!!! this one's for boris the alchemist...xoxo
the knife - we share our mother's health (trentemoller mix)
Speaker Pelosi needs to put protecting gay kids first
by deb price
The photograph of new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was political gold: Surrounded by a sea of lawmakers' shiny-faced girls and boys, a few of them her own grandkids, the first woman to lead "the people's House" waved the gavel, signaling a new era, particularly for America's youngest citizens.
Odds are that at least one of the 19 children will start becoming aware of being gay by age 10.
If Pelosi's picture-perfect snapshot is to mean something beyond being a politically useful prop, she should direct the new Congress to take its first serious look at what it's like to grow up gay in America.
That picture isn't so pretty. And those of us who're gay adults have the psychic scars to prove it.
Painfully aware that much of the world considers them worthless, many gay kids struggle with a cycle of self hatred that they carry into adulthood, if they are lucky enough to survive that long.
Why should Pelosi put "Protect our gay kids" atop the House's to-do list? Heart-breaking research provides plenty of reasons:
That sort of sex ed makes gay kids feel invisible -- or worse. Gay students at such schools reported higher levels of skipping school because they don't feel safe, being bullied and feeling unable to talk with teachers, counselors or other adults paid to help them through rocky growing-up years. And these kids were less likely to know any openly gay school official.
Pelosi ought to use her forceful "mother of five" voice to speak out against these outrages and insist that our nation live up to its obligation to gay kids. Now, that would be a pretty picture.
Reach Deb Price at (202) 662-8736 or email@example.com.
Giuliani Hires Gay Foe As '08 Campaign Advisor
by The Associated Press
Posted: January 16, 2007 - 1:00 pm ET
(Des Moines, Iowa) Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has hired prominent Iowa Republican Jim Nussle to advise him on his possible presidential run.Nussle, a former congressman and 2006 candidate for governor, will play "an important leadership on behalf of the exploratory committee both in Iowa and nationally," Giuliani said in a statement.
Giuliani said Nussle brings valuable skills and a strong political track record in the state where precinct caucuses traditionally launch the presidential nominating season.
Nussle lost the governor's race by roughly 100,000 votes to Democrat Chet Culver. The eight-term congressman announced last week that he was forming a political consulting business.
There are deep philosophical differences between the two Republicans.
Giuliani supports abortion rights and gay rights. Nussle took a strong anti-abortion stance in his campaign and wants a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Nussle said he's focusing on Giuliani's accomplishments and suggested Giuliani's actions after the 2001 terrorist attacks impressed voters who want a strong leader.
Giuliani is among a handful of Republicans who have formed exploratory committees, a move that lets them travel and raise money as they explore seeking the presidential nomination.
Giuliani and Nussle declined to discuss terms of Nussle's employment.
this is one of my favourite songs from last year...played it pretty darn often and introduced it as i usually do to the masses...only the ones with good taste likeded it and requesteded it heheh. you're not gonna believe your ears that it's tom jones singing...listen while oogling that dreamy retro pic of him from the 80's...woof!
chicane featuring tom jones - stoned in love (12" mix)
Sunday, January 14, 2007
photo from www.moderndrunkardmagazine.com
we did compare the divas when the dreamgirl brouhaha was unleashed but now we have a new clash of the titans to embark on....who's the better drunk...danny devito or paula abdul or r.i.p. james brown?
i think they all have their moments...james brown had me cracking up out loud (cuol...my new version of lol ehhe), danny devito killed me with his george bush impersonation and when he sat on rosie's lap and paula just made my ribs split right off the bat with "good morning everybody!!!"..... it's up to you...you vote ehahahah
Saturday, January 13, 2007
these are some of my recent favourite songs that i wanted to share with you...some obscure bands with some awesome tunes...i've accompanied each with a piece of artwork that i chose to represent each track from one of my favourite sites... www.deviantart.com. enjoy!
apologetic by schizzy
the sounds - queen of apology
firestarter by for no one
brandston - over and out
serling by shellsweet
the rapture - get myself into it
the welcome parade by winter and wolf
lcd soundsystem - time to get away
as if our retarded president isn't enough of a problem, "that guy" had some cataclysmically ridiculous statements to make about iran....this also looks like an interesting site to frequent...i'm sure i'll be quoting it pretty often...
donald trump on iran
here's an older live mix of mine from i think 2004 that features less house and a more gritty and grimey soundscape. i started a series back then of mixes called "aural fixations"....i'm so talented with words aren't i? ehheh. it's a little under an hour long and it's got some classic chauncey tracks on it...enjoy!
dj chauncey d - aural fixations volume vi
here's her myspace profile chiara iezzi
all her music sounds like a tribute to madonna it seems hehe...i like it though...maybe madonna will take a few tracks on her upcoming album in this direction
chiara iezzi - nothing at all
madonna - erotica / you thrill me
so it's january 13th...for most that day doesn't have much significance but for me it marks my twelve year anniversary of the day i moved out of my parents house. back in 1995, my father borrowed his friends pick up truck and drove me, my mother and my small amount of things down to new brunswick and helped me load up the bedroom i shared with my then friend pete with my belongings. it was a bittersweet moment for my mom and dad, as could be expected, but it was one of the most exciting and joyous moments of my life. that's why i call today my 'independence day'. and what can i say twelve years later? that's a loaded question for sure. while i'm certainly not exactly where i want to be right now in my life...i'm wise enough to realize that noone ever will be or could be where they wanted to be so many years ago today. i'm taking today to take a small walk down that magical lane of memory...just a short walk for one one can linger in nostalgia to the point of destruction eheh...and remember all the good with the bad...all the lessons i've learned and all the lessons i've taught. we are at a crossroads very very often in our life but i feel that the fork in the road i'm at now is a fiesty one and i'm going to try to let it be the very last of it's magnitude of confusion. it's time to get my shit together as i've said probably every other year of my life...but i've had a lot of time recently to dance on the ledge of depression demise and still have refrained from falling over into the bottomless pit below. oh how dramatic...i guess the more things change the more they stay the same....let's avoid the cliche this time though....
Thursday, January 11, 2007
a really sweet pepsi commercial probably from like '93..never saw this...so cute...right before he went down down down...
the absolutely brilliant "centipede" video by rebbie jackson...i don't remember this song when i was a kid...guess i was too young to remember everything from the 80's hehe
could't have a jackson tribute without a funny madtv skit featuring the real latoya and three damn good impersonations of....you'll see