Saturday, April 28, 2007

Freak of the Week

So what did I miss over the past week? Well let's see....

Dennis Kucinich was on Bill Maher's show
last night. When asked, I've been saying if I had to vote today, I'd vote for John Edwards, mainly because I visited the candidates' issues sections on their websites and his was the least full of shit. But the truth is, Dennis The Menace is the man who is most closely allied with my goals, with our main point of agreement being universal health care that doesn't involve subsidies to the insurance industry. So I need to get over my problems with his weirdness and/or viability and get on board the Kucinich train. Because it's the only one that's gonna take me where I wanna go.

Wired had a good article about a site called MAPLight that lets you "follow the money." Do you think corporations aren't influencing how our political reps vote on legislation? Search on your topic of interest (defense, finance, telecommunications, whatever) and these guys will let you know how much money your rep got and then you can decide whether it influenced their vote. (Note - right now MAPLight only tracks the California legislature, but they're expanding to follow the federal government soon.)

My Yankees had a terrible week, losing 7 in a row. According to Fox Sports, there's talk of firing Joe Torre, but frankly, the only big mistake he's made this year is pulling the infield in when Mariano Rivera was pitching. Mo is not a ground ball pitcher and generally, the most likely way to get a hit off him is a bloop hit. While bringing the infield in in a close game is the correct "by the book" move, it's pretty stupid when Mariano is pitching and surely you'd think Joe woulda figured that out after the 2001 World Series.

Over the years, Slate has a done a great job tracking the Sopranos by having a dialogue between TV critics, mobsters, lawyers, shrinks and Sopranos writers about each episode of the show. For the final season, Tim Noah and Jeffrey Goldberg are going back and forth trying to figure out if and how Tony Soprano is going to die. They touch on some great Godfather references that may foreshadow what happens next. But I was slightly disappointed that they didn't see how the fade out on Junior Soprano at the end was reminiscent of Michael Corleone's ending in GF 3 (I said slightly because the 3rd installment certainly wasn't crucial viewing). Personlly, I don't think Tony is gonna get rubbed out. I think AJ is the tragic character in this show and whatever happens is gonna involve him. Anyway - the Slate takes are good reading if you're a fan of the show.

I'm a dancing interpretation of the meaning of syncopation
She's a big freak, (great big freak) going to be freak of the week
Gotta be freak of the week
Gotta be freak of the week


Sunday, April 22, 2007

Welcome to the Terrordome

I've got so much trouble on my mind - refuse to lose - here's your ticket - hear the drummer get wicked.

Yo. So I'm back in the blogosphere and hoping that I'm going to feed this beast on a regular basis.

For now, let's say these things up front. I'm Figy and I live in NYC. I've worked in government, the music biz, the media and now the non-profit world and none of the views expressed here necessarily represent their views. They're just my own and I'm speaking for myself. Citizen Figy if you will.

Public Enemy is a favorite of mine and from time to time I'll appropriate a line, a pose, perhaps some prose to 'splain the rain that everybody else already knows. The lyrics that are reprinted here are not my own and I share them to help make a point or just because they're cool. I make no money from these postings, so resist the urge to sue. Just cease and desist.

I might know a thing or two about sports, politics, music and "culture", so that's probably what you'll be reading about here. And I'm a bad-ass bass player who's played bass, guitar and hopefully not drums in the bands Spitball, the Bastion of Sillyness, Eating Betty, Guilt Complex and the Rationalizations (aka GC & the Ratz), Skreech, the Trip and most recently, the ACEtone ALLstars and Buddy Hell and the Bleeders.

Welcome to the Terrordome.

--Rhetoric said
Read just a bit ago
Not quittin' though
Signed the hard rhymer
Work to keep from gettin' jerked
Changin' some ways
To way back in the better days
Raw metaphysically bold
Never followed a code
Still dropped a load
Never question what I am God knows
Cause it's comin' from the heart...

Known as fair square
Throughout my years
So I growl at the livin' foul
Black to the bone my home is your home
So welcome to the Terrordome...

Never to say I never know or had a clue
Word was heard, plus hard on the boulevard
Lies, scandalizin', basin'
Traits of hate who's celebratin' wit satan?
I rope a dope the evil with righteous
Bobbin' and weavin' and let the good get even
C'mon down
And welcome to the Terrordome.
Caught in the race against time
The pit and the pendulum
Check the rhythm and rhymes
While I'm bendin' 'em
Snakes blowin' up the lines of design
Tryin' to blind the science I'm snedin' 'em
How to fight the power
Cannot run and hide
But it shouldn't be suicide
In a game a fool without the rules
Got a hell of a nerve to just criticize...

I don't smile in the line of fire
I go wildin'
But it's on bass and drums even violins
Watcha do gitcha head ready
Instead of gettin' physically sweaty
When I get mad
I put it down on a pad
Give ya somethin' that cha never had controllin'
Fear of high rollin'
God bless your soul and keep livin'...
--Public Enemy