Not Still the One

According to this article over on Excite News, John Hall, the guy from Orleans who wrote the 70’s hit Still the One has asked George Bush to stop using it.

In completely unrelated intellectual property news, I read this morning in Publishers Weekly that DC Comics is suing the Kryptonite bike lock company for infringement.

What’s an idea worth? Can’t you just make more? I guess I’d feel different if Dubya was playing one of my songs, or I’d gotten to name the Superman stuff.

Free Elliott Smith CD Contest

Play to win!I have decided that the new posthumous Elliott Smith CD is so good and so important that I’d like to give a few people a free copy to help spread the word. I will provide up to 5 copies before I cut it off. It’s not first come, first served, it’s completely at my own arbitrary discretion, and here’s how it’s going to work:

Send me something that proves to my satisfaction that you are a songwriter. E-mail me an MP3 sample, send me a link to your website, or send me a tape or CD, and if I’m satisfied that you are seriously trying to make good sounds come out of something, I will ask to ship you a copy of From a Basement on the Hill absolutely free.

You also have to promise me that you will listen carefully to tracks 3 and 7.

My brother Kevin is ineligible because I’m getting him one for Christmas anyway, so the cat’s out of Santa’s bag on that one.

Decisions, Decisions

But then again, I could be wrong.I’ve long been a firm believer that we should truly strive for “one man (sic), one vote,” but maybe this whole electoral college thing actually makes sense somehow, kinda like a good judge telling a bad jury that their verdict to hang the guy just doesn’t fly.

In our local paper this morning, there was a reply to a previous letter saying, “I can’t believe what’s-her-name says she won’t vote for Kerry because his wife told someone to ‘shove it,’ when we all know that Cheney told a US senator to ‘****’ himself, and Bush himself called a reporter an ‘a******.'”

Excuse me??? H-e-l-l-o-o-o, is this thing on? Is that your brain on drugs? What’s the matter with you people?

If you’re choosing my next president based solely on whether or not they said a word that you have to spell in asterisks, we don’t need for you to vote.

No, really. I’m serious.

Even some of my favorite commentators are getting sucked into these distractions. I mean, Doonesbury this week is focusing on the bulge in Bush’s jacket? Even Kerry is disappointing me by focusing all of his rhetoric on the missing 380 tons of high-power explosives. If 380 tons can suddenly turn up missing, just imagine how many other tons there must be!

But let’s focus for a moment on the real issues. What about:

  • Foreign Policy?
  • Domestic Policy?
  • Human Rights?
  • The Economy?
  • Health Care?
  • Social Services?

Grow the **** up.

Calling for Kerry?

MoveOn PAC has set up a form to volunteer to call voters in the swing states over the weekend. I’m not sure I can do this – I’m already calling people for our local Measure V three nights a week, so I’m about phoned out, but check it out!

What I’ve Been Up To

Watch your step... it's gettin' deep.I stayed up way too late last night working on writing up a new system of ethics. Yup. That’s right, I’m writin’ my own code of ethics. Click here to read Chapter 1.

(This is actually less than half of what I’ve written, but the rest isn’t ready for public consumption.)

Doggone it.

Asparagus Pee Quotes.You know how Al Franken’s Stuart Smalley character always told himself, “You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it people like you?”

My inner voice keeps telling me, “You’re better than that! You’re smarter than that! But, doggone it, people seem to like you anyway.”