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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

BROADWAY VAMPIRE -- COMING SOON

Well, I finished the latest draft of my novel "Broadway Vampire"and emailed it to my editor. It seems to me to be where it should be. Now I'll wait for her feedback and suggestions.

It's been quite a haul. I worked on the manuscript until 4 a.m. and then woke up this morning and went back at it.

I'm exhausted.

Monday, July 26, 2010

STUMPED

I'm not sure what to post about anymore. America in decline? The wars? My garden (which is doing beautifully this summer)? My ongoing education about herbs (not that kind; I know about that kind)? The weather? My writing? A memoir? My new music project? Cooking (man, am I a good cook, and a number of people who have stayed here in the country this summer will attest to it -- all organic and locally grown and tasty as can be)?

I've blogged about all these in the past. But I'm wondering who's reading? I recently offered a copy of a book and no one responded. I was even going to pay the postage. Not one reply.

Okay, enough with the lament.

Tomorrow night at Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn, Ixion Burlesque, under the direction of impresario Albert Garzon, will stage "Weimar Burlesque" for which I wrote the script. Click here for more info.

I'm in the throes of the final rewrite and polish of my novel "Broadway Vampire". By the end of this week it should be in the hands of my new publisher. Once my editor there goes over it, I'll be posting a ton of info.

Tonight I'm making a minestrone all from my garden (except for the Parmesan).

There's a war in Afghanistan and it is going very badly, in case you haven't heard.

The "burn it and we will profit" energy industry executives defeated a climate/energy bill that had even a modicum of meaning.

T Boone Pickens and the rest of the natural gas drillers are poisoning drinking water supplies to extract 10% of the gas beneath the ground so they can profit right now, rather than waiting for a safer, more effective method of extraction.

I don't have a glib closing line. Carry on.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

THE HUMAN REVOLUTION

I've become a fan of The Human Revolution, a Northern California-based group. Make that a HUGE fan. The new album "Love Always Prevails" maintains the standard of quality, politically-engaged songwriting I've come to expect from Human, the lead singer.

I first caught their act on the Lower East about a year and a half ago when they played at an after-party for an event staged by my friend Laura Fay Lewis. I started checking them out on line and got hooked.

Just call me an old folkie.

You get a lot of music on their sample player. Kick back, fire up a fat one, check out The Human Revolution. (And if you don't just LOVE that name, why are you reading this blog?)

Here's the link to the player, again:
http://www.thehumanrevolution.org/player.html

Click this for their Face Book page.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

National Priorities Project.

Everyone owes it to themselves to take a look at this site. Explore beyond the front page. See what the trade offs are for your state or Congressional district are.

PLEASE!

http://www.costofwar.com/

It's NOT war. It's evil business.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Afghanistan and Lithium

The United States is going broke funding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. By most accounts we are losing the war in Afghanistan. This is no reflection on the troops serving there. They are bravely serving, fighting, dying and being wounded in frightening numbers. That we are losing is a reflection on the leadership of this country.

One of the lessons of the 20th century should have been that wars of choice and occupation are always lost -- the USA in Vietnam, Russia in Afghanistan, Germany in both the world wars. The list goes on. There is also a list of countries that tried and failed to occupy Afghanistan that goes back beyond the 20th century.

Recently the information, long known, that there are lithium deposits in Afghanistan was touted by the main stream media, at the behest of the Pentagon and the White House. Lithium is a main part of batteries in cell phones and lap tops.

It appears the government is now trying to drum up support for this insane war by implying that we might not have lap tops and cell phones if we don't stay in Afghanistan. The truth is that there are more than ample deposits of lithium in Bolivia. No one has to fight for these minerals. Bolivia does expect to get paid for them, though. (Likewise, there is plenty of copper in Bolivia -- another mineral being touted as "discovered" in the 'Stan.)

The simple truth is that the USA is in Afghanistan so that the war profiteers can continue to make obscene amounts of money, while citizens in the USA find themselves in evermore dire financial straits. Meanwhile, we are propping up a corrupt government and funneling money to dubious partners.

I feel for the people of Afghanistan should the Taliban take over again there. But the Taliban are not our concern. The Taliban is a religious group. Are we fighting a religious war there? The people there should rise up against their domestic oppressors. I hope the women, who reportedly suffer the worst under the Taliban, castrate the mullahs and their enablers in their sleep. But it's up to the people there to stand up for themselves. It's not up to us.

There are not enough Al Qaeda members there to make a difference. According to the CIA director, there may be as few as 50 members of this group in the region. If Al Qaeda comes back and starts building training camps for terrorists, use cruise missiles to eliminate them. There is no need for this bloody and hamstrung campaign to continue to drain the US.

It is time for this war to end. Now.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

WILL OBOMBER SNEAK ATTACK IRAN


Is the Obomber White House preparing to bomb Iran? The reason I ask is that it sure looks like it to me. The media campaign regarding stoning a woman to death for adultery, in Iran, is just the sort of propaganda used to gin up a war. I’m not saying the woman deserved to be stoned or otherwise punished. However, stoning and beheading are a form of punishment across the Middle East. Why this case at this time?

Then there are the TV advertisements calling on Obomber to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. The only way to set back Iran’s advances in nuclear technology is to bomb their nuclear facilities.

At the same time as these ads are running, the troops build up in Afghanistan is almost complete. Do we really need 100,000 troops to hunt down the fewer than 100 Al Qaeda (according to CIA director Leon Panetta) in the region? It seems to me the troop increase could have been carried out so that two formidable armies of empire are on two of Iran’s borders, Iraq being the other.  

For sure, Israel will bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities on its own if we don’t. Obomber won’t let Israel go it alone. Iran was a leading subject during two meetings at the White House within days of each other – with Netanyahu of Israel and with the Saudi king Abdullah. The Saudis don’t want Iran to have nukes anymore than Israel.

Obomber has shown his propensity for air strikes with the use of unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan. It’s like a video game to him. Since he became president, hundreds of  Pakistani civilians have died in the drone attacks, many of them women and children. The soldier who became so disgusted that he leaked videos to Wikileaks is now in jail. Obomber is not about to give up his weapon of choice – the sneak attack.

And that’s what the bombing of Iran will be if it takes place – a sneak attack. A few Congressional “leaders” would be consulted shortly before the bombings, to give the operation a veneer of respectability under the US Constitution. The American people will get the word after the attacks.

I don’t think that such bombings would precede the invasion of Iran. The two armies on that country’s borders would serve to contain the Iranians should they try to react with military force. I’m not saying this strategy is right or that it would be successful. Chances are a sneak bombing attack would lead to lots more suicide bomb attacks in Israel and on American troops throughout the Middle East, and probably some attacks here in the USA. Ahmajinedad, Iran’s leader, has been demonized in America for years now. However, the guy may be crazy but his modus operandi seems to be backing terrorists rather than using military force.

Obomber has plenty of motivation to carry out sneak attacks on Iran’s nuke facilities. It would allow him to man up in the eyes of other world leaders. With the “proper timing” it would show the Dems as strong on national security before the November elections. It would also take people’s minds off the oil disaster in the Gulf. (Sending the First Lady to stand on the beach in a dress and high heels to tell people it’s okay to swim in Florida’s Gulf waters doesn’t quite cut it. She should have taken a dip with the First Kids. Unless . . .)

I could be totally wrong of course. Obomber might not be the cynical pol he appears to me to be. And in his favor, I have to say, he did promise change. Bombing Iran would be change, for sure.

If he chooses to bomb Iran, it will probably be a popular move here in the USA, initially. The sheeple need a defined enemy – something that’s now missing in Iraq and Afghanistan.

October?

Monday, July 12, 2010

JACK JOHNSON "TO THE SEA" Tour

I went last night with a carload of people to see Jack Johnson in Camden NJ. We sat on the lawn with all the young people. It was a perfect evening. The place was sold out and the people were wonderful to be with. The music, of course, was brilliant!

I first started playing Jack's music on my radio show back in 2003. He includes ukulele playing in his music, which endeared him to me from the start. He played "Breakdown" last night on uke, and had a woman from Hawaii who sang and played uke earlier in the show.

This tour is called "To the Sea" and like his 2008 tour, all the profits are being donated to environmental charities.

Mainly though, it's all about the music, and Jack Johnson is one of the best we have right now. I read recently that lots of tours are being canceled due to lack of ticket sales. That sure not the case with this tour. Get tix and see him if you can.

Btw, thing are going great with the new green show we're building to tour up and down the Delaware river. Lots of people getting involved. We even have a general manager!

More about all this soon.

Go see Jack Johnson if you get the chance.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

CASTING CALL

I'm busy writing, and putting together a huge community show that will tour towns and cities up and down the Delaware River. So, I will post here on as regular a basis as possible, Please don't be surprised, though, if my pithiness -- if I ever had any -- is used up by the time I go online. (The computer I write on each morning is not connected to the interwebs.)

If you know anyone in the Delaware River watershed who is interested in performing, we're building a community show that is strictly a nonprofit sort of thing (though not yet officially). Anyway, we're looking for:

A drummer with rock and jazz chops.

Puppeteers (we're talking parade size puppets).

Women vocalists -- we want to have a chorale group of at least 10 women singers, and there are a number of solo songs for women that are part of the show.

Brass musicians -- we want a brass band as part of our opening parade in each town.

Jugglers and tumblers.

Anybody who can play an instrument AND has any other performance talent and would like to be part of this adventure, please get in touch.

We are already rehearsing with some of the core musicians.

We also need backstage volunteers.

Gigs will be on weekends beginning late September 2010.

ALL POSITIONS ARE STRICTLY NON-PAYING -- But fun!

(Make this all one word to send an e m a i l , please): U k e J a c k s o n ( a t ) U k e J a ck s o n [ d o t ] c o m

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

WTF???

Edward R. Murrow would have quit his job before he ever led off a newscast with a teaser about Lindsay Lohan going to jail. These days we've got "news people" like Chuck Todd, who says he just who can't wait until a Beverly Hills judge writes a memoir. What a fucking idiot.  At least he gave up trying to cultivate a comb over.